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ADVENTURE IN SOUTHWESTERN MADAGASCAR

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TANY MENA TOURS

Since 1997, Tany Mena Tours offers a deep and authentic discovery of the "Madagascar universe".

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ADVENTURE IN SOUTHWESTERN MADAGASCAR

One of the tourist attractions of the south western region of Madagascar is "the Tsingy of Bemaraha", the karstic massif (with the sharp peaks), declared world heritage by unesco in 1990. To get there, you have to run on a very bad track. Its discovery is often combined with the descent of the Tsiribihina River (traditional pirogue or motorboat), amazing landscape. The adventure does not end there, you will also climb the peak bobby, Mada's roof.

ARRIVAL AND MEETING

Arrival in Antananarivo, your travel agent will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in town. Overnight in a hotel.

Antananarivo, 1 night

ANTANANARIVO - MIANDRIVAZO

After breakfast, you will leave Antananarivo Merina country and drive to Antsirabe, across the mountain range Ankaratra, whose highest peak rises to 2644m. On the hillsides, terraces rice fields disclaim their range of green. On the way, you will make a stop in Ambatolampy to visit a recycling aluminum foundry. You will continue the road after the visit. From Antsirabe, you will take a fork to the southwest towards Miandrivazo. The green landscape of terraces rice fields gave way to a hilly landscape and a landscape of breathtaking "lavaka". You will reach Miandrivazo late in the afternoon. On arrival, check-in at your hotel. Overnight in a hotel Read more

Miandrivazo, 1 night

MIANDRIVAZO-MASEKAMPY-TSIRIBIHINA RIVER

In the morning you will drive to Masekampy, place of embarkation, located 30 km from Miandrivazo. You will embark on a canoe and start the descent of the Tsiribihina River for 145 km. The wide course of the river, tinged red shades of laterite, offers a range of landscapes in perpetual motion. The banks and sandbars, small atolls in the middle of the river, are all beaches and stops to camp or explore the banks. Gradually Tsiribihina creeps into the plateau of Bemaraha where it digs deep gorges, deep. The cliffs of the walls are covered with lush vegetation untouched by the bushfires. You will begin the descent calmly on the majestic Tsiribihina River. You will enjoy a beautiful landscape and many species of wildlife such as herons, wild ducks, parrots, raptors, sailors, chameleons, insects and butterflies. In the afternoon, a camp will be set up on a sandbank. At dinner time, you could enjoy your meal by listening to the sounds of the river and watching the sun go down. Overnight camping in full board Canoes: these are traditional dugout canoes, measuring 12 m in length on average and 60 cm in 1 m wide. The loading is 700 to 1200 Kg. A dugout can bring 1 to 3 people. Camping: 2 places tents igloo, mattresses, blankets, sheets and pillows will be provided. For the personal comfort of everyone, it is better to bring a sleeping bag. Sanitary: a shower cubicle is mounted on the beach. The toilets are made in the nature. Read more

Begidro, 1 night

TSIRIBIHINA RIVER TOUR

After breakfast, you will continue the descent through the Massif of Bemaraha. It overflows with a fantastic landscape, deciduous forest with its lemurs and the marvelous sounds of birds. We will have a shower under the best waterfall of Madagascar: “Anosin’ Ampela” and its natural swimming-pool followed by a picnic. You will see towering cliffs, baobab forests and lush vegetation along the riverbanks. You will see aquatic birds, fruit bats and maybe even some crocodiles and snakes. You will stop at a village and set camp on a sand bank. Overnight camping on full board. Read more

Anosin'ampela, 1 night

TSIRIBIHINA - TSARAOTANA - BEKOPAKA

This last part of the canöe trip also leads you to beautiful landscapes with rice fields on banks. You disembark at Tsaraotana village at about 09.30am. You will meet your driver-guide who will be waiting for you on site and continue your journey to Bekopaka village on a very bad track (6 hours for only 125Km). You will pass through small villages with these savannah landscapes. You will arrive in Bekopaka in the early evening. Check-in at your hotel upon arrival. Overnight in a hotel. Read more

Bekopaka, 1 night

BEKOPAKA: BIG TSINGY

The region of Antsingy benefited from the status of strict nature reserve (access limited to researchers) until August 1997, when the Malagasy state created the National Park Tsingy of Bemaraha. This wonderful site has been ranked on the list of Unesco World Heritage in 1990. With an area of over 150,000 ha, it includes a strict nature reserve to the north and an area of 72 000 ha open to visitors, south. Two areas are open to the public; the small Tsingy sector extends a few hundred meters from the village of Bekopaka and big Tsingy highlight of the visit, located 17 km from the first track. Visits to the Tsingy of Bemaraha will be adapted to the physical conditions of each and require the assistance of a local guide and respect for "Fady" (taboo) premises. On this day, you will discover the “Big Tsingy” through Andamozavaky tour. In the morning you will join the Big Tsingy (1hour by 4WD). Andamozavaky is a sports tour and requires a good physical condition. It takes between 4 to 5 hours walk and it is quite technical (pass at galleries and caves, ladder climbing and crossing suspension bridges). You will have a panoramic view of tsingy. We advise you to envisage a picnic lunch for day visits. After the visit, you will come back to your hotel. Overnight in a hotel Read more

Bekopaka, 1 night

BEKOPAKA - MORONDAVA

After breakfast, you will take the track to Belo Tsiribihina, and then you will continue to Morondava. On the way, you have to cross by ferry the Manambolo and Tsiribihina Rivers. A few kilometers before arriving in Morondava, you will stop at the famous Baobabs Alley to discover the Baobab trees and to attend the sunset. After the sunset, you will continue until to your hotel. Overnight in a hotel Read more

Morondava, 1 night

MORONDAVA - ANTSIRABE

After breakfast, you will leave Morondava and go to Antsirabe through the Bongolava turbulent terrain and extensive bare patches. You will reach Antsirabe late in the afternoon. Overnight in a hotel.

Antsirabe, 1 night

ANTSIRABE - AMBALAVAO

In the morning, you will leave Antsirabe and go to Ambalavao. You will make a stop in Ambositra, a pleasant city known as the mecca of the Madagascan handicrafts; it owes its renown to wooden sculpture and marquetry, know-how of Zafimaniry people. You will visit a workshop as well as showroom for finished products. You will then continue to Ambalavao that you will reach in the afternoon. Ambalavao is known for its famous Antemoro paper. You will visit an Antemoro craft paper factory whose traditional factoring process would have Arab origins. Made from the bark of "avoho", it is then finely decorated with fresh flowers. Overnight in a hotel. Read more

Ambalavao, 1 night

AMBALAVAO - NAMOLY - ANDREAMPOTSY

A 3 days / 2 nights hike in the Andringitra National Park will begin here. In the morning, you first leave Ambalavao to Andringitra by 4WD that will run through the beautiful scenery of the Malagasy highland (rice terraces, traditional villages, and tombs on the cliffs ....). After three hours, you will be in Namoly Valley. The 4WD will take you to the car park after check-in formality (ticket, guide, porter…). Before continuing, you will have lunch. You will be at 1650 m and will climb to 2100m, passing in secondary forest, overlooking the two sacred waterfalls, panoramic view, before to be at the third camp Andreampotsy (base camp). Picnic lunch included Dinner and overnight camping at Andreampotsy camp. Read more

Andreampotsy, 1 night

HIKE:ANDREAMPOTSY-DIAVOLANA-IANTARANOMBY

After breakfast at the camp, you will leave for the Ascension of the Pic Boby, the second highest summit and accessible of the country with its granite massifs. You will climb to the roof of Madagascar. A great walk, very steep; unique fauna and flora; a panoramic view ….. 9km round-trip for four hours and a half walk from Andreampotsy camp. You will back to Andreampotsy camp for the lunch before to continue the trek. After lunch, you will leave the camp and walk through vast plates in a loss of sight before boarding and join the beautiful and magical lunar landscape (Diavolana). Rocks, unique plants, tranquility and calm will be waiting for you. Then a long descent awaits you before you get to Iantaranomby on the west side of the park. Since Andreampotsy there are 10 km walk including 7.5 km on the shelf and the lunar landscape and a great downhill 2,300km before the camp of Iantaranomby Lunch included Dinner and overnight camping at Iantaranomby camp Read more

Iantaranomby camp, 1 night

IANTARANOMBY - MORARANO - RANOMAFANA

After breakfast; you will continue the downhill. You have a beautiful view of the cliff and Tsaranoro Valley. It is a quiet day because after 3 hours walk; you will be in the Valley of dream (near the cliff Tsaranoro). There are 7.600km from Iantaranomby to reach the village of Morarano. On place, the driver-guide already waits for you to continue the trip to Ranomafana. Ranomafana ("hot water") houses a tropical forest 40 000 ha, and the famous thermal springs with healing properties. Overnight in a hotel. Read more

Ranomafana, 1 night

RANOMAFANA - AMBOSITRA

Before to live Ranomafana and drive to Ambositra; you will join the Ranomafana National Park for a walking tour that will allow you to discover this enchanting place. Ranomafana, a whole forest park, spreads on 41,601 ha. It was classified UNESCO World Natural Heritage of the Atsinanana in 2007. It shelters a big wealth in endemic biodiversity but in danger. We can see the rare species there and seriously threatened lemurs. The park is also the genetic reservoir of some rare and endemic plant species. It is browsed by many rivers that are the affluent of the Namorona stream. We identified 12 species of lemurs, including 5 nocturnal species. Through the "Vatoharanana, Sahamalaotra or Aureus” tours, you will discover the park. You choose on site the tour (one tour) that suits you. After the visit, you will continue the road until Ambositra. Overnight in a hotel Read more

Ambositra, 1 night

AMBOSITRA - ANTANANARIVO

After the breakfast, you will leave Ambositra and drive to Antananarivo that you will reach at the end of the afternoon. Upon arrival in Antananarivo, the driver will take you to a nearby airport hotel for day use. In the evening, the driver-guide will take you to the airport and flight back home Day Use in a hotel. Read more

Antananarivo, Day Use

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Antananarivo
Hotel La Villette
Day 2
Location Miandrivazo
Day 3
Location Begidro
Hotel Camping
Day 4
Location Anosin'ampela
Hotel Camping
Day 5
Location Bekopaka
Day 7
Location Morondava
Hotel Laguna Beach
Day 8
Location Antsirabe
Day 9
Location Amabalavao
Hotel Tsienimparihy Lodge
Day 10
Location Andreampotsy camp
Hotel Camping
Day 11
Location Iantaranomby camp
Hotel Camping
Day 12
Location Ranomafana
Hotel Le Grenat
Day 13
Location Ambositra
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Antananarivo
Hotel Colbert
Day 2
Location Miandrivazo
Day 3
Location Begidro
Hotel Camping
Day 4
Location Anosin'ampela
Hotel Camping
Day 5
Location Bekopaka
Day 7
Location Morondava
Day 8
Location Antsirabe
Hotel Plumeria
Day 9
Location Ambalavao
Hotel Tsienimaparihy Lodge
Day 10
Location Andreampotsy camp
Hotel Camping
Day 11
Location Iantaranomby
Hotel Camping
Day 12
Location Ranomafana
Hotel Setam Lodge
Day 13
Location Ambositra

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Accommodation on bed & breakfast basis except at some hotels where a half board is required at mentioned hotels or similar;
  • Transportation by private 4WD cars from day 2 to day 3, from the day 5 to day 10 and from day 12 to day 14, fuel included;
  • The service of an English-speaking driver guide for a group of 1 to 5 people and the service of a hiking guide during the trekking at Andringitra National Park;
  • The service of an English-speaking accompanying guide for a group of 6 and more;
  • Tsiribihina River tour by canoe from day 3 to day 5, camping on full board basis;
  • 3 days/2 nights trekking at Andringitra National Park, camping on full board basis;
  • Entrance fees and park guides during parks visit mentioned in the program;
  • Other visits and activities in the program;
  • Transfers from/to the airport.

Package excludes

  • Airfare;
  • Visa;
  • Lunches and dinners except those are mentioned in the program;
  • Optional visits and activities;
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses.

More information

  • Price are per person in a double room with breakfast.
  • A single supplement and a half board or a full board supplement will give as required.
  • The Tsiribihina River tour can be done by motor boat with an extra charge.
  • This trip is not suitable for babies and children under 12 years old.

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