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THE SPLENDID BAOBAB AND THE TSINGY OF BEMARAHA

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THE SPLENDID BAOBAB AND THE TSINGY OF BEMARAHA

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  • 6 Days

THE SPLENDID BAOBAB AND THE TSINGY OF BEMARAHA

The famous “Baobab Avenue” and “the Tsingy de Bemaraha” are on the must see list of Madagascar. The spectacular mineral forest of the Tsingy de Bemaraha stands on the western coast of Madagascar. Tsingy is the Malagasy word for “walking on tiptoes” and the nearly impenetrable labyrinth of limestone needles justifies this name. The whole protected area, designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1990, comprises a surface of 1.575 km². This rem

MORONDAVA

Meeting with one of our representative upon arrival at Morondava airport and transfer to the city; check-in at the hotel Palissandre Côte Ouest Resort (3*) or similar; the relaxing atmosphere of this coastal town immediately captures; the local market is worth a visit; the city center, near the local Bazary Be local market, is a lively jumble of narrow streets full of merchants and street vendors; Nosy Kely ("the small island"), where the hotel is located in the dunes overlooking the sea, is the real tourist district; after lunch at the hotel, departure for a city tour and an excursion to the village of Betania by traditional pirogue; Morondava naturally has its beaches where you can swim in the foaming waves and especially at sunset the effect is very impressive; in the evening, dinner and overnight at the hotel. Read more

Morondava - 01 night

MORONDAVA > BEKOPAKA / BEMARAHA N.P.

(200 km – about 7 hours) Breakfast at the hotel; departure by 4WD car from Morondava along the splendid Baobab Avenue that crosses the savannah dotted with huge baobabs trees, a red earth track that slopes through the dense deciduous forest, until we meet the Tsiribihina river, where wading aboard motor rafts; continuation along the track through the bush, where we can see, among other things, the funerary constructions of the Sakalava people, painted in bright colors; arrival at the Manambolo river and new crossing on raft; then we reach reach the village of Bekopaka; accommodation at the hotel L'Orchidée de Bemaraha (Ecolodge) or similar; lunch in a restaurant during the road; in the evening, dinner and overnight at the hotel. Read more

Bemaraha N.P. - 2 nights

BEMARAHA NATIONAL PARK

Excursion to the Manambolo gorges and the small Tsingy. After breakfast, you reach the banks of the Manambolo river and departure for an excursion of about 1.30 hours on special traditional pirogues reaching the majestic gorges of the river, characterized by high sheer walls, where birds of various species nest; further on, walking to visit some caves dotted with stalactites and stalagmites; at the end, return to the village; in the available time, we can visit the village, observe the activities and daily life of the people on the river, explore the offshoots of the forest and see its harmless inhabitants; lunch in a restaurant; in the afternoon, departure for the visit of the small Tsingy, limestone rock formations that are found in the surrounding savannah; this circuit of about 2 hours passes through a labyrinth of limestone pinnacles connected by wooden stairs and walkways, where you will have good opportunities to spot lemurs, especially the red-fronted sifaka and the decken brown lemurs , as well as chameleons and rare birds; at the end of the visit, return to the village; in the evening, dinner and overnight at the hotel. Read more

Bemaraha N.P. - 2 nights

BEMARAHA NATIONAL PARK

Excursion to the Great Tsingy: Breakfast at the hotel; whole day dedicated to visiting the fantastic Great Tsingy, an impressive stone wall about 100 km long, almost impenetrable, which has preserved this primitive environment intact; approach to the park entrance by car through the savannah, at the base of the cliffs, an ancient coral reef sculpted into spiers by weathering over geological eras, which can reach a height of up to 60 meters above the ground; exploration of the park, a UNESCO World Heritage site; this is probably the most rewarding hike; the trails leads inside the park, into the depths of the forest and between limestone pinnacles, passing through a series of suspension bridges with the impressive karst formations underfoot; the trail is not technically difficult and even older children can do it, but we certainly should not suffer from vertigo! picnic lunch during the excursion; return to the hotel at the end of the day; dinner and overnight at the hotel. Read more

BEMARAHA N.P.

BEKOPAKA > MORONDAVA

(200 km – about 7 hours) After breakfast, return to Morondava, always fascinated by the natural wonders along the way, stopping in the most interesting places; lunch in a restaurant along the way; at sunset, along the track that leads to Morondava, the famous Baobab avenue, where these gigantic and wonderful trees take on surprising colors when the sun sets, stop in the savannah to watch the impressive spectacle; arrival in Morondava at the end of the day and accommodation at Palissandre Côte Ouest Resort (3*) or similar; in the evening dinner and overnight at the hotel. Read more

MORONDAVA - 01 night

MORONDAVA

Breakfast at the hotel; in due time, transfer to the airport. End of services.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Morondava
Day 2
Location Bekopaka

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Full board, from lunch on the 1st day until breakfast on the last day
  • All transfers from/to Morondava airport
  • Private transport by 4WD vehicle: Morondava/Bekopaka/Morondava, (3/4 pax for 4x4) with French-speaking driver
  • Private excursions as indicated in the program
  • Bemaraha Park Entrance
  • Local taxes
  • Hotel taxes
  • Call assistance in English 7/24

Package excludes

  • All flights and airport taxes
  • English-speaking guide and local French-speaking guides in the parks and reserves mentioned in the program
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses
  • Anything not expressly indicated in the program and in the "Included Services"

More information

  • ROADS CONDITIONS: Roads not maintained and in poor condition in some parts.
  • VISITS AND EXCURSIONS: Not difficult but in the reserves a good physical shape is required, considering the 3-4 hours of walking.
  • CLOTHING: Light, with some warm garments for the cool season or altitude. Provide K-way or raincoat in case of rain.
  • NOT TO FORGET: Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, hat, sunglasses; walking shoes.
  • MOBILE PHONES: They generally work but away from the towns, sometimes the network is absent
  • PLEASE NOTE: The hike to the Great Tsingy involves a path between the rocks, which is not difficult and includes some equipped passages and the crossing of a hanging bridge (Tibetan bridge) on the peaks of the Tsingy. The use of sturdy boots is recommended.

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