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TSIRIBIHINA RIVER TRIP AND THE TSINGY OF BEMARAHA

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TSIRIBIHINA RIVER TRIP AND THE TSINGY OF BEMARAHA

Tsiribihina is a river in the western of Madagascar. The river is surrounded by mangroves which makes the trip very interesting. The navigation starts from the shore of Mahajilo river, a tributary of the Tsiribihina. You will travel in covered and large motor boat equipped with kitchenette and a sun-deck. The majestic Tsiribihina flows between the spurs of the highlands to the high vertical walls of the Bemaraha Canyons where the tropical forest grows, providing a perfect habitat for the lemurs. During the two days navigation, there are stops which will enable you to see the inner land and discover fantastic waterfalls and natural pool with luxuriant vegetation. Don’t miss out to see various species of lemurs, crocodiles, turtles and birds like the herons, pink ibis, and parrots. After the river trip, you will reach Bemaraha National Park, the Tsingy the Malagasy word for “walking on tiptoes” is a protected area. It has been listed one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. During this trip you may see the following: - 11 species of lemurs including the Decken's sifaka, red-fronted brown lemur, fat-tailed dwarf lemur, grey mouse lemur/ the Cleese's woolly lemur and the Sambirano lesser bamboo lemur. - mammals and the small carnivorous falanouc and ring-tailed mongoose, and several bats. - 100 species of birds which have been found within the Bemaraha National Park: the endangered Madagascar fish eagle and crested ibis, Madagascar wood-rail, giant coua or Coquerel´s coua. - 45 reptiles and amphibians: Madagascar iguana a local endemic long-tailed skink and the Antsingy leaf chameleon.

River cruise and the Tsingy

Departure by car from Antananarivo to Miandrivazo along the road that crosses the central plateau. You will see typical villages of the highlands with houses built with red dirt and rice fields. You will reach Antsirabe, a thermal town also famous with its brightly coloured rickshaws called "posy". After lunch at the restaurant, let's continue the itinerary westyard, crossing a region which is densely cultivated by the local Vakinankaratra population, then towards a vast region dominated by hills and savannahs. Arrival in Miandrivazo, considered as the hottest town in Madagascar by the end of the day. Read more

Miandrivazo

River cruise and the Tsingy

After breakfast continue towards the banks of Mahajilo river, tributary of the Tsiribihina. From there start the two days of navigation. You will board the motor boat and navigate through the tree filled savannah to the first campsite. The boat will pass near local villages. When reaching the campsite on a banks of the river near a Sakalava village, the staff will do all the set ups. Meals will be served on board and overnight stay in tents. Read more

Campsite

River cruise and the Tsingy

Breakfast at the campsite then continuation of the navigation along the river where you will se various species of birds such us the herons, the strange looking drongo with its attractive plume, fishing eagle. You will stop half way for a great walk within the nature, you may even meet some species of lemurs and enjoy a bath in the natural pool. In the afternoon, the current becomes faster when the river enters the gorge dominated by high vertical halls and luxuriant vegetation providing a natural habitat for the lemurs. Arrival at the second camspite by the end of the day. Read more

Campsite

River cruise and the Tsingy

After breakfast at the campsite, let's start the navigation. As we go further you will notice more typical villages of the Sakalava ethnic group and more importantly the first apparition of baobab trees. And it's already the end of your navigation on the Tsiribihina river. Lunch will be served on board. From there, you will be driven by car towards the village of Bekopaka where the Bemaraha National Park is located. During this journey, shrubby bush, funeral constructions of the Sakalava painted in bright colors will fill the scenery. After crossing the Manambolo river, you'll be in Bekopaka. Read more

Bekopaka

River cruise and the Tsingy

Today the whole morning is dedicated for the visit of the Petits Tsingy, calcareous rock formations in the midst of the savannah. Its particular form, like impenetrable barrier allowed to preserve the primitive environement. The tropical forest is home for the Sifaka also. To end the day, we'll take you on traditional boat along the Manambolo river, from where you'll amdire the luxuriant vegetation. Read more

Bekopaka

River cruise and the Tsingy

Today, we'll take you for another whole day of exciting expedition to discover the amazing big Tsingy. A walk along the savannah leads us to the base of the rocky walls which is an ancient coral reef, carved in spires. This formation with over hundreds of million years can reach a height of up to 60 meters from the ground. The tsingy is classified as a UNESCO WOorld Heritage Site. Picnic lunch during the excursion. Read more

Bekopaka

River cruise and the Tsingy

After breakfast, departure by car towards Morondava. You will see fascinating natural wonders along the drive. Lunch in a local restaurant. Our final stop for this incredible expedition is at the famous "Baobab Avenue". Get ready with your camera when the red ochre color of the sunset goes through the baobab branches. Breathtaking moment! Read more

Morondava

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Miandrivazo
Day 2
Location Sakalava village
Hotel Overnight in tent
Day 3
Location Village
Hotel Overnight in tent
Day 4
Location Bekopaka
Hotel Tanankoay
Day 7
Location Morondava
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Miandrivazo
Day 2
Location Sakalava village
Hotel Overnight in tent
Day 3
Location Village
Hotel Overnight in tent
Day 4
Location Bekopaka
Day 7
Location Morondava
Hotel Baobab Café
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Miandrivazo
Day 2
Location Sakalava village
Hotel Overnight in tent
Day 3
Location Village
Hotel Overnight in tent
Day 4
Location Bekopaka
Day 7
Location Morondava

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Private transport by 4WD car with French speaking driver
  • Motor powered boat on Tsiribihina river for 2 days/2 nights
  • All the camping materials (canvas, sponge mattresses, camping tables and chairs, kitchen facilities, etc) except personal sleeping bag
  • Full-board from the lunch of Day 1 until lunch of Day 8
  • Tour Guide (English, Spanish, Italian)
  • Local Guides
  • Entry tickets at Bemaraha National Park
  • Hotel and local taxes
  • All transfer from/to airport
  • Satellite phone for emergency use only (extra-charge for personal calls)
  • Call assistance in English/ French/ Italian 24/7

Package excludes

  • International and domestic flights with airport taxes
  • Beverages, tips and extra
  • Personal sleeping bag

More information

  • On request: domestic flight, child discount.

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