Western Madagascar Adventure (10 days)

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Safari: Madagascar

Western Madagascar Adventure (10 days)

One of the absolute highlights of this trip is a visit to the famous Baobab Avenue where you can watch a breathtaking sunset.

Western Madagascar offers guests the chance to explore one of the best national parks in the country; Tsingy de Bemaraha. The reserve’s canyons, gorges, undisturbed forests, lakes and mangrove swamps display an astonishing richness of fauna and flora which have not yet been completely recorded. You'll also have the chance to experience quaint and isolated villages dotted along the journey, full of friendly smiles and local delicacies. 

With gigantic grey rock pinnacles (called tsingy) that appear to be balanced precariously on top of one another, and careful walkways and suspension bridges that somehow manage to link them together, it’s an otherworldly landscape. 

This journey includes:

  • Half board accommodation
  • 4WD car rental with an English speaking driver (air conditioned vehicle with rental cover and gasoline)
  • Park and reserve entrance fees

Travel tip:

This region of Madagascar is hot and dry, especially in summer. If you’re planning to hike, rock climb, or spend the day outdoors doing anything physical, then be sure to make an early start and avoid the afternoon heat.

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International flights not included.
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What to Expect on This Safari

This popular itinerary can be customised to match your budget and travel dates by adding/removing a few days or selecting different lodges

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1

Arrival in Antananarivo

Welcome to Madagascar! Once you have landed at Ivato International Airport, you are welcomed and assisted by your driver. You are then transferred to the Maison Galleieni, where you will be spending the night on a half board basis. 

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

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2

Morondava

This morning upon checkout, you are transferred to the Ivato International Airport, where you catch a one hour flight to the Morondava Airport. Once you have landed at the Morondava Airport, you are welcomed and transferred to the Palissandre Cote Ouest Resort & Spa, where you will be spending the night on a half board basis. Before you make your way to the hotel, you will be taken to the famous Baobab alley for a beautiful African sunset. 

Among 8 species of Baobabs in the world, 6 are only existing in Madagascar. The Baobabs of the famous alley are the Adansonia Grandieri. These huge trees are several hundred years old. This is one of the most popular and visited places in Madagascar. These Baobabs can be up to 800 years old and be 98 feet high (30 m). The diameter of the largest trees can reach up to 36 feet (11 m). A dozen baobabs giving to the alley will reveal their beauty especially with the red colours of dawn/dusk.

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

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3

Belo Sur Tsiribihina

After a scrumptious breakfast, you are transferred to Lodge De La Saline, where you will be spending the next two nights on a half-board basis. Your transfer is approximately a four hours drive from Morondava to the Wetlands. Interesting fact, the area surrounding your lodge was a former salt mine that was converted into a wildlife sanctuary by the landowner. 

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

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4 to

Belo Sur Tsiribihina

Today is for you to enjoy numerous activities offered by your lodge. These activities include birdwatching, night walks and kayaking.  The Wetlands around you are home to pink flamingos, lemurs, chameleons and other interesting animals. Enjoy the wildlife!

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5

Bekopaka

This morning you are transferred to Soleil des Tsingy where you will be spending the next two nights on a half board basis. Your transfer is a five-hour drive from the Wetlands to the Stone Forest, crossing Tsiribihina and Manambolo rivers by old-fashioned ferries. Today you get to visit the former Saline (Salt field). Enjoy!

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6 to

Bekopaka

This morning you are transferred to Isalo Rock Lodge, where you will be spending the next two nights on a half-board basis. Your transfer is approximately a six-hour drive. Today you have a visit to the Anja Reserve, where you get to see the ring-tailed lemurs: 

The forest in Anja was designated a protected area reserve by the Government of Madagascar in 1999. Anja Reserve is the most visited community-managed forest and ecotourist site in Madagascar. Anja has become a vital example of how community management of natural resources can both effectively protect the area and benefit the community.

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7

Bekopaka

This morning, after a pirogue tour on the Manambolo river, you get to start exploring the Stone Forest, along with the small Tsingy in the Tsingy National Park. 

Pirogue tour: Enjoy a short cruise on the Manambolo river, surrounded by this unique rocky formation in both sides of the river. The pirogue will lead you inside caves below the Tsingy stone forest. Under it, there are kilometers of undiscovered caves, rivers, and canyons. Bats, lemurs, birds and endemic flora have adapted to this unique ecosystem.

Tsingy National Park: Situated in western Madagascar, the subject of geological fascination and scientific wonderment, the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is well-suited for the robust explorer. Its canyons, gorges, swamps, forests and lakes are home to an astonishing array of fauna and flora. It may be a tough trek, but it’s worth it to see the diverse variety of lemurs, more than 100 bird species – including the endangered Madagascar fish eagle – and around 45 reptile and amphibian species.

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

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8

Morondava

This morning, after a delicious breakfast, you are collected and transferred to Palissandre Cote Ouest & Spa, where you will be spending the night on a half board basis. This morning you also have an early walk inside the Kirindy Forest to sport Lemurs one last time before departure. Your drive between Kirindy Forest and Morondava is approximately a two and a half-hour drive and also passes the Baobab alley. In addition, you also have a visit to the Marofandilila forest today.  

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

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9

Antananarivo

Upon checkout, you are transferred to the Morondava Airport, where you catch a flight to the Ivato International Airport. Once you have landed at the Ivato International Airport, you are welcomed and taken to the Lemurs park, where you can view these unique primates closely. After your visit to the park  you are transferred to the Maison Gallieni, where you will be spending the night on a half board basis. 

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

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10

End of Journey

Today your unforgettable tour comes to an end. This morning you are transferred to the Ivato International Airport, where your journey back home begins. If time allows it, you can go and do one last shopping session on souvenirs. We wish you a safe journey home. 

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