Western Madagascar Adventure

9

days
Safari: Madagascar

Western Madagascar Adventure

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

day

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

day

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

Bekopaka

We start our journey on the dust roads of Madagascar's Midwest across the dry deciduous forest, small villages, river crossings on barges. We will reach Belo sur Tsiribihina for a lunch stop and then drive to Bekopaka, the gateway to the Tsingy. This is a 180km journey which will last about 8 hours.

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4

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. 

Manambolo river ride: At dawn, we take a traditional pirogue ( dugout ) to navigate on the Manambolo river and admire the impressive gorges ( canyons ). Further up on the river, we will see some caves and learn about the funeral traditions of the Vazimba ( the first inhabitants of Madagascar ).

Small Tsingy: We start with this easy introduction to the Tsingy of Bemaraha. The short circuit passes through a labyrinth of limestones and its access is relatively easy via walkways and iron ladders and small bridges. While the pinnacles were steep, they are not too high. We can observe them over from two view points. We have some good chances to spot the Decken's sifaka and red-fronted brown lemurs.

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5

Bekopaka

Great Tsingy of Bemaraha: We embark on our 4x4 vehicle and drive to entrance of the trail, about 17km North of Bekopaka. We will be equipped with harnesses clipped to the steel cable to climb and walk across the lime stone forest. The Tsingy de Bemaraha Integral Nature Reserve represents rare or eminently remarkable geological phenomena and of exceptional beauty. It presents impressive geological elements including karstic scenery with a highly dissected limestone massif rising up to 100 metres, forming veritable cathedrals, offering a grandiose, spectacular natural landscape.

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6

Kirindy Private Reserve

Kirindy Forest, Nocturnal & Diurnal visits: We head to the Kirindy reserve, home of the Fosa, the largest mammal carnivore in Madagascar. Kirindy is one of Madagascar's most threatened ecosystems: its dry deciduous forests. It is also famous for the giant jumping rat, but is also home to seven species of lemur and a number of endemic reptiles. We will spend hours here to spot the wildlife and discover the flora.

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

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7

Morondava

Morning visit of the Kirindy Forest. We will then head back to the world famous Baobab Alley to photograph the dramatic sunset over these endemic trees.
Sunset at the Baobabs Avenue.

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

day

8

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

day

9

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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