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Western Madagascar Adventure (10 days)

10

days
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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What to Expect on This Safari

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day

1

Arrival in Antananarivo

You'll be met at the airport and transfered to Maison Gallieni for a lovely dinner and overnight stay in this vibrant and exotic city. Also known as Tana, is Madagascar’s capital city. It is perched at 1400 metres above sea level crowning a spectacular mountain range. Founded in 1625, Antananarivo boasts a rich historical heritage that is complemented by scenic landscapes covered in a large network of popular hiking routes. 

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

  • Western Madagascar Adventure (10 days)
  • Western Madagascar Adventure (10 days)
  • Western Madagascar Adventure (10 days)

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2

Miandrivazo

  • Depart early in the morning to Miandrivazo via Antisabe, a charming town surrounded by extinct volcanos and rice paddies. Miandrivazo is a peaceful village, and one of the hottest in Madagascar. Cool down on a Tsiribihina River cruise.
  • Princesse Tsiribihina will be your home for one night with bed and breakfast included. 

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

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3

Morondava

  • Today you'll continue your journey to the seaside town of Morondova,situated on the west coast of Madagascar. The town serves as a gateway to the area’s claim to fame and main attraction: the world-renowned ‘Avenue of the Baobabs’. These massive, ancient Baobab trees tower over the terrain and create magical otherworldly silhouettes at sunrise and sunset.

  • After lunch, you'll cruise through gorges and see your first lemurs. Cruising stops around 16h00. The team will set up camp on a huge sandbank bordering a forest for a spectacular camping experience. 

  • Don’t miss the opportunity to browse Morondava’s local market for a selection of locally made textiles and other sought-after Malagasy handicrafts.
  • Dinner and overnight at Palissandre Côte Ouest.

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

day

4 to 5

Belo Sur Tsiribihina

  • After a restful night under the stars, your cruise begins again along the Tsiribihina River. Pass motor barges carrying local products for the villagers and herds of zebu crossing the river while you contemplate this surreal landscape of cliffs with bats and rice fields. 
  • During the day you will stop at Begidro and Berevo villages. Despite being one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the world, Madagascar has very few birds. On your cruise however, you'll meet herons, teals, and knob-billed ducks.
  • Dinner and overnight at Lodge de la Saline. 

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6

Bekopaka

  • Your river cruise continues and the time arrives for you to enjoy Madagascar's famous baobabs. As home to six out of the world's eight species of these trees, you're bound to fall under their spell.
  • End your day in Belo sur Tsiribihina, where your 4WD is waiting for you. Drive all the way to Bekopaka, the nearest village to Tsingy of Bemaraha. On your way you'll be ferried across the Manambolo River on a barge. 
  • Dinner and overnight at Soleil Des Tsingy.

day

7

Kirindy Village

  • The day will be fully dedicated to the exploration of Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park. Only accessible from May to November (and even then, only via a 10-hour 4x4 drive or chartered flight) this UNESCO World Heritage Site is fantastic for nature lovers. 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. Alien-like succulents, sifakas, crocodiles and chameleons, complete the stunning picture and there are six hiking trails of varying lengths that allow visitors to explore on foot. 
  • Enjoy dinner and overnight at Relais Du Kirindy 

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

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8

Morondava

  • Your return journey back to Antananarivo begins today. You'll follow the same route with your guide and have the opportunity to discover the things you may have missed on incoming trip.
  • Breakfast at the Relais du Kirindy before you set off.

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

  • Western Madagascar Adventure (10 days)
  • Western Madagascar Adventure (10 days)
  • Western Madagascar Adventure (10 days)
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9

Antananarivo

  • Today you'll head back to Antananarivo.
  • Known for its vibrant nightlife, Antananarivo features local live music at a variety of clubs and bars. Visitors can look forward to exploring the remnants of the French colonial era in the old heart of the city, as well as discovering ancient Malagasy palaces interspersed between the faded grandeur of these colonial relics. Make the most of your last day in the capital
  • Dinner and overnight at Maison Gallieni. 

Meals: Half board

Drinks: Not included

Transport and transfers: Included

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  • Western Madagascar Adventure (10 days)

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10

End of Journey

You'll be transported to the airport for your flight back home after a hearty breakfast. 

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