Tsiribihina river tour – Tsingy de Bemaraha
Tsiribihina river tour and Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. Adventure and relaxation in the western part of Madagascar. A relaxing pirogue (canoe) tour on the Tsiribihina river. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful landscape and a wide variety of birds and wildlife. Visit Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and the famous Baobab Avenue.
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Tsiribihina river tour – Tsingy de Bemaraha
9 days / 8 nights
Ivato airport – Antananarivo – Antsirabe – Miandrivazo – Masiakapy – Tsiribihina river tour – Belo sur Tsiribihina – Bekopaka – Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park – Belo sur Tsiribihina – Baobab Avenue – Morondava.
- Taxi Brousse: Antananarivo – Antsirabe, Antsirabe – Miandrivazo
- Hotel: Antananarivo (1 night), Antsirabe (1 night), Miandrivazo (1 night), Belo sur Tsiribihina (2 nights), Morondava (1 night)
- Continental breakfast: Antananarivo, Antsirabe,Miandrivazo, Belo sur Tsiribihina, Morondava
- Transfers by car: Ivato airport – Antananarivo city (Hotel), Hotel – Taxi brousse station in Antananarivo, Taxi brousse station in Antsirabe – Hotel, Hotel – Taxi brousse station in Antsirabe, Taxi brousse station in Miandrivazo – Hotel, Miandrivazo – Masiakapy (Start of the river tour)
- Miandrivazo – Masiakapy – Tsiribihina River – Nosinapela Waterfall- Belo Sur Tsiribihina – Tsingy De Bemaraha- Belo Sur Tsiribihina – Baobabs Avenue – Morondava: Full board on Tsiribihina river and Tsingy, Formalities at the police office in Miandrivazo and Masiakapy, A local boat and boatmen, The mineral water on the river and Tsingy, The camping equipments on the river and Tsingy, The entrance fee at the waterfall of Nosinapela, A 4×4 WD during 3.5 days, The entrance in the Tsingy of Bemaraha and a local guide,The Zebu cart to Antseraraka. The ferry boats in Belo sur Tsiribihina and Bekopaka. All facilities on the tour, An assistant guide during the tour.
For two persons: € 1510 (2 days visit in Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park)
For two persons: € 1425 (1 day visit in Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park)
Best time: May to November
Tsiribihina river tour – Tsingy de Bemaraha – Day to day
Day 1: Airport – transfer by car to Antananarivo city center (hotel)
We will meet at the International Airport of Ivato and transfer you to the hotel in the center of the city. Overnight at Tanajacaranda Guest House hotel.
Day 2: Antananarivo – Antsirabe (hotel)
Early in the morning after breakfast, we will take Route National nr. 7 by a Taxi bousse to Antsirabe. A good road through highlands and beautiful green rice fields. In the afternoon we can visit a lapidary, some workshops and markets or just relax at the hotel in Antsirabe. In the evening there is time to walk through the nice town centre or take a “pousse pousse” ride around town and visit a restaurant or bar.
Overnight at Green Park Economy hotel.
Day 3: Antsirabe – Miandrivazo (hotel)
After breakfast, we will continue our trip by a Taxi brousse and for the rest of the day we’ll be traveling through the changing Malagasy countryside. In the evening we can relax at our hotel in Miandrivazo. Here I will also introduce you to the owner of the Pirogue (traditional canoe). He will be our “captain” for the next few days. Overnight at La Pirogue Hotel.
Day 4: Tsiribihina river tour (Camping)
Miandrivazo – Masiakapy – Tsiribihina River Tour – Nosinapela Waterfall – Begidro Village – Camping
After breakfast, transfer to Masiakapy by a taxi brousse. Here we will start the calm water river journey on the majestic Tsiribihina River. You can sit back, relax and enjoy a beautiful landscape and many kinds of wild animals like: herons, wild ducks, parrots, raptors, kingfishers, chameleons, insects and butterflies. In the midday, we cross the massif of Bemaraha. It overflows with a fantastic landscape, deciduous forest with its lemurs and the marvellous sounds of birds. In the afternoon we will have a shower under the best waterfall of Madagascar: “Nosinapela ” and its natural swimming-pool. After this nice waterfall we continue our cruising toward Begidro village where we will be setting camp on a sand bank, build a fire and cook your dinner. Enjoy your meal, listening to the sounds of the river and watch the sun go down.
Day 5: Tsiribihina River Tour – Begidro Village (Camping)
We cruise slowly on the river and in the midday we stop for lunch under a mango tree. In the afternoon we set camping on a sand bank close to a traditional Malagasy village. Enjoy dinner and have a good night sleep. Out here where there are no streetlights or pollution the night sky is filled with stars. Beautiful and relaxing, leading you to sweet dreams.
Day 6: Tsiribihina River Tour (Hotel)
End of the local boat trip – Zebu cart ride – Antseraraka village – Belo Sur Tsiribihina
This last part of the pirogue trip also leads us to beautiful landscapes with rice fields on the river banks. Before midday we arrive on the end of local boat trip.
After the pick nick lunch we walk with the zebu cart ride which loads our luggages and passing through some lovely small villages then we arrive at Antsiraraka, where we take a 4×4 car to Belo sur Tsiribihina. In the early evening we arrive in Belo sur Tsiribihina and check in at the hotel. In the KARIBO restaurant you can enjoy dinner with fresh fish or traditional Zebu steak. Overnight at KARIBO Hotel.
Day 7: Belo sur Tsiribihina – Bekopaka (Camping)
Visit to the ‘small’ Tsingy de Bemaraha
After breakfast, we will travel to Bekopaka by 4-wheel drive. Around noon we’ll arrive at Andadoany village where we camp and have a nice lunch at the local restaurant. After lunch we will explore the beautiful Small Tsingy and Andadoany’s circuit to see the impressive Labyrinth of Limestone and visit 2 view points on the limestone pinnacle formation. Here we can spot the biggest Sifaka in the West of Madagascar called Decken’s Sifaka and wildlife like Red fronted brown Lemurs, spiders and birds. After 2 hours we will return to our campsite, set under the mango trees at Manambolo riverside.
Day 8: Tsingy de Bemaraha (Hotel)
Bekopaka – visit the big Tsingy de Bemaraha – Bekopaka – Belo sur Tsiribihina (hotel)
Early morning after breakfast we drive to the Big Tsingy’s car park (15 Kms / 1 hour drive).
We spend 4 to 5 hours hiking in the infinite Grand Tsingy to see 30 meters high cracks, beautiful forest’s canyons with lemurs and birds, the flora is truly unique with its endemic and medicinal plants, caves, cathedral of rocks, the infinite view on the highest roof of the Big Tsingy! At 2 pm we arrive on the campsite and have lunch at the restaurant. After lunch we drive back to Belo sur Tsiribihina. Arrival around 6 pm in Belo sur Tsiribihina and check in at the hotel. Overnight at KARIBO Hotel.
Day 9: Tsingy de Bemaraha – Morondava (Hotel)
After breakfast we will drive south to Morondava. Visiting the sacred ‘Baobab in love’ and the famous ‘Baobab avenue’ for a beautiful sunset.
In the evening, we will arrive in Morondava and relax at the Bougainvilliers hotel. Beautiful bungalows on a wide sandy beach and a restaurant offering you a nice view of the Mozambique Channel.
Here we can arrange your transfer to the airport of Morondava, the next morning.