The great South of Madagascar – 20 Days

All along this adventure, you will be riding a 4×4 vehicle through some of the most remote places in Madagascar. This trip is a unique opportunity to genuinely meet local people and to discover their atypical way of life and culture. Additionally, the breathtakingly beautiful scenery all along the way will constantly surprise you: the dunes, sandy trails, the mangrove forests, the vast ranges of pastures, the farmers fields, just to name a few.

In addition to the above, you will also enjoy the white-sand beaches and the turquoise sea in Salary, Cap Sainte Marie and Lavanono.

 

The main sites for this tour:

 

  • Descent of Tsiribihina river: The descent of the peaceful river Tsiribihina gives you the opportunity to experience the real Madagascar with isolated villages, visits of village where you’ll meet happy children and other local people, the baobab forest, waterfall and natural swiming pool, endemics fauna and flora 
  • Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park: visit of great Tsingy , small Tsingy, Gorge of  Manambolo
  • Morondava: Loving Baobab and sunset in baobab alley
  • Salary: an spotless white sand and its turquoise blue water 
  • Anakao: a Vezo fisherman’s village, snorkelling in Nosy ve to explore marine fauna and flora
  • Tsimanampetsotra National Park: salt lake, flamingos, blind fish, giant baobab, shrubs forest …
  • Lavanono : surf spot
  • Berenty private reserve: sanctuary of nature

 

 

DAY 1 : ANTANANARIVO – ANTSIRABE – MIANDRIVAZO 

Departure to Antsirabe, the water city of Madagascar. Crossed by the typical landscape road of the highlands strewed with rice fields and traditional houses. Visit of a forging  workshop (cooking pots) and confectionery of “bonbon gasy” (local treats) in Ambatolampy. Continuation to Miandrivazo after lunch. Observation of semi-arid landscapes, typical of the South-West Madagascar along the way. 

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2-3 : DESCENT OF TSIRIBIHINA RIVER

Transfer to Masekampy after the breakfast for a new adventure. Two days the descent of the river allowed us to observe different kinds of aquatics birds, crocodiles, the forest of baobabs, the daily activities of the population on the bank of Tsiribihina.

Visit of the immense waterfall Anosin’ ampela and bathing in the natural swimming pool will be worth seeing. Towards the end of the afternoon, the visit of a small typical village will allow you to appreciate the warm welcome of the Malagasy people. A folk animation will be there with the participation of the tourists by dancing famous Kilalaky; dance traditional and typical of the Menabe region. 

Overnight in bivouac.

DAY 4 : BELO SUR TSIRIBIHINA – BEKOPAKA 

End of the crossing in the morning. Transfer by 4×4 in Belo-sur-Tsiribihina to join the village of Bekopaka, starting point to visit the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. 

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 5 :  TSINGY OF BEMARAHA NATIONAL PARK  

A whole day dedicate for the visit. In the morning, excursion by traditional dugout to discover the richness of the gorge of Manambolo. Visit the caves with a beautiful set of limestone formations, observation from afar the tomb of vazimba. Continuation of the visit for great Tsingy in Andamozavaky; a national park listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. Observation of tsingy formation, panoramic view, crossed by the pontoon bridge, observation of different kinds of the lemur, birds, caducifoliées plants…

Lunch picnic. 

Return to the hotel towards the end of the afternoon.

DAY 6 : BEKOPAKA – MORONDAVA 

After the breakfast, direction to Morondava. Ferry on the river Tsiribihina followed by a dirt track. A small bend in the village of Mangily, an once opportunity to take photos at the famous loving baobab of Madagascar. Towards the end of the afternoon, sunset at the avenue of  baobabs; the moment will have been waiting for and one of the most beautiful landscapes of the big island.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 7 :  MORONDAVA – MANJA

Breakfast and direction to Manja. The landscapes are varied, thorny bush, savannah, baobab forest…

Overnight at the hotel.

 

DAY 8: MANJA – SALARY

Early departure to Salary. A very long journey through the baobab forest, a vegetation of thorny bush, rivers.

Overnight at the hotel.

 

DAY 9: SALARY

Relax at the beautiful spotless of Salary.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 10: SALARY – TULEAR 

Direction to Tuléar by taking the sandy track in a typical vegetation. Between the sea on the right and the thorny forest on the left, the landscape is picturesque.

Visit the sea museum and the shellfish market in Tulear.

Overnight at the hotel.

 

DAY 11: TULEAR – ANAKAO

Transfer by boat to Vezo fisherman village in Anakao.

Afternoon free.

 

DAY 12: ANAKAO

Transfer by traditional dugout to join Nosy ve.  A rare breeding site for red-tailed straw (Phaethon rubricauda) due to the presence of xerophilic thicket vegetation on the coral sand. For adventurers, snorkelling at the turquoise sea of ​​Nosy Ve to admire the multicolored fish of the coral reef. 

Back to the hotel in the afternoon.

DAY 13: ANAKAO – ITAMPOLO

Breakfast and direction to Itampolo. All along the way: subarid scenery typical of the region, Mahafaly tombs, which truly are mausoleums painted with vivid colors, zebu carts…

Stopover and visit of Tsimanampetsotsa National Park, the 1st Ramsar site in Madagascar. Flamingos, blind fish, giant baobab and pachypodium are there.

Towards the end of the afternoon, jaunt through the dry forest and sunset watching.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 14: ITAMPOLO – LAVANONO

After breakfast, direction to Lavanono. 

“Lavanono is a fishermen village located around the southernmost point of Madagascar. While in this village, you can lend yourself to excursions at sea; surfing enthusiasts will absolutely love this place – Lavanono is a world-renowned surf spot and people come from all over the world to go surf there.”

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 15: LAVANONO

Relaxing day at the beautiful beach in Lavanono.

Overnight at the hotel.

 

DAY 16: LAVANONO – BERENTY

Breakfast and departure to Berenty. Stopover and visit of the special reserve of Cap Sainte Marie located 25km from Lavanono.  Cap Sainte Marie is the southernmost point of Madagascar where you can admire the cliffs, the landscape of the extreme south of Madagascar. Vegetation of the thorny bush, the botanical garden with Alluaudia comosa, the dunes, the cave. The tour will also allow you to observe the tortoises, whales, reptiles, birds, aepyomis eggs.

Observation of  typical ornate Antandroy tombs with stones and zebu horns all along the way.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 17: BERENTY

Hike through 100 hectares of protected areas of endemic wealth. A great diversity of animals and plants is offered in this real sanctuary formed of a gallery forest and a thorny bush with the famous didieraceae sheltering lemurs, turtles, snakes, birds, bats…

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 18: BERENTY – FORT DAUPHIN

After breakfast, drive to Fort Dauphin and enjoy this tour to immerse yourself in the culture and tradition of the Antandroy people passing by the Androy Museum

Overnight at the hotel.

 

DAY 19: FORT DAUPHIN

Excursion to Sainte Luce Bay; a fishermen’s charming village. Fine sand, turquoise sea, warm welcome.

This site at unique charm is absolutely recommended for nature lovers.

Picnic lunch and back to the hotel around 4 pm.

Overnight at the hotel.

 

DAY 20: FORT DAUPHIN – ANTANANARIVO

Transfer at Fort Dauphin airport and flight to Antananarivo. 

City tour of Antananarivo and visit the royal palace of Ambohimanga classified World Heritage by Unesco in 2001. Towards the end of the afternoon, purchase souvenir at Digue craft market and transfer at Ivato airport for Europe/ Asia …

 

END OF OUR SERVICES

 

 

 

Entry requirements

The passport must be valid at least six (06) months after the return date. 

 An entry visa is required

 

  • 01 day à 30 days: 115.000 MGA– 35 EURO – 37 USD
  • 31 à 60 days : 135.000 MGA – 40 EURO – 45 USD
  • 61 à 90 days : 175.000 MGA- 50 EURO – 55 USD

Health formalities

Anti-malaria, cholera, hepatitis A and B vaccines are strongly recommended for people wanting to visit Madagascar.  It is also recommended to have basic and personal medications in sufficient quantity for the entire duration of the stay

Hospital and private clinic

Hospitals and private clinics can be found in the country’s major cities.

 

Currency

The local currency is the Ariary (MGA). Nowadays 1 Euro = about 3,800 Mga. It varies from time to time. Banks, car rentals, the main hotels and some shops in the major cities accept credit card.

 

Custom requirements 

It is absolutely prohibited to export protected animals, funeral statues or rare fossils. Certain items require an export authorization that can be obtained upon the purchase of said item (e.g. wood sculptures, gems, carved stones, etc.)

 

Luggage allowance

Each passenger has a 20 kg luggage allowance on domestic flights.

 

Tourist vignette

Tourist vignette price varies depending on the category. The vignette is to be paid at each hotel, or can be directly included in our services, and its price usually is between MGA 1,000 to MGA 5,000. 

Area and climate

Madagascar’s total area is 592,000 km² with other 5,000 km of littoral.  

From December to March: Summer (rainy season).

From April to August: Winter.

From September to November: dry period.

Time difference

The time difference between Madagascar and Europe is:

 

  •  + 2:00 winter time in Europe
  •  + 1:00 summer time in Europe

National holidays

The main national holidays in Madagascar are:

 

  • January 1st  (New Year’s Day)
  • Easter Monday 
  • March 29th (Commemoration of the insurrectionof March 29,  1947)
  • May 1st (Labour Day)
  • Whit Mondy
  • June 26th  (Independance Day)
  • Assumption
  • December (Christmas)

Usually, Saturday afternoons and Sundays are days off.

 

Food

Rice is the staple food of the Malagasy population. It usually comes with a side dish of zebu meat, pork or poultry and is sprinkled with “romazava”, a traditional broth made with zebu meat and leaves.

Only well-off families can afford foie gras.

Products that are usually associated with tropical countries can be found in Madagascar, such as seasonal fruits, seafood, etc.

One can also find all the usual drinks in Madagascar. It is recommended to drink local mineral water and to avoid drinking tap water.

 

Religion

Christianity and traditional beliefs (the cult of ancestors) predominantly cohabit in Madagascar; however, the country also has a substantial proportion of Muslims.

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