The Tsiribihina River and the Tsingy of Bemaraha – 09 Days

Going down the Tsiribihina River sure is a singular way to explore the Southwest region of Madagascar.

The reddish-coloured river crosses the Bemaraha plateau, digging deep groove marks on its path that are transforming, as time goes by, into cliffs covered by a rich vegetation and home to a diverse fauna and flora.

You will, among other things, be able to admire absolutely jaw-dropping sunsets, as well as the world-renowned Baobab Alley. End your journey by relaxing at the Kimony beach.

 

 The main sites for this tour:

 

  • Ambatolampy : visit of forging
  • Antsirabe : capital of the Vakinankaratra region, thermal city, sightseeing by rickshaw, visit of a stonecutter workshop as well as the Andraikiba and Tritriva lakes
  • 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, fauna and flora endemics
  • Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park: visit of great Tsingy , Petit Tsingy, Gorge of  Manambolo
  • Morondava: Baobab amoureux and sunset in baobab alley
  • Relax and bathing in the beautiful beach of  Kimony

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 THE 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. 

At night 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 DE 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 small Tsingy; a national park listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. Observation of tsingy formation.

Return to the hotel towards the end of the afternoon.

DAY 6 : TSINGY DE BEMARAHA NATIONAL PARK

All-day visit of the Great Tsingy in Andamozavaky. Panoramic view, crossed by the pontoon bridge, observation of different kinds of the lemur, birds, caducifoliées plants…

Lunch picnic. 

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 7 : 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.

DAY 8 : MORONDAVA 

Relax and bathing in the beautiful beach of  Kimony.

 

DAY 9 : MORONDAVA – ANTANANARIVO :

Trasnfer at Morondava 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 …

 

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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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