Madagascar - Baobab & Tsingy Explorer

Classic, Antananarivo to Antananarivo

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Love gorgeous landscapes, unusual creatures, and exploring the outdoors? Then why haven’t you been to Madagascar? This nine-day adventure introduces you to Africa’s remote island paradise by way of Bekopaka’s famed Baobab Alley, the nocturnal creatures of Kirindy Reserve, the stunning weathered rock formations of the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve, a canoe ride to caves along the Manambolo River, and maybe even encounters with the odd lemur. Madagascar is one of the most otherworldly places on Earth; you may not even believe it when you see it.

What’s included

  • Sunset at Baobab Alley
  • 4x4 journey between Morondava, Kirindy and Bekopaka
  • Guided night walk in Kirindy Reserve
  • Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve guided visit
  • Canoe excursion on the Manambolo River
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from activities

Highlights

  • Search for lemurs and unique wildlife
  • Experience an unforgettable sunset at baobab alley
  • Discover nocturnal creatures on a night walk in kirindy reserve
  • Explore the peculiar rock formations of the unesco-classified tsingy de bemaraha strict nature reserve
  • Explore the manambolo river in a canoe

Itinerary

Day 1 Antananarivo There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: Please note, occasionally the following itinerary may have to be shuffled due to changes with the internal flight schedules. Typically, this results in shuffling days of the itinerary around and does not cause any missed activities, destinations or experiences. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Antananarivo/Miandrivazo Journey through Antsirabe, the spectacular eroded hills called 'lavaka', and the lush green landscape before arriving at the farming town of Miandrivazo for the night. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours, 395km)
Day 3 Miandrivazo/Kirindy Forest Drive to Kirindy Forest Reserve, where you may be lucky enough to spot the giant jumping rat, or Fossa, the largest carnivore on the island. This evening, enjoy a night walk, the highlight of a visit to Kirindy. Included Activities: Kirindy Forest Night Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 285km) 4x4 (3.00-4.00 hours, 60km)
Day 4 Kirindy Forest/Bekopaka (1D) Load into 4x4's and head out on sandy roads heading north to Bekopaka, before arriving cross the Tsiribihina and Manambolo rivers by local ferry. Transport: 4x4 (5.00-6.00 hours, 190km)
Day 5 Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park (1B, 1D) Morning canoe adventure on the Manambolo River, with an afternoon exploring the Little Tsingy's. Included Activities: Canoe the Manambola River Little Tsingy Visit
Day 6 Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park (1B, 1D) Enjoy a full day exploring the peculiar rock formations of the 'Great Tsingy'. Additional Notes: Hiking the Great Tsingy is more adventurous than the Little Tsingy and involves sections of scrambling on exposed rocks, crossing hanging bridges and large vertical drops. It is not technically difficult, but should not be attempted by the faint hearted or those suffering from vertigo. (The panoramic views are worth the effort though.) If you do not want to visit Great Tsingy on this day, there are alternatives to spend an additional day in Little Tsingy. Included Activities: Great Tsingy Visit
Day 7 Bekopaka/Morondava (1B) The sandy track leads back to Morondava passing through Baobab Alley in time for sunset. Included Activities: Sunset at Baobab Alley Transport: 4x4 (8.00-9.00 hours, 255km)
Day 8 Morondava Opt for a group farewell dinner as the trip draws to an end.
Day 9 Morondava/Antananarivo A final morning in Morondava before flying back to Antananarivo. The tour finishes on arrival in Tana. Additional Notes: ** Flights normally depart Morondava at 2pm, but are sometimes rescheduled to 9am. The morning schedule may change accordingly ** Due to the unpredictability of local flights, if we are unable to secure your domestic flight, we will instead transport you in private vehicles. This journey can take approximately 11 hours. The tour ends upon arrival in Antananarivo. To avoid any unnecessary issues with timing, please book ongoing travel no earlier than 8pm. Please contact your booking agent if you would like to book post-tour accommodation. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
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