river-trip-tsiribihina-and(10 day/ 9 nights)

Drive to Miandrivazo for the start of the downstream Tsiribihina River trip. The continuation to Bekopaka, entrance to the Tsingy of Bemaraha (UNESCO world heritage site), sharp limestone pinnacles, up to 50 m high. Short visit of the Kirindy dry forest reserve and drive through the baobab avenue. Tour for the more adventurous customer and only possible from June to October, it is unsuitable for big people and people who are afraid of heights as there are passages in the Tsingys where you have to climb through narrow gaps. Beach extension in Morondava possible.

 

 

 

1st day: EUROPE – ANTANANARIVO
Meeting at Ivato international airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

2nd day: ANTANANARIVO – MIANDRIVAZO (380 km about 8 h drive)
After Breakfast, drive to Miandrivazo through Antsirabe ;the “Town of Water”: so called because of its numerous thermal springs and the existence of two crater lakes. Continue through a hilly and mountainous area: Plateau of Betsiriry . Arrival at Miandrivazo in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

3rd day : MIANDRIVAZO – TSIRIBIHINA (30 km about 1 h drive)
Transfer to the port and embark in a motor barge for a two and a half days cruise along the Tsiribihina river. You’ll see some villages and kids waiving at you, and some people doing their daily labour. You might also see birds ( whistling ducks , egrets, herons, helmeted guinea fowls), and probably some crocodiles. The landscape along this river is mainly composed of deciduous forest sheltering some species of lemurs. After crossing the Bemaraha gorge and its cliffs, one can see countless game birds. Camping on the banks of the river.

4th day: TSIRIBIHINA
After breakfast, the cruise goes on. The morning program includes a visit of a marvellous waterfall “Anosin’Ampela” and a natural pool where you can swim. Some miles ahead, the landscape turns into a succession of green fertile plains and baobab forests. Camping on the bank of the river.

5th day: TSIRIBIHINA – BELO – BEKOPAKA (100 km about 5 h drive)
Continuation of this wonderful cruise: arrival in the Menabe plain and its little villages mainly inhabited by fishermen and farmers: the end of the cruise. A 4WD car is waiting for you and brings you along dry plains with some bush, palm and baobab trees to Bekopaka, you and the car will have to cross the Manambolo river on a small local ferry before getting there. Overnight at the hotel.

6th day: BEKOPAKA
Visit of the small and the large TSINGY, rare sharp limestone pinnacles up to 50 m high, sheltering some species of lemurs, various species of birds and many endemic plants. This Tsingy of Bemaraha are on the UNESCO list of the world nature sites, and a large part of the park is not accessible for the public. The Tsingy have been millions of years under water, and so you can also see some fossils enclosed in the limestone. Overnight at the hotel.

7th day: BEKOPAKA – KIRINDY (160 km about 7 h drive)
After breakfast, you and the car will have to cross the Manambolo river on a small local ferry again. Drive to Belo, and after this small town, cross the Tsiribihina river on another local ferry boat, then continue to Kirindy.  First visit of Kirindy reserve to try to see the night active animals. Overnight at the simple lodge of the reserve.

8th day: KIRINDY – MORONDAVA (45 km about  2 h drive)
After breakfast, visit of Kirindy reserve to see lemurs (dancing lemurs), tenrecs, reptiles and birds. Drive to Morondava, on the way, visit the “Baobab in love” and stop at the Baobab avenue (you can wait for the sunset, a magic moment in this beautiful and unique surroundings). Then drive to Morondava and overnight at the hotel.

9th day:  MORONDAVA – ANTANANARIVO
Transfer to the airport for flight back to the capital. Transfer to the hotel and rest of the day free. Overnight at the hotel.

10th day: ANTANANARIVO-PARIS
Excursion to the historical site of Ambohimanga, where the merina Kings used to live (UNESCO world heritage site). In the afternoon, a visit to the handcraftsmarket with beautiful handmade items from materials like leather, stone, natural fibers, wood. Then day use in the hotel, in the evening transfer to  the international airport of Ivato for flight to Europe.

 

TARIFFS PER PERSON:

1 person SINGLE: 2680 Euro
2-3 people DOUBLE: 1430 Euro
4-5 people DOUBLE: 1110 Euro
6-7 people DOUBLE: 1045 Euro
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT 220 Euro

 

Including:

  • Transfers from and to airport
  • The small cruise on the Tsiribihina river on full board
  • Accommodation based on bed and breakfast in simple to midrange hotels , except during the Tsiribihina Tour: camping in Tsiribihina on full board.
  • Camping equipments (tent, mattress, blankets)
  • Ferry transfers
  • Road transfers:   Antananarivo – Antsirabe – Miandrivazo, Belo – Bekopaka –Morondava
  • Driver’s indemnities and Fuel
  • Park and reserve fees ( Tsingy), Kirindy, lemurs park
  • Service of local guide in parks and reserves
  • Visit of the historical site of Ambohimanga and the handicraft market
  • Tourist levy and VAT

Excluding:

  • International flights and their airport taxes
  • Domestic flight with airport taxes: Morondava –Tana 250 Euro per person without reduction, if flying long haul with MD, tariff will be reduced..
  • Visa fee (80’000 Ariary (around 24 to 27 € depending on exchange rate) for a stay up to 30 days)
  • other meals and drinks
  • Personal expenditures
  • Personal insurance for eventualities like accidents, theft or damage to luggage, cancellation etc

 

Supplement for guide escort from the agency 690 Euro (to be shared by participants)
Supplement of best hotels in each area DOUBLE: 155 Euro/Person
SINGLE:  350 Euro
Supplement in best hotels for Half board: 110 Euro
Full board: 195 Euro

Planned hotels for this tour (subject to availability, other hotels are possible, tariff may have to be adjusted):
Name of city / Standard hotel/ best hotel
Antananarivo /Lapasoa** / Tamboho*** Sup room
Miandrivazo / Princesse Tsiribihina** / unchanged
Tsiribihina / Camping / unchanged
Bekopaka / Orchidée** / Soleil des Tsingys***
Kirindy / Kirindy Lodge* / unchanged
Morondava / Renala au sable d’or** / Palissandre Côte Ouest****
Antananarivo /Lapasoa** / Tamboho*** Sup room