Just a few places on Earth offer such an intense kaleidoscope of nature as Madagascar. Sandstone canyons, limestone karsts, mountains, fertile hills cascading with terraced rice paddies, forests of every kind – wet & rainy, dry, spiny – and a laterite-rich soil that gave the country its nickname of 'Red Island'. With 5000km of coastline, the sea is never very far, turquoise and idyllic in places, dangerous in others. It is the world’s fourth-largest island and its roads are dismal.
The island's signature animal is the lemur of course, but there are many weird and wonderful creatures: the eerie-looking fossa (a cat-like predator), colourful and camouflaged chameleons, oddly shaped insects, vivid frogs, graceful rays and turtles, several species of sharks, and humpback whales during the winter months.Trees and plants are just as impressive with the distinctively shaped baobabs, the fanning ravinala (travellers' palm), the hundreds of orchids or the spiny forests of the desert south.
We have prepared a short but intensive program to West Coast of the island, most representative part, that will allow us cover all of the highlights in one go. Here we go:
DAY 01/ARRIVAL IN TANA – DRIVE TO ANTSIRABE
Drive south to reach Antsirabe with stops on the way to enjoy the landscape of the highlands, rice terraces, vegetable plantation and traditional Malagasy houses of the high plateau. Overnight in hotel.
DAY 02/ANTSIRABE - MIANDRIVAZO - RIVER TRIP ON TSIRIBIHINA RIVER
The landscape changes into the dry area with valley and mountains. After breakfast in Miandrivazo, we take a motor boat on a Tsiribihina river, meet the local tribes living in the jungle, that will show us endemic birds and several species of chameleons. In the afternoon we will commence on a gorge of Tsiribihina to see the lemurs in their natural habitat; continue to the waterfall with natural swimming pool for a bath and exploration of the area. This night we will camp at the bank of the river.
DAY 03/RIVER TRIP
In the morning we will visit the village at side of the river to see the local tribe’s life and continue the trip to sneak peek at crocodile’s den, then pass the cliffs to the bats cave. In the evening, at the camping spot, we will have a live concert and Malagasy dance performance.
DAY 04/RIVER TRIP – BELO - TSINGY
DAY 05/VISIT NATIONAL PARK TSINGY DE BEMARAHA
DAY 06/TSINGY OF BEMARAHA – TSINGY - BELO - KIRINDY
DAY 07/DAY WALK IN KIRINDY FOREST - BAOBAB AVE - MORONDAVA
DAY 08/MORONDAVA – TANA
DAY 09/ TANA + Departure
Complete program available to confirmed RSVPS.
Grade: Easy with elements of climbing (Tsingy Forest)
Activities: trekking, sightseeing, cruising.
Visas: Any country can obtain a visa on arrival valid for 90 days. Stays up to 30 days are free of charge. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.
Cost: Approx. 9000 AED incl. international flights, 6500 AED without international flight (domestic included).
Specifically excluded: Lunches and dinners in local restaurants.
Specifically included: Stay in local hotels, 2 camping nights, camping kitchen, equipment included except for sleeping bag, local meals at the camping / boat, internal flight, AC Minibus, 4WDs, motor boats, ferries, , entrance fees to national parks where applicable, encounter local tribes, customs and wild life with all its specifics.
See yah in Mada!!