Morondava Baobab and Tsingy • 6 Days

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Discover the diversity of a distinctive destination with a 6-day trip to the arid yet striking Western region of Madagascar.  This tour package will allow you to experience the best of Western Madagascar’s landscapes and wildlife while staying in some of Madagascar’s most popular hotels. Due to the deteriorating road conditions caused by the heavy rains, this package only runs from the end of May until mid-November. Famous for the staggered, limestone “forests” of the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, the towering baobabs and the incredible creatures of Kirindy Reserve – the wilderness of the west will be sure to amaze! The Morondava Baobab and Tsingy tour shows off the best that Western Madagascar has to offer with highlights including visits to Morondava and Tsingy, starting and ending in Antananarivo.

Highlights of the Tour

Antananarivo

Antananarivo is the busy capital city of Madagascar and the start of most Madagascar safaris. This city deserves it’s place on your Madagascar itinerary. It’s a vibey, colourful city that offers visitors a glimpse of Malagasy society. The architecture tells the story of the city’s history, with the Rova of Antananarivo palace complex the undeniable jewel in it’s crown. Visit the pink baroque Andafiavaratra Palace and enjoy the pretty Jacaranda trees surrounding lake Anosy.

Morondava

Situated in the heart of Sakalava territory, Morondava is known for the royal sculpted tombs of the Menabe ancestors and for being the gateway to the Avenue of the Baobabs, one of the most photogenic places in Madagascar.

Kirindy Reserve

The Kirindy Reserve is where you’ll have the opportunity to see a variety of Madagascan lemurs – up to 7 different species! From the smallest primate, the tiny Pygmy Mouse lemur to the fat-tailed lemur.  It’s not just about lemurs because it’s also the best place to see the giant jumping rat as well as the Fossa, the largest predator on the island.

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

An exceptional landscape of limestone uplands cut into ‘tsingy’ or peaks and a ‘forest’ of limestone needles. The Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park encompasses the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve. Experience the spectacular Manambolo river canyon and pristine forests, lakes and mangrove swamps that shelter rare and endangered lemurs and birds.

 

 

Accommodation

Please note that Madagascar is a country which is in its infancy when it comes to tourism. Accommodation is limited therefore all the above mentioned accommodations are subject to availability and we reserve the right to change these using similar accommodation of the same or higher standards. The hotels used are simple, clean and of a basic – mid-range standard, with bathrooms en-suite. Please note that there is an option for an upgrade to a higher standard of accommodation.

Classic Package

Day 1

Residence Lapasoa (or similar)
Antananarivo, Madagascar

Day 2

Kirindy Lodge (or similar)
Morondava, Madagascar

Day 3

Olympe du Bemaraha (or similar)
Tsingy de Bemahara National Park, Madagascar

Day 4

Olympe du Bemaraha (or similar)

Day 5

Hotel Renala (or similar)
Morondava, Madagascar

Superior Package

Day 1

Hotel Royal Palissandre (or similar)
Antananarivo, Madagascar

Day 2

Relais du Kirindy Lodge (or similar)
Morondava, Madagascar

Day 3

Soleil Du Tsingy (or similar)
Tsingy de Bemahara National Park, Madagascar

Day 4

Soleil Du Tsingy (or similar)
Tsingy de Bemahara National Park, Madagascar

Day 5

Pallisandre Côte Ouest & Spa (or similar)
Morondava, Madagascar

Included

  • Accommodation in Antananarivo, Morondava and Tsingy de Bemahara National Park
  • Breakfast daily
  • All transport and transfers
  • English-speaking guide
  • Activities and excursions as mentioned
  • Specialist local guides in national parks as per program
  • Park entrance fees

Excluded

  • Flights & airport taxes: International & domestic
  • Pre and post-tour accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • All drinks
  • Meals not specified
  • Personal expenses such as gratuities, visas, travel insurance, curios, laundry etc.

Pre-Tour Information

Departure

When arriving in Antananarivo on the morning of day 1 of the Morondava Baobab and Tsingy tour, you will be picked up from the airport and embark on your tour. Should you arrive prior to day 1, pre-tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day 1 (Pick up time will be confirmed on arrival).

Transport

Transport will depend on the size of the group on the Madagascar safari:
A small car for 2 – 3 people
A minivan for 4 – 6 – 8 people
A bus for 10 people or more.
A 4WD vehicle is provided for the day excursion to Kirindy reserve as well as the excursion to Grands
Tsingy.

Visa

A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar and can easily be obtained upon arrival at the airport of Antananarivo with a validity of up to 60 days. Tourists staying for less than one month can purchase a visa for 115’000 Ariary (around 35 €). Paying with the exact amounts or small currency is advised. No photographs are required, however, please ensure that passports are valid for at least 6 months after the return date.

Travel Insurance

Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with JENMAN Madagascar Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange
your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance

You will be met on arrival to Ivato airport and transferred to your hotel in Antananarivo, where you can relax from your flight and take a swim. Depending on your arrival time, there may be an opportunity for you to ask the hotel to do a tour to the handicrafts market (additional expense).
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Morondava, where you will be met and transferred to Kirindy. Experience the mesmerizing allure of the Kirindy dry forest as you embark on a night walk, delving into its mystical depths in pursuit of elusive nocturnal lemurs.
Today is a long day of discovery and adventure! We set out early to visit the Kirindy Reserve stopping en-route to admire the beauty of the famous Baobab Avenue at sunrise. In Kirindy you will have the chance to see 7 species of lemurs, including the fat-tailed lemur and the tiny Pygmy Mouse lemur, believed to be the world’s smallest primate. Kirindy is the best place to see the giant jumping rat as well as the Fossa (Madagascar’s largest predator), and you can also witness various spiny tenrecs, birds and reptiles aplenty. The diverse flora includes three of the six endemic Malagasy baobabs. After exploring Kirindy we head north and onto Tsimafana where we take the ferry across to Belo sur Tsiribihina. After another road transfer, we will arrive at our destination for the day, Bekopaka, in the evening. Please note that it is a very long driving day due to poor and bumpy road conditions.
Today we visit the Bemaraha National Park in search of the Grands Tsingy. A UNESCO world heritage site since 1990, the area has a unique geography, well preserved mangrove forests and some amazing bird and lemur species. We will trek throughout the park. The karst landscape and deciduous forest are a refuge for rare and endangered species and in the park there are over 11 species of lemur, 90 species of bird and 50 types of reptile, some of which we might be lucky to spot on our hikes throughout the reserve. The Grands Tsingy is famed for its pinnacles, a forest of limestone pillars and limestone plateau. Some of its needles are several hundred metres high! We spend the day exploring this magnificent geological site.
After breakfast, we head back to Morondava by 4×4. We will travel through the small town of Belo-surTsiribihina and pass the Sakalava tribe tombs. En-route we stop to visit the stunning Baobab Alley but this time at sunset, a great photo opportunity! We arrive in Morondava early evening where we spend the night.
Embark on a serene morning adventure as you glide gracefully on a traditional dug-out canoe, through a picturesque landscape of vibrant mangroves, Follow the meandering waterways to the charming fishermen village of Betania. Here after you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Antananarivo where your unforgettable tour ends. We hope to welcome you in Madagascar again very soon!
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