Explore Madagascar, from seaside Morondava to Bemaraha National Park

Home to stunning karst forests, ancient trees and incredible wildlife, the island paradise of Madagascar begs to be explored. Visit the Avenue of the Baobabs at sunrise, look out for lemurs clinging onto the limestone cliffs in the Bemaraha National Park and discover the big and little tsingys in the park. From beach to park, this breathtaking environment is a nature-lovers dream.


Start
Morondava, Madagascar
Finish
Morondava, Madagascar
Country
Madagascar
Style
Original
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
UBAB
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Wander around 800-year-old trees along the Avenue of the Baobabs

  • Cross the Big Tsingy via suspended bridge

  • Float down the meandering Manambolo River on a morning canoe trip

  • Count lemurs hanging around on the Tsingy’s karst shards

  • Watch the sun set behind the trees in Morondava

Is this trip right for you?

  • The visible vertical drop at the Big Tsingy can be quite intimidating especially for those with vertigo.

  • A level of fitness is required for the treks on days 3 and 4 of this itinerary.

  • This itinerary includes a canoe ride along the Manombolo River.

  • This is one of our Short Breaks and is slightly different to our group tours. There is no group leader but rather a local guide with the idea being that you maintain a level of independence during down time. You'll most likely travel on a join-in basis, which means you may or may not be joined by others for activities and transportation, depending on demand.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.

You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting.
After checking into your beachfront accommodation, perhaps go for a walk around the town or stroll along the beach. In the evening, seek out a local restaurant for a barbecue dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
A very early start today will have you heading to the baobab alley for the sunrise.
Baobab Alley is a row of about 20 - 25 imposing Adansonia grandidieri Baobab trees along some 260 m long stretch of the road and in the nearby pastures between Morondava and Belo Tsiribihina. Endemic to Madagacar, the Baobabs can be up to 800 years of age and reach heights of 98 feet (30 m). The diameter of the larger trees can
reach up to 36 feet (11 m) and the circumference can be up to 160 feet (50 m) around. Enjoy the changing colours of the trunks and the pronounced long shadows of the trees in the amazing surrounding of dry Malagasy bush.
Continue the drive to Belo sur Tsiribihina, crossing the Tsiribihina river, for a lunch break.
Arrive at Bekopaka in the late afternoon (an 8 hour drive in total).
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sunrise at Baobab Alley
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Another very early morning as we prepare to visit the Big Tsingy. We want to get there before the crowds and the heat of the day. Please organise a packed lunch and plenty of water with your accommodation.
Cross the Manambolo River and enter the National Park of Bemaraha.
The Great Tsingy are an amazing karstic formation with the Bemaraha National Park. Enjoy a trek through this remarkable geological phenomena. The visible vertical drop can be quite intimidating especially for those with vertigo.
Animals lovers can look out for the 11 species of lemurs, more than 100 bird species and 45 endemic reptiles and amphibians, including the Madagascar iguana and Antsingy leaf chameleon.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Big Tsingy Trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This morning enjoy a 4-5 hour walking trek through Small Tsingy. You will pass through a labyrinth of limestones and stop at two view points over the impressive pinnacles.
In the afternoon float down the Manombolo River onboard a pirogue (wooden dugout canoe), meandering along the edge of the tsingy forest. You’ll be paddled through the calm waters through the deep gorge under the shadow of towering cliffs. This canoe trip combines with an easy walk through caves, stalactites, stalagmites and the famous family tomb of the Vazimba tribe.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Manombolo River canoe ride
  • Small Tsingy walking circuit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Drive back to Morondava via a dirt road and sunset at Baobab Alley.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sunset at Baobab Alley
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
There are no activities today and you’re free to leave Morondava anytime.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

3 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Transport

Minivan

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights)

Included Activities

  • Sunrise at Baobab Alley
  • Big Tsingy Trek
  • Manombolo River canoe ride
  • Small Tsingy walking circuit
  • Sunset at Baobab Alley

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Important notes

1. You are free to depart at any time on day 6.
2. This itinerary runs on dates that finish 1 day prior to the start of our 16 day Experience Madagascar group trip.

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