Madagascar Baobabs & Beyond

11 Days | Discover the diverse landscapes of Africa’s remote eco-paradise.

3.9 out of 5 based on 13 reviews submitted.
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Venture into the far reaches of Madagascar on this 11-day journey that reveals the diverse landscapes of one of the most spellbinding countries on the African continent. From the emerald-green crater lakes of the Antsirabe district, to the golden hues of sunset in the Avenue of the Baobabs, experience Madagascar’s rainbow terrain as you leave behind the bustle of Antananarivo and traverse remote paths and waterways into the wild. Experience life along the Tsiribihina Delta on a two-day cruise, see the legendary tombs of the Vazimba people while exploring caves, float down the Manambolo River in a dugout canoe and feel the suspense as you peer down into the vast canyon of the Great Tsingy.

Trip overview

Map of Madagascar Baobabs & Beyond including Madagascar
Start
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Finish
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Madagascar
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
YBSO
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Witness a spectacular pink and yellow sunset behind towering, 800-year-old trees along the Avenue of the Baobabs in the laid-back seaside town of Morondava.
  • Travel along the Tsiribihina River in a traditional barge, stopping to hike to hidden waterfalls, explore remote villages and camp among nature on the banks.
  • Trek through a forest of limestone karsts and cross a sheer drop on a suspended bridge at the Great Tsingy, keeping an eye out for native wildlife including 11 species of lemur.
  • Float down the meandering Manambolo River in a traditional dugout canoe, wind through a deep gorge and past rocky cliffs, soaking up the tranquil atmosphere.
  • Discover the emerald-green waters of Tritiva, an extinct crater surrounded by verdant forest, on a hike through the stunning Antsirabe district.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The visible vertical drop at the Great Tsingy is an incredible sight, however it can be quite intimidating especially for those with vertigo. If you have concerns, please discuss these with your leader once the trip commences.
  • Some of the best scenery in Madagascar is found on hikes. So, while this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit if you want to partake in all activities.
  • This trip includes river cruising on the Tsiribihina River. Camping conditions are basic along the way and there will be no access to bathroom facilities, however this means you have access to more remote parts of the region and the joy of experiencing the elements.
  • As this is a remote part of Madagascar there will be some very long travel days, but we think the unique and rewarding experiences are worth the distances travelled. Due to the conditions of the roads and the impact of little maintenance during the pandemic travel can be slow so a little patience can go a long way.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

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Inclusions

Meals

9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Minibus, 4WD, Ferry, Boat

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights), Camping (2 nights)

Activities
  • Miandrivazo - Tsiribihina River Trip
  • Bemaraha National Park - Small Tsingy walking circuit
  • Bemaraha National Park - Manombolo River Canoe Ride
  • Bemaraha National Park - Big Tsingy Trek
  • Morondava - Sunset at Baobab Alley

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 3,4 (Camping) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 
2. A sleeping bag or sleeping sheet is required on this trip please refer to our packing list, we also recommend a headlamp for camping.

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Reviews

3.9 out of 5 based on 13 reviews submitted.
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Robert · Traveled July 2023
A great trip. Although some of the distances and roads between locations can be testing, overall it’s well worth taking the time to see a beautiful country which is starting to open up to the world.
Review submitted 07 Aug 2023

Jana · Traveled July 2023
Thank you for my great adventure. It was amazing to be in a small group and with such a caring guide. I loved that I didnt had to organize anything and just feel safe and in good hands. Thanks one more time to Mamy, you are awesome !!
Review submitted 18 Jul 2023

Kurt · Traveled June 2023
The activities on this trip are second to none. The Tsingy is one of the coolest things ever and the Baobabs are mesmerizing. However, be forewarned about the long travel days at the beginning and the end. The roads are quite poor and so it makes for a very bumpy and slow ride.
Review submitted 27 Jun 2023

Angela · Traveled June 2023
An exceptional tour leader made this trip even more enjoyable. Full on adventure, lots of variety in modes of transportation and things to see which comes with some long drives. But without long drives, you don’t get to see and do as much. I would just consider a flight back from Morondava, if it were possible, even if it meant paying a little more for the trip. Overall an exceptionally good trip from Intrepid. Was my first but will sure be looking to do some more with them.
Review submitted 26 Jun 2023

Flemming · Traveled October 2022
We were offered a morning tour to the Baobab Alley. That meant that starting at 4am the driver had a 17 and a half hour working day arriving at 9.30 pm in the dark and after hours of rain. Not safe!
Review submitted 28 Oct 2022
Madagascar Baobabs & Beyond
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AUD $2,941