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The Land of Baobabs

The Western Baobab Safari
15 days 

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This tour focuses on three areas of Madagascar: part of the Eastern slope, the central Highlands and the midwest. You shall also meet the two major tribes of Madagascar: the Betsimisaraka, the Merina and the Sakalava.

You will experience the rainforest forest and will discover its unique wildlife of Andasibe also called Périnet – before heading westwards for a 3-day river expedition in a local dugout pirogue throughout the forest and gorges along the Tsiribihina river. This western part is an open reserve of biodiversity. You shall then reach the Tsingy de Bemaraha, a world heritage by the UNESCO. After that you will head southwards to the Kirindy Reserve and the Baobab Avenue in Morondava through a red lateritic road and the savannah. 

You will spend a leisurely relaxing time by the beach of Ankimony after such adventure inside the heart of Madagascar under the sun with an average temperature of 30° centigrade. In brief, you will simply experience all you have been dreaming about the real Madagascar.
You will spend some leisurely journey at Belo sur Mer by the sea located about 60km in the south of Morondava – a famous diving site.

  • Lemurs and other wildlife of the rainforest at Andasibe/Mantadia.
  • The biodiversity of the dry deciduous forest of Kirindy Reserve and Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park.
  • Minerals and gemstones in Antsirabe
  • The Malagasy handicrafts
  • River trip on the Tsiribihina
  • The wildlife and the landscapes along the river.
  • The world heritage Tsingy de Bemaraha and the Baobab Avenue
  • Baobab forests of the three main baobab species.
  • Caving along the Manambolo River
  • The landscapes of the East, Highlands and the Western regions of Madagascar



 

  • Wildlife safari
  • Camping
  • Meeting artisans
  • Minerals and gemstones initiations
  • Landscape viewing
  • Photography
  • Hiking
  • Easy climbing
  • Easy caving
  • 4WD raid
  • Cultural encountering and immersion
  • Malagasy cuisine tasting
Itinerary outline
  • Antananarivo
  • Andasibe
  • Antsirabe
  • Miandrivazo
  • Tsiribihina River
  • Belo sur Tsiribihina
  • Tsingy de Bemaraha
  • Kirindy Reserve
  • Baobab Amoureux
  • Baobab Avenue
  • Morondava
  • Belo sur Mer [optional]
  • Antananarivo.
Suggested extensions

Detailed itinerary

Arrival in Antananarivo. You will be met at the airport. Transfer to the airport and briefing.
Depart to Antsirabe. Sightseeing along the way.
City tour. Visit of workshops of minerals, gemstones and handicrafts. Drive to Miandrivazo.
Boarding on a private motorboat river downstream the Tsiribihina River.
River trip and safari.
River trip and safari. Drive northwards to the Tsingy de Bemaraha.
Walking safari at the Tsingy through the canyons and the rock forest.
Visit of caves of stalagmite-stalactite along the Manambolo River. Drive back to Belo and then to the Kirindy Reserve. Evening walking safari.
Walking safari at Kirindy. Visit of the surroundings areas including the Lover’s Baobabs. Sun downing at the Baobab Avenue. Continue to Morondava.
Day at leisure.

City tour in Morondava.
Fly back to Antananarivo.

Drive eastwards to Andasibe throughout the eastern slopes. En route,  visit the reserve of Peyrieras at Mandraka. In Andasibe, visit of VOIMMA nature reserve managed by the local community. Night walk.
Hike at Mantadia Reserve – a primary rainforest.

Hike at Analamazaotra National Park and visit of Lemurs’ Island.
Drive back to Antananarivo.

City tour in Antananarivo. Fly homewards.

Tour code: #WBS03STA

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Western Baobab Safari

Trip notes

Departure: Any day
Ease of access: medium
Period:  April to November
Transportation:

  • 4WD
  • Motorboat
  • Pirogue
  • Domestic flights

Accommodation: Hotels, Lodges, tents
City of departure: Tana

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