Arrive in Morondava
Today you fly from Tana to Morondava. A guide is waiting to meet you at Morondava airport and take you to Pailssandre Cote Ouest. The hotel is set on gorgeous Kely Beach, and you can enjoy the views as you relax on your private terrace. The rest of the day has been left free to allow you to settle in and unwind after your journey. There's a swimming pool and spa as well as a restaurant and bar.
Morondava to Kirindy
After breakfast your driver collects you for the 4 x 4 drive to Kirindy Forest Reserve, about 60 km north of Morondava. This is a privately owned reserve protecting one of the country's rarest and most threatened habitats: dry deciduous forest. This is one of the best places in Madagascar to observe the fossa, the country's largest carnivore, and is also home to 7 species of lemur and a variety of reptiles and birds. You visit the reserve by day and then again after dark, when it has a completely different feel and many of the creatures are at their most active. Your accommodation is a lodge, the only property within the reserve. It's basic yet adequate.
Kirindy to Bekopaka Bemaraha
Having had breakfast you continue northwards, passing villages and reaching Belo sur Tsiribihina where you have time for lunch. Later you are driven to Bekopaka, known as the gateway to the Tsingy, and your hotel, Soleil des Tsingy. The total travelling time is about 8 hours, with plenty of stops en-route to stretch your legs. Maybe pop into the bar for a drink before enjoying dinner, which is included here, so you can have a relaxing evening after the long drive.
Manambolo River And Small Tsingy
The day's activities commence early as you board a pirogue, a traditional dugout canoe, for a ride on the Manambolo River. Sit back and admire the scenery which includes dramatic gorges and impressive caves. During the tour your guide recounts details of the history and culture of Vazimba people, the original inhabitants of Madagascar. Later you embark on a walking trail to discover Small Tsingy. From walkways and bridges you get superb views of this strange landscape composed of limestone pinnacles, and may also catch sight of lemurs. Following this excursion you return to the hotel to freshen up before dinner.
Great Tsingy Of Bemaraha
This morning you set off with your driver on the 17 km ride to the start of the exciting trail in the great Tsingy of Bemaraha. Safety is paramount and you are equipped with a harness and steel cable to allow you to use the ladders and hanging bridges of the Via Ferrata without any concerns. From this high vantage point you have great views over the limestone forest, with its soaring peeks and cathedral-like edifices. It's an exhilarating experience and offers some wonderful photographic opportunities. On conclusion of the tour you return to Soleil des Tsingy.
Bekopaka Bemaraha To Morondava
After an early breakfast you begin the journey south, starting with a crossing of the Manambolo River then heading to Belo sur Tsiribihana and on to the famous Avenue of Baobabs, between Belo and Morondava. Here, along a stretch of 260 m of road you can see around 25 of these huge trees, with a similar number visible in the adjoining rice paddies and fields. You can 't help but be impressed by the sight and it's easy to understand why they are known as 'remala' (mother of the forest) by the local populace. having had time to enjoy this natural spectacle and take some photos you are driven the rest of the way back to Palissandre Cote Ouest where you dine and spend the night.
Morondava to Tana
You have breakfast by the coast, then it's time go back to your room and pack your bags before the transfer to the airport and your flight back to Antananarivo, where this holiday ends.
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