Tsingy De Bemaraha Tour
Tsingy de Bemaraha tour is a one-week route takes you to the west coast of Madagascar. This Madagascar tour goes between the coastal city of Morondava and Tsingy of Bemaraha.
On this African safari tour in Madagascar you will tour Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. It is among the best National Park to visit when on holiday in Madagascar
About Tsingy de Bemaraha Tour
Tsingy de Bemaraha tour combines the best of Tsiribihina river and Tsingy de Bemaraha. This Madagascar tour allows for great adventure and relaxation. This is in the western part of Madagascar.
On the Tsingy de Bemaraha tour you will enjoy a relaxing pirogue (canoe) tour. This takes place on the Tsiribihina river. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape and a wide variety of birds and wildlife. You will definitely visit Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and the famous Baobab Avenue.
Tsingy de Bemaraha Tour Highlights
Among the highlights of Tsingy de Bemaraha tour is the visit to Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. This is the biggest protected area in Madagascar. It is classified a Natural World Heritage by Unesco.
The word Tsingy means wide furrows cutting across the limestone plateau. This is as a result of two strong rivers coming from the Highlands pour along the Mozambique Channel. The rivers are Tsiribihina and Manambolo.
You will enjoy beautiful and wide peneplane where baobab is the king. They punctuate the landscape by their tall and massive presence. Baobab Avenue is an excellent representation.
The chaotic track passes in the heart of this wooded savannah settings. You will go through the laterite road line is cut by two car ferries ride allowing to cross rivers. The major highlights of the Tsingy de Bemaraha tour includes:
- Tsingy of Bemaraha magic erosions
- The quiet atmosphere of Tsiribihina and Manambolo Rivers
- Impressive beauty of Baobabs Avenue
- The lagoon, the mangrove and the ballet of dugouts in Morondava
Tsingy de Bemaraha Tour in Madagascar Itinerary
Day 1: Antananarivo – Morondava
Meet and greet will be upon arrival at the airport or at your Antananarivo hotel by our Malagasy Tour guide. This will be followed by brifing on the Tsingy de Bemaraha tour.
Enjoy a transfer at the airport for your domestic flight to the west of Madagascar. Your destination today will be Morondava. Here our guide will be at standby to receive you upon arrival at the airport.
You will have the day time on Tsingy de Bemaraha tour visiting the market and the beach. Your overnight will be at Chez Maggie which is booked on bed and breakfast basis
Day 2: Morondava - Belo sur Tsiribihina - Tsingy de Bemaraha
The Tsingy de Bemaraha tour wakes up on the to an early breakfast. This is before you drive out of Morondava. You will pass through the famous “Allée des Baobabs” or Baobab Avenue.
Spend a few times there to take some nice shots of this splendid scenery. You will then head north to the Tsingy of Bemaraha. This will be with a drive on an uncomfortable but the only track to this site. The site is classified as a World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Return to your safari van and head to bekopaka village where tsingy of bemaraha park. Here you have to go across on a ferry boat with your jeep to reach Belo sur Tsiribihina. You will arrive in time for lunch and take a walk to see local market and people.
This break on Tsingy de Bemaraha tour will be followed by a drive to bekopaka with another 90 km with dust road. Arrive at bekopaka village, take your hotel and relax with nice breeze and hearing the nature. This is an adventure trip and has tough ride. Overnight will be at Relais de Tsingy booked on bed and breakfast basis.
Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
This is the protected area of Tsingy de Bemaraha in the west of Madagascar. It consists of a national park and strict nature reserve. The site is unique with its biodiversity and exceptional landscape called the Tsingy. This means "where one can only walk on tiptoe".
In 1990, Bemaraha was the first area in Madagascar to be classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also became a UNESCO National Cultural Heritage Site in 1991. Part of the reserve was changed to national park status in 1997.
Bemaraha National Park is in the Melaky region. This is in central west Madagascar, about 300km from Antananarivo as the crow flies. The park stretches over an area of 157,710 ha. It has a length of 100km from north to south and a width of 10 to 40km from east to west.
The southern part with an area of 72,340ha enjoys the status of being a national park. The northern part, which is managed as a strict nature reserve, covers 85,370ha of land.
The protected area is on the Bemaraha plateau. It is at an altitude of 150 to 170m, a karst formation bounded to the east by steep cliffs and to the west by gentle slopes. South of the park, there is a formation of pinnacles where access is quite difficult. In the north rolling hills alternate with limestone formations.
The Bemaraha Park is located north of the Manombolo River. The rivers coming from the plateau have a seasonal or permanent character.
The Bemaraha Massif is a rugged limestone massif with many caves. It has an impressive canyon carved by the Manambolo River. The western part of the plateau has a sharp relief, covered in large parts by dense dry forest. This true limestone cathedral offers the most spectacular natural landscapes in the world! In the eastern part, the forest is intersected by savannas.
The karstic massif of Bemaraha offers a variety of natural habitats. It has many different ecosystems. They include dense deciduous forest and bushy xerophytic vegetation on the tsingy. There is also sub-humid forest in the valleys or low-laying wet areas. This is between limestone blocks as well as wooded or grassy savanna.
The park is home to lemurs, terrestrial and aquatic birds and bats. Here we also have amphibians, reptiles, endemic mammals and at least 650 plant species.
The population is predominantly Sakalava. This is an ethnic group who live according their strict traditions. This is protected by regulations using the fady (ban or taboo).
The park enjoys a dry tropical climate marked by two contrasting seasons. The rainy from November to April and dry from May to October. The opening of the park depends on the accessibility of the dirt road. This road connects Morondava and Bekopaka, usually open from May to November.
Day 3: Petit Tsingy and the Gorge of Manambolo River
This day on your Tsingy de Bemaraha tour starts in the morning. Enjoy a visit of the gorge of Manambolo on a dugout canoe. Here you will be out to see the caves and the inner features. They include stalactites, stalagmites.
Other places of interest include the famous family tomb of the Vazimba tribe. This tribe lived in the Tsingy in the 17th century. There is also the beautiful gorge of limestones pinnacles.
You will return back to the hotel for lunch. This is before the afternoon exploration of the beautiful Small Tsingy. Here the interest includes labyrinth of limestone. There are the 2 view points on the limestone pinnacle formation. This is also home to the biggest Sifaka of the West of Madagascar called Decken’s Sifaka. You also find red fronted brown Lemurs, Birds species, spiders.
This tour is a perfect circle which finishes on the Manambolo River’s gorge. Your Tsingy de Bemaraha tour returns to Relais de Tsingy for overnight
Day 4: Treking to the Grand Tsingy
The day begins with an early morning breakfast from the hotel. This will be followed by a drive to the starting point of Grand Tsingy of Bemaraha Park.
This is the most rewarding half-day trip on Tsingy de Bemaraha tour within the park. This is because it goes deep into the limestone forest. You will pass through several hanging bridges. Enjoy impressive karstic formations below your feet. You need to photograph amazing landscape you have never seen elsewhere.
This trail is not that difficult and even children can cope with it. But you should not suffer from vertigo! The look down from the hanging bridge is something to avoid for the faint at heart. Do not forget to order and pay for your picnic food with water before you start the tour.
You will return back for lunch and rest. Later you will embark on a nocturnal walk. On your watch list include chameleons and especially the rare mouse-Lemurs. Return for overnight at Relais de Tsingy booked on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 5: Tsingy – Kirindy Forest
After your relaxed breakfast, you will head to Kirindy Forest which is on the way to Morondava. You will enjoy a night walk to see nocturnal species of Lemurs. They include the mouse-Lemurs, the fork-marked Lemurs. Dinner and overnight will be at Kirindy Lodge
Day 6: Visit of the Avenue of Baobabs while drive to Morondava
Enjoy the breakfast before a morning visit in the deciduous Dry Forest. You will be here to see Lemurs, birds and rodents. Enjoy your lunch at the lodge before a relaxed drive to get to the Baobabs Avenue at sunset. You will be here for a beautiful sunset and Baobabs photographs. Later after sunset, drive to Morondava for overnight at Chez Maggie Hotel.
Day 7: Departure
You will have the morning at leisure before a transfer to the airport. this is in time for your departure flight back to Tana.
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Tsingy de Bemaraha Tour in Madagascar Costs:
What is included in the cost of Tsingy de Bemaraha Tour in Madagascar?
- Transfer from the Airport to the Hotel and from the Hotel to the Airport
- Car and fuel with the driver from Tana to Miandrivazo or to the River
- The dugout canoe for the visit of the Manambolo River
- The guide-cook during the whole trip.
- All your land transportation and transfers in Madagascar
- The car ferry crossing 2 Rivers to the Tsingy National Park and the same for the way back to Morondava
- Government taxes
Tsingy de Bemaraha Tour in Madagascar Price excludes:
- Your food and drinks during the whole tour
- Airfares for the domestic flight in and out of Morondava
The guidance fees in the Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park and in Kirindy forest
- What to Carry on the Tsingy de Bemaraha Tour in Madagascar
- Light and a few heavy clothings for evenings
- Closed, comfortable shoes
- Sun protection like sun cream, hat
- Insect repellent