A testimony from the past

Découverte du Tsingy de Bemaraha et du parc d’Isalo

A testimony from the past

Découverte du Tsingy de Bemaraha et du parc d’Isalo

A testimony from the past 17days

Let’s go adventurers: discover the Tsingy and its formation!

The Tsingy of Bemaraha are located near the small town of Bekopaka, in the Melaky region, 210 km north of Morondava, for its southern entrance, acrossing the Baobab avenue. The reserve is open from April to November (dry season), but is still difficult to access, due to very difficult roads.

The Tsingy formations date back to the separation of the island of Madagascar from the Gondwana continent, 160 million years ago. This tectonic shift had led to the lifting of a gigantic limestone plate. The Tsingy are therefore these immense massive limestones with impressive gaits.

The Tsingy of Bemaraha are the largest in Madagascar. These training courses, unique in the world, arouse the curiosity of botanists, geologists, environmentalists and biologists. The Tsingy include 90 varieties of birds, 8 species of reptiles and 10 species of lemurs.

The site was classified as a full nature reserve in 1927. Part of this full reserve was recognized as a national park on August 1, 1997. Tsingy de Bemaraha national park covers 72,340 hectares, south of the Tsingy de Bemaraha full nature reserve .

Zamilane tours, Tour operator and receptive, specialist in Scientific tours, organizes you a tours with specialist guides to discover this site: it is a world heritage.

Day 1: Antananarivo

Day 2: Antananarivo – Antsirabe- Miandrivazo

Day 3: Miandrivazo – Morondava- kirindy reserve

Day 4: Reserve kirindy – Morondava

Day 5: Grand Tsingy

Day 6: Small Tsingy

Day 7: Bekopaka – Morondava

Day 8: Morondava – Antsirabe

Day 9 : Antsirabe – Ranomafana

Day 10: Ranomafana – Ambalavao

Day  11: Ambalavao – Isalo Park

Day 12: Isalo Park

Day 13: Isalo Park – Mangily (Ifaty)

Day 14: Mangily – Beach

Day 15: Relaxing at the beach

Day 16: Mangily – Toliara – Antananarivo

Day 17: Palace of King Ambohimanga

FIN DE NOTRE SERVICE

Day 1: Antananarivo

Arrival at Ivato international airport, reception and transfer to the hotel. Even if Madagascar is in the southern hemisphere and everyone thinks it is very hot, on the contrary, in winter it is cold on the highlands: the temperature drops to 6 ° C at night. By cons in West Madagascar? until Tsingy? the temperature varies between 26 0 32 ° C in winter? and it goes up to 40 ° C between September and November.

The Zamilane tours team will accompany you to your hotel and inform you about everything you need to do during your stay in Madagascar.

Day 2: Antananarivo – Antsirabe- Miandrivazo

You leave Antananarivo early, to have plenty of time to understand the Malagasy know-how, their daily life, the styles of their houses….

The Malagasy are poor, but they manage to survive, instead of begging from tourists and the wealthy. As soon as you leave Antananarivo, you see the bricklayers kneading the clays of the rice field to make bricks, and they bake them in an oven that they invented themselves. You continue south, passing the famous RN7, lined with Euphorbia milis plants or the “thorn of Christ” plant, the pines which were introduced in colonial times. After 30 km from Antananarivo, you stop at a small Raphia stand where a women’s association gathers to collect fibers from Raphia (palm plant endemic to Madagascar), in order to weave hats, baskets, chameleon models , lemurs: this is the only place to buy objects in Raffia.

Second stop is Ambatolampy. It is a mountainous city which is situated at 1600 m above sea level. This city is famous thanks to the talents of young locals for the construction of aluminum objects. You are going to visit their workshops and leaving their worksites: you are going to ask yourself the question: “where does this talent come from?” “

After the Ambatolampy visit, you still have 2 hours to reach Antsirabe to admire the beautiful landscapes: the terraced crops, the styles of the traditional house, the stone tombs, the small rabbit sales stands.

Lunch at Antsirabe in a local restaurant.

After lunch, you still have 220km to go to Miandrivazo. Departure from Antsirabe at 1500m altitude, arrival at Miandrivazo, 10 to 5m altitude. For your information it is very hot in Miandrivazo, either in winter or in summer.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Miandrivazo – Morondava- kirindy reserve

To take advantage of observing the rhythm of life of the local population between Miandrivazo and Morondava, it is better to leave early, because it is at this time that the sun is not yet too hot, and the local population takes advantage of ‘go to the fields to plow the land, seek water, go fishing on the Mahajilo and Tsiribihina rivers. The landscape is changing, there are not a lot of vegetation, apart from the xerophyte plants that support drought, mango trees, palm trees, pig herbs…. After the fork towards Malaimbandy, you will discover the green landscapes thanks to the water resources which supply the rice fields of the local population.

Lunch by the Mozambique Channel.

You continue your road towards the north of the town of Morondava, via the RN8; for the first time you pass avenue des Baobabs; go down and touch them for the first time.

Towards the end of the afternoon, you arrive at your hotel in the middle of nature. You leave your luggage at your hotel, you place the orders for your evening meal and you leave for the night tour to explore other species such as: nocturnal lemur, the famous lemur predator, the “Fossa or Cryptoprocta ferox….

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Reserve kirindy – Bekopaka

Departure for the daytime visit of the Kirindy reserve. The Kirindy forest reserve is located 70km from Morondava. It is distinguished by its large wealth of flora (medicinal plants, trees with precious woods, baobabs …) with high endemicity rates.

The Kirindy forest also allows you to observe very closely and without any danger, different types of animal species: lemurs, Cryptoprocta ferox or fossa, 6 species of nocturnal lemurs, Vositse (giant rat) a local endemic species, snakes….

After visiting the reserve, you take the RN8 to the Tsiribihina river. You cross this famous river for an hour. The Tsiribihina (where you cannot dive) is a Madagascar river flowing into the Mozambique Channel, by a delta 50 km north of Morondava. It is incredibly wide, up to 1 km wide in some places. It is navigable to the gorges of Bemaraha. It is infested with crocodiles, hence its name. He is known to play a central role during the Bath of Relics, or Fitampoha, a sacred ceremony in western Madagascar, currently taking place every 5 years.

Lunch in Belo sur tsiribihina, and after a short lunch break, you still have 110km to go. Arriving late in Bekopaka: it is an ecotourism village very close to the Tsingy de bemaraha.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Grand Tsingy

Day dedicated to trekking in the great Tsingy of Bemaraha. Possibility to see lemurs, birds, mongooses …

Overnight and dinner at the hotel

Day 6: Small Tsingy

Second day devoted to the visit of the little Tsingy and to a trip in a traditional pirogue along the Manambolo river, to discover its canyon sheltering different types of birds, crocodiles and lemurs.

Day 7: Bekopaka – Morondava

We will resume the track for the return towards the city of Morondava, and we will take advantage of it, towards the end of the afternoon, to admire the amorous baobabs and to take advantage of the magic moment of the sunset on the avenue of the baobabs.

Day 8: Morondava – Antsirabe

You leave Morandava early to explore the beautiful landscapes of the RN35 and RN34 that you missed in the driveway.

Lunch at Miandrivazo. According to history, Miandrivazo is a place where Radama I, in 1822, was expecting his wife offered by the King of the Menabe who was called RASALIMO. King Radama I sat at the entrance to the village, on the hill, and the people asked him the question: “Who are you waiting for, Majesty?” He replied, “I’m waiting for my wife” literally in Malagasy, “Miandrivazo”.

50 km from Miandrivazo, you stop in the village of DABOLAVA to observe local people looking for gold, pounding stones with a pestle and a mortar of stones and they sift them to clearly distinguish gold and sand .

At the end of the afternoon, you arrive in Antsirabe. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 : Antsirabe – Ranomafana

Depart south to explore new landscapes.

Just 20km from the city, we meet young cyclists who transport charcoal for sale from their countryside to the city of Antsirabe. Arriving at the village of Manandona, weather permitting, we will visit the local village, their house and their base of daily life.

Arrival in Ambositra around 11 a.m. Ambositra is the capital of the Zafimaniry tribe, a tribe very famous for their skill in carving wood. Stop for a visit to the stationery workshop: demonstration and visit of the finished products. This is the only place to buy wooden items.

Lunch at Ambositra, and then we continue to Ranomafana.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 10: Ranomafana – Ambalavao

Departure in the morning to visit the Ranomafana park. Ranomafana National Park is a Madagascan park located in the province of Fianarantsoa. It was created in 1991. It was included in 2007 in the Atsinanana wetland World Heritage site.

The park covers just over 41,600 ha of tropical rain forest. There are several rare animal and plant species such as lemurs and Fanaloka, giraffe insects….

After the park, we resume our famous RN7 road, lunch stop in Fianarantsoa. In the afternoon, visit the upper town at Fianarantsoa, ​​which is a town founded in 1831 by Queen Ranavalona I to make it the capital of the southern part of the island. The hill of Kianjasoa was the first site chosen, but the new town, named Fianarantsoa, ​​was finally built on the neighboring hill, Ivoneana, which is much more protected. The first governor of Fianarantsoa is Rafaralahindraininaly who ruled from 1831 to 1842.

We continue to the southwest, towards the end of the afternoon, we arrive in Ambalavao.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day  11: Ambalavao – Isalo Park

Departure from the hotel in the morning to visit the wild silk workshop at “Soa Landy”. It’s a small workshop that processes wild silkworm cocoons that live symbiotically on Tapia leaves. Then visit an Antemoro paper workshop at Bougainvilliers.

After the various visits to downtown Ambalavao, we continue the road to Anja Park. It is a small park managed by the COBA (Community of Base), thanks to the existence of a species of lemur which lives there, it is the Maki catta. It’s a great place to see lemurs, chameleons and sometimes snakes.

After lunch, we will dive entirely in the southern part of Madagascar. The landscapes change, the vegetation is rare, the Zebus are numerous, because we arrive in a territory, where people do not plant much rice but are rather breeders of zebus.

At the end of the afternoon, we arrive at the village of RANOHIRA, an ecotourism village which is located at the entrance to the Isalo National Park.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 12: Isalo Park

We have a full day to explore the beauty of Isalo Park. The Isalo National Park is a protected area of ​​Madagascar, declared a national park in 1999.

It is a mountain range of Jurassic sandstone, stretching for almost a hundred kilometers, in a north-south direction, and cut by deep canyons and bristling with peaks.

Isalo National Park covers an area of ​​81,540 ha, stretching for almost one hundred kilometers, in a north-south direction. The erosion of the rock has carved a ruiniform relief, varying from 820 to 1240m above sea level, with deep canyons, rivers, and abundant rocky vegetation. The park is also home to lemurs and other lemurs.

During your stay in Isalo, the morning is dedicated to hiking, to the natural swimming pool. Now is the time to know the rites of the Bara tribe during the funeral and also see their provisional and final tombs and in the afternoon, hike in the canyon, to the blue and black swimming pool. Possibility to see the sifaka or lemur dancer and the maki catta.

At the end of the afternoon, sunset at the window of Isalo.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Isalo Park – Mangily (Ifaty)

Abandoning the chaotic and canonical landscape of Isalo, new discoveries await you along the way.

A sapphire village animated in the morning by the sale of precious stones and possibility of visit, accompanied by the owner of the quarry. You can see all the types of stones existing in the region, presented by the “GEMS” called transparent stone, from where the majority of buyers are Filipinos.

After a few km through the arid country, seen from afar, the mother of the forest or the baobabs decorate the landscapes with its large and long trunks, where the leaves are rare and this gives it the air of the tree to upside down.

At the end of the morning, Lunch in the city of Toliara, passing through the Mahafaly plateaus with its spectacular, colorful tombs, interpreting the life of the deceased. It’s the city called “Tsy miroro”, the sunny city where we meet Vezo.

The afternoon is reserved to reach the beautiful Mangily beach protected by the great coral reef, and it is finally the opportunity to taste seafood, after having made the long circuit of the highlands.

Day 14: Mangily – Beach

After breakfast, visit the local Renala reserve, with medicinal plants typical of the region and the flora and fauna of the thorny forest, hence the famous endemic tortoise “radiata” or spider tortoise.

In the afternoon, visit fishing villages and meet local artisans. We will have the opportunity to take a cart ride, pulled by zebus.

Day 15: Relaxing at the beach

During the free day, there are several activities to complete the day; massage by the sea, snorkelign, boat ride, etc.

Swimming in the Mozambique Channel

Sailing boat ride to see the immensity of Africa’s largest barrier reef and its importance.

Day 16: Mangily – Toliara – Antananarivo

Return to Antananarivo by domestic flight. Checked baggage 20 kg, hand baggage 5 kg.

Arrival in Antananarivo, transfer to the hotel or visit of the upper town it depends on the arrival in Antananarivo.

Day 17: Palace of King Ambohimanga

After breakfast, departure for the visit of King Andrianampoinimerina’s palace in Ambohimanga or blue hill. This hill is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. It consists of a royal city, a royal funerary site and a set of sacred places.

In the afternoon, discover the dike market. It is a craft market where you can buy small souvenirs of Madagascar before returning.

Day use at the hotel, and after dinner, transfer to the airport.

END OF OUR SERVICE

PRICE : 2052€/Pax    based on 2 persons

INCLUSIONS:

  • Assistance meet and great at Ivato airports
  • Private transfers from/in Airport/hotel
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room in STANDARD category
  • Half board (with dinner and breakfast) during the tour
  • 4WD private vehicle with fuel and driver during the tour
  • Entrance ticket and local guide fees in the parks and reserves
  • The excursions and visits mentioned in the program
  • National tour Guide english speaking

ESCLUDES :

– Visa fees, drinks and tips

– Lunches during the tour and personal expense

– Services or excursions not mentioned in the program

– International and local flights

– Baggage and illness insurance.

ACCOMODATIONS

DAYS VILLE/VILLAGE HOTELS MEALS
Day 1 ANTANANARIVO Chalet des roses Half Board
Day 2 MIANDRIVAZO Princesse Tsiribihina  
Day 3 KIRINDY Relais de Kirindy  
Day 4 BEKOPAKA Orchidée de Bemaraha  
Day 5 BEKOPAKA Orchidée de Bemaraha  
Day 6 BEKOPAKA Orchidée de Bemaraha  
Day 7 MORONDVA Trecicogne  
Day 8 ANTSIRABE Vatolahy  
Day 9 RANOMAFANA Centr’Est Séjour  
Day 10 AMBALAVAO Hôtel Zongo  
Day 11 RANOHIRA Hôtel H1  
Day 12 RANOHIRA Hôtel H1  
Day 13 MANGILY Baboo Club  
Day 14 MANGILY Baboo Club  
Day 15 MANGILY Baboo club  
Day 16 ANTANANARIVO Chalet des roses  
Day 17 ANTANANARIVO Chalet des roses Day Use

 

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