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(Best time to do this river trip with tsingy is From May till End of November).
TOUR ROUTES :
ANTANANARIVO - ANTSIRABE - MIANDRIVAZO – TSIRIBIHINA RIVER - BELO SUR TSIRIBIHINA – BEKOPAKA VILLAGE – BELO SUR TSIRIBIHINA - MORONDAVA.
Day 1 :
ANTANANARIVO - ANTSIRABE .
Day 2 :
ANTSIRABE TO MIANDRIVAZO.
Day 3 - 4 - 5 :
ALONG TSIRIBIHINA RIVER BY PIROGUE.
Day 6 :
TSARAOTANA VILLAGE – BELO SUR TSIRIBIHINA - BEKOPAKA VILLAGE.
Day 7 :
TREKING TO GRAND TSINGY PARK WITH YOUR PERSONAL LOCAL GUIDE.
Day 8 :
BEKOPAKA TO MORONDAVA .
PRICE FOR MID RANGE HOTEL OPTION : 1 850 Euro for 2 people . ( one double or twin room sharing option )
PRICE FOR LUXURY HOTEL OPTION : 2 100 Euro for 2 people . ( one double or twin room sharing option )
AMBATOLAMPY : is a city (commune urbaine) in the Vakinankaratra region, Madagascar which is 68 km south of tana by route national RN 7. It’s the largest town between the capital and Antsirabe. The town also has a BOA and BFV bank, a hospital, a pharmacy and petrol station.
ANTSIRABE : is the third largest city in Madagascar and has a population of approximately 220,000. Due to its high altitude (about 1 500 m) temperatures are rather cool and very cool in winter! The template climate was probably the reason why Norwegian missioners chose this place to settle down in 1872. Its name means “where there is salt” honouring the large number of hot springs the town has, a fact that has given the city the nickname of “Malagasy Vichy”. The thermal baths had been long appreciated for their curative effects by the local population when French colonists decided to locate a thermal bath here in the 19th century. Antsirabe is also a pole for agribusiness, textile and tobacco industry. It is the home of Tiko (diary products) which is own the former president “ marc ravalomanana “, Star Brassieres (brewery), Cotona (textiles) and Kobama (grain).
MIANDRIVAZO : is the starting point for the decent of Tsiribihina River. It’s one of the hottest places in Madagascar. The ride from antsirabe to miandrivazo takes about 4 hours with very good road. This is small town and has no bank to change money.
TSINGY OF BEMARAHA PARK : is one of the spectacular mineral forest stands on the western coast of Madagascar. The whole protected area, designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1990, comprises a surface of 1.575 km². Tsingy is the Malagasy word for “walking on tiptoes” and the nearly impenetrable labyrinth of limestone needles justifies this name. The limestone seabed rose to create a plateau around 200 million years ago, which was little by little eroded by heavy rainfalls until it became its actual shape. Tsingy park homes 11 lemur species, including for Decken's sifaka, red-fronted brown lemur, fat-tailed dwarf lemur, grey mouse lemur or the Cleese's woolly lemur and the Sambirano lesser bamboo lemur, which only occur here. Other resident mammals are the small carnivorous falanouc and ring-tailed mongoose, and several bats. More than 100 bird species have been catalogued at present inside the National Park, including the critically endangered Madagascar fish eagle and crested ibis, Madagascar wood-rail, giant coua or Coquerel´s coua. The 45 reptiles and amphibians which are found here are all endemic. Some significant species which only occur in Bemaraha are the Madagascar iguana, a local endemic long-tailed skink and the Antsingy leaf chameleon. The Park is only opened during the dry season from Mid April to November, since it is inaccessible during the rainy season (mid-end November to End of April).
MORONDAVA : The Morondava area was the centre of the Sakalava kingdom . It’ s the southern gateway to many of the attractions of the western region and is the centre for visiting the western deciduous forest, the famous baobabs, belo sur mer and the tsingy de bemaraha national park . There is an ATM or difference banks around . This place is one of the hottest weather in Madagascar .
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