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Classic Western tour of Madagascar

Duration :

5 days

Departs from :

ANTANANARIVO

Ends at :

MORONDAVA

Difficulty :

With its warm and dry climate, the West of Madagascar is believed to be the hottest place of the country. Characterized by dry deciduous forests, impressive caves, breathtaking Tsingy, slow rivers and giant baobabs, the sceneries and the wildlife of this region well worth withstand some heat and bumpy roads. Home to the Sakalava ethnic group, Mahajanga and Morondava areas have a wide range of cultural practices to discover as well. 

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Classic Western tour of Madagascar

Depart by private vehicle from Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. The first stopover of the journey will be Miandrivazo, a small town where the famous Tsiribihina river cruise begins. For the adventurous, 03 or more days cruising along the Tsiribihina allows discovering hidden wildlife and remote villages nestled in outstanding sceneries. For those who need more comfort, a direct ride to Morondava is more suitable - and is still spectacular with the majestic Adansonia Grandidieri baobabs appearing in the landscape.

From Morondava, the red bumpy roads toward the world-famous Baobab Avenue begin. This place is certainly the most photographed all over Madagascar. Continuing North, the Kirindy private reserve has a very high endemism rate of reptile. Other wildlife is abundant as well and waits to be discovered: fosa, mongoose, sifakas, birds… and giant jumping rats for the luckiest! Beyond the dry deciduous forests, you will cross the Tsiribihina by ferry at Belo, and then arrive in Bekopaka. From here you will depart from day excursions into the Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park.

Recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site, the impressive limestone massif “Tsingy of Bemaraha” is a grey forest or rock pinnacles. Walkways have been built to let people visit the place safely. Walk through deep canyons and cross suspended bridge, take a dhow ride on the Manambolo gorges and meet preciously hidden fauna and flora throughout. After sweating in the Tsingy, give a perfect end to your journey to the West of Madagascar by flying to the Anjajavy peninsula. Reachable only by charter flights, Anjajavy has pristine deserted beaches, a generous sun all year round and an astonishing – and easy to see! – wildlife including the dancing Verreaux’s Sifaka.