Love the gorgeous landscapes, unusual creatures, and exploring the outdoors? Then why haven’t you been to Madagascar yet? This eight-day adventure introduces you to Africa’s remote island paradise by way of Bekopaka’s famed Baobab Alley, the stunning weathered rock formations of the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve, a canoe ride to caves along the Manambolo River, and maybe even encounters with the odd lemur. Madagascar is one of the most otherworldly places on Earth, and you may not even believe it when you see it.

 

When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

Your flight must arrive by or before: Arrive at any time.

Your flight must depart no earlier than: 20:00 on Day 8

Itinerary

Day 1Antananarivo

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Please note, occasionally the following itinerary may have to be shuffled due to changes with the internal flight schedules. Typically, this results in shuffling days of the itinerary around and does not cause any missed activities, destinations or experiences.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

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Optional Activities - Day 1

Accommodation

Hotel Chalets des Roses (or similar)

Hotel

Day 2Antananarivo/Miandrivazo

Travel through the Madagascar Highlands to the village of Miandrivazo for the night.

Journey through Antsirabe, the spectacular eroded hills called 'lavaka', and the lush green landscape before arriving at the farming town of Miandrivazo for the night. 

Private Vehicle

Antananarivo – Miandrivazo7h415km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Princesse Tsiribihina (or similar)

Hotel

Day 3Miandrivazo/Morondava

Drive to Morondava and enjoy the afternoon relaxing on the beach.

Arrive in Morondava in the afternoon with time to explore the town on foot, or opt to relax on the beach.

Private Vehicle

Miandrivazo – Morondava5h285km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time

MorondavaAfternoon

Relax and enjoy this laid back costal town.

Accommodation

Renala Au Sable D'Or (or similar)

Lodge

Day 4Morondava/Bekopaka

An early start to the day to see the sunrise at the Baobab Alley. Continue to Bekopaka, our gateway to the National Park of Tsingy de Bemaraha. 

Load into 4x4's and head out on sandy roads heading north to Bekopaka, before arriving cross the Tsiribihina and Manambolo rivers by local ferry.

4x4

Morondava – Bekopaka9h200km

Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

Baobab Alley at Sunrise

Morondava

Wake up early as we drive to Baobab Alley and watch the sunrise over these majestic trees. Also referred to as the upside down tree with some reaching heights up to 98 feet tall.

Accommodation

Camp Croco (or similar)

Lodge

Meals included:

 Dinner

Day 5Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

Morning canoe adventure on the Manambolo River, with an afternoon exploring the Little Tsingy's.

 

Canoe the Manambola River

Tsingy de Bemaraha National ParkHalf Day

Canoe along the Manambolo, with stops to visit caves filled with stalactites, stalagmites and the famous tomb of the Vazimba tribe.

Little Tsingy Visit 

Tsingy de Bemaraha National ParkHalf Day

The National Park of Tsingy de Bemaraha is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, made up of a maze of rock formations indigenous to Madagascar. Today you will have a chance to visit Little Tsingy which is also home to some of the Decken’s sifaka and red-fronted brown lemurs.

Accommodation

Camp Croco (or similar)

Lodge

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

Enjoy a full day exploring the peculiar rock formations of the 'Great Tsingy'.

 

Hiking the Great Tsingy is more adventurous than the Little Tsingy and involves sections of scrambling on exposed rocks, crossing hanging bridges and large vertical drops. It is not technically difficult, but should not be attempted by the faint hearted or those suffering from vertigo. (The panoramic views are worth the effort though.) If you do not want to visit Great Tsingy on this day, there are alternatives to spend an additional day in Little Tsingy.

Great Tsingy Visit

Tsingy de Bemaraha National ParkFull Day

Spending the day in the Great Tsingy, trekking further into the park. Passing through several hanging bridges with the formations below your feet. 

Accommodation

Camp Croco (or similar)

Lodge

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7Bekopaka/Morondava

A full day driving back to Morondava, stopping for sunset at the Baobab Alley.

The sandy track leads back to Morondava passing through Baobab Alley in time for sunset. Opt for a group farewell dinner as the trip draws to an end.

4x4

Bekopaka – Morondava9h200km

Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

Sunset at Baobab Alley

Morondava1h

Great for photographers of any level, is the opportunity to watch the sun set behind these famous Baobab trees.

Accommodation

Renala Au Sable D'Or (or similar)

Lodge

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 8Morondava/Antananarivo

A final morning in Morondava before flying back to Antananarivo. The tour finishes on arrival in Tana.

 

** Flights can depart Morondava at either 9am or 2pm, so the morning schedule may change accordingly **

Due to the unpredictability of local flights, if we are unable to secure your domestic flight, we will instead transport you in 4x4 vehicles. This journey can take approximately 10 hours.

The tour ends upon arrival in Antananarivo. To avoid any unnecessary issues with timing, please book ongoing travel no earlier than 8pm.

Please contact your booking agent if you would like to book post-tour accommodation.

cost 

Contact ben@photographerswithoutborders.org for pricing.

What's Included

  • Sunrise and sunset at Baobab Alley
  • 4x4 journey between Morondava and Bekopaka
  • Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve guided visit
  • Canoe excursion on the Manambolo River
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from activities

Accommodations

Simple hotels (4 nts), huts (3 nts).

Meals

3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Allow USD150-195 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private minibus, plane, walking, 4x4, canoe.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver throughout, local guides.

My Own Room - From $259.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.