Down the Manambolo river

The Manambolo River is one of the largest rivers on the western side of the Great Island. It has a lot of tourist potential especially for adventure and discovery enthusiasts. Meeting with the local people who live in the villages along the river, the discovery of the gorge and especially the fauna and flora make this destination unique and incomparable.

Madagascar Touring
Specification of the circuit
  • Destination : West
  • Duration : 11 Days and 10 Nights
  • Period : Mid-April to September
  • Type : Adventures/Trekking/River trip
  • Recommended vehicles : 4X4
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Highlights

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Madagascar Touring Crossing the
central highlands
Madagascar Touring Canoe trip down the
Manambolo River.
Madagascar Touring Discovery of Tsingy
de Bemaraha
Madagascar Touring The Baobab Alley
and its panoramas

Itinerary details

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Madagascar Touring day 1

Welcoming by Madagascar Touring team on arrival. With the help of the guide, one can exchange money, buying sim card at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Check in, dinner and overnight.

Madagascar Touring day 2

Drive to Tsiroanomandidy by passing through the town of Analavory with extinct volcanoes landscape. The region of itasy is well known for its big lake and fish. From here the destination is about 1hour and half. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and we can follow the guide to visit the local market and by the supply. Diner and overnight

Madagascar Touring day 3

Full day drive to Akavandra, 4WD is required to climb this mountainous landscape. We will cross Beambiaty, a village known for its orange plantation. We will stop on the way for picnic and for pictures. Reach Ambatomalama where porters are waiting for us to walk down to the first campsite. Dinner and overnight on camping.

Madagascar Touring day 4

We leave our first campsite then walk down for about 2 hours with the porters to reach the Akavandra village and the boarding place where the river trip begins. A half day river trip on a dugout canoe, 4 hours is needed to reach the sand beach for the second day of camping. Dinner and overnight

Madagascar Touring day 5

The journey begins with breakfast camping site, sometimes local villagers will come to see and greet you. Get on board, another day to enjoy the river trip, some people plant rice along the river, some are fishing, some kids are playing…. All of those sceneries are for you who like taking portrait pictures. Dinner and overnight camping.

Madagascar Touring day 6

Another day on the river, sometimes the staff stop on the way for cooking the picnic lunch and some are fishing for the dinner. Along the river we pass next to a village with unusual housing made from reed. We can stop there to buy banana even local rum…. In the night there are sometimes folklore music with local instrument. Dinner and overnight camping.

Madagascar Touring day 7

Last day on river trip, the landscape starts to change and we start to see the gorge of the Manambolo and canoe of fisherman living nearby. Not far way we can see ferry boat transferring cars from the other side of the river to Bekopaka. We stop at Bekopaka and take the car to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Madagascar Touring day 8

Visit of the Great Tsingy. 17 km from the city of Bekopaka that you reach by car. Always accompanied by your guide and equipped with shoulder harnesses, explore the Tsingy, high of 30 to 50 m. Walkways and wooden bridges, well integrated into the landscape, will help you to continue more easily your visit to the area. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Madagascar Touring day 9

Leave Bekopaka to Morondava via Belo sur Tsiribihina we will stop for lunch then cross the river by ferry for about 1 hours. Then drive again on the dust road. The next break is at the baobab alley to take a picture of the sunset or you can buy some souvenirs at the local market place. Installation at the hotel, dinner and overnight.

Madagascar Touring day 10

Drive on the National road 35/34 to reach the next destination Antsirabe. We will pass through Miandrivazo and some gold miner village. It takes 9 hours drive but we can stop on the way to enjoy the landscape and have a lunch at the local restaurant. Arrival at the end of afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Madagascar Touring day 11

Drive to Antananarivo for about 4 hours. On the way, short stops to enjoy the landscape: farm land, terracing rice fields, traditional Malagasy houses. Transfer to the Airport to catch the International Flight. End of the Program

  • Accommodations during the trip and tent during the river trip
  • Half board (American breakfast + Dinners / Menu) during the entire trip.
  • All transportations by 4WD car with an English-speaking driver and all the fuels. Transfers, road taxes, parking.
  • All the activities mentioned in the program (entrance fees and local guides into the parks and reserves).
  • All lunches and packed lunches during the tour.
  • Tips, drinks and bottle of water, personal expenses

  • Insurance and visa

  • All activities not mentioned in the program.

  • The international flight with airport taxes