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Rivers and wildlife of Western Madagascar
10 days from CAD5,680pp
Enjoy exceptional bird watching whilst on a river cruise.
View the famous Baobab forests.
Cruise along the river on your private barge.
View lemurs and sifakas in their natural habitats.
Visit the famous Tsingy.
- Tsiribihina River
- Tsingy de Bemaraha
- Kirindy Forest
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Day 1 Antananarivo
Arrive at your hotel in Antananarivo. This afternoon you can enjoy a guided city tour, taking in key points of cultural interest, markets and local architecture as your guide tells you about the city's history.
Day 2 Miandrivazo
Day 3 Tsiribihina River
Today you'll be driven the short journey to the boat. Once all your provisions are on board you'll set off downstream. You'll spend the day passing small villages and watching life unfold before you. Towards the end of the day you're likely to take a break near a small waterfall - a refreshing place to take a swim.
Day 4 Tsiribihina River
Today you'll continue your journey - you can relax in the sun on the boat's open deck, keeping your eyes peeled for the occasional lemur in the forest on the banks of the river.
Day 5 Tsingy de Bemaraha
Tsiribihina River , Tsingy de Bemaraha
Your final day on the boat. You'll continue in a westward direction towards Belo sur Tsiribihina. On arrival, you'll be met by your driver and head north for four hours to Tsingy de Bemaraha. After crossing the river on a river barge you'll head to your hotel for the night.
Day 6 Tsingy de Bemaraha
Tsingy de Bemaraha
Today you'll set off early for the Grand Tsingy - a forest of limestone pinnacles. The walking is absolutely spectacular here, but you'll need to have a head for heights. There are different walking options available, some more strenuous than others but all taking in the incredible landscape.
Day 7 Tsingy de Bemaraha
Tsingy de Bemaraha
Today you might want to take a boat trip on the Manambola River. During the trip, you can visit some great caves and look out for the rare Madagascar fish-eagle. In the afternoon you may want to visit the Little Tsingy, which although not as spectacular as Grand Tsingy, offers some lovely walking trails and a chance of seeing Decken's sifaka, which are endemic to this side of the island.
Day 8 Marofandilia
Tsingy de Bemaraha , Marofandilia
Today you'll return to Belo-sur Tsiribihina. Here you'll stop for lunch in a good quality restaurant before continuing onwards to Kirindy. Here, if you have the energy, you can take a late afternoon walk. As night descends, you'll have the chance to see some of the area's nocturnal animals. You might also see fossa - the main predator of lemurs in the country.
Day 9 Morondava
Kirindy Forest , Morondava
This morning you'll have the chance to head back into the park. As this is a dry deciduous forest, sightings are often easier than in the country's rainforests. In the afternoon you'll head onto the Avenue of Baobabs in time for sunset, giving you a chance to take some excellent photographs, before continuing onto Morondava where you'll spend the night.
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