MANAMBOLO RIVER

MANAMBOLO RIVER

$1,680 (Per Adult)

$1,008 (Per Child)

$168 (Per Adult) / Day

$101 (Per Child) / Day

(Includes)

  • Meals
  • Transport
  • Accomodation
  • Sightseeing

Duration10 day(s)

LocationMadagascar

Start PointAntananarivo

End PointAntananarivo

AvailabilityMay 26 , 2019 to Nov 30 , 2019

Summary

This hike-adventure tour takes you to discover an area still little known, located west of Madagascar "Le Ménabé". We discover the green and volcanic landscapes of Lake Itasy, then we sink into the bongolava massif where only a few collectors dare to venture. By canoe we descend the Manambolo River which winds through this wild region and crosses the imposing bemaraha massif through its majestic gorges. Visit the Park and its "Tsingy" before finishing our trip on the west coast and its imposing baobabs.

Activities

  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Landscape photography
  • Sports
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Culture
  • Photo-safari

Places

  • Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
  • Tsingy de Bemaraha Reserve, Madagascar

Physical Condition

  • Sportive

Connectivity

  • No WiFi but good phone coverage

Day-by-day Description

Day 1ANTANANARIVO - AMPEFY (lac Itasy) - TSIROANOMANDIDY

Activities Included

Fishing General Photography Landscape photography Culture

Departure for the lake of Ampefy to the west of Antananarivo. Crossing of the volcanic and hilly landscapes of the Itasy region. Small walking tour by the lake. Lunch then drive to Tsiroanomandidy where we cross convoys of carts to zebus that bring their crops to the large market. Overnight in a hotel. Accomodation Hotel du Bongolava

Location

Lac Itasy, Madagascar

Travel Time: 5 hrs

Day 2TSIROANOMANDIDY – BONGOLAVA

Activities Included

Hiking Sports Wildlife Photography Culture

We take a trail that crosses a landscape of hills and valleys before reaching the village of Beamboaty in the middle of an orange Grove. Then we sink into the wild massif of the Bongolava where only a few collectors dare to venture. In the afternoon we reach the western side of the massif that dominates the Great Plains where the River Manambolo winds. We end with a small walk of 30 minutes to reach our bivouac on the edge of a waterfall. Accomodation: Camping or Guest House

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

  • Transfer

Location

Bongolava, Madagascar

Travel Time: 4 hrs

Day 3HIKING ANKAVANDRA – CANOËS

Activities Included

Camping Canoeing Hiking Landscape photography Wildlife Photography Culture

With our Porters we descend from the massif to the village of Ankavandra (3h). This is the starting point for our canoe trip. Boatmen, cooks, are all from this village and will be happy to make you discover. In the afternoon, after the traditional "fomba" (ritual) we start our navigation. The convoy of canoes stretched, letting itself be guided by the current. At the end of the day, bivouac on the sand banks. Accomodation: Camping

Location

Ankavandra, Madagascar

Travel Time: 4 hrs

Day 4CANOEING

Activities Included

Camping Canoeing Hiking Landscape photography Wildlife Photography Culture

The course of the river gets lost in its sandy bed, and forces us to follow the boatmen that indicate the channel to be followed. Sometimes tightened between two hills, the river runs along small cliffs from which spring clear water springs. Fishermen offer us their fish. Here and there, crops on the silts are visible on the banks Accomodation: Camping

Location

Manambolo, Madagascar

Travel Time: 5 hrs

Day 5CANOEING

Activities Included

Camping Canoeing Fishing Hiking Wildlife Photography Culture

All the life of the river takes place before our eyes, at the languishing rhythm of nature and the current that carries us away. The landscape changes as the Bemaraha massif approaches. We enter the foothills of the mountain. The houses are disappearing little by little. We enter the bemaraha gorge. Accomodation: Camping

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Manambolo, Madagascar

Travel Time: 4 hrs

Day 6ARRIVAL BEKOPAKA

Activities Included

Canoeing Landscape photography Wildlife Photography Culture

In the morning we explore on foot a canyon that is surrounded by vegetation. The river has dug a succession of natural pools and clear water invites us to swim. In the afternoon we return to our canoes and our advance is made in the impressive silence of the gorges or echoes the screams of the parrots. Accomodation: Olympe de Bemaraha

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Bekopaka, Madagascar

Travel Time: 4 hrs

Day 7BEKOPAKA

Activities Included

Bird Photography Hiking Landscape photography Wildlife Photography Bird Watching Culture

In 4X4 we go to explore a very strange site. The "Tsingy of Bemaraha" (UNESCO World Heritage Site). It is a magical labyrinth of crevasses, gorges and caves dominated by sharp limestone peaks, the ‘Tsingy of Bemaraha’. Forced passage by a suspension bridge, to the lookouts that offer dazzling panoramas on the roof of the Tsingy. Return in the afternoon and visit the small village of Bekopaka. Accomodation: Olympe de Bemaraha

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Location

Tsingy De Bemaraha, Madagascar

Travel Time: 6 hrs

Day 8BEKOPAKA – MORONDAVA

Activities Included

Wildlife Photography Culture

By the trail we take the direction of Belo on Tsiribihina. The first kilometers of the trail Cross a dry forest and then a grassy Savannah dotted with small villages. In Belo, we cross the tsiribihina River in a traditional ferry and continue along the trail to Morondava via the famous "Baobab Alley" at sunset. Arrival in the evening. Accomodation: Lagon bleu Hotel

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

  • Transfer

Location

Morondava Beach, Madagascar

Travel Time: 6 hrs

Day 9MORONDAVA –TANANARIVO

Flight to Tana and City Tour Accomodation: Hotel Belvedere

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

  • Transfer

Location

Morondava Airport (MOQ), Morondava, Madagascar

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Day 10TANANARIVO

Activities Included

General Photography

Transfer to airport for international flight

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

  • Transfer

Location

Aéroport International Ivato, Tananarive, Madagascar

Travel Time: 3 hrs

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$1,680 - $1,008 Duration: 10 day(s)

Destination

Madagascar