- Canoeing down the Tsiribihina River in a traditional wooden boat
- Anosin’ Ampela waterfall
- Andranomena Special Reserve
- Avenue of the Baobabs
- Walks and Exploration of the baobab forest.
Day 1: Pick-up at Antananarivo airport or your hotel. Drive to Antsirabe. The drive takes us across the highland landscape with its beautiful rice fields and its spectacular eroded hills called ‘lavaka’ and through a lush green landscape where vegetables and fruits are farmed. We will take a tour of the city, wandering through wide, palm-lined boulevards. Also we visit some artisan production. Night in a colonial style hotel where, in earlier years, farmers from the East coast relaxed. Included meals: lunch, dinner.
Day 2: Antsirabe, from where we start, is a lovely town and a stroll around its streets will bring you in contact with some fantastic little shops selling Malagasy artefacts and handicrafts. It is a very peculiar town because of its charming characteristics. Industrial town – agricultural town – tourist town. After a short visit of the town we drive to Miandrivazo, about 220 km. We pass a moonlike landscape. Here is the starting point of the pirogue tour. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3: We begin our calm water river journey on the majestic Tsiribihina River. We travel approximately 160 km’s on the river, using traditional boats made out of one trunk of wood. Those trees are endemic to Madagascar or the region. Nowadays pirogue builders are rare as more and more motorboats are coming up. The trip is slow and you can relax and enjoy calls of birds such as bee-eater, coucal, pied crow. We will occasionally work together to lift the boat over high sand banks. Our trip will take us about 160km along the river, finally arriving in Belo sur Tsiribihina, a city 100 km north of Morondava. Meals are served on the shore; campsites on the Tsiribihina River are usually large sandbars with smooth and clean tent sites. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 4: In the river we pass several ranges of wooded hills on our way. Today we continue passing the Gorge of Bemaraha with its steep rocks before we stop at Anosin' Ampela, a wonderful waterfall where we can refresh ourselves. Also cloth washing is fast done. We will see dense vegetation along the riverbanks, towering cliffs and baobab forests. Water birds, fruit bats and lemurs will accompany our journey. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 5: This morning we rise early for our relaxing boat trip downstream along the Tsiribihina River. Passing through diverse landscapes, isolated natural wilderness beside the Tsiribihina River, reminding us how far away we are from home. We continue to pass by some villages where on the way long the river kids wave their hands with their smiles saying: hello.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 6: A last day on the Tsiribihina before we say ‘Good bye’ to the Tsiribihina. Also this last part of the pirogue trip leads us to beautiful landscapes with rice fields on banks. We arrive at Belo sur Tsiribihina in the afternoon. We have a 10-minutes walk to the hotel after an oxcart loaded of our luggage. Once arrived we enjoy a welcome drink in our hotel.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 7: We travel south by 4x4 vehicles to the Andranomena Special Reserve. The Reserve is a wonderland of baobabs, like a triple baobab, a manlike baobab and a womanlike baobab as well as lemurs and lakes. We enjoy a picnic lunch in the forest and walking in the Reserve. We try to catch sunset at the ‘Avenue of the Baobab’ between Belo sur Tsiribihina and Morondava. More than a dozen majestic old giant baobabs (Adansonia grandidieri) growing next to the track. The day's last golden rays strike the bloated trunks from the west. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 8: After the strain of the last days we can relax in at Morondava Beach in Morondava. End of service. Included meals: breakfast.
- Duration of tour: 8 days
- Car: 2 days
- 4WD: 1 day
- Pirogue tour: 4 days
- Trekking: 1 tour of two hours.
The pirogue or ‘lakana’ how it is called in Madagascar is a wooden boat made out of one trunk. They are made out of endemic hard wood like Soarafo or Arofy. They are 9 to 11 metres long and 50 to 60 cm large. Mostly are two persons in a pirogue. Of course there is a boatman who rows and navigates the pirogue.
Campsites on the Tsiribihina River are usually large sandbars with smooth and clean tent sites. All camping equipment is provided (spacious tents, 3-cm self-inflating mattress, blanket, sleeping bag, pillow).
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