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Period: May to December.

Adventure into nature for a very nice approach of Madagascar. Discovers of exuberant and endemic nature during the barge cruise that spans approximately 180 km from Miandrivazo to Belo/ Tsiribihina village. Lemur such us Propithecus verreauxi verreauxi, Eulemur fulvus rufus and hump duck…Tsingy tour exploration offers a purely original landscape of limestone peaks formed from 160 million years with karstic cathedrals that contains variety of bird species and lemurs. The Baobabs immerses us in a tropical atmosphere and memorable photo scenery.
Type of accommodation: Hotel and camping.
Level: Fine health condition, open for all (recommended for seniors)

It's a 8 days / 7 nights journey from Antananarivo to Morondava as follows:

DAY 1: Antananarivo
Welcome to airport and transfer to the Hotel. According to your arrival time, we can organize a short tour of Antananarivo city.
Antananarivo is the capital of Madagascar. Built on a beautiful hill and spread over the Ikopa valley, the tour of the capital can interest visitor which would to know more about Madagascar. We can discover the railway station, Analakely market, arts and craft market and the queen palace.
- Overnight to Shangai hotel or equivalance.

DAY 2: Antananarivo - Antsirabe via Miandrivazo.
Morning:
We take the national road 7 to reach Antsirabe city. Landscape of lowland rice-fields, some sacred hills of Imerina, reforestation areas, villages aboard the national 7 which have its all specialties: Ambatofotsy, Behenjy, Ambatolampy… decorates the panorama.
- Break lunch to Antsirabe, a friendly city.
Antsirabe: The Malagasy Vichy
Antsirabe is located at 170km to the south of the capital. The city is a peaceful and relaxing town. City possesses long avenues invaded by rickshaws and bicycles. Installed up more than 1500m, travelers enjoy generally its mild climate. Antsirabe is also a spa center. The city is endowed with solid infrastructure and numerous architectural remains such us the railway station, Catholic Church, hotel des Thermes, thermal sources…
Afternoon: On the road to Miandrivazo township.
We take the national road 34 to reach Miandrivazo village. At 195km from Antsirabe, the middle West will plunge us into a warm tropical temperature.
The cool climate will decrease since Mandoto town, the last foothills of the middle West. We will arrive to Miandrivazo at the evening. Stroll to the village and distraction.
Miandrivazo, "I wait my mistress"
Miandriavazo is one of the major towns of "Menabe" area. Built on the left banks of Mahajilo River which is a tributary of Tsiribihina river, Miandrivazo village is characterized by hot temperature and it is the second hottest city of Madagascar. The village site hosted in a bowl and offers a magnificent sunset near the edge of the river.
- Overnight to Baobab hotel or equivalence

DAY 3: Miandrivazo – Tsiribihina River tour by motor boat
Registration fees to the police and town hall office. First of all, we take our car that will connect us between Miandrivazo to Masiakampy, where the motor boat await us. The adventures start here for a 180km of tours before connecting the village of Belo-Tsiribihina.
We lift anchor to explore the beautiful scenery along the river dominated by Bongolava range mountain. Many varieties of aquatic birds: kingfishers, Coucal and Cuckoo Malagasy,...
The reeds that surround the river are the most preferred habitat of chameleons; the most common is the famous Oustalet chameleon. Can we win the remnants primary deciduous forest on both banks of the river with different varieties of lemurs (sifaka, Lemur fulvus ..), egrets, raven, black kite, eagle ...
Late in the afternoon we will arrived to the "beautiful waterfall" and its "natural pool". We are at Anosinampela, the terminus of our trip for the first day.
- Bivouac and camping near Tsiribihina river



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