Gassi Tours has combined the visit of the rainforest of Andasibe located east of Tana (Antananarivo) home of the biggest lemur of Madagascar called indri indri and other diurnal and nocturnal lemurs to the national park of Tsingy of Bemaraha. Not to forget the river descent of Tsiribihina where you will immerse yourself along the quiet and relaxing voyage watching people going about their daily life, meeting with the local. You will also see a different type of aquatic birds, chameleons, and lemurs.
Throughout this safari, you will stay at several listed accommodations chosen by Gassi Tours.
Upon your arrival, you will have a meet and greet session and be transferred to a chosen hotel to spend an overnight stay.
Gassi Tours will meet you at your hotel after breakfast with your driver and then you will proceed along the RN2 to the east of Tana. You will stop at Pereyras Reptile Reserve to spot reptiles endemic of Madagascar. This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with these amazing animals. You'll have lunch in Moramanga after a further 40 kilometers of driving. You will arrive in Andasibe late in the afternoon and settle at the hotel. After that, there will be a possibility to go for a night walk to spot the nocturnal lemurs known as the smallest of the lemurs in the world.
You will have a morning expedition to encounter indris known as the world's biggest lemurs with their almost invisible tail. You will also see other species of lemurs such as brown lemurs, bamboo lemurs, wooly lemurs, and other animals such as chameleons and giraffe-necked weevil. Afterward, there will be a visit to the private reserve of Vakoana in the afternoon to watch lemurs very close. This is the best place to see them and you can even feed them with bananas and stroke with your hands.
Gassi Tours will meet you at your hotel after breakfast with your driver and then you'll proceed along the N7 to head to Antsirabe situated 170 kilometers South of Tana. Antsirabe, which means a place of much salt, is famous for its thermal pools which are rich in healing properties. The town attracts many locals and tourists due to its cool climate and location. Antsirabe is also the capital of rickshaws and Three Horses Beer, the local beer. Be sure to enjoy the taste of a true Malagasy beer while here.
There will be an option which is to visit the 2 crater lakes of Andraikiba and Tritriva. Legend says that there were 2 young lovers forbidden to marry by their parents, so they threw themselves into Tritriva and drowned.
This morning, before heading west, you will have an option of visiting a famous crystal factory in Antsirabe. The drive west will lead you to the hottest town in Madagascar, Miandrivazo, your starting point of the famous river descent of Tsiribihina. In Miandrivazo, there is a great market where you can purchase any last minute items you may need for your river adventure including hats, sunscreen, or clothes. You will spend the night here before setting out on your river adventure.
You will begin your day on the river after an early breakfast in Miandrivazo with a full day casually canoeing. After an early start, you will be able to relax and immerse yourself in the surroundings. The Tsiribihina River is one of the best places to enjoy the nature, birdlife, as well as animals and to observe how the locals go about their daily activity, always happy to see visitors passing by.
Each day will be filled with watching the wonders of birdlife, lemurs, and bats as well as swimming in fresh water pools and waterfalls. You will have an opportunity to try paddling, still the way life and transport on the river after thousands of years. You will meet fishermen who will offer fresh fish and children from the surrounding villages will follow you from time to time running on the riverbank.
Each day, you will stop for lunch in a beautiful spot and great, healthy meals will be cooked for you. After an afternoon on the river, you will set up camp at the side of the river. You will enjoy spectacular sunsets while sipping on drinks and snacks, while another meal is prepared for you. Campfire, songs, local stories, and laughter make this river trip an exciting and very special time in a wildly beautiful and remote setting that is so hard to find in the modern world. You will be acclaimed by the local children saying "salama vazaha" (hello white people) who are very happy even with so few possessions.
This is your last day of canoeing and at midday, you will arrive at Andadoany village where you will have an opportunity to enjoy a cold drink and then continue your trip after lunch with "zebu car" for 2 hours until Antseraraka. You will arrive at the remote town of Antseraraka where you will stay in a rustic bungalow.
After breakfast, you will head off toward Belo sur Tsiribihina. You will cross by ferry then continue the trip until Bekopaka by 4-wheel drive with a sandy and bumpy road. You will enjoy your lunch in Belo sur Tsiribihina and dinner in Bekopaka.
In the following morning, a 4-wheel drive will pick you up and bring you to explore Tsingy of Bemaraha located 17 kilometers north of Bekopaka village. You will visit the big Tsingy in the morning, then the small one late in the afternoon. The Tsingy is also home to a number of different species of lemurs such as Decken's sifakas, red-fronted brown lemurs, gray mouse lemur, and Milne-Edwards' sportive lemurs. Abundant bird life includes Coquerel's couas, sickle-billed vangas, white-headed vangas and many kinds of reptiles.
Today, you will drive back to Morondava, stop at Belo sur Tsiribihina for lunch, cross by ferry again, then continue the trip until Morondava with some stops en-route for some visits to sacred Baobab, Baobab in Love, and Avenue of Baobab for sunset photos. After the magnificent time at the Avenue of Baobab, you will then drive to Morondava for 19 kilometers.
Today, you will be transferred to Morondava Airport (MOQ) to fly back to Tana followed by your flight schedule then you will be transferred to your hotel.
Before heading to Ivato International Airport (TNR), Gassi Tours will offer a free city tour depending your time. This can be a visit to Lemurs' Park located 23 kilometers west of Tana or the Queen's palace located at 18 kilometers north of Tana followed by a shopping time at La Route Digue on the way to the airport.
Belaza was a student at Tana University for 3 years in the Faculty of Art and Human Sciences. He then decided that the best way to help conserve Madagascar's unique flora and fauna would be to work in tourism and share their wonders with overseas visitors. As a certified guide by the Minister in Charge of the tourism in Madagascar, Belaza has the duty to serve guests from all over the world and make their time here as enjoyable and informative as possible. His aim is to give you an unforgettable trip with memories that will last a lifetime.
Madagascar was comprised of several kingdoms whose unification was completed in the 18th century under the Merina monarchy of Andrianampoinimerina. Then, it started to have diplomatic relationships with the western world which led to its being a French colony from 1896 to 1960. Since Madagascar gained its independence on 26th June 1960, it has chosen to adopt a western-style parliamentary democracy and since the middle of the 20th century, its contemporary history has modeled itself on the modern world economic and political chronicles, the latest change being the turning to economic liberalism.
During this safari, you will visit several interesting places in Madagascar.
During the river trip, you will be provided with 3 meals as well as drinks and snacks.
Please arrive at Ivato International Airport (TNR). Gassi Tours will pick you up from the airport. This pick up is included in the package.
"Belaza was my guide during an 8-day trip from Tana to Morondava. As promised, he was waiting for our arrival with his trademark warm and friendly smile. I immediately trusted him and he lived up to my initial thoughts. At all times, Belaza put the client's needs and wishes ahead of his own giving priority to our comfort and care. He was unfailingly polite, well-groomed, and always on time. His English was excellent and he was easy going providing a wonderful learning experience. Belaza was a great cook, managing to cater to our vegetarian needs with ease. His knowledge of the animals, birdlife, and Malagasy life was exceptional. I would recommend Belaza highly."
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"We booked a Tsiribihina tour and a visit to the Tsingy National Park. Beleza was our guide during our 5-day trip. He is a very nice guy and he answered all of our questions to his knowledge. He provides a lot of information about Malagasy culture and translates the name of every little village we went through. During the river descent, he worked tirelessly in paddling, cooking, and preparing of tents as well as late night entertainment (some drinks to bring the beautiful day to its end). He speaks English very well if you. These trips were organized very well and met my expectation perfectly."
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"Belaza is very charismatic with a great personality. His English is great (which is not so common) and the adventure tour I was part of was very enjoyable, however not for the faint hearted! Belaza's tour was well organized and suitably flexible to meet the groups' need. His tour gave me great insight into Malagasy life and culture. The highlights for me were Tsingy and also meeting the local children who never seem to tire from shouting "vazaha!"."
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