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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, there is the river descent of Tsiribihina where you will immerse yourself in the quiet and relaxing voyage watching people going about their daily life and meeting with the local. You will also see a different type of aquatic birds, chameleons, and lemurs. Make your wildest safari dreams come true!
Airport transfer included: Ivato Airport
During this safari, you will stay in several mid-range accommodations provided by Gassi Tours. The accommodations listed on the tour program are Chalet de Rose Hotel in Tana (on day one, day twelve, and day thirteen), Feon’ny Ala Hotel in Andasibe (on day two and three), an accommodation in Antsirabe (on day four), Baobab Hotel or Princesse Tsiribihina Hotel in Miandrivazo (on day five), a camp in the River descent area (on day six and seven), Karibo Hotel in Belo (on day eight), Grand Hotel du Tsingy in Bekopaka (on day nine and ten), and Chez Maggie in Morondova (on day eleven).
Upon your arrival, you will have a meet and greet session and be transferred to a chosen hotel to spend an overnight stay. Overnight will be at Chalet de Rose Hotel.
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. Overnight will be at Feon’ny Ala Hotel.
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 observe them very close. Overnight will be at the same hotel.
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 two crater lakes of Andraikiba and Tritriva. Legend says that there were two 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. Overnight will be at Baobab Hotel or Princesse Tsiribihina Hotel.
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 freshwater 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 may have a stop for lunch in a beautiful spot and great. Healthy meals can 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 will 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 two hours until Antseraraka where you will take a four-wheel drive to drive you to Belo. Overnight will be at Karibo Hotel.
After breakfast, you will head off toward Bekopaka. You will visit the small Tsingy in the afternoon. Overnight will be at Grand Hotel du Tsingy.
In the following morning, a four-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. Overnight will be at the same hotel.
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. Overnight will be at Chez Maggie.
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. Overnight will be at Chalet de Rose 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.
During this safari, you will visit several places in Madagascar such as Antananarivo, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Andasibe, Antsirabe, Miandrivazo, River descent, Antseraraka, Belo, Bekopaka, and Morondava. 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 is the turning to economic liberalism.
Madagascar has a range of hotels categories and typical restaurants. These are listed below to help you best decide how you would like to travel throughout the country. Visitors who are seeking a more luxurious experience won't disappointed in Madagascar. You may feel free to choose what level suits your budget or seek assistance from your guide. The international and exotic cuisine is available in most of the big hotels' restaurant. You can sample authentic Malagasy cuisine with the locals in cafes or "Hotelys".
Malagasy gastronomy turns centers around rice, an emblematic product of Madagascar. The country even holds the world record in rice consumption. This obsession with rice has created proverbs like "love is like rice's seedling: transplanted, it shoots again elsewhere" and "don't sing your own merit like rice boiling in a pan." In regards to beverages, it is advisable to avoid tap water and stick to bottled mineral water, sodas, coffee, tea or you can sample the local "rano vola" (rice water).
Please arrive at Ivato International Airport (TNR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Gassi Tours will pick you up from the airport.
Please inform Gassi Tours of the airline, flight number, date, and time of arrival in Madagascar so they can meet you at the airport.