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See Indri on your Madagascar Holidays. Holidays to Madagascar can combine beach and wildlife

Tsingys of West Madagscar + Nosy Komba


MPW13A
13 NIGHTS
FROM £3,095
International flights quoted separately
See the amazing "Avenue of the Baobabs" and the limestone tsingys of western Madagascar, travelling overland in a 4x4 vehicle suitable only for the intrepid explorer. Kirindy Reserve is the best place to see Fossa predators and at Bemaraha look out for woolly lemurs. Complete your holiday relaxing on Nosy Komba island. English-speaking guide, local flights, transfers & park fees included.
Avenue Baobabs Madagascar Bemaraha Tsingys Kirindy Nosy Komba
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Morondava
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Kirindy Reserve
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Small Tsingys
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Great Tsingy of Bemaraha
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Lemurs
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Fossa
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Bird Watching
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Bedo Lake
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Avenue of Baobabs
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Nosy Komba Island
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Morondava
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Kirindy Reserve
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Small Tsingys
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Great Tsingy of Bemaraha
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Lemurs
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Fossa
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Bird Watching
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Bedo Lake
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Avenue of Baobabs
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Nosy Komba Island
Day 1
You will be met at Antananarivo Airport and transferred to your hotel in the capital city of the tropical island of Madagascar.
 
Check into your hotel and relax in your warm friendly surroundings.
Day 2
Today enjoy a full day tour to the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga and the Lemur Park.
 
Leaving Antananarivo, we travel 40-minutes northeast to the fortified royal settlement (or 'rova') at Ambohimanga. Meaning 'Blue Hill', this complex of royal buildings and palaces is situated on the highest and most sacred of the twelve royal hills surrounding Antananarivo and is a World Heritage Site.
 
It is the best-preserved remains of the pre-colonial Merina Kingdom and an important source of Malagasy identity. Andrianampoinimerina was its most famous king, as he united the various Malagasy tribes into a single kingdom. The walled historic village includes the tombs of several kings and queens and remains a place of worship for pilgrims. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to visit the local village to see their lifestyle.
 
After lunch (own account) we continue to the Lemur Park, a private nature reserve located near the Katsaoka River. Here you can see many species of birds, medicinal plants, reptiles and lemurs. These include the ring tailed lemur, black and white ruffed lemur, common brown lemur, Coquerel’s sifaka, crowned sifaka, mongoose lemur and eastern lesser bamboo lemur. After about an hour at the park, we return to Antananarivo.
Day 3
Transfer to Antananarivo Airport for your flight to Morondava.
 
You will be met at Morondava Airport by your driver/guide and transferred 2-hours along a bumpy and severely degraded road to the town of Marofandilia - the gateway to Kirindy Private Reserve. After checking into your simple accommodation, enjoy a night walk in search of nocturnal lemurs - so don’t forget your headlamp which is essential.
 
Before leaving Antananarivo airport, remember to exchange local currency for lunches along the way (approx 25,000 ariary per person/per day) and buy plenty of bottled drinking water for your journey.
Day 4
Today is devoted to the wildlife of Kirindy Private Reserve.
 
Kirindy is a privately managed reserve in one of Madagascar's most threatened ecosystems, and is the best place in the country to view the nocturnal Fossa - a cat-like relative of the mongoose family that is the main predator of the lemur. This dry deciduous forest is home to eight different lemur species, including Madame Berthe's Mouse Lemur - the world’s smallest primate. Also the red-fronted brown lemur, pale fork-marked lemur, grey mouse lemur, Coquerel's dwarf lemur, fat-tailed dwarf lemur, red-tailed sportive lemur, Verreaux's sifaka, the giant jumping rat and the narrow-striped mongoose.
 
This forest is home to a number of endemic reptiles and the flora is equally unique, with several species found only at Kirindy.
 
Note: Tracking lemurs requires physical mobility as some trails are demanding, although your guide will be mindful of your level of fitness and adapt your route accordingly. Remember to dress appropriately, including walking boots with good tread. A head torch for night walks is essential.
Day 5
A full day on the road today as we leave Kirindy and travel slowly for 8 to 10-hours on a very bumpy and severley degraded road to Bemaraha.
 
Along the way we stop at Bedo Lake, which is home to a wide diversity of flora and 35 species of water birds, including the endangered Madagascar teal, Madagascar plover, Madagascar heron, migratory greater and lesser flamingos, as well as big-headed turtles.
 
We continue to Belo Tsiribihina and take four different ferries to cross the various rivers along the way, before checking into our hotel in Bemaraha in the late afternoon.
Day 6
Tsingy de Bemaraha Nature Reserve has been declared a World Heritage site because of its lemur population, preserved mangrove forests and wild birds, but it is best know for its Tsingy - sharp limestone pinnacles that reach up to 150 feet in height and are cut through with canyons and gorges rich in fauna and flora (Tsingy means “walking on the feet tips" in the Malagasy language).
 
This morning we descend into the Manambolo Gorges on a traditional “pirogue” canoe, with a picnic lunch (included). In the afternoon we visit the small Tsingys and the caves.  You may see some different lemur species such as the Sifaka or the Gidro and if you’re lucky, you might see the famous Aye-Aye. You can also observe the characteristic xerophyte flora of this area, including pachypodiums and arofys.
 
Please note that Bemaraha National Park is closed from mid-October to May.
Day 7
Tsingy de Bemaraha Nature Reserve covers an area of over 250 square miles (666 square km) and only a portion of this great park can be accessed by visitors.
 
Today we travel by car to the start of our walking tour of the great massif. The park offers a range of tours with various levels of difficulty, all requiring a guide, with the 4 to 5-hour Andamozavaky tour being the most difficult. Whilst exploring the Tsingys on foot, you can look for Decken's Sifaka, red-fronted brown lemurs and the critically endangered Madagascar fish eagle, amongst others (picnic lunch included).
 
Please note that Bemaraha National Park is closed from mid-October to May.
Day 8
This morning we depart Bemaraha for a full day on the road as we travel 8-hours to Morondava.
 
In the late afternoon we arrive at Avenue of the Baobabs in time to watch the sunset framed by these strange gigantic "upside down" trees. We then check into our hotel in Morondava.
Day 9
Transfer to Morondava Airport for your flight to Antananarivo.
 
You will be met at Antananarivio Airport and transferred to your hotel near the airport.
Day 10
Transfer to Antananarivo Airport for your flight to Nosy Be.
 
You will be met at Nosy Be Airport and transferred by road and speedboat to the small island of Nosy Komba, with its spectacular turquoise waters. Check into your hotel and relax in the tropical surroundings of this small secluded island situated close to Nosy Be.
Days 11 To 12
At leisure to relax and enjoy the splendid beaches of the small island of Nosy Kombo, offering superb swimming in emerald seas, snorkelling, scuba diving and fishing.
 
Optional excursions include a day visit to nearby Nosy Be (meaning "Big Island") - a volcanic island with many hills overlooked by Mount Lokobe and Mount Passot. From one of these high vantage points you can enjoy exceptional views over the Radama and Mitsio Islands.
 
You can also snorkel at Nosy Tanikely, visit the lemurs at Lokobe Nature Reserve and enjoy the idyllic beaches of Nosy Iranja.
Day 13
Transfer by boat to Nosy Be Airport for your flight to Antananarivo, where you will be met and transferred to your airport hotel.
Day 14
Transfer to Antananarivo Airport for your flight home.
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