TOUR TO THE TSINGY OF BEMARAHA
DAY 1- Fly from Tana to Morondava. Our local driver/guide will meet and welcome you at the airport of Morondava and take you for a drive to Kirindy forest. . You will stop at the beautiful baobabs avenue for photos.
This natural avenue of imposing Grandidier’s baobabs is one of Madagascar’s must-see sights. Located some 45 minutes from Morondava, on the dusty track to Kirindy Reserve, Baobab Alley is best visited around sunrise or sunset because the softer lighting brings out the red tones of the tree trunks and makes for a splendid photo opportunity and you will stop here again on the way back from the Tsingy and spend a moment for the sunset time;.
This evening at Kinrindy you will do a night walk to find the smallest lemurs known as mouse lemurs and other night active animals. OVERNIGHT AT KIRINDY LODGE or CAMP AMOUREUX;
DAY 2- Morning visit of Kirindy private reserve before heading to Bekopaka village where the TSINGY of Bemaraha national park entrance is. Kirindy is the best place in the whole island to observe FOSSA(The biggest carnivorous and cat-like of Madagascar) It also home to seven species of lemur.
The most common are the common brown lemurs and the Verreaux's sifakas. These long-legged, seven-pound lemurs, white with dark patches, leap among tree trunks high in the canopy, propelled by their powerful hind legs but continually maintaining an upright posture. The remaining species are nocturnal: the rare Coquerel's giant mouse lemur and pygmy mouse-lemur, fork-crowned lemur, Gray mouse lemur, western fat-tailed dwarf lemur and red-tailed sportive lemur. Several bats, tenrecs, mongooses and rodents complete the mammal population.
40 bird, 50 reptile and 15 amphibian species are also found in this magnificent forest. After the visit, drive to Bekopaka. Overnight at an hotel in Bekopaka village
DAY 3- VISIT OF THE TSINGY. Full day visit of the TSINGY OF BEMARAHA NATIONAL PARK;The spectacular mineral forest of Tsingy de Bemaraha stands on the western coast of Madagascar. Tsingy is the Malagasy word for “walking on tiptoes” and the nearly impenetrable labyrinth of limestone needles justifies this name. The whole protected area, designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1990, comprises a surface of 1.575 km².
This remote area was not a tourist trek until 1998, when the southern part (723 km²) was declared a National Park. The northern section is an Integral Reserve so tourists are not allowed to enter the zone. The reserve’s canyons, gorges, undisturbed forests, lakes and mangrove swamps display an astonishing richness of fauna and flora which have not been completely recorded. The rate of endemism is about 85%, and 47% are even local endemic!
The limestone seabed rose to create a plateau around 200 million years ago, which was little by little eroded by heavy rainfalls until it became its actual shape. This massif is delimited to the east by the abrupt Bemaraha Cliffs, which rises some 300 to 400m above the Manambolo River valley and extends several tens of kilometres from north to south.
The western slopes of the massif rise more gently, and the whole western region of the reserve forms a plateau with rounded hillocks which slope away to the west. To the north undulating hills alternate with limestone extrusions, while in the south extensive pinnacle formations make access extremely restricted. In the south of Petit Tsingy is the spectacular Manambolo Gorge where you can see waterfalls, lemurs and magnificent untouched forests.
DAY 4- Another early morning visit of the Tsingy. Petit Tsingy and the gorge of Manambolo river then drive back to Morondava. Stop at the Baobabs avenue for the sunset before heading to your hotel in Morondava.
DAY 5- Transfer to the airport and take the flight back to Tana.
Tour cost: €520 per person. ( based on 2 adults sharing a room )
INCLUDES: A 4x4 car with fuel and a driver, all accommodation with Bed and Breakfast,park entrance and local guides fee, ferry boat fee when crossing Tsiribihina river,airports transfer