Antarctica & Arctic
Experience the west of Madagascar, an area unexplored and fantastic for those looking for a slightly more adventurous experience.
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Four nights hotel accommodation and one night camping, meals as indicated, sightseeing as specified, transportation by 4WD vehicle and boat and English speaking driver/guide.
Daily, 15 May - 31 Oct 2018.
Discover the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The karstic landscapes and limestone uplands cut into impressive 'tsingy' peaks and a 'forest' of limestone needles, the spectacular canyon of the Manambolo river, rolling hills and high peaks. The undisturbed forests, lakes and mangrove swamps are the habitat for rare and endangered lemurs and birds.
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Explore Marofandilia Reserve, famous for its 3 species of baobab.
Visit the small Tsingys and the caves - tsingy in Malagasy landuage means 'walking on the feet tips'.
Discover the fascinating wildlife of Madagascar from the numerous species of lemur to the pyxis planicauda turtle.
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On arrival, you will be transferred from Morondava to the Marofandilia Reserve. The reserve covers 6420 hectares and is located in the Menabe region, 30km north of the town of Morondava. Among the endemic species sheltered by its forest is the Pyxis planicauda turtle, classified vulnerable and in danger of disappearance. The vegetation is composed of dense dry deciduous forest with three remarkable species of baobab tree. It shelters a large number of endemic species of local, regional and national fauna. Sifaka, an endemic lemur can be easily seen between 7am-9am when it is very active. Boenga, a dark redhead fur lemur is nocturnal and can only be seen when the sun goes down. You will spend the night in a camp ground in Marofandilia. (L)(D)
After breakfast continue to Belo on Tsiribihina with lunch on the way. Your journey today involves four different ferries to cross the rivers. Arrive at the Tsingy late afternoon. (B)(L)(D)
This morning, explore the Manambolo Gorge with traditional ‘pirogues’. After a picnic lunch, visit the small Tsingys and the caves. Tsingy in Malagasy language means ‘walking on the feet tips’. This is due to the extraordinary shape of these eroded lime stones. Look out for lemur species such as the Sifaka or the Gidro. You can also observe the characteristic xerophyte’s flora of this area with the pachypodiums succulents. (B)(L)(D)
Today you will drive to the entrance of the massif. The Andamozavaky tour takes approximating four to five hours, which includes light shafts, the forest corridor and a walk on the roof of the tsingys. (B)(L)(D)
Depart early this morning for the long drive back to Morondava, with lunch on the way. Arrive in Morondava late afternoon, just in time to see the sunset over the famous Baobab Alley. (B)(L)(D)
The morning is at your leisure before transferring to the airport. (B)
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