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Morondava Baobab and Tsingy Package - 8 Days

Private Lodge tour to the West of Madagascar - 6 Nights / 7 Days

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Baobab Trees, Madagascar Beach in Morondava Grand Tsingy, Madagascar Lemur
Tour code: MBP

Private Lodge tour to the West of Madagascar.

Departs: Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Ends: Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Group size: Minimum 1 guest and Maximum 10 guests.
Departure Dates: Tour runs from Saturday to Saturday to fit current flight schedule. Due to the deteriorating road conditions caused by the heavy rains, this package only runs from the end of May until mid-November. For advice, please contact us.

Summary
8-Day Private Lodge tour to the West of Madagascar.

Highlights
Morondava, Kirindy reserve, Baobab Alley, Grand Tsingy, Antananarivo.

Meals
6x Breakfast. Where included breakfast will be enjoyed in the restaurants of the various accommodation establishments. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

Note: Flights from/to Johannesburg can be arranged by us. Internal flights should be booked in conjunction with international flights and the rates are subject to class, availability and change.
Note: Please note that Malagasy drivers speak basic English and have general knowledge of history, culture and the fauna & flora in Madagascar. A supplement is payable should you require a specialist guide to accompany you throughout the tour.

Safari Pricing (per person)
2017 Season
valid thru 31-October
1 Pax
2-3 Pax
4-5 Pax
6-7 Pax
8 Pax
Single Supplement
Saver Acommodation
$ 2,140
$ 1,175
$ 1,025
$ 845
$ 845
$ 300
Classic Acommodation
$ 2,325
$ 1,275
$ 1,120
$ 935
$ 935
$ 335
Superior Acommodation
$ 2,845
$ 1,545
$ 1,420
$ 1,235
$ 1,235
$ 465
Domestic Flight
$ 690 (subject to change)
• Prices shown exclude flights.
• Please note that internal flights should be booked in conjunction with international flights and the rates are subject to class, availability and change.
• All rates are subject to change according to rate of exchange fluctuations.


Morondova Baobab Tsingy Madagascar map


DAY 1; (1 Night)
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar  [Hotel]

Antananarivo Markets, MadagascarYou will be met on arrival to Ivato airport and transferred to your hotel in Antananarivo, where you can relax from your flight and take a swim. Depending on your arrival time, there may be an opportunity for you to ask the hotel to do a tour to the handicrafts market (additional expense).


Superior Option Overnight:
Hotel Royal Palissandre or similar (bed & breakfast basis).
Classic Option Overnight:
Residence Lapasoa or similar (bed & breakfast basis).
Saver Option Overnight: Chalet Des Roses or similar (bed & breakfast basis).
Meals: Lunch and Dinner at your own account.


DAY 2; (1 Night)
MORONDAVA, Madagascar
  [Hotel]

Baobab Trees, AntananarivoYou will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Morondava, where you will be met and transferred to the city. Morondava is situated in the heart of Sakalava territory and is known for the royal sculpted tombs of the Menabe ancestors. These tombs are frequently decorated with well-executed, often erotic, funerary carvings representing life and fertility.


Superior Option Overnight: Pallisandre Côte Ouest & Spa or similar (breakfast & dinner included).
Classic Option Overnight:
Hotel Chez Maggie or similar (bed & breakfast basis).
Saver Option Overnight: Sun Beach or similar (bed & breakfast basis).
Meals: Lunch and Dinner at your own account.

DAY 3; (1 Night)
MORONDAVA - KIRINDY - BEKOPAKA, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Fat-tailed lemurToday is a long day of discovery and adventure! We set out early to visit the Kirindy Reserve stopping en-route to admire the beauty of the famous Baobab Avenue at sunrise. In Kirindy you will have the chance to see 7 species of lemurs, including the fat-tailed lemur and the tiny Pygmy Mouse lemur, believed to be the world’s smallest primate. Kirindy is the best place to see the giant jumping rat as well as the Fossa (Madagascar's largest predator), and you can also witness various spiny tenrecs, birds and reptiles aplenty. The diverse flora includes three of the six endemic Malagasy baobabs.

After exploring Kirindy we head north and onto Tsimafana where we take the ferry across to Belo sur Tsiribihina. After another road transfer, we will arrive at our destination for the day, Bekopaka, in the evening. Please note that it is a very long driving day due to poor and bumpy road conditions.


Superior Option Overnight: Soleil Du Tsingy or similar (bed & breakfast basis).
Classic Option Overnight:
Orchidee du Bemaraha or Olympe du Bemaraha or similar (bed & breakfast basis).
Saver Option Overnight: Vazimba Hotel or similar (bed & breakfast basis).
Meals: Lunch and Dinner at your own account.


DAY 4; (1 Night)
GRANDS TSINGY, Madagascar   [Lodge]

CanoeToday we visit the Bemaraha National Park in search of the Grands Tsingy. A UNESCO world heritage site since 1990, the area has a unique geography, well preserved mangrove forests and some amazing bird and lemur species. We will trek throughout the park. The karst landscape and deciduous forest are a refuge for rare and endangered species and in the park there are over 11 species of lemur, 90 species of bird and 50 types of reptile, some of which we might be lucky to spot on our hikes throughout the reserve.

The Grands Tsingy is famed for its pinnacles, a forest of limestone pillars and limestone plateau. Some of its needles are several hundred metres high! We spend the day exploring this magnificent geological site.


Superior Option Overnight: Soleil Du Tsingy or similar (bed & breakfast basis).
Classic Option Overnight:
Orchidee du Bemaraha or Olympe du Bemaraha or similar (bed & breakfast basis).
Saver Option Overnight: Vazimba Hotel or similar (bed & breakfast basis).
Meals: Lunch and Dinner at your own account.


DAY 5; (1 Night)
SMALL TSINGY, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Grands Tsingy, MadagascarThis morning we will head to Belo sur Tsiribihina and onto visit the Manambolo gorge, home to many interesting rock formations. We travel by dug-out canoe to see the Tombs of the Vazimba tribe from the river. These ancient people were the original inhabitants of Madagascar and grew no more than one metre tall. We spend the afternoon visiting the small Tsingy in The Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park.


Superior Option Overnight: Soleil Du Tsingy or similar (bed & breakfast basis).
Classic Option Overnight:
Orchidee du Bemaraha or Olympe du Bemaraha or similar (bed & breakfast basis).
Saver Option Overnight: Vazimba Hotel or similar (bed & breakfast basis).
Meals: Lunch and Dinner at your own account.


DAY 6; (1 Night)
MORONDAVA, Madagascar   [Lodge]

Baobab Alley, madagascarAfter breakfast, we head back to Morondava by 4x4. We will travel through the small town of Belo-sur-Tsiribihina and pass the Sakalava tribe tombs. En-route we stop to visit the stunning Baobab Alley but this time at sunset, a great photo opportunity! We arrive in Morondava early evening where we spend the night.


Superior Option Overnight: Pallisandre Côte Ouest & Spa or similar (breakfast & dinner included).
Classic Option Overnight:
Hotel Chez Maggie or similar (bed & breakfast basis).
Saver Option Overnight: Sun Beach or similar (bed & breakfast basis).
Meals: Lunch and Dinner at your own account.


DAY 7;
MORONDAVA TO ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar   [TOUR ENDS]

Baobab Trees, AntananarivoAfter breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Johannesburg, where your unforgettable tour ends. We hope to welcoming you in Madagascar again very soon!


Overnight: N/A
Meals:
Breakfast.


Note: The accommodation specified in the itinerary is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be nearby and of a similar standard.

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Included
Accommodation in twin sharing rooms (meals as per itinerary), all transfers and transport mentioned in the program, English-speaking driver*, specialist guides in the national park as per program, all entrance fees, all excursions mentioned in the program.

*Please note that Malagasy drivers speak basic English and have general knowledge of history, culture and the fauna & flora in Madagascar. A supplement is payable should you require a specialist guide to accompany you on tour.

Excluded
English-speaking guide, all excursions not mentioned in the program, bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, laundry, international and domestic flights, airport taxes, visas and travel insurance, all meals not specified, personal items.
Flights from Johannesburg - Antananarivo and onto Morondava can be arranged by Eyes on Africa.

Pre and Post Tour Arrangements
Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers can be arranged on request.

Departure
Your tour starts in Tana on day 1. Should you arrive prior to day 1 or already be located elsewhere in Madagascar, pre tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day 1.

Transport
Transport will depend on the size of the group;

A small car for 2 - 3 pax
A minivan for 4 - 6 - 8 pax
A bus for 10 pax or more
A 4WD vehicle is provided for the day excursion to Kirindy reserve as well as the excursion to Grands Tsingy.

Accommodation
Please note that Madagascar is a country which is in its infancy when it comes to tourism. Accommodation is limited therefore all the above mentioned accommodations are subject to availability and we reserve the right to change these using similar accommodation of the same or higher standards. The hotels used are simple, clean and of a basic – mid-range standard, with bathrooms en-suite. Please note that there is an option for an upgrade to a higher standard of accommodation.

Visas
A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar: Tourists staying in Madagascar for less than 90 days will be able to receive a free visa upon arrival. Please check if your passport is still valid (at least 6 months before expiry date). You can easily obtain a visa at the airport of Antananarivo. Please note that, to get a visa at the airport, you do not need to bring photographs.

Gratuities
If you feel you have been looked after well by your crew or guides, and you wish to show your appreciation for their services, a monetary tip is very welcomed by those in Madagascar. Here follows some suggested guidelines:
• Around EUR 4 per person, per day (10,000 Ariary) for a guide or a guide/driver.
• Around EUR 2 (5,000 Ariary) for a park guide, depending on your satisfaction.
• Around 5% of the bill at a restaurant
• 200 Ariary per bag for a porter.

As Euro coins cannot be changed into local money in Madagascar, it is advisable to tip in Ariary. We would ask that you please reserve your generosity for tipping for services only, and not providing free handouts to children or adults, as this encourages begging.

Information on Areas Visited
MADAGASCAR
Madagascar is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Africa. Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world. It is the home of five percent of the world's plant and animal species, 80 per cent of them unique to Madagascar. Most famous among those are the lemurs. Madagascar and Mauritania are the only countries not to use a decimal currency. Its teeming fertile forests and geographical isolation have served to preserve and propagate 'nature's design laboratory' in a mix found nowhere else on earth. Madagascar's forests are a shimmering, seething mass of a trillion stems and dripping leaves.

Morondava
Morondava is a vibrant west coast town, well known for its seaside resort, laid-back atmosphere, and for being the centre of the Sakalava kingdom.
Not only is it a prosperous rice-growing area, but it is also the southern gateway to the attractions of the west, such as the Kirindy forest, and the famous baobabs.

Kirindy Forest
Kirindy Reserve is a tropical, dry deciduous forest which lies 60 km north of Morondava on the west coast, and covers approximately 10,000ha. The reserve claims a world record for primate density, and also comprises of one of the most threatened wildlife habitats in Madagascar – the dry deciduous forest, which has been reduced to just 3% of its original coverage. The reserve is topped with a forest canopy which has grown to a height of 14 meters, and is also dominated by baobab trees.

Of the 7 lemur species found in Kirindy Reserve, the most common are the fluffy Verreaux's sifakas (affectionately termed as "Dancing lemurs" for the amusing way they skip from side to side on the ground), and also the common brown lemur.

Kirindy reserve is one of the few places where you can see the world's smallest known primate, the giant jumping rat, and is also the best place to observe fossas, especially during the mating season of October to December.

There are also 45 bird species and 32 reptile species, including the rare Madagascan flat-tailed tortoise, the side-necked turtle, Madagascar's only freshwater turtle, and numerous chameleons.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo, better known in the short version Tana, is the bustling capital of Madagascar with about 2,000,000 inhabitants. Situated in the high plateau, the city was founded in 1610 by a Malagasy King. To protect the newly gained territory he left 1000 men behind and that's how Antananarivo got its name (town of 1000). It has developed to a quite interesting city with a lot of contrasts. Thus that Tana habits the country's major international airport, most visitors will find themselves at least passing through the city. But you should spend some days here and explore the city, visit the market places and Roya. Roya is a palace and one of the main features of Tana. It is built on the highest hill and can be seen from for tens of kilometers in any direction.

 

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