Antananarivo - Antsirabe - Miandrivazo - Kirindy - Bekopaka - Morondava
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8 days – 7 nights
Visit of the village of aluminum recyclers in Ambatolampy. A tradition that came from colonization, the work of the foundry is an activity that is very important in almost all homes on the island. From simple households to modern homes, every home is blessed with at least one of these cooking pots which are made in this locality in the central highlands. With the advent of industrial metallurgy, aluminum replaced this hard-to-work metal. A collection of old aluminum in the various homes of the cities and the turn is played. All that remains is to work on it with the means at hand, as we are used to saying.
Various various stops along the way and continuation to Antsirabe, rickshaw ride through the small town and visit of multiple workshops. Installation.
In the morning, walking tour of the countryside around Antsirabe in the company of a local guide, lunch during the visit and departure to reach Miandrivazo. Photo stops along the way and continuation to Miandrivazo which we reach at the end of the day. Installation in a hotel. (Complete Board).
The west side of the island is much less steep than the east side and it is also more arid. The landscape is less mountainous, the human density is less.
Departure after breakfast and destination Kirindy which is north of Morondava. The great plains extend along the road to Morondava where there is a more fertile and wetter plain. From half of the road, we will see the first large baobabs. Stop for lunch in Morondava and continue to Kirindy via the famous baobab alley. Night visit of the reserve in the company of your experienced local guide.
The Kirindy forest is managed by a private natural conservation association and contains a biodiversity typical of dry and leafy environments. Here we find the famous 'fosa', a small carnivore reminiscent of a feline as well as a multitude of species of lemurs.
Before breakfast, daytime visit of the reserve in order to flush out the fauna in the light of day. The traditional pharmacopoeia is also included in the experience of your guide. After the visit and the late breakfast, direction North, for Bekopaka and the famous Tsingy de Bemaraha. Arrival at the end of the day after the ferry crossings and the long sand track. Installation.
Bridges are non-existent in this part of the island. The ferry crossings are then inevitable to connect the villages between them, among others for Bekopaka where one reaches the gates of the Tsingy de la Bemaraha.
First day of discovery of the Tsingy. Descent of the Manambolo and visits to its cultural sites during the morning, followed by a short cultural immersion in the daily life of the sakalava* of this region. After lunch, visit the small Tsingy in the afternoon. Return to the hotel.
Domain of the Sakalava ancestors who took refuge there during the occupation campaigns undertaken by the Merina, the Manambolo is a watercourse that remains sacred even to this day. This watercourse crosses the Bemaraha National Park and crisscrosses through the karstic formations of the Tsingy.
*sakalava: name of the dominant ethnic group of the western region of the island.
Second day of discovery. Visit of the most impressive sites of the Tsingy. Transfer by car to the foot of the great Tsingy and start of the discovery. A half-day of sensation through this unique training in the world. After the visit, we will meet the Sakalava village community for a little cultural immersion. Return to Bekopaka at the end of the afternoon.
Of all the karstic formations on the island, those of Bemaraha are undoubtedly the most spectacular. Rich in biodiversity and culture, this park is the flagship of this region's assets. The largest karstic formation on the whole island, the Tsingy owe their name to the fact that you have to walk on tiptoe to reach a desired place. “Mi-tsingy” meaning to stand on tiptoe.
Departure towards the south. Dirt track and passage of ferries. Passage through baobab forests, traditional villages and at the end of the day, the mythical alley of Baobabs. Stop for the classic sunset photo and continue to Morondava and transfer to the hotel.
After breakfast, choice between continuity for a loop to Tulear OR return to the capital