Small Group Lodge Safari. Non Participate

Baobab Alley

Lemurs in the Kirindy Reserve

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8 Days Morondava Baobab Package [MBP]

  • Antananarivo

Discover the wonders of the majestic Baobab alley & Tsingy on this 8-day Morondava Baobab Package & Tsingy, including sightings of the playful lemurs!

Madagascar has six different Baobab species - visit the world-famous Baobab alley to marvel at some of these giant tree species! Enjoy a visit to the Kirindy Reserve where you have the opportunity to see 7 different lemur species. Book this package as an add-on to your round-trip or a combination with your beach holiday.

Type of Tour:
Private Lodge Tour
Group Size: Minimum 1 person, maximum 10 people

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

Departure Dates
Every day of the week – subject to availability. 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 our office

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Itinerary:

Day 1: Antananarivo
You 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).

Standard Option Accommodation: Residence Lapasoa or similar
Budget Option Accommodation: Chalet Des Roses or similar

Day 2: Morondava
You 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. [B]

Standard Option Accommodation: Baobab Cafe or similar
Budget Option Accommodation: Chez Maggie or similar

Day 3: Morondava – Kirindy – Bekopaka
Today is a long day of discovery and adventure! We set out early to visit the Kirindy Reserve stopping enroute 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 Fosa (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. [B]

Standard Option Accommodation: Orchidee du Bemaraha or Olympe du Bemaraha or similar
Budget Option Accommodation: Vazimba Hotel or similar

Day 4: Grand Tsingy
Today we return to Bemaraha National Park this time in search of the Grands Tsingy. 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.[B]

Standard Option Accommodation: Orchidee du Bemaraha or Olympe du Bemaraha or similar
Budget Option Accommodation: Vazimba Hotel or similar

Day 5: Small Tsingy
Today 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. [B]

Standard Option Accommodation: Orchidee du Bemaraha or Olympe du Bemaraha or similar
Budget Option Accommodation: Vazimba Hotel or similar

Day 6: Morondava
After 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. [B]

Standard Option Accommodation: Baobab Cafe or similar
Budget Option Accommodation: Chez Maggie or similar

Day 7: Morondava - Antananarivo
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Antananarivo, where you will be met and transferred to the city. You can wander through the capital’s steep and narrow streets, taking in its architecture, atmosphere and pace. Or you can climb up to the old rova (palace) and enjoy the views over Antananarivo and the surrounding countryside. The town is at its best in the evening when the setting sun spectacularly illuminates its hillsides.[B]

Standard Option Accommodation: Residence Lapasoa or similar
Budget Option Accommodation: Chalet Des Roses or similar

Day 8: Antananarivo: After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Johannesburg, where your unforgettable tour ends. We hope to welcome you in Madagascar again very soon! [B]

Inclusions & Exclusions

Included in the price: Accommodation based on a BED & BREAKFAST basis in twin sharing rooms at mid-range hotels, 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.

Not included in the price:
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 lunches and dinners, personal items. (Flights from Antananarivo – Johannesburg and onto Morondava can be arranged by SA Tours and Safaris).

Meal Key:
B
– Breakfast  L – Lunch   D – Dinner

 

Extra information

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in basic – mid-range hotels. 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

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

Departure:
Your tour starts in Antananarivo on day 1 of the tour, where you will board your flight to Morondava. Should you arrive prior to day 1 or already be located in Antananarivo, 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 people
A minivan for 4 - 6 - 8 people
A bus for 10 people or more
A 4WD vehicle is provided for the day excursion to Kirindy reserve.

Accommodation:
Accommodation will be in basic – mid-range hotels. 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.

Spending money:
Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover their  lunches and dinners, the purchase of curios and additional entertainment. Madagascars currency is the Ariary. Euros are the most practical and convenient currency to exchange into Ariary at the Airport. There are automatic teller machines (ATM’s) available in the bigger towns like Tana, Fianarantsoa and Tulear.
International credit cards and travelers cheques are very seldomly accepted.

First Aid:
Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a comprehensive medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration, although it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure.

Luggage:
Maximum baggage allowance on the plane will be 20 kg. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don't bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.

Insurance:
It is compulsory for all travellers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. Jenman Safaris has comprehensive public liability insurance. For an instant quote on travel insurance, please click the following link to our website: http://www.jenmansafaris.com/travel-info/travel-insurance.html

Visas:
A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar: you can get a visa at the Consulate of Madagascar in your country, or easier, upon arrival at the international airport of Madagascar. 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: it costs approximately 70 € per person (subject to change) with a valid passport and return flight ticket. 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.

Supplement for upmarket accommodation (half board basis):
EUR 294 / USD 397
Single Supplement: EUR 380 / USD 512