Madagascar Baobab Tree Trail

Madagascar Baobab Tree Trail

UBAB
Call for Price

Description

Home to stunning karst forests, ancient trees and incredible wildlife, the island paradise of Madagascar begs to be explored. Visit the Avenue of the Baobabs at sunrise, look out for lemurs clinging onto the limestone cliffs in the Bemaraha National Park and discover the big and little tsingys in the park. From beach to park, this breathtaking environment is a nature-lovers dream.

Trip Name
Madagascar Baobab Tree Trail
Last Updated
2018-10-25
Days
6
Capacity
8
Highlights
  • Wander around 800-year-old trees along the Avenue of the Baobabs
  • Cross the Big Tsingy via suspended bridge
  • Float down the meandering Manambolo River on a morning canoe trip
  • Count lemurs hanging around on the Tsingy’s karst shards
  • Watch the sun set behind the trees in Morondava

Itinerary

Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Essential Trip Information a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Morondava
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. After checking into your beachfront accommodation, perhaps go for a walk around the town or stroll along the beach. In the evening, seek out a local restaurant for a barbecue dinner.
Day 2 - Bekopaka
A very early start today will have you heading to the baobab alley for the sunrise. Baobab Alley is a row of about 20 - 25 imposing Adansonia grandidieri Baobab trees along some 260 m long stretch of the road and in the nearby pastures between Morondava and Belo Tsiribihina. Endemic to Madagacar, the Baobabs can be up to 800 years of age and reach heights of 98 feet (30 m). The diameter of the larger trees can reach up to 36 feet (11 m) and the circumference can be up to 160 feet (50 m) around. Enjoy the changing colours of the trunks and the pronounced long shadows of the trees in the amazing surrounding of dry Malagasy bush. Continue the drive to Belo sur Tsiribihina, crossing the Tsiribihina river, for a lunch break. Arrive at Bekopaka in the late afternoon (an 8 hour drive in total).
Day 3 - Bekopaka / The Great Tsingy
Another very early morning as we prepare to visit the Big Tsingy. We want to get there before the crowds and the heat of the day. Please organise a packed lunch and plenty of water with your accommodation before heading off to the Big Tsingy walk this morning. Cross the Manambolo River and enter the National Park of Bemaraha. The Great Tsingy are an amazing karstic formation with the Bemaraha National Park. Enjoy a trek through this remarkable geological phenomena. The visible vertical drop can be quite intimidating especially for those with vertigo. Animals lovers can look out for the 11 species of lemurs, more than 100 bird species and 45 endemic reptiles and amphibians, including the Madagascar iguana and Antsingy leaf chameleon.
Day 4 - Bekopaka / The Small Tsingy and Manambolo River
This morning enjoy a 4-5 hour walking trek through Small Tsingy. You will pass through a labyrinth of limestones and stop at two view points over the impressive pinnacles. In the afternoon float down the Manombolo River onboard a pirogue (wooden dugout canoe), meandering along the edge of the tsingy forest. You’ll be paddled through the calm waters through the deep gorge under the shadow of towering cliffs. This canoe trip combines with an easy walk through caves, stalactites, stalagmites and the famous family tomb of the Vazimba tribe.
Day 5 - Morondava
Return to Morondava in time to see the sunset at the Baobab Alley. In the evening, perhaps head to a beachfront restaurant for a farewell dinner with your travelling companions.
Day 6 - Morondava
There are no activities today and you’re free to leave Morondava anytime.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts),Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nts)

Transport

Minivan

Map