Madagascar's least visited area
This fly-in safari takes you straight to the iconic baobab alley and the amazing Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
Whilst one of the most instantly recognisable places in Madagascar, it is one of the least visited areas due to the challenge of reaching it. This three-day fly-in safari allows you to stroll down this picturesque "avenue" lined with majestic Adansonia grandidieri baobab trees believed to be between 800 and 1200 years old.
Fly over Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park giving you a breathtaking bird"s eye view of the jagged limestone pinnacles landscape, and observe the colours and texture of the formations enhanced by daylight.
Walk through the Tsingy for an up-close experience of this fragile ecosystem. Along the way, encounter lemurs (11 species among which white-footed sportive lemurs, red-fronted lemurs), a variety of birds (103 species, the most common to see being Coquerel's coua, crested coua, Madagascar Fish Eagle, Forest rock thrush) and chameleons, geckos, iguanas and snakes (all of them being non poisonous!).
This short 3-day trip can easily be made into a longer Madagascar trip incorporating different areas of this completely unique island. Speak to one of our Madagascar experts who will help you figure out what will pair well with this.
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Day 1: Baobab Alley
In the early morning, fly to Morondava. Upon arrival, short 4x4 drive to the iconic baobab alley, Madagascar's first natural monument with trees that are over 800 years old. Enjoy time to photograph this place and soak up the incredible scenery, this majestic species of baobab is the tallest one in the world (up to 98 feet).
Return to the airport and head to Amborodia flying over the majestic Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park giving you a birds eye perspective of where you will be walking tomorrow and a chance to appreciate the scale of the jagged limestone pinnacles.
.On landing, you will be transferred to your hotel, Le Soleil des Tsingy where you will spend 2 nights.
Day 2: Big Tsingy
Today is dedicated to the thrilling and unforgettable exploration of the Big Tsingy. The walk will take you through a labyrinth of limestone pinnacles, deep canyons and narrow fissures in which you'll discover 'unexpected flora and fauna. Along the way you'll have the chance to spot some of Madagascar's lemur species, as well as many tropical birds.
Day 3: Manambolo River
In the morning, enjoy a relaxing canoe ride on the Manambolo River to appreciate the natural beauty of the region, Along the way, explore the caves lodged at the bottom of the limestone cliffs. Your guide will also explain to you the tradition to bury local kings in cliff cavities.
Flight back to the capital city at midday ready to get your return flight home, or to add an extension to your trip.
Duration: 2 nights
Location: Madagascar, Africa
From £3,636pp based on two people travelling.
- Accommodation full board at Le Soleil des Tsingy in a single / double or twin room
- The services of a professional English speaking guide all along the tour
- Private charter flight Tana - Morondava - Amborodia - Tana, including the Bemaraha National Park overfly
- Entrance and guide fees in the Bemaraha National Park
- Canoë ride on the Manambolo river
- All transfers
This trip is seasonal, from May 1st to October 31st every year.
Excludes international flights.
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When to go to Madagascar
Find out the best time to visit Madagascar with our month by month guide.
The cyclone season in Madagascar is between January and March, which means it's hot and wet and isn't the best time of year to travel. The east coast is generally wetter than the west or south.
February is the wettest month, with heavy downpours and the risk of cyclones making travel difficult, and wildlife hard to spot.
March remains hot and wet, with high humidity making travel uncomfortable. The south is generally a bit drier and the roads more manageable than the north.
There are still heavy rain showers during April, May and June, but they don't disrupt too many activities, and the sun often shines in between. Parks are now open to visitors and it's a great time to visit Andasibe and Berenty, with the greenery lush and the wildlife coming out of hiding.
The rains have left the landscapes looking green and lush, and now is a great time to try and spot the famous lemurs. The tourists haven't yet arrived en-masse so accommodation is cheaper and easier to find. There are still a few rain showers, but sun prevails, making May an excellent overall choice for travel.
With the rain finally subsiding, the air becomes fresh and cool, with sunshine and just a few showers punctuating the day. It's a great time to travel across much of the country, and still outside of peak season it's easier to find accommodation at good prices.
July is the beginning of the peak season, with dry weather and lower temperatures meaning this is a great time to go trekking or explore the rainforests. Lemurs and other forest dwellers have come out of hiding, and humpback whales gather to calve offshore, with sightings frequent between now and September. July is one of the best times to visit Madagascar.
August is similar to July, with comfortably cool temperatures and sunny skies. It's another good month for whale watching, and for exploring Madagascar's many regions.
Want to see a baby lemur? Now is the time to visit, when lemurs give birth. The cooler weather is at an end, and temperatures begin to rise, bringing with them a few showers in anticipation of the approaching rainy season. It's quieter than July and August, and therefore an ideal month to visit Madagascar. Whale watching is still on the cards too.
Baby lemurs are still hopping around during October, and the warmer weather means it's an excellent time for the beaches and snorkelling in the turquoise ocean. Keep an eye out for the blooming purple jacarandas, and see if you can spot fossas in the western forests.
Increasing temperatures around Madagascar mean hot days, but the arrival of short rain showers helps cool things down. Wildlife is very active during November, so it's a great time for lemur spotting, as well as birds during their breeding season.
December is the start of the wet season in Madagascar, with high temperatures (the hottest of the year) and short, sharp rain showers. It's a bit cooler and drier in the south west of the island. It's a quieter time to travel, and if you visit at the beginning of the month, the beaches will still be glorious.
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