Adventure on the Manambolo

This flagship and adventure tour of our agency, proposes you the discovery of a region still little known, located in the west of Madagascar “The Menabe”. Whether for immersion in the volcanic landscapes of Lake Itasy, natural dam formed by its craters. Hiking through the Bongolova massif with its rock formations of “Lavaka”. Finally, continue the canoeing down the Manambolo river that winds through this wild region where extends as far as the eye can see the imposing massif of Bemaraha and its famous “Tsingy”.

Leader on this tour that we entirely created and that we continue to develop for more than 15 years. We offer all the appropriate logistics, such as the training of guides and boatmen to ensure maximum comfort and safety. This tour will introduce you to our vision of sharing and solidarity tourism.

  • Itineraries
  • Dates and prices
  • Notes
  • Day 1

    • ANTANANARIVO
    • 2 to 3 h
    • 125 km about 3 h
    • AMPEFY
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    Departure from Antananarivo by the western road to reach Ampefy, a small peaceful town in the region of Itasy on a background of volcanic landscapes. We can admire all along the road small villages and traditional houses thatched roofs, rice terraces ... and finally reach the Great Lake Itasy. In the afternoon, visit and pedestrian excursion to discover this region.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 2

    • AMPEFY
    • TSIROANOMANDIDY
    • 170 km about 7 h
    • BELOBAKA
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    Road towards Tsiroanomandidy where we meet convoys of zebus carts that transport their crops to the big market. Then we take a track that crosses a landscape of hills and valleys before reaching the village of Belobaka. We continue along a small winding track and enter the heart of the Bongolava massif.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 3

    • BELOBAKA
    • 5 to 6 h
    • BONGOLAVA
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    In the early morning, we start our trek accompanied by our carriers on well-marked trails through grassy savannah landscapes and sloping hills formed by the erosion of the famous "Lavaka". It's also a chance for us to get to know the locals on these tracks, which are the only way to get to the villages and people of this remote area of ​​Bongolava stretching over more than 16,000 square kilometers.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 4

    • BONGOLAVA
    • 3 to 4 h
    • ANKAVANDRA
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    We continue our trek and reach the western slope of the massif which dominates the great plains of Menabe or crisscrosses the Manambolo river. Arrival at the end of the morning at Akavandra, final stage of our hike. Lunch at the village. This is the starting point of our descent in canoes. Piroguiers, cooks, are all from this village and will be happy to help you discover it. In the afternoon, after the traditional "Fomba" (ritual) we begin our navigation. The convoy of canoes stretches, being guided by the current. At the end of the day, camping on the banks of sand.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 5

    • MANAMBOLO RIVER CANOE TRIP
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    We go along the water on the Manambolo river at the foot of the Bongolava hills. The course of the river is lost in its sand bed, and requires us to follow the boatmen who tell us the channel to follow. Sometimes narrowing between two hills, the river runs along small cliffs from which clear water springs. Local fishermen offer us their fish. Here and there, crops on the silt are visible on the banks. The whole life of the river unfolds before our eyes at the languid rhythm of nature and the flow that carries us away.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 6

    • CANOE TRIP
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    The landscape changes as the Bemaraha massif hangs over. The river banks reveal sand walls dug not the river's crus. We enter the foothills of the mountain. The houses fade out progressively. We enter the canyons of Bemaraha. We set up our bivouac on a sandy headland. From Akavandra to the canyons it's 200km of navigation, a journey out of time far from civilization which besides the beauty of the landscape and the surrounding flora, will allow you to admire beautiful specimens of birds, herons, teal, egrets, Ducks with humps ... Animals come to refresh themselves on the river bank.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 7

    • MANAMBOLO RIVER CANOE TRIP
    • 1 to 2 h
    • BEKOPAKA
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    In the morning, we will make a small stop along the river to explore a canyon swallowed by the vegetation. We will discover a succession of natural pools dug by the old river crossing of the river. Pools, with crystal clear water that invite us to swim. In the afternoon we continue our canoes shipping and our progress is made in the impressive silence of the canyons where the waters of the river come mix with laterite red to bring an atypical charm to the whole. We reach our camp on the bank of the river drowned under the mango trees. Between 2 and 3 hours of navigation.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
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  • Day 8

    • 4 to 5 h
    • 34 km about 0 h
    • BEKOPAKA
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    In four wheels car, we reach the most beautiful part of the "Tsingy du Bemaraha", an unusual site formed by steep limestone peaks over 40m high, classified World Heritage by UNESCO. Discovery of the national park "Tsingy Bemaraha": deep cricks, caves, canyons and labyrinths through a suspension bridge to reach the roof of Tsingy or gazebo was built and offers a view of the massif. A biodiversity unique to the worlds where lemurs and other endemic specimens live side by side in Madagascar. Back at the end of the day.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 9

    • BEKOPAKA
    • 200 km about 8 h
    • MORONDAVA
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    We take again the track in the direction of Belo on Tsiribihina. The first few kilometres of track crosses a landscape dominated by "satrana" and then a grassy savannah dotted with small villages. Arriving in Belo, we cross the Tsiribihina river by ferry. We continue our journey to Morondava through the dry forest of Kirindy and at the end of the day at the famous "Allée des Baobabs" for sunset. Arrival in the evening. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
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  • Day 10

    • MORONDAVA
    • 480 km about 8 h
    • BETAFO
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    Early morning departure to Miandrivazo, a small village on the banks of the Tsiribihina River. Crossing the desert landscapes of the West. Lunch along the way. In the afternoon we leave the desert areas and progress through the green landscapes of the Highlands. Arrival at the end of the day. Reception and installation in the home.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
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  • Day 11

    • 4 to 5 h
    • BETAFO
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    A day of hiking through the typical landscapes of the region. Meeting with the farmers of the Highlands who will introduce you to their culture, their traditional way of life..... At the end of the day, return to the cottage.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
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  • Day 12

    • BETAFO
    • ANTSIRABE
    • 190 km about 4 h
    • ANTANANARIVO
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    Return to Antananarivo by a road that winds its way through a hilly landscape carved by rice terraces... Visit the city of Antsirabe and local artisans. Then we continue on to Ambatolampy, the city of artisanal foundries: visit of a Malagasy aluminium pot factory. Lunch along the way. Arrival in the afternoon, transfer to the airport or your hotel.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo