Discovery of the Manambolo

This trekking-adventure tour takes you to discover a little-known region, located in the west of Madagascar called “Le Ménabé”. We discover the green and volcanic landscapes of Lake Itasy, then we sink into the Bongolava massif where only a few collectors dare to venture. By canoe we descend the Manambolo River which winds its way through this wild region and crosses the imposing Bemaraha massif through its majestic gorges. Visit the park and its “Tsingy” before finishing our trip on the west coast and its imposing baobabs. Leader on this circuit that we have created and developed for 15 years, we offer a wide range of logistics to ensure maximum comfort and safety.

Possible extension:
• Stay in Belo/mer
• The coastal track to Tulear
• Return to Antananarivo by road or by plane.

  • Itineraries
  • Dates and prices
  • Notes
  • Day 1

    • ANTANANARIVO
    • AMPEFY (lac Itasy)
    • TSIROANOMANDIDY
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    Departure for the lake of Ampefy in the West of Antananarivo. Crossing the volcanic and hilly landscapes of the Itasy region. A short hike along the lake. Lunch then drive towards Tsiroanomandidy where we meet convoys of zebu carts that transport their crops to the big market. Overnight in an inn.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 2

    • TSIROANOMANDIDY
    • BONGOLAVA
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    We follow a track that crosses a landscape of hills and valleys before reaching the village of Beamboaty in the middle of an orange grove. Then we go down into the wild massif of Bongolava where only a few collectors dare to venture. In the afternoon we reach the western slope of the massif which dominates the great plains where the Manambolo river winds its way. We end with a short walk of 30 minutes to reach our bivouac on the edge of a waterfall.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 3

    • ANKAVANDRA
    • 3 to 3 h
    • CANOE TRIP
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    With our carriers we descend from the massif to reach the village of Ankavandra (3h). This is the starting point of our canoe trip. Piroguiers, cooks, are all native of this village and will be happy to show you it, in the afternoon, after the traditional "fomba" (ritual) we start our navigation. The canoe convoy stretches out, letting itself be guided by the current. At the end of the day, bivouac on the sandy banks.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 4

    • CANOE TRIP
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    The course of the river is lost in its sandy bed, and forces us to follow the pirogues who show us the channel to follow. Sometimes narrowing between two hills, the river runs along small cliffs from which springs of clear water flow. Fishermen offer us their fish. Here and there, crops on the silts are visible on the banks. All the life of the river unfolds before our eyes, to the languid rhythm of nature and the current that carries us away. The landscape changes as we approach the Bemaraha massif. We enter the foothills of the mountain. The dwellings are gradually disappearing. We enter the Bemaraha Gorge.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 5

    • CANOE TRIP
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    Le cours de la rivière se perd dans son lit de sable, et nous oblige à suivre les piroguiers qui nous indiquent le chenal à suivre. Se resserrant parfois entre deux collines, la rivière longe des petites falaises d'où jaillissent des sources d'eau claire. Des pêcheurs nous proposent leurs poissons. Ici et là, des cultures sur les limons sont visibles sur les berges. Toute la vie du fleuve se déroule sous nos yeux, au rythme languissant de la nature et du courant qui nous emporte. Le paysage se transforme à l'approche du massif du Bemaraha. Nous entrons dans les contreforts de la montagne. Les habitations disparaissent petit à petit. Nous entrons dans les gorges du Bemaraha.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 6

    • New location
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    In the morning we explore on foot a canyon drowned in vegetation. Its stream has created a succession of natural pools and its clear water invites us to swim. In the afternoon we go back to our canoes and our progress is made in the impressive silence of the gorges where the cries of the parrots resound. We reach our camp on the bank of the river in the shade of the mango trees.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 7

    • BEKOPAKA GRAND TSINGY
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    We go by SUV to explore a very strange site . The "Tsingy of Bemaraha", (classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO). It is a real magical labyrinth of crevasses, gorges, caves, dominated by sharp limestone peaks, the''Tsingy of Bemaraha''. Passage by a suspension bridge, to the belvederes which offer dazzling panoramas on the roof of the Tsingy. Return in the afternoon and visit the small village of Bekopaka.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo
  • Day 8

    • BEKOPAKA
    • MORONDAVA
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    By the track we take the direction of Belo on Tsiribihina. The first Kilometers of track cross a dry forest and then a grassy savannah dotted with small villages. In Belo, we cross the Tsiribihina River by ferry and then continue along the track to Morondava via the famous "Baobab Alley" at sunset. Arrival in the evening.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dîner
    • Accomodation
    • Activity
    • Photo