Morondava and Tsingy – Superior Package

Discover the diversity of a distinctive destination with a 7-day trip to the arid yet striking Western region of Madagascar. Famous for the staggered limestone forests of the Bemaraha National Park, the towering baobabs and the peculiar tribal tombstones in Morondava, the wilderness of the West will surely amaze! Guests will also be able to get up close and personal with the incredible creatures of Kirindy Reserve. This tour package will allow you to experience the best of Western Madagascar’s landscapes and wildlife while staying in some of Madagascar’s most luxurious hotels. 

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Overview

This Private Lodge Tour shows off the best that Western Madagascar has to offer with highlights including visits to Morondava and Tsingy, starting and ending in Antananarivo – 7 Days


Tour Highlights:

Morondava – Situated in the heart of Sakalava territory and is known for the royal sculpted tombs of the Menabe ancestors

Visit the Kirindy Reserve – Here you will have the chance to see 7 species of lemur, including the fat-tailed lemur and the tiny Pygmy Mouse lemur, believed to be the world’s smallest primate.

Visit the Bemaraha National Park –  In the park there are over 11 species of lemur, 90 species of birds and 50 types of reptile and the Grand Tsingy is also situated here.

Baobab Alley – One of the most popular places in Madagascar to experience the beauty of the large baobab trees and a perfect photography location during your trip.

* This tour is also available as a Saver and Classic Package.

 

Due to the deteriorating road conditions caused by the heavy rains, this package only runs from the end of May until mid-November

Included

  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • 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

Excluded

  • 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 meals not specified
  • Personal items
  • Flights from Johannesburg – Antananarivo and onto Morondava can be arranged by Jenman African Safaris.

Day 1: Hotel Royal Palissandre or similar (bed & breakfast basis)
Day 2: Palissandre Côte Ouest & Spa or similar (breakfast & dinner included)
Days 3-5: Soleil Du Tsingy or similar (bed & breakfast basis)
Day 6: Palissandre Côte Ouest & Spa or similar (breakfast & dinner included)

Group size: Minimum 1 person, Maximum 10 people


Vehicle: In Antananarivo we use an air-conditioned vehicle, and for the rest of the tour, we use 4×4 vehicles.


Spending money: Clients are advised to bring enough money for any additional drinks or activities not included in the itinerary. Madagascar’s currency is the Ariary. Euros are the most practical and convenient currency to exchange into Ariary at the Airport. International credit cards and travellers cheques are very seldom accepted.


First Aid: Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the camps are equipped with a 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 (including emergency medical evacuation cover) 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


Packing:

  • Shorts
  • Track suit
  • Solid Walking shoes
  • Lightweight trousers/jeans
  • Swimming costume
  • Sandals
  • T-shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Windbreaker
  • Warm clothes
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Camera
  • Torch & spare batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • UV protection
  • Mosquito protection
  • Snorkelling equipment is provided at Manafiafy, but you may bring your own if you wish

Visas: A visa is required to enter the territory of Madagascar and can easily be obtained upon arrival at the airport of Antananarivo with a validity of up to 90 days. Tourists staying for less than one month, can purchase a visa for 80’000 Ariary (around 23-27 €). Paying with the exact amounts or small currency is advised. No photographs are required, however please ensure that passports are valid for at least 6 months after return date. In addition to the entry visa, the Malagasy government is proposing the introduction of a frontier levy of 10 € in the near future, still to be confirmed and variable at short notice.


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 hand-outs to children or adults, as this encourages begging.

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