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Road & River

The Road & River Tour is a 10-day nature and sightseeing circuit in Madagascar, an off the grid itinerary exceptionally designed for explorers and adventure seekers. It is a private guided tour. Hike in the majestic national park of Tsingy de Bemaraha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, discover azure waterfalls, enjoy sundowners at the famous Allenue of the Baobabs in Morondava and take a river cruise deep into the countryside. The program involves 4×4 driving and sleeping in tents during the river cruising portion. Enjoy romantic dinners by the campfire in the middle of nature. The itinerary offers a slow-paced journey into the western region of Madagascar, the land of Sakalava and Menabe tribes. Since flying within the country can sometimes be unreliable, a road trip comes handy. The trip is suitable for fit travellers, who enjoy hiking. The program includes accommodation at small rustic hotels and two overnights in comfortable tents. 

10 Days – From £1,200 per person 

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Antananarivo, Miandrivazo, Tsiribihina River Cruise, Bekopaka, Morondava, Antsirabe, Antananarivo

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double room
  • Accommodation with breakfast and picnic lunch on day 6 and 8
  • Dome tent with a foam mattress and blanket during the cruise
  • Tsiribihina River Cruise on a FB 
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary on a private basis
  • All transfers on a private basis
  • Entrance & guiding fees to all the mentioned National Parks
  • English speaking driver / guide 
  • All mandatory local taxes
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to Madagascar)
  • Domestic Flights 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned in the description

International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to book the flights yourself, use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to Madagascar start from £700 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year.

For families and groups (starting with 5 pax), we can book domestic flights in Madagascar, during the high season, and if the trip is part of a more complex itinerary. This is to ensure a seamless travel and no complications.

Send us a message on WhatsApp or Email us to check availability, discuss your preferences and get a quote.

This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor it to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added. Other hotels can be chosen, according to your liking. For more travel inspiration check these itineraries.

To avoid unpleasant weather surprises, we recommend to check our Madagascar Weather Guide to plan your trip in the right season. Click on the month you want to travel in and see the tours which are best for each month of the year. 

Day 1 - Antananarivo

Today you will arrive in Antananarivo Ivato International airport (TNR) where you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Antananarivo means “City of thousands”, the place which unified the tribes of Madagascar about 500 years ago. The city is built on 3 levels: the high city where the queen’s palace is situated, the mid-city with nice boutique shops and all the administrative buildings, and the bustling low city with the markets. Time permitting, visit the markets in the low city, then catch a splendid sunset from one of the cafes from the upper part of town. Overnight at Le Belvédère Hotel.

A view of the Rova of Antananarivo, the royal palace in the capital of Madagascar

Day 2 - Drive to Miandrivazo

Today prepare for a full day on the road through the Malagasy countryside till you reach Miandrivazo, starting with the highlands with beautiful rice fields and continuing through an area of barren hills. There are several interesting places on the way to break your journey for some rest. The first one is Ambatolampy, a village known for its aluminium workshops. Further on, the provincial town of Antsirabe is a good place to stop for lunch. As you continue to the west passing by barren hills, there are a few local markets worth to stop for.  You will arrive at your destination towards the evening. Overnight at Princesse Tsiribihina.

The beautiful rice fields in Fianarantsoa region of Madagascar

Day 3 - Tsiribihina river cruise

After an early breakfast, depart to Masiakampy (30km/2h). Board a barge for the river cruise. As you drift along the river, you might catch the flash of a kingfisher from the reeds, hear a zebu being driven down to drink or lemurs staring out from the branches of the forest. During the cruising you will see luxury forests. The boat is equipped with a rooftop, tables, benches and a small kitchen where the crew will prepare food for the guests. Start descending following the current of the river on the plain Betsiriry. Later on the boat will begin to enter a small limestone gorge of Bemaraha. Full board on the boat in provided. Camping overnight.

A wooden boat on the banks of Tsiribihina river in Madagascar

Day 4 - Tsiribihina river cruise

In the morning, after a delicious breakfast, you will visit a waterfall and a natural swimming pool where you can refresh in the clear waters. Continue navigation through basalt cliffs richly decorated with aloe and other succulent plants. The walls of these buttresses are sometimes inhabited by bats. Down the river, you will see plantations of sugar canes, tobacco, dense forest, gorges, cliffs, immense sandbanks and the first baobabs. You can also visit traditional villages, such as Begidro. Watch the picturesque countryside and the slow pace of life here. Full board on the boat is provided. Camping overnight.

The turquoise waters of Nosy Ampela Waterfall and its rocky surroundings in Madagascar, with two people in it

Day 5 - Belo to Bekopaka 

After breakfast, head to Belo sur Tsiribinha. The boat will start entering the plains of Menabe, the land of huge baobabs and the territory of the fishing eagle, humpback ducks and the ash-colored herons. Stop in a charming baobabs village.  After that you will arrival in Tsimafana around noon. Cross to Belo on Tsiribihina, where a 4wd vehicle will be awaiting for you. Drive to Bekopaka (115km/5h). There will be a small river to cross on a ferry in Manambolo, just before Bekopaka. Arrive in late afternoon. At night you may well hear people singing in the distance – a really lovely atmosphere. Overnight at Olympe du Bemaraha.

The sharp stony cones of Tsingy de Bemaraha national park on the island of Madagascar

Day 6 - Manambolo & Tsingy

After breakfast, embark in a traditional pirogue and sail to the Gorge of Manambolo. After this refreshing morning trip, spend the whole day visiting Tsingy de Bemaraha. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this national park is a huge massif, spectacularly eroded into a chaos of karsts pinnacles. The high rocky plateau is made of deep cracks, labyrinths, canyons, covered with a dry forest. The park is a shelter for many species of lemurs and reptiles which can only be found here. Spend the day trekking in the park with an experienced guide who will tell you about the rocks and its inhabitants, guiding you across beautiful trails. You can stop for a picnic lunch whenever you feel it is time for some rest. Overnight at Olympe du Bemaraha.

guide with travellers equipped for hiking in Tsingy de Bemaraha national park in Madagascar

Day 7 - Alley of Baobabs

After breakfast, take the dirt road to Morondava via Belo de Tsiribihina (225 km/9h).  This is a whole day transfer with picnic stops and is the only way to connect to Morondava. The view of the majestic baobabs at the end of the trip will be a great reward for the long drive. Enjoy a splendid sunset at the Avenue of the Baobabs. Don’t miss the ‘baobabs in love’ which grows a bit aside of the avenue. Arrive early evening in Morondava. Overnigth at Chez Maggie.

impressive tall baobab trees in Morondava on the island of Madagascar

Day 8 - Morondava to Antsirabe

Today prepare for a full day on the road through the rural countryside. After breakfast, leave the baobabs behind and start driving back to Antsirabe (485km/9h). Zebu passing along the way, children in dark blue uniforms walking to school, women doing the laundry in the river – the life goes on in Madagascar. Stop at local markets to buy fresh fruits and for lunch at a local restaurant. You will notice that the road will start to climb, since you are driving towards the highlands. Antsirabe is located in one of the most elevated areas of the island, so the air is more refreshing and cool here. You will arrive towards the evening. Overnight at Chambre du Voyageur.

green mango fruits on a tree in Madagascar

Day 9 - Antsirabe

Today spend the morning discovering the creative works of Antsirabe craftsmen. This elegant provincial spa-town with a European feel, is the perfect place to be discovered by rickshaw. Visit the local craft-shops, such as the shop of miniatures made from recycled tins, the semi-precious stones factory, the embroidery workshop and Zebu horn shops. Later on continue driving to the capital (170km/3,5h). The picturesque highlands with beautiful terraced rice-fields and Merina villages will accompany your journey. Upon arrival, spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Le Belvédère Hotel.

colourful miniature cars and rickshaw at the workshop in Antsirabe in Madagascar

Day 10 - Antananarivo

According to your flight’s schedule, you will be transferred to the airport to take your onward flight. This trip will make you realize how big Madagascar is. A quick look at the map will show that you have only explored a tiny portion of the island and yet it took you 10 days to complete the journey. Come back for more, there are a ton of amazing places to explore in the north, east and south. Veloma!

The sun setting down above the dense city center of Antananrivo in Madagascar

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