Central-Western Madagascar Expedition
5 to 8 days, only in 4×4 from May to October.
Morondava to the Tsingy of Bemaraha and back. Morandava can be reached by road or by flight.
Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park. The first view of the “Grande Tsingy” leaves most people speechless. These towering and intricately carved pinnacles of limestone might be Madagascar’s most outstanding natural feature. When you visit the Tsingy of Bemaraha, you need to prepare for a long drive on a bad road, through the middle of nowhere. But it is worth it. You literally climb onto those high pinnacles, via cleverly constructed paths, with the help of a safety harness on the most adventurous trails. You can also descend from the tsingy, and plunge into deep caves underneath the limestone. There are some easy trails, plus a relaxing boat trip that allows all visitors to experience the tsingy.
Kirindy Forest is almost synonymous with Fosa. The incredible Fosa is Madagascar’s biggest predator, a big mountain lion-like mongoose. During the dry season, sightings of Fosa at Kirindy are frequent, and they’re virtually guaranteed in October and November. But Fosa isn’t the whole story at Kirindy. This rich forest also holds approachable and photogenic Verreaux’s Sifaka and Red-fronted Brown Lemur, plus the best lineup of nocturnal lemurs anywhere in Madagascar. There are also birds galore, reptiles, butterflies, and more.
Morandava is a coastal town that was the center of the Sakalava kingdom and used to be a stopover port for sailors. Now, it is a stopover for tourists going to the Tsingy de Bemaraha (link to Tsingy of Bemaraha) or through the remote southwest to Tulear. Near Morondava lies the famous “Allee des baobabs” or “Baobab Avenue”, which is one of the most photogenic sites of Madagascar. Despite being outside of any protected area, huge Adansonia grandidieri baobabs have been standing majestically along a dirt road for hundreds of years now.