Tsiribihina River

Tsiribihina River, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park: Address, Tsiribihina River Reviews: 4.5/5

Tsiribihina River
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Bethany
5 contributions
Floating plastic
Jan 2021
Stunning sights and sounds. The river had awful sight of float plastic. Made our heart break. Clean up!!
Written February 3, 2021
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SriniShenoy
Bengaluru, India270 contributions
The Journey is the destination!
Oct 2019
Do this - if you want to have some rugged adventure of Madagascar at the absolute ground level! If you are not used to 'hardship' of any kind, you are better off flying to Morondava (to visit Tsingy) from Tana. First: it takes a long time! 4 days and 3 nights of road and river. You camp at 2 sites on the riverside with temporary loos. The boat is a repurposed tobacco transportation unit. The engine is noisy (very) and the heat can be unbearable. There is no toilet on board!
Having said all this - I still enjoyed it! The riverscapes, the birding, the people, the camps - all are very nice. And yes, on the way - you will also visit a 'paradise' pool (absolutely heavenly for a dip). You have the chance to see lemurs and the occasional Baobab (to the west).
There is a village visit - will give you an insight into rural Madagascar. Watch the people of Madagascar going about life during your river trip!
Take a good book along and sleep on the top deck to enjoy!
read my blog (on TA as a link) for more information!
Written May 10, 2020
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Ewingston
Edinburgh, UK494 contributions
Disappointing
Nov 2019
We booked this river trip as a relaxing opportunity to see Malagasy wild life in a quiet and peaceful environment. Sadly, the only wild life we saw were a few birds and some habituated lemurs when we stopped at the waterfalls at the end of day on. The boat was a former tobacco barge with a very noisy single cylinder diesel engine ( hence no wildlife!) with very limited facilities (no toilet, hand washing etc.) The food was very basic - there is no refrigeration on the boat - only a cold box and after 3 days this isn't very cold. The guide and crew did their best but don't go on this expecting a wild life safari. Instead expect a very hot and somewhat tedious 2 and a half days chugging down a wide and rather boring river
Written November 20, 2019
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huys25
Amsterdam, The Netherlands10,295 contributions
Interesting and relaxed river cruise on 10m slow motor boat with 7 crew.
Sep 2019
At the end of the dry season the river is low and the boat may get stuck if the captain and crew are not careful in watching and analyzing the ripples in the muddy water to find the deepest areas. Several times each day the crew had to get into the knee deep water to push the boat over the shallow areas.
The cook brought live chickens on board, and bought fish along the river. Good meals and relaxed looking around to see the scenery slowly passing by.
An excellent way to travel as compared to the bumpy cars on the asphalt roads.
Overnight in small tents on the riverbanks, one night with campfire and kids from a nearby village. Excellent way to travel from Miandrivazo to nearby the Tsingy NP rocks.
Written November 7, 2019
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
Unforgettable crossing by ferry
Sep 2019
We crossed this river by car ferry twice, and what an experience. Best to have quite a bit of patience while they load the cars on, and preferably one does not ponder how this could be so inefficient. The crossing itself lasts about half an hour, and the ferry is 2 small boats, each with an old motor needing constant oiling, tied together with then some wooden frame on top. Obviously, the one oiling the motor also smokes. But the scenery is quite pleasant, and it is the only way to get to Bekopa and the tsingy de Bemahara.
Written November 4, 2019
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Dale D
Miami, FL253 contributions
Interesting river trip for visiting caves in the Tsingy area
Sep 2019
We spent the morning via pole propelled canoe visiting various caves along the river. The caves were small but has some nice formations. Lots of small boat traffic, and lots of bird activity such as kingfishers and eagles.
Written October 1, 2019
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,193 contributions
What a Crossing
Sep 2019
We were on a multi day trip across Madagascar with eSpace Mada. In order to get to the Tsingy from Morondava, we had to cross the Tsiribihina River and back again. It's not just a regular crossing. You and your vehicle will be on a raft to do this crossing.

I will say it is one of the most unique crossings I have ever done. Very indigenous. There really isn't a schedule. The cars show up, the rafts are loaded until they are full - 5 cars in our case and then we went down the river.
Written September 18, 2019
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Amanda Gilbert
Sydney, Australia14 contributions
Unforgettable trip down the Tsiribihina River with madagascar-traveler.com - Fabulous and professional
Aug 2019
I contacted 'Daddy' (nickname) directly at da_cool74@yahoo.fr. He was extremely helpful and speaks very good English. With just a few days notice, he picked our party of four up from Antsiribe early so we could stop and walk around Lake Tritriva, then on to Miandrivazo for the night. We had requested three nights camping instead of two so we could take our time floating down the river in the pirogues. Daddy and his three 'crew' paddled the two dugouts while we relaxed and enjoyed the constantly changing scenery. Each night they set up camp beside the river, tents with mattress which were very comfortable. And the food was plentiful and delicious including very fresh chicken. The extra night on the river meant we had time to climb up to a remote cave which has two types of bats. It was amazing.
Later we showered under a waterfall and swam in the river. We finally pulled in to shore and a zebu cart transferred our luggage to a 4x4 in the next village. After a very bumpy drive we stopped at Avenue of the Baobabs to watch the sunset which was stunning. Later we arrived at our hotel in Morandava, the end of an amazing and very memorable 5 day tour. Thank you Daddy
Written September 14, 2019
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Sandra B
The Netherlands60 contributions
Amazing River trip with Lakanabe 4 from La Pirogue hotel
Jul 2019
The brilliant crew of Lakanabe 4 boat (owned by La Pirogue hotel) is a true experience. In low water we needed 7 crew member to motor our boat 2,5 days through o a true untouched Madagascar. We bought fish from the villagers and our chef cooked unbelievable great dishes on a very simple stove. In the evening campfire and sing along (if you like). A true Madagasi experience.
Written August 18, 2019
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Steph
Windhoek, Namibia10 contributions
Tsiribihina River trip with Emile Expeditions
Jun 2019 • Friends
A friend and I booked a tour through Emile Expeditions, which included a canoe trip down the Tsiribihina River and visits to Tsingy de Bemaraha and the Avenue of the Baobabs. We loved the trip, as it took us to some of the most incredible places in the country and allowed us to see and interact with those living in the villages along the river. Bring along your sense of adventure, and you'll have an amazing time.

The trip was 6 days (it was adjusted from the usual 7 days in order to accommodate a traveler's schedule). We spent the first two days in pirogues (canoes). Each pirogue had 2 boatsmen, and the days were spent taking in the views, shading ourselves with the umbrellas provided to us, and keeping an eye out for birds, lemurs, and crocodiles. The end of day 1 took us to a beautiful natural waterfall, and we had an opportunity to feed lemurs. We slept in tents along the sand banks with sleeping mats and blankets provided. The meals that the boatmen prepared for us were incredible, especially given that they were cooking them right on the boat or on the sand banks. My favorite night was the second night of camping where those from the nearby village came to sing songs and dance around the fire.

Once the river trip portion ended, we then took a 4WD to Tsingy de Bemaraha (very bumpy roads). The hike in Tsingy was beautiful and thrilling, involving a series of ladders, steps, and chains that you clip yourself into with the carabiners and harness provided for you. The next day was an easier day, with a visit to the Avenue of the Baobabs at sunset.

The trip was very well organized, and Emile was very responsive to all of our questions leading up to the trip. The lodging was basic and no frills but clean and a nice break from camping. Note that you're responsible for your own travel to Antsirabe from Antananarivo (where the tour starts), as well as from Morondava back to Anatannarivo. Emile was very helpful in letting us know how to do this! The car rides can be long, as the roads in Madagascar can be slow-going. Also, a few meals at the hotels are not included in the trip.

Emile was a great guide, very friendly, reliable and responsive. He speaks English and French and has 10+ years of experience guiding groups down the Tsiribihina River. You can contact him via e-mail: emileexpedission@yahoo.fr / emileexpeditions@gmail.com. Or, you can visit his website: https://emileexpeditionsen.weebly.com/
Written July 18, 2019
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