Tsiribihina River
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Antananarivo Province, Madagascar7 contributions
Oct 2022
My boyfriend and I recently finished a 7 day tour of western Madagascar with Emile and his brother Tony. The tour started in Antsirabe where we met the rest of our group. We drove to Miandrivazo then did a relaxing two and a half days on the Tsiribihina River in a traditional pirogue. We camped on the river bank close to local villages and got to opportunity to meet local children and walk around these remote communities. After the river trip we took a zebu cart and four by four to Belo-Tsiribihina. From here we travelled north to Tsingy National Park and then back south to Morondava. On route to Morondava we stopped for sunset at the iconic avenue of the Baobabs.

We travelled in a group of 11 people. The tour does involve a lot of driving however this is the case with a lot of Madagascar due to the poor road conditions. We organised the tour through Chez Billy, a guesthouse in Antsirabe, who we contacted using this email address chezbilly@moov.mg

You can also contact Emile directly on...
Emileexpedission@yahoo.fr
Emileexpeditions@gmail.com
Facebook: Emile Rakotomalala

The tour was really good. Emile and Tony were extremely friendly and Emile spoke good English as well as French. I would recommend them if you are considering this kind of trip when visiting Madagascar. I also understand they can be a bit flexible with the exact details so you gat tailor the tour to your personal preferences.
Written November 1, 2022
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Mark H
12 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We had a brilliant trip over three days by canoe (pirogue) from Miandrivazo to Belo sur Tsiribihina, finishing with a joyous 5 hour trip in a river-bus (the only tourists on it amongst many rice bags!) Our guide Solo was a great cook and new the river well - we had some wonderful stops for lunch and camped on the river side, we saw kingfishers, baobabs and river life - all so peaceful by canoe; and fun. The trip was arranged by Mer in 'Tana.
Written November 27, 2023
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Andrew M
3 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
We had a fantastic and well organised trip. Spending 5days with Emile's team lead by Fred. The experience is well worth the time and money. Traveling around Madagascar can be hard.. But they make it easy allowing you to enjoy the immersive experience.
Written March 20, 2023
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Jeremy_Ottawa21
Ottawa, Canada8 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
We booked this trip once in Miandrivazo, the village close to the embarkation point. For 4 people, we paid 350,000 ariary, which is less than 100€ at the time of writing, EVERYTHING included, even rum, and zebu cart to the village at the end. You can have a maximum of 3 people per pirogue, so we had 2 pirogues with 4 boatmen. Our guide was amazing, spoke good French, and decent English, not common in guides around here. Don't go by boat, they are extremely noisy.

Or guides name is Robert, can be reached at 00261 324 295 032 or jolianarobertjo@gmail.com, highly recommended.

We drifted for 3 days, seeing many crocodiles, lemurs, bats, chameleons, many types of birds, kingfishers, even a couple owls. The camping sites Robert chose were far from any other group that so we always felt like we were by ourselves.

Either way, if you don't choose this guide, I highly recommend going to Miandrivazo to book your trip. Ignore the touts in Tana and Antsirabe, as they charge you double, keep half in their pockets and then the guide and piroguiers get the same amount that you would give them should you organise without a middle man.
Written July 1, 2016
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Amanda Gilbert
Sydney, Australia14 contributions
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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Emily R
4 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
My boyfriend and I recently finished a 7 day tour of western Madagascar with Emile and his brother Tony. The tour started in Antsirabe where we met the rest of our group. We drove to Miandrivazo then did a relaxing two and a half days on the Tsiribihina River in a traditional pirogue. We camped on the river bank close to local villages and got to opportunity to meet local children and walk around these remote communities. After the river trip we took a zebu cart and four by four to Belo-Tsiribihina. From here we travelled north to Tsingy National Park and then back south to Morondava. On route to Morondava we stopped for sunset at the iconic avenue of the Baobabs.

We travelled in a group of 11 people. The tour does involve a lot of driving however this is the case with a lot of Madagascar due to the poor road conditions. We organised the tour through Chez Billy, a guesthouse in Antsirabe, who we contacted using this email address chezbilly@moov.mg

You can also contact Emile directly on...
Emileexpedission@yahoo.fr
Emileexpeditions@gmail.com
Facebook: Emile Rakotomalala

The tour was really good. Emile and Tony were extremely friendly and Emile spoke good English as well as French. I would recommend them if you are considering this kind of trip when visiting Madagascar. I also understand they can be a bit flexible with the exact details so you gat tailor the tour to your personal preferences.
Written May 29, 2018
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Hannah A
Brisbane5 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
My partner and I joined two other people on a tour with Christian in November 2016. We spent 2.5 days cruising down the Tsiribihina River, camping on the river bank each night. Then travelled to Tsingy limestone formations where we stayed two nights in a hotel and then on the last day we visited the Alley of Baobabs before finishing the tour in Morondava. We had a great time on the trip. The river was very relaxed and we just cruised while the boatman rowed us calmly downstream and the cook was even cooking in the dugout canoe (pirogue) ensuring we had lunch on time. The Tsingy was like nothing I've seen before and whilst in the national park we spotted 2 types of lemur! The whole tour ran smoothly and Christian was a very professional guide who genuinely wanted to ensure we had a great trip and were always comfortable and enjoying ourselves (which we did). I would thoroughly recommend him as a guide. He gives a great price and excellent service.
christianrakotondrajoa6@gmail.com
Written November 30, 2016
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ChristianRaktondrjoa
Antsirabe, Madagascar143 contributions
Jun 2016
Tsiribihina river trip is done in two days and half, with such beautiful scenery. First day, there is Anosin'ampela waterfall, with lemurs. Just stunning ! Night at the white sandy, under tent. The second day; visit of village called Begidro, meeting with locals. Last, possibility to see crocodiles if you are lucky. Tsiribihina river trip is very quiet place, and just beautiful with fauna and floras (chameleons, lemurs, palissander, ...)
Written February 20, 2017
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Sasa
Zagreb, Croatia82 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
I booked a trip that included trip down the Tsiribihina river and a visit to Tsingy de Bemaraha on a recommendation of my friend. Our guide was a local guide from Antsirabe; Emile, you can contact him on his e-mail: emileexpedission@yahoo.fr, Highly recommended !
The whole trip lasted 7 days,and everything was included except 2 or 3 meals at the hotels, it was a really good deal; because to come to Bekopaka, the village near Tsingy is almost impossible by the local transport, and it is really worth to see it, a really unique place in the world; an exceptional geology structure, wildlife included :)
Taking a ferry to come to Bekopaka is also a great experience !

Going down the Tsibirinha in the pirogue is also unforgettable experience; watching birds, lemurs,chameleons, crocs; sleeping under the stars, swimming under the waterfall, interacting with the local people,eating around a fire and just relaxing :)
Also at the end of the trip, Allee des Baobabs near Morondava is visited.
Written October 3, 2016
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Cybil Z
Houston, TX83 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
I traveled in Madagascar for 3-weeks solo, and the Tsiribihina River was the highlight of my trip! As other reviewers have said, it's a great time to be introspective, get a tan, and be in nature.

My river trip started in Antsirabe and ended in Morondava by way of van, pirogue, ox cart, car, and ferry. The river is peaceful, and although I expected there to be other tours on the river at the same time, we didn't see another group until we were near the Avenue of the Boababs. Camping under the stars, having a quick 'shower' under the waterfall, seeing lemurs, and going to amazing sites like the boababs and tsingy was an amazing experience, once in a lifetime experience.

I was in a group with 7 others (2 in each pirogue). My guide, Emile, was great and speaks Malagasy, French, and English. He told us about different animals and made sure we were well taken care of. There are many guides you can find in Antsirable, but if you are looking to book ahead with an excellent guide, I would highly recommend considering Emile. You can find rates and options by contacting him emileexpedission@yahoo.fr
Written March 8, 2018
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