Manambolo River

Manambolo River, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park: Tickets, Tours, Address, Manambolo River Reviews: 4.5/5

Manambolo River
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huys25
Amsterdam, The Netherlands10,295 contributions
Short boat tour with small caves and far away burial site
Sep 2019
When you are in the area visiting the Tsingy you can do this boat trip. The guide fees etc. are extra for this short trip. Relaxing and not exiting. The two caves are really small and un-impressive. The promised sacred burial site is high up in the rocks and only partly visible with binoculars or tele-lens camera. Just some extra activity you can do.
The more interesting thing to do is to look at the pontoon crossing. Vehicles that bring tourists for the Tsingy, Free entertainment.
Written November 8, 2019
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
Nice and relaxing after the climbs and hikes in the tsingy
Sep 2019
We did this boat trip in the afternoon, after the hike/climb in the petit tsingy. It was very relaxing, mostly just sitting in a small pirogue, seeing the scenery and the birds. We were very lucky and saw a fish eagle being chased by falcons. There are 3 stops on the tour, 2 are caves, and for those 2 one gets out. The first cave is not that special, but the second one, if one climbs up, is very nice. The third stop, you do not get out, is at a rock cliff where ancestors are buried. One can just about make out the graves and the bones. Do not expect too much from this. But a relaxing way to spent the afternoon, certainly if you did the grand circuit earlier in the day.
Written November 4, 2019
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,193 contributions
Liked the Pirogue but thought the Caves were not too Interesting
Sep 2019
We went on a 1 hr 30 minute ride on a Pirogue boat down the Manambolo River. Along the way, we stopped at a couple of caves. You don't really need a torch because the caves don't go very deep.

We went with the same guide for this and the Small and Big Tsingy. We tipped our Pirogue person 10000 Ar.

I thought the caves were just OK but I did actually enjoy the Pirogue boat down the river. I thought that was very enjoyable.
Written September 18, 2019
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Alp Korhan
Nicosia, Cyprus393 contributions
Nice Visit
Aug 2019
Had a short boat ride along the river. Visited couple of caves and saw the nature there. It was also interesting to see the natural habitat of the first settlers.
Written September 9, 2019
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Dave D
Vancouver, Canada356 contributions
The history is worth the trip
May 2019 • Couples
This was added in by our agent so we weren't sure exactly what to expect. However the canoe ride was tranquil and the caves are fun. It is great way to experience some local culture as well. it was worth the couple hours in the morning to do.
Written June 29, 2019
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Geerlings
Houten, The Netherlands954 contributions
Nice boat trip
May 2019 • Couples
With a special tourist canoe, which has 2 hulls so is does not roll easily, we visited some caves and a grave. A peaceful boat ride through some amazing scenery.
Written May 23, 2019
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marina_se33
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Review on Emile Expeditions - a five-day trip with Emile Rakotomalala to Little and Big Tsingy
Sep 2018 • Couples
My husband and I spent 5 days with Emile, his brother Fetra and driver Jaca on our trip from Morondava to Tsingy de Bemaraha and Alle of Baobabs.
We contacted Emile 3 months before our arrival, told him our wishes and sent him some money in advance that he can arrange everything for us on time.
Everything with him and his crew was just perfect! They waited for us at a bus station in Morondava, the accomodation was already arranged and on the second morning we went to Bekopaka.
To get to Bekopaka and Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, it is necessary to make a little effort, the roads are very bad and to cross the Manambolo River you have to put your car on the raft so it takes some time, but definitely worth it. Whole trip was very interesting to us, not just Tsingy, nature in Madagascar is really spectacular and we passed through the very interesting villages. With Emile, Fetra and Jaca was never boring, because Emile was always talking about people, customs and nature and patiently responded to all of our guestions.
In Bekopaka, we slept 3 nights in camp in tents, as it was our wish, and the camp hosts cooked for us excellent, traditional dishes. Everything was very native, homely atmosphere and we had a chance to have a lot of contact with the locals and Emile as an organizer made sure everything works well, and that nothing is missing in any moment.
We visited Little and Big Tsingy, made a night walk in search of chameleons and we watched the sunset in the Avenue of the Baobabs.

Personally, for Emile I can say that he is very professional and responsible, very seriously understands his job but he is also very friendly. and communicative. He speaks English well. His brother Fetra is also very friendly , and driver Jaca is a legend :)

Thank you Emile for wonderful time in Madagascar!

Marina Šeremet
Written December 16, 2018
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WFKtravels
338 contributions
Early morning canoe trip and Petite/Little Tsingy hike
Jun 2018 • Family
Our canoe trip, in an interesting trimaran type wooden canoe, with a local guide and a ‘punter’ set off from Bekopaka and headed into the gorge of the Manambolo River. The scenic trip took in riverside rice planting, birdlife, stops at a couple of caves in the gorge wall which you can enter so a torch is useful and a view of a Vazimba tomb up on a cliff ledge above the river. The skulls were clearly visible from our vantage point at river level. There was some conjecture as to the actual age of the tombs, however. The cliffs featured some fairly unique vegetation and the trip was non-taxing but scenic. It was quite cool when a breeze picked up through the gorge. The canoe drops you off at the Tsingy de Bemaraha NP ranger point which is the beginning of a hike through the maze and the Little Tsingy. No harnesses are required for this walk which is worth doing...but the Grand Tsingy are much more scenic, remote and have a real sense of adventure. At the end of the walk is a lagoon where a pair of the rare Madagascan fish eagles reside. It was very easy to view and photograph these birds from this vantage point. In fact, this was a great spot for watching birds - white-faced whistling ducks, red-billed teal, black winged silts, swamp warblers.... Some tourists attempt to do the canoe trip and Petite/Little Tsingy in the morning and the Grand Tsingy in the afternoon. I feel that this would be very rushed. Devoting a half to full day to each is better. We enjoyed an afternoon at our hotel looking at the sunbirds, chameleons and amazing butterflies and relaxing after the rather long journey to access the area.
Written September 8, 2018
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KevinB229
Denver, Colorado, United States327 contributions
Great canoeing and cave visits
Aug 2017 • Couples
Very fun place to canoe with guides along limestone cliffs and caves. Beautiful scenery with a feeling of going back in time (especially seeing the tomb on the cliff lines with skulls). Very peaceful. Creates a bit of a feeling of adventure. Would be ideal to take kids on. You would never get this kind of unsupervised access in the U.S.
Written October 9, 2017
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phaedra o
88 contributions
The real rural Madagascar through 4 days and 160 km by canoe.
Aug 2017 • Friends
We did the whole descend of the Manambolo River from Ankavadra until Bekopaka. We arranged the trip through Remote River Expeditions, which I highly recommend and have only the best to say. They took perfect care of us, arranged everything and could foresee any problems and tackle them before actually encountering them. Will write more in detail about them in another post.

It takes 1.5 days of serious and challenging 4WD (and another 3 hours of hiking) through the top of the mountains to reach the starting point of the river in Ankavandra from Antananarivo. After that is just you, the piroguemen and the nature for another 3.5 days. What makes this experience unique is not the landscape itself, but rather the life around the river and of course the trip itself. Is a truly authentic experience of rural Madagascar. Through the trip you encounter people bringing their zebu to drink water down the river, women washing clothes, men fishing, kids playing, piroguemen carrying papayas or other crops down the river. At nights you camp at the riverbank, where it is just you and the milky-way above you. You have to carry all food and water supplied with you in the canoe, since there is nothing around the river. In our 4 days down the river we did not meet any other tourists (and there were no motorboats either, which is the case in Tsiribihina river according to people who we met that did that river instead). We also never felt unsafe and we loved interacting with the local people; they are some of the best, pure- hearted people I have ever met. Landscape-wise the most impressing day down the river is the last, when you canoe through the gorge of Manambolo. This part can also be partially done as a day (or morning) canoe trip from the Tsingy de Bemaraha ticket office. However, if you are up to the challenge of camping and paddling for 4 days and you want to experience the life around the river, I strongly recommend to do the whole river trip.
Written August 31, 2017
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