Kirindy Forest and Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

Tsingy Extension

August 15 - 24, 2020
Cost: $4,400
Leader: Doug and Gail Cheeseman and Solohery Rasamison
Group Size: 9
Days: 10

Safari Overview

Experience the unique species that reside within the beautiful Kirindy Forest, including endemics such as Madagascar’s largest predator, the fossa, the world’s smallest primate, Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur, and an abundance of endemic birds. Wind your way to Bekopaka and visit the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, also known as the “forest of limestone.” This UNESCO World Heritage Site will enchant you with its dark, jagged rock formations that are contrasted by Decken’s white sifakas wandering about. Explore the nearby mangrove forests for a chance to see the abundant and unique wildlife it beholds. From there, travel west to the world-famous Avenue of the Baobabs and lose yourself in this spectacular scenery.

This is a pre-trip extension for our Madagascar safari from August 22 to September 14, 2020 or post-trip extension to our Madagascar safari from July 27 to August 19, 2020. The information contained in this itinerary is supplemental to the main itinerary.


  • Experience the abundant wildlife of the Kirindy Forest which boasts one of the greatest densities of primates in the world.
  • Visit Little Tsingy and Great Tsingy, two world-renowned remarkable geological phenomena of exceptional beauty.
  • Marvel at the unique landscape as you navigate through the Avenue of the Baobabs.

Itinerary updated: April 2019

Print Trip
Date Description Lodge Meals
Aug 15-16 Travel to Madagascar.
Aug 17 Arrive in Antananarivo (Tana), Madagascar from our Madagascar safari or home, and join an optional afternoon visit to Lac Alarobia. Relais des Plateaux, Antananarivo D
Aug 18-19 Fly to Morondava and head to Kirindy for a full day of wildlife exploration. Relais du Kirindy, Morondava B,L,D
Aug 20 Drive north and take a ferry to Bekopaka. L’Olympe du Bemaraha, Bekopaga B,L,D
Aug 21-22 Visit the famous Little Tsingy and Great Tsingy. Explore the surrounding mangrove forests for this region’s unique wildlife. L’Olympe du Bemaraha, Bekopaga B,L,D
Aug 23 Continue to Morondava and spend the day navigating the Avenue of the Baobabs. Palissandre Côte Ouest, Morondava B,L,D
Aug 24 Fly to Antananarivo, Madagascar to continue on our Madagascar safari or to fly home. B,L

Our Trip Leaders

Solohery Rasamison

Solohery has been doing bird surveys and monitoring programs around Madagascar since 2003 and has published four scientific articles on birdcalls. After earning a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology, Solohery began guiding natural history trips across the island. Being one of the most experienced and respected resident Malagasy guides, he knows the local biodiversity well and greatly enjoys guiding wildlife group. He is enthusiastic, extremely well-versed on Malagasy history and culture, speaks fluent English and French, and has a great sense of humor.

Gail Cheeseman

Gail is a naturalist of the best kind–self-taught through a lifetime in the field fueled by a deep passion for wildlife. Her attention to tour details and individual desires ensures that each Cheesemans’ traveler has the experience of their dreams. Gail has a true spirit for conservation that drives her actions on many issues, both local and worldwide. Together, Gail and Doug make a team of remarkable ecologists who seek to inspire others to enjoy and conserve the Earth’s wild landscapes.

Doug Cheeseman

Doug leverages his expertise gained during 35 years of teaching ecology and zoology at De Anza College to offer travelers a unique learning experience in wildlife-rich regions of the world. Doug and Gail have led over 70 safaris to Africa, especially to Tanzania and Kenya, since 1978. They also led many tours to all corners of the globe including the Antarctic, South America, Australia, and Asia. A love of photographing wildlife behavior and giving college-level lectures to interested groups adds to his accomplishments.

Detailed Itinerary

A glimpse into our journey

Travel to Madagascar

Aug 15-16

Depart from home and travel to Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Arrive in Antananarivo (Tana) from our Madagascar safari or from home

Aug 17

Arrive in Antananarivo (also known as Tana) either in the afternoon or evening today from our Madagascar safari or home. For those on the Aug-Sep Madagascar safari, if you arrive early enough in the afternoon, join an optional visit to Lac Alarobia for birding.

Kirindy National Park

Aug 18-19

Fly to Morondova Airport (MOQ) and then head north to explore the Kirindy Forest. You will be immersed in one of our planet’s best biodiversity hotspots. Join both nighttime and daytime walks to explore the surroundings for unique wildlife including eight lemur species, 50 reptile species, 15 amphibian species, 90 butterfly species, and over 50 bird species surrounded by beautiful flora.

Scenic drive to Bekopaka

Aug 20

You’ll have a scenic drive north that allows time for plenty of photo op stops from Kirindy to the Mahajanga Province. You will then take a ferry ride to reach Bekopaka.

Visit the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

Aug 21-22

Spend the next two days exploring the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its unique geography and well-preserved mangrove forest. As you soak in the spectacular geological formations, keep an eye out for wandering Decken's sifaka that contrast beautifully with the dark razor-sharp limestone. Other wildlife you can find in the surrounding mangrove forests include red-fronted brown lemurs, golden bamboo lemurs, mouse lemurs, fossa, Antsingy leaf chameleon, Madagascar big-headed turtles, Madagascar fish eagle, giant coua, Madagascan owls, and Malagasy kestrel.

Scenic drive to the Avenue of the Baobabs

Aug 23

You’ll have a scenic drive south that allows time for plenty of photography stops from Bekopaka to Morondava. En route, you will stop by the awe-inducing Avenue of the Baobabs. You will wander amongst the endangered Grandidier's baobab trees that are an important resource for the local population. From May to August, the baobabs produce beautiful white flowers that emit a scent that is reminiscent of sour watermelon. With a little luck, you might spot a Souimanga sunbird feeding on the flowers or crested couas perched on its branches.

Tsingy Extension

Experience the unique species that reside within the beautiful Kirindy Forest and Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park.

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Cost & Payments

Costs (in US$)

Type Cost Per Person
Extension cost, double occupancy $5,500
Single supplement $750

Costs are per person, double occupancy, not including airfare (except flights between Antananarivo International Airport and Morondava Airport), singles extra. See Included and Not Included sections for more details.

This cost will be added to your main safari balance. The payment schedule and cancellation policy are the same as the main safari. See main safari itinerary for complete terms and conditions at our Madagascar July 2020 safari or Madagascar August 2020 safari pages .


  • All leaders, transport, park entry fees, landing fees, and permits for all activities unless described as optional.
  • Flights between Antananarivo International Airport (TNR) and Morondava Airport (MOQ) on August 18 and 24.
  • Accommodations for the nights of August 17 through August 23.
  • Meals from dinner on August 17 through lunch on August 24.
  • Airport transfer in Antananarivo and Marondava on August 17, 18, and 24.
  • Bottled drinking water, juice, or soft drink with lunches and dinners.
  • Trip Materials – information about flights, packing, entry and departure requirements, airport transfers, gratuities, etc.

Not Included

  • All airfare (except flights listed as included), airport and departure taxes, and excess baggage fees.
  • We can arrange divergent airport transfers and extra hotel nights for an extra cost.
  • Bottled beverages costs extra during meals except water.
  • Gratuities – Tipping is, of course, discretionary, however we suggest budgeting about $20 to $22 per participant per day for August 18 to 23 with our leaders (about $120 to $132 total per participant).
  • Emergency medical and evacuation insurance, but it is required for you to purchase. For more information see
  • Trip cancellation insurance. For more information see
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, medical costs or hospitalization, room service, alcoholic and other beverages, items not on the regular menu, etc. If you have special dietary needs, please indicate them on your Reservation/Release Form.


Fitness Level


Unless listed as included, airfare, is not included in trip costs. Detailed logistical information and the contact information for our recommended flight-ticketing agent are included in the Trip Materials we will send you. Please let us know if you are arriving earlier or staying later as we are happy to assist you with any extra overnights that you might want to arrange.

Flights you (or a travel agent) book: Arrive atAntananarivo International Airport (TNR) by August 17. Depart from Antananarivo International Airport (TNR) on September 13 after the main safari.

Flights we book for you: The round-trip flights from Antananarivo International Airport (TNR) to Morondara Airport (MOQ). The cost of this round-trip booking is included in the tour cost.