MADAGASCAR BIRDING TOUR

Trip’s Length: 19 days – 20 nuits

Travel Route: Tana – Andasibe – Antsirabe  – Ranomafana – Isalo – Ifaty

Overview

This sample itinerary is customizable. Contact us to have it tailor-made to suit your expectation if necessary.

DAY 1- ARRIVAL IN ANTANANARIVO(TANA)

DAY 2- TANA – ANDASIBE

DAYS 3- ANDASIBE MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK

DAYS 4- ANDASIBE ANALAMAZAOTRA NATIONAL PARK

DAY 5- ANDASIBE – ANTSIRABE

DAY 6- ANTSIRABE RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK

DAY 7- RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK

DAY 8- RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARKAMBOHITRANTSINGY

DAY 9- RANOMAFANA – ANJA – RESERVE PARK

DAY 10- ISALO NATIONAL PARK ZOMBITSE NP

DAY 11- ZOMBITSE NP

DAY 12- ZOMBITSE – IFATY

DAY 13- IFATY

DAY 14- IFATY – TANA

DAY 15-  TANA – MAROJEJY

DAY 16- MAROJEJY NP

DAY 17- MAROJEJY SAMBAVA

DAY 18- SAMBAVA – TANA

DAY 19- DAPARTURE

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1- ARRIVAL IN MADAGASCAR

Arrival in Madagascar, we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. HOTEL SAKAMANGA or similar

DAY 2- TANA- ANDASIBE

In the morning you set off in the direction of Andasibe Reserve passing through highland scenery and rice paddies. This afternoon enjoy an afternoon walk through the reserve in search of the lemurs and other wildlife. In the evening there will be time for a night walk to observe the nocturnal species. Overnight: VAKONA FOREST LODGE or similar

DAYS 3- ANDASIBE MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK

This morning, we will start very early to drive to Mantadia national park entrance. Mantadia National Park. The moist rainforest cloaking Madagascar’s eastern escarpment protects the richest assemblage of birds on the island, including many that are rare or poorly known.. Over 100 bird species have been recorded from within the  reserve of Mantadia and we will search for specials including Madagascar Flufftail, the elusive Madagascar Wood Rail, Madagascar Blue Pigeon, Greater Vasa Parrot, Madagascar Cuckoo, Madagascar Spinetail, Madagascar Pygmy Kingfisher, Malagasy Paradise Flycatcher, Madagascar Cuckooshrike, Ward’s Flycatcher, Tylas Vanga, Madagascar Starling, Long-billed Bernieria, Spectacled Tetraka, White-throated Oxylabes, Nelicourvi Weaver and Souimanga Sunbird.

Overnight at the same hotel

DAY 4- ANDASIBE ANALAMAZAOTRA NATIONAL PARK

Another day visit of Andasibe National park and today,we visit the Analamazaotra district of the national park. A montane forest park offering the chance to spot a variety of lemurs, reptiles and birds. One of its most famous inhabitants is the Indri, Indri – the largest of lemurs with a black and white teddy bear like appearance. You hear the Indri before you see them and waking up to their songs of communication in the early hours of the morning with the mist still hugging the rainforest canopy. Best to leave early morning to be hear the Indri when they make their distinctive morning group communication calls. Other lemurs which can be seen here are the red-bellied lemur, brown lemur, lesser bamboo lemur, with nocturnal lemurs – brown mouse lemur, greater dwarf lemur , Eastern woolly lemurs. Overnight at eh same hotel

DAY 5- ANDASIBE ANTSIRABE

Today you depart Andasibe and drive back to Tana, and then southwards to Antsirabe (approx 7 hours drive). Throughout the day you pass through a variety of highland scenery with an optional stop at Ambatolampy to see aluminium pot casting. You can also stop to admire and/or purchase locally crafted souvenirs sold at roadside craft markets..HOTEL COULEUR CAFÉ

DAY 6- ANTSIRABE – RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK

Today you set off on your journey southwards and to the National Park of Ranomafana. This park protects a large tract of rainforest in the east of the island where if you are lucky you will see the rare golden bamboo lemur! Rano is Malagasy for water; mafana is Malagasy for hot. About a hundred years ago a Malagasy discovered hot springs down in the valley, and the French created a spa around them. This has now become the town of Ranomafana. Overnight: SETAM LODGE or similar

DAY 7- RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK

Ranomafana National Park will provide our first look at the eastern rainforest, the richest region in Madagascar for all forms of wildlife. Our two full days will allow us to sample most of the specialties of the area. The Golden Bamboo Lemur was discovered here in 1986, and almost simultaneously the Greater Bamboo Lemur, once thought extinct, was rediscovered. These events led to the park´s creation. Birds have profited from these discoveries, and we´ll be alert for the huge Henst´s Goshawk, the timid Brown Mesite, Madagascar Wood Rail, the stunning Blue Coua, the secretive Yellow-brow Coua, and mixed flocks containing Spectacled and Gray-crowned Greenbuls, spectacular Pitta-like Ground-Roller, Green Jery, and Rand´s Warbler. The more highland forest areas produce a different group of birds including Rufous-headed Ground-Roller, Brown Emutail, and the elusive but stunning and sometimes very confiding Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity. In the nearby river and swamps we could find the greatly endangered Meller´s Duck, plus Madagascar Pratincole, Madagascar Snipe, and (with luck) Madagascar Partridge. Gray Emutailhide in the rank marshy grasses of the swamps. In these highland areas the secretive Diademed Siffaka may be found. We will also have a night walk for the curious and varied frog fauna, and usually find a number of sleeping chameleons and quaint Rufous Mouse Lemurs. Butterflies can be spectacular if there has been good rainfall (and there usually has). Night at SETAM LODGE or similar

DAYS 8- RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK

Another day visit of Ranomafana to find more birds and lemurs as wellas other animals.

DAY 9- RANOMAFANA – ANJA RESERVE – ISALO

Today you drive southwards, through a mixture of dense forests and dramatic open plains and hillsides.We will stop for a visit at the local community run park of ANJA to see ring-tailed lemurs. An eye opening experience to see the devastation that has affected these once beautiful forests. As you approach Isalo over the open plains, the distant rock massif on the horizon slowly grows bigger and the diversity and magic of this island soon becomes apparent.

Overnight:RELAIS DE LA REINE

DAY 10- ISALO NATIONAL PARK – ZOMBITSE NP

Morning visit of Isalo national park to find the local endemic Benson´s Rock Thrush and other birds.Afternoon drive to Zombitse national park to overnight close to the park as we will do very early morning visit the following day. Stay at Zombitse ecolodge

Day 11: ZOMBITSE NP

Early morning visit of Zombitse national park to look for the endemic Appert´sGreenbul, found only here! Other birds may include Banded Kestrel, Cuckoo-Roller, and Madagascar Sandgrouse. The largest of all the diurnal green geckoes, the spectacular Standing´s, is found here. Secretive Ring-tailed Lemurs and sleepy Rufous-tailed Dwarf Lemurs will peer at us from their tree cavities. Zombitse-Vohibasia acts as a transition zone between the dry and the humid forests of Madagascar. Therefore the flora is especially rich within the protected area. Baobabs and several orchids are particularycommon . The number of animal species living here is also remarkable. 15 small mammals, 2 carnivorous and 8 lemur species, such as the Verraux´ssifaka, red-fronted brown lemur, ring-tailed lemur, pale fork-marked lemur and the Hubbard´s sportive lemur can be observed here.

Will also do another afternoon visit.

What’s included

INCLUDES

  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • All parks entrance fee
  • All local guides fee
  • A 4×4 car
  • Fuel
  • An English speaking driver/Guide
  • Boat to Mer d’emeraude
  • Airports transfer

EXCLUDES

  • Lunches and dinners, drinks and tips…
  • A domestic flight(Flight from Diego Suarez back to Tana which cost 215Euro
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