Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island and is one of the world’s major zoogeographic regions. This 12 day tour takes us to three distinct bioregions, each with a very different array of landscapes, wildlife, vegetation & people.
This tour is not set up to achieve huge lists of birds and animals but rather aims to allow for some great photographic opportunities of a variety of birds, lemurs and chameleons and also the famous baobab avenue at Morondava. The elusive Aye Aye Lemur & the carnivorous Foosa will be some of the highlights of the tour.
This is a relatively easy tour, There are no long steep hikes and is fine for people of a reasonable fitness level. Most driving is on sealed roads with the exception of the latter part of the drive to Kirindy and the very rough Berenty section.
The standard of accommodation is variable from comfortable western style hotels to some fairly basic lodges with shared toilets.
Day 1: Arrive in Tana and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Fly from Tana to Fort Dauphin and transfer to Berenty where Ring-tailed Lemurs and Verreaux’s Sifaka can be found alongside birds such as Giant Coua, Madagascar Scops Owl and Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher.
Day 3: Spend the morning around Berenty and return to Fort Dauphin late afternoon.
Day 4: Fly from Port Dauphin to Tana and then drive to Andisibe stronghold of the charismatic Indri and many other lemurs including the Diademed Sifaka and the Black and White-ruffed Lemur. A fascinating variety of chameleons and some very colourful frogs can also be found here.
Day 5: The day will be spent exploring The Andisibe and Mantadia areas for a variety of birds such as Madagascar Flufftail, Collared Nightjar, Madagascar Long-eared Owl, Nuthatch Vanga, Scaly and Short-legged Ground Rollers and other wildlife.
Day 6: Early in the morning drive to the Eastern Betsimisarake region. This is a very photogenic drive through the mountains with a floating market full of tropical fruits, waterfalls, plantations and typical villages. A short boat ride will bring us to our site for the nocturnal Aye-Aye.
Day 7: The local area has numerous species of pitcher plants and lemurs and the morning will be spent photographing them before heading back to Tana.
Day 8: Fly to Morondava where the famous Avenue of Baobabs can be seen. Transfer to Kirindy Reserve.
Day 9: With Fossa the main target we will also be looking for birds such as White-throated Mesite, Sickle-billed Vanga, Grey-headed Lovebird, Banded Kestrel and more.
Day 10: After a last morning on the reserve head back to Morondava in time for the late afternoon light to give us the best photographs of the Avenue of Baobabs.
Day 11: Another chance to photograph the Baobabs this time in the morning light before flying back to Tana.
Day 12 : Transfer to airport and take onward flights.
An extension can be arranged if required.