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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Madagascar  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1106 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1598 Euro (EUR)

Madagascar developed a unique flora and fauna. This is the place where evolution has run wild and it has such a high degree of endemism, that it is truly a place like nowhere else on earth!

This Tour Program is designed to offer guests of all ages a unique experience. We concentrate on birds, quantitatively the avifauna Malagasy is not also rich as that of the other countries: approximately 285 sorts. The difference, and it is of size, comes from the fact that on these 285 sorts, 110 are endemic. In Africa bird populate generally savannas. In Madagascar they prefer forests, in particular those wet east, which shelter 50 % of the endemic sorts. A medium level of fitness is required, as we can do quite a bit of walking. This Tour Program is also designed to be family-friendly and photographers will love it!

Tour Itinerary:
Day 1: Antananarivo – Andasibe Perinet

Upon arrival at Ivato , international airport, meeting with our local guide. This is probably one of the most accessible sites in Madagascar where we can find the Madagascar Pratincole. A number of the more common “rainforest specials”, which include Madagascar Wood-Rail, Madagascar Blue Pigeon, Blue-and Red-Fronted Couas, Collared Nightjar, Coral-Billed Nuthatch Vanga, Ward's Flycatcher, Rand's Warbler, Spectacled Greenbul and Nelicourvi Weaver, might be seen. On our arrival in Andasibe. A night walk in Perinet should reveal a wide variety of nocturnal lemurs, reptiles, frogs and fascinating invertebrates. We check in at Feon’ny ala hotel. Full-board accommodation.

Day 2: Andasibe

Up at daybreak for birding in Andasibe (Perinet)! Andasibe is an excellent example of montane rainforest and covers an area of 810ha at altitudes between 930 and 1.040m.
Early morning birding can be very successful in this lovely stretch of Montane Rainforest. Our Target birds for the morning will be Madagascar Blue Pigeon, Blue- and Chabert’s Vanga, Madagascar White Eye as well as the striking Souimanga-and Long-Billed Green Sunbird. After our exciting walk in the forest, we are off to the “lowlands” for a visit to one of the areas several marsh patches, hoping to find Madagascar Rail, White-Throated Rail, Madagascar Flufftail, Madagascar Snipe, Madagascar Swamp Warbler and Grey Emutail. These marshes are probably one of the best places to find the prize bird of the area, and Madagascar, the “ultra-scarce” Slenderbilled Flufftail! Overnight feon’ny ala hotel, full-board accommodation.

Day 3: Andasibe - Antananarivo

Early in the morning, after breakfast incursion into the forest to see the Indri Indri and hear their haunting singing call as they are crying, and observe birds. The forest of Analamazaotra is the sanctuary of the Indri Indri and some other lemur species can be seen in the reserve. Extreme rarity of indigenous species of birds. Fern is especially dense: fern, epiphyte plants and an endemic variety of orchids. Interesting walk in cleared paths of a primary forest. Lunch on the way. Dinner and night at Icinn Hotel or similar.

Day 4: Antananarivo - Fort Dauphin - Berenty

After breakfast, flight to Fort Dauphin, we transfer to Berenty, Private Reserve, which lies about 80km from Fort – Dauphin. We arrive in Berenty just before mid-day. Mid-afternoon, we visit the reserve with a specialist
guide. Berenty is known as the kingdom of lemurs. We check in at Berenty Lodge and meet in the restaurant for lunch.
The adventurous guests, who want to see more birds, can join your guide for a pre-breakfast walk in Berenty National Park - 83 species are listed. Birds of prey are particularly prominent and 9 species are recorded with Madagascar Buzzard probably the more common raptor around. Other unique Madagascar species that can be seen include Hook-Billed Vanga and Crested and Giant Coua. Six species of Vanga occurs here of which Lefresnaye’s Vanga is the most sought after Vanga. Dinner and night Lodge of Berenty.

Day 5: Berenty-Fort Dauphin-Tulear-Ifaty

The adventurous guests, who want to see more birds, can join your guide for a pre-breakfast walk in Berenty National Park - 83 species are listed. Birds of prey are particularly prominent and 9 species are recorded with Madagascar Buzzard probably the more common raptor around. Other unique Madagascar species that can be seen include Hook-Billed Vanga and Crested and Giant Coua. Six species of Vanga occurs here of which Lefresnaye’s Vanga is the most sought after Vanga.

After breakfast we drive back to Fort Dauphin to be in time for our flight to Tuléar and then transfer to Isalo. Situated in the largest lagoon of the country, Ifaty is also protected by a large coral reef that makes it an ideal place for diving and snorkelling and if you are interested, your guide can arrange an excursion as an optional extra. Here you can also experience the Vezo Fishermen’s life, there, we also can see a popular spot for birdwatchers with Lesser Vasa Parrot, Madagascar Lark, Madagascar Cisticola Green Capped Coua, Sub Desert Brush Warbler and the only endemic wader. The afternoon is spent at leisure. Overnight at Ikotel. Lunch in restaurant, Dinner and night at Ikotel or similar.

Day 6: Ifaty

After an early breakfast we depart for the community maintained / operated / organised Reserve Domergue – a spiny forest reserve where we might see such birds as the White- Headed-, Hook-Billed- & La Fresney’s Vanga, Long-Tailed Ground Roller, Archbold’s Newtonia and if we are really lucky, the Sub-Desert Mesite. The rest of the day is spent at leisure.
Lunch in restaurant
dinner and night at hotel

Day 7: Ifaty – Isalo

After breakfast, we pack our bags and board our vehicle. These fantastic gardens record all the succulent plants of the south and it is also possible to see the Running Coua here! After our visit to Antsokay, we drive towards Isalo. Habitat change en route is dramatic - the dry forest of the west is also known as the “spiny desert of the south”. As we travel further north, we pass through Zombitse National Park, a newly proclaimed reserve which is also a sanctuary of birds. Rufous, Blue Vanga, Madagascar, Paradise Flycatchers, Giant Coua, Greater, Lesser Vasa Parrot, Long-Billed Greenbuls, and then, the ‘local special' - Appert’s Greenbul are the bird-attractions of the reserve – time permitting. Full-board accommodation at Motel de l’Isalo.

Day 8: Isalo

After breakfast we visit Isalo National Park. We can see other birds that might be encountered include Lesser Vasa Parrot, White-Throated Rail, Madagascar Coucal, Madagascar Wagtail and Madagascar Kestrel. Full-board accommodation at Motel de l’Isalo.

Day 9: Isalo – Ambalavo - Ranomafana

After breakfast its time to pack our bags and board our vehicle for our journey to Ranomafana. We drive throught Ambalavao and we visit of the private park of Anja, well known for its Ring-Tailed Lemurs, caves and reptiles. After the visit we board our vehicle to drive to Hotel Bougainvilliers. We leave for Ranomafana and continue our drive towards Ranomafana National Park. Taking its name from the village, once popular for its thermal baths, this 40,000 ha National Park encompasses one of the last remaining great expanses of eastern rainforest. On our arrival in Ranomafana
Lunch in a restaurant. Dinner and night at Domaine nature.

Day 10: Ranomafana

Ranomafana is the island's richest rainforest park in birds and mammals. For the early birds, a morning expedition in the park for bird watching in search of Madagascar Pygmy Kingfisher, Madagascar Crested Ibis, Madagascar Long-Eared Owl”, Henst's Goshawk, Brown Mesite, Velvet Asity, Common- and Yellow-Bellied Sunbird-Asitys, Pollen's and Red-tailed Vanga, Yellow-Browed Oxylabes, Gray-Crowned Greenbul”, Forest Rock-Thrush” and Cryptic Warbler, then we continue our walk to see a different part of the park. Ranomafana’s highlight. The rare and “difficult to spot” Pollen’s Vanga can also be seen in this area. Bird-wise, the forest does not record a high rate, however we might spot Madagascar Yellow- Brows, White-Throated Oxylabes and a resident pair of Brown Mesite. Back to Ranomafana. Lunch in a restaurant. We return to the hotel and prepare for dinner. Check-in at Domaine nature.

Day 11: Ranomafana–Ambositra-Antsirabe
After breakfast we continue on Antsirabe. We stop en-route at Ialantsara Private Park to see more lemurs. We arrive in Antsirabe mid-afternoon. Antsirabe is an elegant city and is branded as the centre of Madagascar’s beer industry - smell the brewing at Star Brewery as we enter the town! Antsirabe, literally means “The Place of Salt” and was founded by the Norwegians in 1856. It is the only place in Madagascar
where you will get a “European Familiarity”. Antsirabe has a temperate climate and all fruit and vegetables that grow in a cold climate are to be found here! Lunch in a restaurant, We check in at Camélia hotel and spend some time at leisure before dinner!

Day 12: Antsirabe – Antananarivo - Paris

After breakfast we continue on to Antananarivo, lunch on the way and if possible, visit of the handicraft market for souvenirs before transfert to airport for flight to Paris.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- all transfers
- full board accommodation during tour
- car including fuel and driver
- all visits mentionned in the program
- local guides and entrance fees for the parcs et reserves according to the program
- taxes in Ranohira
- administrative fees in hotels
- English/French speaking guide during the trip

Price Excludes:
- international flights
- domestics flights
- drinks
- personal expenses
- any insurances

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