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Madagascar Comprehensive I

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 22 day(s)
Group Size: 8 people
Destination(s): Madagascar  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 7750 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 7750 US Dollar (USD)

We at M17026 have an unbeatable reputation in Madagascar, having run more than 50 tours over the past 10 years to the world’s fourth-largest island. Madagascar is often referred to as the “Eighth Continent” and its exceptional fauna and flora have evolved over millions of years of isolation. This legendary uniqueness is nowhere better reflected than in its birds, and the island hosts no less than five endemic bird families (the ground rollers, cuckoo roller, mesites, Malagasy warblers and vangas)! But the wonder of Madagascar extends well beyond its avifauna and we do not neglect the amazing lemurs, colourful chameleons and fascinating flora of this appropriately named “laboratory of evolution”. Virtually every plant and animal on the island is endemic; but sadly, most are threatened by continued deforestation, thus making Madagascar one of those “must-visit-soon” destinations.

The tour at a glance…

-Tour Dates - 6th to 27th August (22 Days)
-Tour Price - US$7,750 per person sharing
US$1,133 approximate cost of domestic flights
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
-Tour Size - Limited to 8 participants and 1 leader

The itinerary:
-6th August - Arrival in Antananarivo
-7th August - Antananarivo fly to Mahajanga and Ampijoroa Forest Station
-8th August - Ampijoroa Forest Station
-9th August - Ampijoroa to Mahajanga
-10th August - Mahajanga fly to Tana with excursion to Betsiboka Delta
-11th August - Antananarivo to Perinet
-12th & 13th August - Perinet Special Reserve and Mantadia National Park
-14th August - Perinet to Anjozorobe
-15th August - Anjozorobe
-16th August - Anjozorobe to Tana, and flight from Tana to Fort Dauphin
-17th August - Fort Dauphin to Berenty Lemur Reserve via Manangotry (Andohahela National Park)
-18th August - Berenty Lemur Reserve to Fort Dauphin and Tulear fly to Ifaty
-19th August - Ifaty
-20th August - Ifaty to Tulear
-21st August - San Augustin and Nosy Ve
-22nd August - Tulear to Isalo National Park via Zombitse Forest
-23rd August - Isalo National Park to Ranomafana National Park
-24th & 25th August - Ranomafana National Park
-26th August - Ranomafana National Park to Tana
-27th August - Tana and depart

Financial arrangements:

The price for the Madagascar Comprehensive tour is US$7,750 per person sharing. (Please note: The price does not include the domestic flights as mentioned in the itinerary. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +/- US$1,133 per person. We can book these flights on your behalf at no extra charge. We also offer the service of booking the flight from Johannesburg to Antananarivo)

The single supplement cost for this tour is US$1,100. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.

Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euros (€), or South African Rand (ZAR), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate.

This includes:
-All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 22;
-Bottled drinking water;
-All lodgings;
-Ground transportation;
-Reserve entrance fees;
-Snorkeling at Nosy Ve;
-Extra activities as mentioned in the itinerary; and
-All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).

The tour fee does not include:
-Visa fees;
-Any flights, including the internal flights as per the itinerary (see above);
-Any additional drinks;
-Snorkeling at Ifaty;
-Special gratuities; and
-Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

Important notes:

a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Approximate flight and single supplement rates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.

b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.

c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.

d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.


As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your leader. If, therefore, you feel that he has given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip him.

Special Notes:

-It is important for the comfort of your fellow travelers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20 kg (44 lb) for check in luggage and 8 kg (+-18 lb) for hand luggage.

-Fitness: This Madagascar comprehensive tour requires a reasonable level of fitness and participants should be in good general health as most of the birding will be done on foot, and may require walking for several hours at a time. Some trails in the rainforest can be quite steep and slippery, especially after rain, and a few longer walks will be made in an attempt to locate some of the more localized species. Should you have any physical limitations, please notify us in advance of departure.

-Accommodation throughout is of a generally good standard, and the hotels and resorts that we make use of are clean and comfortable. Some of the accommodations however are basic and less comfortable from than what you have come to expect from the developed world; we will however make efforts to make this tour as comfortable as possible. There is no camping on this trip.

-Please note that the seas during the boat trip to Nosy Ve Island can be rough, and it is advised that you carry a suitable rain jacket and protection for photographic/electronic gear aboard the boat (a thick waterproof plastic bag is very useful in this regard). Also, tidal variation may require us to walk (in water) across potentially sharp substrate when accessing and/or leaving Nosy Ve. In this regard, it is advised that you carry a pair of shoes that you do not mind getting wet (plastic sandals are very useful). If you have any medical conditions or physical limitations relating to balance and mobility please do let the RBT office know.

-In some areas it will be hot (Ifaty and Ampijoroa), especially at midday. We will thus make a number of early starts in the morning to maximize the most pleasurable time in the field. In addition, some of the days are long and fairly demanding. If you are a more relaxed birder preferring a more even-tempered tour then our Highlights tour is a suitable alternative to this tour.

Arrival & Departure details:

This tour does not include any airfares. Day 1 has been set aside as an arrival day. If you arrive in the morning then a short afternoon visit will be made to Lac Alarobia in Antananarivo. If you arrive in the evening or afternoon on this day then you will unfortunately not take part in this activity. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude on the morning of day 22 in Antananarivo. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the office.


All internal flights will be taken with Air Madagascar. Please note that internal flight delays and last-minute flight schedule alterations are an inherent risk in any tour to Madagascar and we may have to re-arrange the tour itinerary around the internal flight schedule. However, we will still visit all the scheduled sites and will take all reasonable precautions and actions to ensure the tour follows the advertised itinerary as closely as possible. For international flights the main port of entry is Antananarivo and is serviced with regular flights from Johannesburg operated by Air Madagascar and from Paris operated by Air France. As our guests come from all over the planet we do not include international flights in our tour prices. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can, however, book the internal flights for you, and also the flight from Johannesburg to Antananarivo. If you would like further assistance kindly contact the office, and we will happily help you plan your route. However, please do not book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour Price (Per Person) €6,140 * £4,910 * USD7,750 * ZAR86,430
Single Supplement €880 * £700 * USD1,100 * ZAR12,270

Note: Tour prices fixed in US Dollars, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Excludes flight costs.

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M17026 is one of the world’s longest established and most highly regarded birding tour companies. Based in South Africa with satellite offices in USA, Australia and New Zealand, their team of professional tour leaders and dedicated office support staff arrange and guide more than 250 annual birding and wildlife tours...

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