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Birding Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 20 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Madagascar  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching  
Season: May - November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1000 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4280 Euro (EUR)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Tana. Arriving at Ivato international airport, clear customs and meet Ortour representative for transfer to Hotel Chalet des Roses (midrange) or at Tana Hotel (top) for overnight.

Day 2: Tana – Andasibe (3 hours drive)

Departure by vehicle 4x4 Reserve Perinet. On the way, a stop is planned for the visit at the peryras reserve. Then continue to Périnet (Andasibe) Mantadia and Analamazaotra Special Reserve of Andasibe Mantadia form the complex. These two protected areas were identical but human pressures have unfortunately separated. Mantadia covers 15,480 ha. Birding on the road, standing on the bank of the River Mangoro: with any luck, we could see the Madagascar Pratincole, Eleonora's Falcon, Sooty Falcon. First dip in the forest: Madagascar Pond-heron, Toulou Coucal, Madagascar Hoopoe, Madagascar Wagtail, Madagascar White-eye and red Fody, among many others. Overnight at the hotel Feon‘ny Ala (midrange) or hotel Vakona (top)

Day 3: Visit the park of Mantadia

The park forest of Mantadia provides life for many animals by providing shelter. 108 species of birds are known in the park, some of whom play a role in the survival of plants like Terpsiphone mutata, Mesita one color, red-necked Nightjar, Grey-headed Bulbul, White-throated Oxylabes and eyebrows yellow, velvety Philepitta , Droméocerque brown and red Fody forest. The unusual Eurycère Prevost may be encountered here; there is even the rare Vanga Pollen that can be seen regularly.

On the way back, Rail Rail and the Cuvier Island. There are also 14 species of lemur, 51 species of reptiles including the famous Boa Boa manditra and 84 species of amphibians. In rivers Mantadia several endemic fish species of which two are classified as threatened species. Overnight at the hotel Feon’ ny Ala (midrange) or hotel Vakona (top)

Day 4: Visit the park of Analamazaotra

It is known for its rare orchids that bloom in the forest, Indri indri that can be observed all year, beautiful waterfalls and the famous cultural rituals of people in its vicinity, but there are also many species of birds such as:

Blue Coua, Madagascar fluff tail, wood rail, scaly ground roller, pitta like ground roller, short legged ground roller, a variety of Vanga (including special Hypositte Madagascar) and the Ashy cuckoo shrike. Overnight at the hotel Feon’ny Ala (midrange) or hotel Vakona (top)

Day 5: Andasibe – Antsirabe (6 hours drive)

After breakfast, departure in 4x4 vehicle destination Antsirabe. Visit Lake volcanic Tritriva offering superb views over the city and its environs. Visit a lapidary stones before a city tour of Antsirabe. Overnight at Le Trianon (midrange) or Le voyageur (Top)/ Villa Camelia or Couleur café (top).

Day 6: Antsirabe - Ranomafana (5 hours drive)

Drive to Ranomafana through the small town of Ambositra known for its fine wood carvings. Ranomafana Park while forest covers 41,601 ha. It was classified as a World Natural Heritage of the Atsinanana in 2007. It contains a wealth of endemic biodiversity but endangered. Included are rare and critically endangered species of lemurs. The park is also the gene pool of some rare and endemic plant species. It is traversed by many rivers which are tributaries of the river Namorona. Overnight at hotel Cristo (midrange), Hotel Centr’est (high midrange), or Setam Lodge (Top)

Day 7-8: Visit at the park

Full day visit in the reserve with your guide in search of several species of birds and 115 species of birds including thirty of them are strictly forest species, 12 species of lemur, 90 species butterflies
98 species of amphibians - and 62 species of reptiles: Chameleons, lizards. Overnight at hotel Cristo (midrange), Hotel Centr’est (high midrange), or Setam Lodge

Day 9-10: Ranomafana – Ranohira (5 hours drive)

After breakfast, we take the road to Ranohira. Isalo is part of the Municipality of Ranohira in the region Ihorombe. It is 279 km south of Fianarantsoa and 80 km Ihosy. The park, crisscrossed by rivers and their tributaries, extends over 81,540 ha. This is a massive ruiniform sandstone plateau continental Jurassic. Strongly eroded, broken up only by the witnesses sandy valleys and canyons have remained: a spectacle truly exceptional. Overnight at the Hotel Orchidée (midrange) or hotel Relais de la Reine / Satrana

Day 11-12: Ranohira - Zombitse Vohibasia – Ifaty (5 hours drive)

Ranohira to Tuléar is 267 km. Stop for 2 hours at Zombitse Vohibasia houses 47% of endemic birds of Madagascar and one endemic zone: the Bernieria Appert. It has eight species of lemurs; some are almost like the case of threatened Phanera furcifer pallescens. Along the way, you can admire the tombs Mahafaly famous throughout the island and the magnificent Baobab trees. Before arriving in Tulear, we'll be stopping at the arboretum where over 1,000 species of plants endemic to southern Madagascar are represented. Overnight at the Hotel Ifaty Beach (midrange) or Nautilus (top)

Days 13-15: Ifaty-Anakao-Tsimanampesotse Reserve

Early in the morning, leaving Ifaty to Tuléar and take the boat to Anakao, then continue by 4WD to the lake Tsimanampesotse. Tsimanampesotse, it is a large shallow lake. The main attractions of the book are 70 species of birds, The National Park covers 43,200 ha Tsimanampesotse.Lake Tsimanampesotse is the first Ramsar site in Madagascar classified by the International Convention on Wetlands. It is also the only protected area located on the limestone plateau and the coastal area along the coastline of the South West. Tsimanampesotse includes, among others, 112 species of birds including 5 species of Coua the nine existing 42 species of herpetofauna, including 39 reptiles, 3 species of lemurs including 2 diurnal (Lemur catta and Propithecus verreauxii verreauxii and (Microcebus griseorufus and Lepilemur). The Pink Flamingo, a bird endemic to the rosy wings , seen all year on Lake Tsimanampesotse. After the visit drive to the lovely beach of Relais d’Ambola (the most beautiful beach in the south) Overnight at the hotel Relais d’Ambola.

Day 16 Relais D’ambola –Anakao – Tulear (3 hours drive). Leave Relais d’Ambola to Anakao and take the boat to Tuléar, Overnight at the hotel Palétuvier(midrange,top).

Day 17 Tulear – Tana. Transfer to the Airport and take the flight back to Tana , overnight at the hotel Chalet des Roses (midrange) or Tana hotel (top).

Days 18-20: Tana-Ankarafantsika

Morning departure to Ankarafantsika( around 7 hours by car ), Ankarafantsika is located in the western part of the island. Ankarafantsika is 450 km from Antananarivo and 114 km from Mahajanga. Ankarafantsika is a haunt of birds and lemurs. A feature that makes conservation a leitmotif for this national park. 8 species of lemurs were observed Ankarafantsika:

a diurnal species, two species mixed, 5 typically nocturnal species including the famous Microcebus, the smallest primate in the world. 129 species of birds nest in the forest Ankarafantsika. 75 of them are endemic such as: we aim to find Mesita varied Coua Coquerel Philepitta of Schegel and Vanga Van Dam. Finally, Ankarafansika also houses local endemic reptiles: chameleons, iguanas, snakes and freshwater turtles. Overnight at the Bungalow (midrange,top).

Day 21: Ankarafantsika -Tana. Early morning toward the road again to the capital (Tana). Overnight at the hotel Chalet des Roses (high midrange) or Tana Hotel (top).

Day 22 – Transfer and fly home

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
* Mid range:
- Single - EUR 3310 p/p
- 2 pax - EUR 1750 p/p
- 4 pax - EUR 1150 p/p
- 6 or more pax - EUR 1000 p/p

* Top:
- Single - EUR 4280 p/p
- 2 pax - EUR 2250 p/p
- 4 pax - EUR 1650 p/p
- 6 or more pax - EUR 1500 p/p.

Price Includes:
- A car with a driver
- Fuel
- Bed and breakfast
- Entrance fee to the park
- Internal flight booking only
- Driver’s meals and accommodation
- Tour guide (only applied for the group)
- Tax
- Car insurance only
- Transfer.

Price Excludes:
- Tips
- Drinks
- Lunch
- Diner
- Flight ticket
- Laundry.

Notes:
- Type of prestation - hotel with breakfast.
- Accommodation - hotel top and mid range
- Vehicle type - tourism or minibus
- Language spoken of driver/guide: French, English, Malagasy.

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