Next we travel to the remote area of Bealanana near Ansohihy, where the rediscovery of Madagascar Pochard at a forested Lake was made in 2006. With only around 20 birds remaining in the wild, it has naturally been classified as critically endangered. Birdlife international has already started a captive breeding programme to secure the birds’ future.
From our campsite we expect to obtain daily views of this very rare bird. A fantastic tract of forest surrounds the lake, and excitingly rare Madagascar Serpent Eagle and Madagascar Red Owl
have also been found near the campsite. The experience of being able to search for gems such as these,which were thought to have been extinct for years before their rediscoveries, is simply exhilarating! Next off we venture to the remote village of Makary, southwest of Mahajanga, where with the help of local fishermen we will cross a wetland in dugout canoes to view the rare Sakalava Rail. Only known from three sites in Western Madagascar, very little is known about the status of this species and it has only been recorded a few times in the last decade!
Our tour ends on the Masoala Peninsular, a remote and remarkable region in the north-east of the island, which protects Madagascar’s last remaining extensive area of lowland rainforest, and offers visitors the chance to observe some of Madagascar’s most exotic bird and animal species. Chances of finding the fabulous Helmet Vanga and inexplicably scarce Bernier’s Vanga will be a highlight, as well as searching for the dazzling Ground Rollers amongst the many other specialties that we may encounter. Red Ruffed Lemur, considered by many to be the most beautiful of all lemurs,occurs on the peninsula, as well as a wealth of other exciting mammals, reptiles and amphibians. These forests have recently been given National Park status, and visiting the area will be a real treat to any enthusiastic birders who desire the opportunity of seeing the absolute megas of the region, a fitting end to this once in a lifetime trip to see some of the world’s rarest and most endangered species!
The tour details
Tour Dates: 19th October to 5th November (17 days)
Tour Price: US$6,475 * £4,160 * €5,210 * ZAR52,900 per person sharing (see below)
US$1,040 approximate cost of domestic flights
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size: Limited to 8 participants and 1 leader
19th October- Arrival in Antananarivo (Tana)
20th October- Tana to Montagne d’Ambre from Diego Suarez
21st October - Montagne d’Ambre
22nd October- Montagne d’Ambre drive to Antsohihy
23rd October- Antsohihy to Bealanana
24th October- Bealanana
25th October- Beleanana to Antsohihy
26th October- Antsohihy to Majunga
27th October- Majunga to Makary
28th October- Makary
29th October- Makary to Majunga
30th October- Majunga to Tana
31st October- Tana to Maroantsetra
1st November- Maroantsetra to Masoala
2nd & 3rd November- Masoala Peninsula
4th November- Masoala to Tana via Maroansetra
5th November- Departure
This tour will be limited to 8 participants and 1 leader.
The price for the Madagascar Remote North tour is US$6,475 * £4,160 * €5,210 * ZAR52,900 per person sharing. (Please note: this does NOT include the internal flights as mentioned in the itinerary.
As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +- US$1,040. 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$420. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all
reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
The tour fee includes:
All meals in Madagascar from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 18;
All drinking water;
All ground transportation;
All reserve entrance fees; and All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services – see below).
The tour fee does not include:
ANY flights (see above);
Special gratuities; and
Telephone calls, laundry and items of a personal nature
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), 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 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.
Please Note: It is important for the comfort of your fellow travelers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick
to 20kg (44lb) for check in luggage and 8kg (+-18lb) for hand luggage.
Fitness: This Madagascar tour does require 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 localised species. Should you have any physical limitations, please notify us in advance of departure.
Accommodation throughout the trip 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.
In some areas it can be hot to very hot especially at midday. We will thus make a number of early starts in the morning to maximize the most pleasurable time in the field and the days are
often long and fairly demanding.
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 18 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 lastminute 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. IMPORTANT, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have
consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
Tour Price: US$6,475 * £4,160 * €5,210 * ZAR52,900 per person sharing
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