[29th November – 10th December 2019]
Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island and is one of the world’s major zoogeographic regions. This 12 day tour is designed primarily for photographers and is not set up to achieve huge lists of birds and animals but rather aims to allow for some great photographs of a variety of birds, lemurs and chameleons and also the famous baobab avenue at Morondava. This tour can be divided into two parts for those who would prefer a shorter tour.
The standard of accommodation is variable from comfortable western style hotels to some fairly basic lodges with shared toilets.
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.
- 11 nights accommodation
- Meals as per itinerary
- Transfers once tour has started
- Guide services of tour leader
- Group tips & gratuities
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Flights (Domestic & International)
- Drinks & snacks
- Items of a personal nature
Day 1 - Arrive Antananarivo
Arrive Antananarivo (Tana). Check into hotel and overnight.
Day 2 - Fly Tana to Fort Dauphin & drive Berenty
Fly from Tana to Fort Dauphin and transfer to Berenty where Ring-tailed Lemurs and Verraux’s Sifaka can be found alongside birds such as Giant Coua, Madagascar Scops Owl and Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher .
Day 3 - Morning Berenty & afternoon return to Fort Dauphin
Spend the morning around Berenty and return to Fort Dauphin late afternoon.
Day 4 - Fly Fort Dauphin to Tana & drive Andasibe
Fly from Port Dauphin to Tana and then drive to Andasibe 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 - Explore Andasibe & Mantadia areas
The day will be spent exploring the Andasibe 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 - Drive Eastern Betsimisarake region
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 - Morning photography & afternoon return to Tana
The local area has numerous species of pitcher plants and lemurs and the morning will be spent photographing them before heading back to Tana. For those who would prefer a shorter tour this is where you say goodbye to your guide.
Day 8 - Fly Morondava & transfer Kirindy Reserve
Fly to Morondava where the famous Avenue of Baobabs can be seen. Transfer to Kirindy Reserve.
Day 9 - Kirindy Reserve
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 - Morning Kirindy Reserve, afternoon transfer Morondava
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 - Avenue of Baobabs & Tana
Another chance to photograph the Baobabs this time in the morning light before flying back to Tana.
Day 12 - Take onward flights
Transfer to airport and take onward flights.