GUIDING YOU TO THE BEST BIRD HOTSPOTS

Madagascar is a must-see country for keen birders. The island avifauna is low in number, only 260 species, but it has a high level of endemism, while the 53% of its bird species are found nowhere else, including 5 families and 1 sub-family. This 18 day journey is designed to offer you the best opportunity to observe several endemics inhabiting different vegetation types, including 5 endemic families such as Mesite, Coua, Vanga, Asity and Ground-Roller.
We can design some extension trips to unique hotspots, which allows you to view rarest bird species inhabiting Madagascar wilderness areas such as Helmet Vanga, Madagascar Pochard, Madagascar Red Owl, Sakalava Rail and Madagascar Serpent Eagle…

Madagascar is too big to explore, our goal is to search the maximum and better view of animal species as our itinerary and time allow. Visiting the reserves and national parks in Madagascar required walking and patience because the wildlife are small and live in large territories.

18DAY BIRD WATCHING (BW18)

18DAYS/17NIGHTS
  • From: Euros 4340 per person sharing, accommodation on full board basis in double or twin rooms
  • Tour cost based on the number of the persons
  • Accommodation on full board basis in double or twin rooms
  • Accommodation: Middle range or 3*hotels
  • 02 domestic flights: Toliara-Antananarivo and Antananarivo-Mahajanga
  • Excluding international flights
  • Tips and gratuities are not included in the rates
  • Group size: max 8
  • Tour cost should be paid in EURO because the hotel tariffs and Malagasy money are based in Euro
  • ITINERARY:ANTANANARIVO-ANDASIBE-MANTADIA- RANOMAFANA-ISALO-ZOMBITSE-IFATY-ANAKAO-NOSY VE MAHAJANGA-BETSIBOKA ESTUARY-ANKARAFANTSIKA

    EAST/ CENTRAL HIGHLANDS/SOUTH-WEST/NORTH-WEST

    02 domestic flights

    Day 1: Arrival
    Arrival, meet and greet at Ivato airport and transfer to the hotel located in Antananarivo capital city.
    Dinner and overnight at TAMBOHO HOTEL (3*) or LE CHALET DES ROSES (2*)
    Day 2: Drive to Perinet(Andasibe)
    We leave Antananarivo early in the morning and drive to Perinet eastern rainforest, and scan birds on the way. We’ll stop at Mangoro Bridge to scan Madagascar Pratincole.
    Afternoon visit and night visit to view some endemic birds and diurnal and nocturnal lemurs.
    Accommodation on full board at VAKONA FOREST LODGE (3*) or INDRI LODGE (2*)
    Day 3: Mantadia national park
    We have a full day exploration of the park in search of several endemic birds such as the 3 species of Ground Rollers, Criptic Warbler, Rand’s Warbler, Red Breasted Coua...
    Mantadia pristine forest inhabits the Black and White Ruffed Lemur, Diademed Sifaka, and Indri…
    Accommodation on full board at VAKONA FOREST LODGE (3*) or INDRI LODGE (2*)
    Day 4: Andasibe National Park
    We have a full day exploration of the Andasibe Special Reserve to look for birds such as Rails, Vangas, Couas, and Owls… Accommodation on full board at VAKONA FOREST LODGE (3*) or INDRI LODGE (2*)
    Day 5: Drive back to Antananarivo
    Tracking back to Antananarivo, visit pf Lake Alarobia heronry to have a close up look of varieties of herons and teals.
    Accommodation on full board at TAMBOHO HOTEL (3*) or LE CHALET DES ROSES (2*)
    Day 6: Drive to Ranomafana
    Depart early in the morning for our long journey to Ranomafana. We’ll scan birds on the way.
    Dinner and overnight at THERMAL HOTEL (3*) or GRENAT HOTEL(2*)
    Day 7: Ranomafana National Park
    Full day exploration of Ranomafana rainforest and its wildlife. More than 110 species of birds with several endemic can be seen such as the rare Pollen’s Vanga, Brown Mesite, and Yellow Bellied Asity, Grey Crowned Tetraka, Sparrowhawks and Goshawk…
    Accommodation on full board at THERMAL HOTEL (3*) or GRENAT HOTEL (2*)
    Day 8: Ranomafana National Park
    Full day exploration of Ranomafana and its surrounding marsh in search of native birds such as Meller’s Duck, Madagascar Snipe, Grey Emutail...
    Accommodation on full board at THERMAL HOTEL (3*) or GRENAT HOTEL (2*)
    Day 9: Drive to Isalo
    Full day drive to Isalo, We have a stop on route at ANJA forest to view Ring-Tailed Lemurs, and have lunch.
    Upon arrival, we'll go to Isalo Museum and look for the Benson’s Rock Thrush which nest around. Accommodation on half board at RELAIS DE LA REINE (3*) or ORQUIDEE HOTEL
    Day 10: Drive to Ifaty –via Zombitse National Park
    Early morning departure to Ifaty, with a stop at Zombitse National Park a remnant dry deciduous forest of the southern region, which is the only forest where the indigenous Appert’s Tetraka, Giant Coua,Madagascar Cuckoo Roller…
    Afternoon visit of LA TABLE scrub in search of Red Shoulder’s Vanga, Verreaux’s Coua…
    Accommodation on full board a LA MIRA beach front hotel (3*)
    Day 11: IFATY SPINY FOREST
    Early morning visit of Ifaty spiny forest which inhabits several endemic such as the famous Long Tailed Ground Roller, Sub-desert Mesite, Thamnornis Warbler, and Banded Kestrel … Afternoon visit of the nearby salt pan to see, Madagascar Plover.... Accommodation on full board at LA MIRA HOTEL (3*)
    Day 12: Drive back to Toliara- Fly back to Antananarivo
    Depart in the morning to Anakao and on board on a motor boat to Islet, to observe the indigenous Red Tailed Tropic bird, Humblot’s Heron, Crab Plover, Terns… Then, we’ll sail to Anakao fishermen village to view the native Littoral Rock Thrush which inhabits Anakao spiny vegetation. Accommodation on full board at HOTEL SAFARI VEZO(basic))
    Day 13: Sail back to Toliara- Fly back to Antananarivo
    We’ll sail back early in the morning to Toliara and will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Antananarivo. We’ll have a farewell dinner at VILLA VANILLE restaurant
    Overnight at TAMBOHO HOTEL (3*) or LE CHALET DES ROSES (2*)
    Day 14: Fly to Mahajanga
    After breakfast we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Mahajanga. If times allows, after having lunch, we‘ll drive to the nearby wetland to look for Madagascar Jacana and other water birds.
    Accommodation on full board at KARIBU LODGE(3*) or LE BADAMIER HOTEL(2*)
    Day 15: Boat trip to Betsiboka Estuary- drive to Ankarafantsika
    After an early breakfast we’ll board on a motor boat to Betsiboka Estuary in search of the rare Bernier’s Teal, Madagascar White Ibis, Humblot’s Heron and Terns and several waders.
    After lunch, we’ll drive to Ankarafantsika National Park and upon arrival we take a barge down Lake Ravelobe to look for the endangered Madagascar Fish Eagle, Madagascar Jacana, Madagascar Pond Heron, Humblot’s heron...
    Accommodation on full board at Ankarafantsika ecolodge(basic)
    Day 16: Ankarafantsika National Park
    Full day visit of the park in search of the native Schlegel’s Asity, Vandam’s Vanga, White Breasted Mesite, Red Capped Coua, Rufous Vanga, Coquerel’s Coua…
    Accommodation on full board at Ankarafantsika ecolodge(basic)
    Day 17: Drive to Antananarivo
    After breakfast, we’ll track back to Antananarivo and have a stop at Betsiboka Bridge to scan Madagascar Pratincole. After lunch, we’ll continue our journey and scan some birds on route.
    We'll have a farewell dinner at Villa Vanille restaurant.
    Accommodation on Bed and Breakfast at TAMBOHO HOTEL (3*) or LE CHALET DES ROSES (2*)
    Day 18: Departure
    You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight.

      PLEASE NOTE

      • In remote places like ISALO, IFATY,ANAKAO,ANKARAFANTSIKA there is NO ELECTRICAL POWER.
        Generator runs only from 06PM to 10 PM and from 7AM to 9AM
      • Madagascar is a French speaking country, an English speaking tour guide is recommended if you don’t speak French

      ACTIVITIES

      • Visit of Andasibe-Mantadia National Parks
      • Visit of Lake Alarobia heronry
      • Visit of Ranomafana national park
      • Visit of Anja Forest
      • Visit of Zombitse National Park
      • Visit of Ifaty spiny forest, La Table scrub forest and surrounding wetlands
      • Excursion to Nosy Ve(Anakao)
      • Boat trip to Betsiboka Estuary
      • Visit of Ankarafantsika National Park and Lake Ravelobe (barge)

      INCLUDED

      • Accommodation:17nights in Good or Middle range
      • Meals: 3meals a day
      • Two(02) domestic flights
      • Transfers and ground transport
      • All excursions mentioned above and entrance park fees
      • Service of English speaking guide throughout the tour
      • Service of all park guides for above mentioned reserves
      • Luggage handling at airports
      • One mineral water each day

      EXCLUDED

      • International airfare to Madagascar
      • Travel insurance and taxes
      • Passport and visa fees
      • Beverages
      • Tips and gratuities
      • Optional excursions
      • Luggage handling fee at the hotels

      OTHERS

      • This 18day birding tour can be combined with Masoala extension to view the rare Helmet Vanga, Bernier's Vanga and many more.
        We can plan for you rarest birding tours in wild places while you can view Madagascar Pochard,Madagascar Red Owl,Sakalava Rail...

    The elusive Scaly Ground Roller(Mantadia Park)

    Because of severe loss of wetland habitat Madagascar Grey Emutail became threaten

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    The rare Brown Mesite inhabits few primary rainforests

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    The impressive Sickle Billed Vanga

    The gorgeous Running Coua

    Long Tailed Ground Roller is confined in the dry spiny forest

    The stunning Schlegel's Asity male with its green and blue caruncles

    Madagascar Harrier male in flight

    Little boys are curious to see what is on the telescope, they stop shooting birds, and became our guides in their village's wetlands