18 DAY BIRDING TOUR (BT18)

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… .

The guideline tour costs per person, based on two persons sharing
From: Euro 4340
Single supplement: Euro 390
Accommodation on full board at 3* and 5* hotels
Domestic flight:1
Group size: max 8 people
Grading: moderate to difficult

ITINERARY: ANTANANARIVO-ANDASIBE MANTADIA-RANOMAFANA-ISALO-ZOMBITSE-IFATY-MAHAJANGA-ANKARAFANTSIKA

EAST/CENTRAL HIGHLANDS/SOUTH-WEST /WEST
18DAYS/17NIGHTS

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 CARLTON HOTEL (5*)(Breakfast, Dinner) or similar
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 at at INDRI LODGE (2*) or VAKONA FOREST LODGE (3*) (B,L,D)
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 at INDRI LODGE (2*) or VAKONA FOREST LODGE (3*)(B,L,D)
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 at INDRI LODGE (2*) or VAKONA FOREST LODGE (3*)(B,L,D)
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 at TAMBOHO HOTEL (3*) or CARLTON HOTEL (5*)(B,L,D)
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 GRENAT HOTEL(2*) or THERMAL HOTEL (3*) or similar (B,L,D)
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 at GRENAT HOTEL(2*) or THERMAL HOTEL (3*) or similar (B,L,D)
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 at GRENAT HOTEL(2*) or THERMAL HOTEL (3*) or similar (B,L,D)
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 isnested around. Accommodation on half board at ORQUIDEE HOTEL or RELAIS DE LA REINE (3*) (B,L,D)
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’sTetraka, Giant Coua,Madagascar Cuckoo Roller…
Afternoon visit of LA TABLE scrub in search of Red Shoulder’s Vanga, Verreaux’sCoua… Accommodation at LA MIRA beach front hotel (3*) (B,L,D)
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 beach front hotel (3*) (B,L,D)
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 at HOTEL SAFARI VEZO (basic) (B,L,D)
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
Overnight at TAMBOHO HOTEL (3*) or CARLTON HOTEL (5*) (B,L,D)
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 at LE BADAMIER HOTEL(2*) or KARIBU LODGE(3*)(B,L,D)
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 at ANKARAFANTSIKA ECOLODGE(basic)(B,L,D)
Day 16: Ankarafantsika National Park
Full day visit of the park in search of the native Schlegel’s Asity, Vandam’sVanga, White Breasted Mesite, Red Capped Coua, RufousVanga, Coquerel’sCoua…
Accommodation at ANKARAFANTSIKA ECOLODGE(basic)(B,L,D)
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 at TAMBOHO HOTEL (3*) or CARLTON HOTEL (5*)(B,L,D)
Day 18: Departure
You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight.







TOUR DETAILS
PACKAGE INCLUDES

• 17 night’s ammodation in full board
• Meals: 3 meals a day
• Transports: transfers, ground transport
• Two (02) domestic flights
• Boat trip to Betsiboka Estuary
• Barge down Lake Ravelobe
• Boat trip to Anakao and Nosy Ve
• All excursions mentioned on the itinerary
• Service of English speaking private tour guide
• Park entrance fees and park guide fees
• One bottle of mineral water per day
PACKAGE EXCLUDES

• International airfare to Madagascar
• Travel insurance and taxes
• ips and gratuities
• Beverages
• Optional excursion
• Items of a personal nature