Madagascar Combo Birding-Wildlife Tours - 21 days
|Top targets||Brown Mesite, Subdesert Mesite, Long-tailed Ground Roller, Rufous-headed Ground Roller, Pitta-like Ground Roller, Banded Kestrel, Torotoroka Scops Owl, Verreaux’s Coua, Running Coua, Crested Coua, Red-breasted Coua, , Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity, Schlegel’s Asity, Velvet Asity, Helmet Vanga, Bernier’s Vanga, Red-shouldered Vanga, Rufous Vanga, Pollen’s Vanga, Van Dam’s Vanga, Nuthatch Vanga, Crossley’s Vanga, Benson’s Rock Thrush, Madagascan Fish Eagle, Henst’s Goshawk, Madagascar Wood Rail, Red Ruffed Lemur, Ring-Tailed Lemur, Fossa, Verreaux’s Sifaka, White-backed duck|
|Habitats & land cover type||Rainforest, Savannah, dry deciduous forest, spiny forest, transitional forest, wetlands|
|Best season||September to November – breeding birds seasons for many species.|
|Climate||Warm to very hot, cooler evening in the highlands, some rainfall possible|
|Walking pace||Slow to Moderate|
|Ease of birdwatching||Moderate to challenging in the rainforest|
|Particularity||Offers a wide variety of birdlife and habitats ranging from rainforest to baobab and spiny area with many species and a good diversity of wildlife.|
This tour takes you to some of the best wildlife sites of Kirindy, Berenty and Masoala, each with something unique to offer
|Other attractions||Marine reserve, wildlife viewing, culture.|
|Acommodation:||Comfortable hotels and lodges – as per availability in the area.|
Fly to Mahajanga. Upon arrival, drive eastwards to reach Ampitolova for birding.
Then, drive to Ankarafantsika/Ampijoroa NP.
In the evening, short night walk.
Full day drive to Antananarivo. Birding on the way.
Drive eastwards to Andasibe/Périnet. Birding on the way. On arrival, birding at Analamazaotra National Park and/or VOIMMA Reserve.
Early in the morning, drive to Iaroka, a primary rainforest managed by local community run located on the south of Andasibe NP. This 6-hour hike is rather challenging but worth-it to spot the endemic Helmet Vanga.
Early morning depart to Maromizaha, a nearby Reserve to spot other species.
Then drive back to Antananarivo in the afternoon.
Fly to Fort-Dauphin. Upon arrival, drive westwards the semi-desert landascapes of the Southern Madagascar.
Drive back to Berenty and then fly to Antananarivo.
Fly to Morondava. Upon arrival, drive northwards through the Baobab Avenue to the Kirindy Reserve home for the famous Fossa and many other wildlife species and birds.
Morning walking safari and birdwatching inside Kirindy.
Return to Morondava. On the way, enjoy the sunset at the Baobab Avenue.
At dawn, return to the Baobab Avenue to enjoy the sunrise – Then full day drive to Antsirabe.
Visit of some handicraft workshops in Antsirabe then continue to Ranomafana.
Depart to the Great South of Madagascar. On the way, visit of the nature reserve of Anja to spot the famous Ring Tailed Lemurs. Continue southwards enjoying the landscapes and some birding spots.
Early morning depart. Birding at few spots in Isalo. Then reach Zombitse National Park.
Continue southwards to the Baobabs and savannah.
Birding at the Lake Belalanda before reaching Ifaty.
This program is subject to adjustment as per the
flight schedules . +/- 1 day to might be added consequently.
TOUR OPTIONS & EXTENSIONS
The spots below can be added to this tour according your targets and interests.
Top target: Madagascar Teal
Iaroka Reserve is an alternative to Masoala National Park.
Top targets: Helmet-Vanga, Nutach Vanga
Located in the very dry forest of the south home for several endemic species and water birds.
Top target: Verraux Coua, Madagascar Sandgrouse
Located in north of Antananarivo, in the eastern corridor rainforest.