Madagascar’s Extensive Birding Tours - 24 days
|Top targets||Madagascan Sacred Ibis, Madagascan Fish Eagle, Henst’s Goshawk, Bernier’s Teal , Long-tailed, Rufous-headed, Pitta-like, Short-legged Ground Roller, Subdesert, Brown & White-breasted Mesite, Coquerel’s Coua, Giant Coua, Verreaux’s Coua, Running Coua, Crested Coua, Blue Coua, Red-breasted Coua, Schlegel’s Asity, Velvet Asity, Helmet Vanga, Bernier’s Vanga, Red-shouldered Vanga, Pollen’s Vanga, Van Dam’s Vanga, Nuthatch Vanga, Sickle-billed Vanga, Madagascan Buzzard, Benson’s Rock Thrush, Appert’s Tetraka, Madagascar Wood Rail, Madagascan Flufftail, Madagascan Sandgrouse, Pygmy goose, White-backed duck|
|Habitats & land cover type||Rainforest, semi-desert, Savannah, spiny forest, grassland, shores.|
|Best season||September to November – breeding seasons for most birds|
|Climate||Warm to very hot, cooler evenings in highlands, some rainfall possible|
|Walking pace||Moderate to strenuous|
|Ease of birdwatching||Moderate to challenging in the rainforest|
|Particularity||Rich and diverse habitats|
|Other attractions||Wildlife viewing, marine reserves.|
|Group size||Private tour.|
|Accommodation:||Comfortable hotels and lodges – as per availability in the area.|
Meet and greet at the airport. Transfer to your hotel and check in. Tour briefing.
Drive eastwards to Andasibe/Périnet. Birding on the way. On arrival, birding at Analamazaotra National Park and/or VOIMMA Reserve.
Transfer to Mantadia Reserve to spot birds and other wildlife.
Early morning depart to Maromizaha, a nearby Reserve to spot other species.
Then drive back to Antananarivo in the afternoon.
Fly to Tulear. Then drive to Ifaty. On the way, birding at Belalanda Lake and other spots if time allows – otherwise the next day morning.
Birding in Ifaty inside the spiny, baobab forests and its surroundings.
Early departure to Tulear and then to Andatabo for birding. Return to the harbor and boat transfer to Anakao.
Drive southwards to the village of Ambola. In the afternoon, drive to Tsimanapetsotsa National Park for birding.
Return to the Park for birding and drive back to Anakao.
In the afternoon, boat transfer to Nosy Ve for birding.
Boat transfer to Tulear and drive to Zombitse National Park. Stop and birding.
Continue to Isalo.
Day exploration and hiking inside the National Park.
Whole day drive to Ampijoroa/Ankarafantsika National Park. On the way, stops at some birding spots along the way.
Continue westwards to the coast. On the way, stops at some marshes.
River boat trip upstream the Betsiboka River to Bombetoka islet. Birding and return to Majunga.
Continue to Ampitolova Lake for birding – and fly back to Antananarivo.
Transfer to the airport and fly to Maroantsetra. Due to the tide and wind in the afternoon, the transfer to Masoala should be the next day.
Boat transfer to the Masoala peninsula. Birding inside teh park.
Continue exploring the park. After the lunch, transfer to the Marine Reserve and enjoy the lagoon and birding in the surrounding forest.
Early morning boat transfer to Maroantsetra and fly back to Antananarivo
Visit of the Lake Tsarasaotra and transfer to the airport.
End of the tour.
* This program is subject to adjustment as per the flight schedules