Madagascar’s Paramount Birding tours - 15 days
|Top targets||Madagascan Sandgrouse, Red-tailed Tropicbird, Long-tailed Ground Roller, Rufous-headed Ground Roller, Pitta-like Ground Roller, Short-legged Ground Roller, Subdesert Mesite, Brown Mesite, White-breasted Mesite, Verreaux’s Coua, Running Coua, Crested Coua, Blue Coua, Red-breasted Coua, Schlegel’s & Velvet Asity, Helmet Vanga, Bernier’s Vanga, Red-shouldered Vanga, Rufous Vanga, Pollen’s Vanga, Van Dam’s Vanga, Nuthatch Vanga, White-headed Vanga, Sickle-billed Vanga, Litoral Rock Thrush, Madagascan Ibis, Madagascan Fish Eagle, Frances’s Sparrowhawk, Malagasy Harrier, Madagascar Wood Rail.|
|Habitats & land cover type||Rainforest, dry-deciduous forest, shores, swamp, savannah|
|Best season||September to November – Breeding seasons for most birds|
|Climate||Warm to very hot, cooler evenings in highlands, some possible rainfall|
|Walking pace||Slow / Moderate / Difficult (strenuous)|
|Ease of birdwatching||Moderate to challenging in the rainforest|
|Particularity|| This birdwatching tour is specially designed to make the most of the time, visiting the three biomes’s Madagascar to focuses on the endemic birds|
The northern deciduous forest, southern spiny forest and the humid rainforest of the east are well known to birdwatchers because of its abundance of endemic species
|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.
Fly to Mahajanga. Upon arrival, drive eastwards to reach Ampitolova for birding.
Then, drive to Ankarafantsika/Ampijoroa NP.
In the evening, short night walk.
Birding immersion at Ankarantsika National Park. Morning and afternoon hikes.
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 morning depart to Maromizaha, a nearby and huge eserve 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.
In the morning, boat transfer to Tuléar, drive to Andatabo (La Table) for a birding visit. Then, transfer to the airport and fly back to Antananarivo.
Birding at the Ramsar Site of Tsarasaotra Lake. Then, transfer to the airport and fly to Maroantsetra.
Boat transfer to the Masoala peninsula. Birding inside teh park.
Early morning boat transfer to Maroantsetra and fly back to Antananarivo.
End of the tour after transfer to the international airport of Ivato.