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Madagascar Comprehensive Birding and Wildlife: Mega Birding Endemics, Lemurs, Chameleons and More

Trip Description

Brief Itinerary

Our 18 day Comprehensive Madagascar birding and wildlife tours kick off in the little-known deciduous woodlands of the northwest. Here we will search for such specials as White-breasted Mesite, the stunning Schlegel’s Asity and Van Dam’s Vanga. Endangered waterbirds we may encounter include Madagascar Fish-Eagle, Bernier’s Teal and Madagascar Sacred Ibis. We continue our tour through the bird-rich sites of Perinet and Mantadia National Park in the eastern rainforest zone, searching for exotic birds including Madagascar Ibis, Madagascar Wood Rail, Red-breasted Coua, Velvet Asity, Nuthatch Vanga and Brown Emutail.


We usually succeed in obtaining scope views of all four forest ground rollers, sometimes achieved during one glorious day! The unforgettable song of the Indri drifts through these forests, and we will take time out to find a family group of these, the largest extant lemur species. Our coverage of the eastern rainforests of Madagascar also includes Ranomafana NP, where we stand a chance for Golden and Greater Bamboo Lemurs, Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity and Brown Mesite.

See below for detailed itineraries on both the main tour and pre-trip extension.

Day 1: Arrival Day and PM Birding Start at Lac Alarobia

Day 2: Fly to Tulear and Drive to Ifaty; and Late PM Start Birding in Thorn Forest and/or Nearby Areas

Day 3: Birding Full Day in Ifaty: AM Didierea Woodland and PM Wetlands Birding

Day 4: Ifaty to Tulear: Key Birding Trip by Boat to Nosy Ve and San Augustin, and Birding to La Table Mountain

Day 5: AM Very Early Start for Full Day Birding: Zombitse Forest and then Isalo National Park

Day 6: Bit of Birding on Long Drive to Ranomafana National Park

Day 7 & 8: Two Full Days Birding (and Wildlilfe-Watching) at Ranomafana National Park

Day 9: Another Bonus Full Day Birding (and Wildlife-Watching) at Ranomafana National Park

Day 10: Long Day in Vehicle Driving from Ranomafana to Antananarivo

Day 11: Sleep In in Antananarivo; Mid-Day Flight to Majunga and Start Birding Ankarafantsika Reserve and Ampijoroa

Day 12: Ampijoroa Dry Forest: Birding for Key Endemics and More (Including Lemurs and Reptiles), and PM Birding Wetlands/Lake (and After Dark: More Lemurs)

Day 13: Early AM Start for Key Wetlands Birding and Betsiboka Delta Birding; Likely Late PM Birding and/or Bit of Relaxation

Day 14: AM Final Birding around Ankarafantsika National Park; Drive to Airport in Majunga; Driving from Antananarivo (Tana) to Perinet for Most of Afternoon

Day 15 & 16: Perinet Special Reserve and Mantadia National Park

Day 17: AM Final Perinet Birding and Wildlife Watching or Try for Helmet Vanga; PM Back to Tana

Day 18: Departure Summary


Optional Pre-trip Extension: 4 Day 3 Night trip to Berenty Lemur Reserve


Pre-trip Day 1: Arrival into Antananarivo

Pre-trip Day 2: AM Arrivals into Fort Dauphin, Transfer to Berenty Lemur Reserve via Manangotry

Pre-trip Day 3: Full Day at Berenty Lemur Reserve

Pre-trip Day 4: Berenty Lemur Reserve to Fort Dauphin, fly to Tulear and Join Main Tour

More details about this Trip:

Detailed Itineraries

View our detailed Madagascar itinerary below, or download it via the link on the right. Click the other link on the right to see the Berenty Lemur Reserve detailed itinerary.

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