Daniel Austin Madagascar Wildlife & Discovery 2017
On the 7km walk to Camp 1, Marojejy  
Brookesia, Marojejy (E Mathieu)  
Panther chameleon (Dr F Andreone)  
In the rainforest (D Austin)  
Velvet asity male (E Mathieu)  
Satanic leaftailed gecko, Marojejy (E Mathieu)  
Silky sifaka, Marojejy (E Mathieu)  
Manambolo river excursion (F Herring)  
Grand Tsingy! (Fiona Herring)  
Petite tsingy at Bemaraha  
Allee des Baobabs near Kirindy  
16 day tour
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Tour Highlights

  • Magnificent rainforest and wildlife in Marojejy
  • Tsingy de Bemaraha for dramatic limestone pinnacle-fields
  • Indris, Sifakas and other lemurs galore
  • Chameleons, rare birds and colourful frogs
  • Andasibe ('Perinet'), Madagascar's Number 1 Must See protected area
  • Baobabs galore including Allee des Baobabs
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Daniel Austin Madagascar Wildlife & Discovery 2017

Madagascar      Madagascar

Join author of Madagascar: the Bradt Guide and co-author of Madagascar Wildlife: A Visitors Guide Daniel Austin on his third exclusive small group tour with us. This very special small group departure takes in some of Madagascar's most scenically spectacular national parks, ranging from the humid, luxuriant rainforests of Marojejy in the north-eastern corner, to the dramatic limestone pinnacle-fields of Tsingy de Bemaraha in the remote western lowlands. Also included in the tour are visits to two of the country's best known wildlife hotspots, the fascinating Kirindy Forest near Morondava (and the nearby Allee des Baobabs) and finally, the country's number 1 'must see' national park, Andasibe-Mantadia. In all this combination offers participants an unsurpassed blend of spectacular scenery, diverse wildlife and also, the endlessly intriguing culture of the Malagasy people. Accommodation varies from basic (Marojejy) to excellent. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this trip (Marojejy in particular).


Day 1
12 October 2017: Arrival (London/selected UK airports) - Antananarivo
Fly on Air France from London Heathrow or selected other UK airports to Antananarivo via Paris CDG. On arrival late this evening, meet your tour leader Daniel Austin and your Malagasy guide. Transfer to the comfortable Relais des Plateaux, 10 minutes from the airport.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
Day 2
Day 2
13 October 2017: Antananarivo - Sambava
Transfer to Antananarivo airport for the flight to Sambava, the island's 'vanilla capital' on the north-east coast. We transfer to the comfortable Carrefour Hotel to overnight. Daniel will give a briefing on the tour today.
Day 3
Day 3
14 October 2017: Camp Mantella, Marojejy National Park
After breakfast we depart to Manantenina where we leave the vehicle. We then embark on the hike 7km to the park entrance. (Grading: challenging). From here, we continue another 2 - 3 hours up to the first camp, Mantella to overnight in basic mountain huts or tents (There are 6 huts in camp 1 so these are supplemented with tents. Catering is excellent; all provisions are brought up from Sambava or Andapa.
Day 4
Day 4
15 October 2017: Camp Marojejia
After a morning walk in the superb low elevation rainforest here, we walk up to Camp Marojejia (750m asl), set in montane rainforest and home to one of this incredible national park's star attractions, the Silky sifaka. It is one of the world's five rarest primates and Marojejy is the place in which to seek it. (Duration of today's walk between the camps is 1 - 2 hours, depending on stops en route to see wildlife). Camp 2 has 4 mountain huts which again will be supplemented with tents. (Please refer to our page on Marojejy National Park for further details).
Day 5
Day 5
16 October 2017: Camp Marojejia
We have a second day in which to explore what is arguably one of the richest Malagasy rainforests in terms of biodiversity, with Camp Marojejia as our base. Please note that trails in this park are challenging. (Those who want, can summit the mountain - we always provide two park guides so that one can accompany participants who wish to adopt a more moderate pace).
Day 6
Day 6
17 October 2017: Marojejy National Park - Sambava
We leave Marojejy today and travel to Flavien's Farm for a lunch stop, after which we continue to Sambava to stay overnight in Carrefour Hotel.
Day 7
Day 7
18 October 2017: Sambava - Antananarivo
We transfer to Sambava airport for the flight to Antananarivo. On arrival, we will transfer to Relais des Plateaux where we stay overnight. Time allowing, we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ambohimanga, 24km from the capital city. In this beautiful and restful place, departed Merina Monarchs had their summer homes.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
Day 8
Day 8
19 October 2017: Antananarivo - Tsingy de Bemaraha (charter flight) - petite tsingy and Manambolo river excursion
An early start: we take a private charter flight from Antananarivo airport to Amborodia, one of the air strips around Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. Our base for the next two nights is Soleil de Tsingy. Today's excursion entails a visit to the Petite Tsingy and a short boat trip on the Manambolo River to enjoy the spectacular baobabs and tropical deciduous forests.
Accommodation: Le Soleil des Tsingy
Day 9
Day 9
20 October 2017: Tsingy de Bemaraha - Grand tsingy excursion
Today we explore the magnificent Grand tsingy formations at Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. (A head for heights is required for this).
Accommodation: Le Soleil des Tsingy
Day 10
Day 10
21 October 2017: Tsingy de Bemaraha - Kirindy Forest /Marofandilia
We depart after breakfast on the drive to Belo Sur Tsiribihina, where we have lunch and take a ferry crossing across the river. We continue southwards to the fascinating Kirindy Forest, home to an assortment of wildlife including many species unique to western Madagascar's highly fragmented tropical dry deciduous forests. Our accommodation for the night is the simple but well-tended Camp Amoureux. We will visit the Alley of Baobabs for sunset photography, and make a night walk in Kirindy Forest, in hopes of seeing some rare species such as Fosa and Giant jumping rat.
Accommodation: Camp Amoureux
Day 11
Day 11
22 October 2017: Kirindy Forest - Morondava
Today will be spent exploring Kirindy Forest for its wonderful diurnal wildlife. It is the best place in which to seek rarely seen species like the Fosa, Madagascar's biggest predator. We continue south via Allee des Baobabs to Morondava where we stay overnight in the very comfortable Palissandre Cote Ouest.
Day 12
Day 12
23 October 2017: Morondava - Antananarivo
Transfer to Morondava airport for the flight back to Antananarivo. On arrival we will visit the capital highlights. We overnight in Royal Palissandre Hotel & Spa.
Accommodation: Palissandre Hotel and Spa
Day 13
Day 13
24 October 2017: Antananarivo - Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
We set off after breakfast for the 4 hour drive to Andasibe-Mantadia Natonal Park, Madagascar's number 1 must see protected rainforest. Here we stay for 2 nights in a comfortable lodge. Introductory walk into this popular park which is an easy place to explore and best known for iconic species such as Indris.
Day 14
Day 14
25 October 2017: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
We explore Mantadia National Park, 37km from Andasibe. Later in the day we can visit Lemur island, and take a night walk for the area's nocturnal rainforest denizens.
Day 15
Day 15
26 October 2017: Andasibe - Antananarivo and departure
A great end to the wildlife aspect of our tour: we take a walk in Andasibe aka 'Perinet', where key species resident include Indri and Parson's chameleon. After lunch we travel back to Antananarivo where we have the use of day rooms at Relais des Plateaux. In the late evening after a farewell dinner, we transfer to the airport to check in for the Air France flight departing early the next morning.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
Day 16
27 October 2017: Departure
Participants flying on Air France: depart to Paris CDG where you connect with your onward flight to either London Heathrow or selected other airports.

Pricing Information & Dates

16 day tour, from £6150 per person
Price Includes
* Return international Air France flights from London Heathrow or selected other airports (economy class seating)
* Domestic flights
* Private charter flight from Antananarivo to Amborodia (Tsingy de Bemaraha)
* All transfers and transportation
* Services of tour leader Daniel Austin and of professional Malagasy guide throughout
* Services of park guides
* All excursions and activities as outlined
* All park permits
* Accommodation as per itinerary based on twin or double room occupancy
* All meals
* Bottled mineral water in vehicles

Price Excludes
* Visa (currently €25, issued on arrival)
* Items of a personal nature (drinks, phone calls, laundry, travel insurance)
* Gratuities
Price Notes
Price is based on a minimum of six participants and a maximum of 8. Flights are booked on an ad-hoc basis so fares are subject to increase depending on availability at time of confirming a reservation.


Tour Route Map

  1.   Antananarivo
  2.   Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
  3.   Marojejy National Park
  4.   Kirindy Forest
  5.   Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Accommodation on this Tour

Camp Amoureux
Camp Amoureux
Kirindy Forest, Madagascar
Camp Amoureux In Marofandilia forest, about 44km north of Morondava, this simple but well-tended camp, managed by proactive NGO FANAMBY (the Malagasy 'arm' of Conservation International), is......
Le Soleil des Tsingy
Le Soleil des Tsingy
Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar
Best accommodation at the magnificent Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. Bright and airy with stunning views over the forested valley from an infinity pool which offers welcome respite from the tropical heat.
Palissandre Hotel and Spa
Palissandre Hotel and Spa
Antananarivo, Madagascar
The Palissandre is conveniently located in the heart of the city, set on the hillside with panoramic views. The 48 rooms are simply decorated, all equipped with TV, safe, bath and hairdryer. The hotel has an outdoor pool, spa and free Wi-Fi.
Relais Des Plateaux
Relais Des Plateaux
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Relais Des Plateaux is positioned on the outskirts of Antananarivo and is just a ten minute drive away from the airport. Rooms are large and comfortable with air-conditioning and mini-bar. The hotel has a large outdoor heated pool and a spacious new restaurant.

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'The [Daniel Austin 2016 Madagascar Wildlife Discovery] Tour exceeded our expectations.

Overall holiday satisfaction: excellent. 

Both tour guides - Daniel Austin and Harry, were EXCELLENT. The walking took us close to our physical limits but was well worth the effort, given the range of wildlife which we saw. Accommodation in Marojejy is truly primitive but again, we felt that the discomfort was well worthwhile. This is a superb tour, but anyone looking for a restful holiday should look elsewhere!'

Mr and Mrs Bentley
November 29, 2016

'Hi Derek

We had a great time in Madagascar [on the Daniel Austin 2016 Madagascar Wildlife Discovery Tour] and we did learn much about the country and enjoyed the people, wildlife (especially the lemurs), flora and landscape. Both Daniel and Harry were helpful at their different tasks. Harry could speak Malagasy and did everything to ensure that the tour ran smoothly and group were taken care of. He was pretty good at hearing distant lemur calls.

Daniel is very knowledgeable about his reptiles and the fauna in general and his perspective regarding the country, as a non-native, was appreciated. His temperament is well suited to the country, no displays of impatience etc. Harry always knew how to get things done. So the two made a good team. In summary, much appreciation and thanks to the two.

Eric runs a very efficient group of guides and cooks.

I do appreciate your quick responses to all my queries. Thank you.





Mr and Mrs Wong
November 16, 2016
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