Madagascar Wildlife Extravaganza with Daniel Austin
Verreaux's sifaka is common at Berenty and Kirindy  
Pill millipede  
Alley of Baobabs near Kirindy  
One of Daniel's 2016 groups  
Fosa is best sought at Kirindy where some are fairly habituated  
Giant coua are easily seen in Berenty  
Ringtail lemurs at Berenty  
Tsingy limestone pinnacle formations in Bemaraha  
The Grand Tsingy excursion is unforgettable!  
Indri are best sought in Andasibe-Mantadia's rainforest  
Black and white ruffed lemur, eastern rainforest  
Brookesia (Stumptailed chameleon)  
Diadem sifaka at Andasibe-Mantadia  
Tourleader Daniel Austin, Grand Tsingy, Bemaraha 2016  
Madagascar's rainforests are among the world's densest.  
17 day tour
Prices from
£5995

Tour Highlights

  • Ringtail lemurs and 'dancing' Sifakas of Berenty
  • The Alley of giant (Grandidier's) Baobabs
  • Indri and rainforest wildlife at Andasibe
  • Magnificent 'tsingy' formations at Bemaraha
  • Chameleons, Leaf-tailed geckoes and tree frogs
  • Couas, asitys, vangas and other endemic birds
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Madagascar Wildlife Extravaganza with Daniel Austin

Madagascar

Due to popular demand Bradt Guide author and tour-leader Daniel Austin (Madagascar: the Bradt Guide; Madagascar Wildlife: A Visitors Guide) will be leading a second small group departure for us in 2017.

This tour takes in a wonderful selection of the country's best known protected areas, from the incredible Tsingy de Bemaraha and Kirindy Forest in the western lowlands, to the famed Berenty Reserve in the dry south. To provide a perfectly well-rounded experience in terms of the country's chief habitat types, the tour ends at Andasibe-Mantadia, the country's number 1 'must see' protected rainforest area.  


Day 1
07 November 2017: Departure: London - Antananarivo (flight)
Depart London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) on the overnight flight flight to Antananarivo.
Day 2
Day 2
08 November 2017: Arrival: Antananarivo
Upon arrival in Antananarivo you will be met by tour leader Daniel Austin and your professional Malagasy guide. Transfer to the very comfortable Relais des Plateaux just 10 minutes drive from Ivato airport. Meet the other tour participants here.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
   
Day 3
Day 3
09 November 2017: Tsingy de Bemaraha: Petite Tsingy and Manambolo River excursion
This morning, we take an early private charter flight west to Amborody landing strip at Tsingy de Bemaraha. Our accommodation for two nights is the comfortable Olympe de Bemaraha. We will take an enjoyable visit to the Petite tsingy formations, as well as a short boat trip on the Manambolo River, flanked by its impressive gorges. Here we can see wildlife and flora typical of the extremely threatened western seasonally dry forests, the country's most threatened habitat type.
Day 4
Day 4
10 November 2017: Tsingy de Bemaraha - Grand Tsingy experience!
Today we will be taken to experience one of Madagascar's most incredible attractions - the Grand Tsingy at Tsingy de Bemaraha. Please note that a reasonable level of fitness and a head for heights, are required for this excursion. The limestone pinnacle-fields or 'tsingy' are absolutely remarkable and in this part of the park, in some places almost resemble a forest of church steeples. The park also has sunken deciduous forests with rare wildlife such as the range-restricted and all-white Decken's sifaka and there are extensive caves and subterranean passages.
Day 5
Day 5
11 November 2017: Tsingy de Bemaraha - Kirindy Forest /Marofandilia
We depart after breakfast on the drive in 4WD vehicles to Belo Sur Tsiribihina (5 - 6 hours drive on poor roads) where we have lunch at the renowned Mad Zebu, rated by all who go there as the country's best restaurant. This is followed by a 45min river crossing and then a two- hour drive to Kirindy Forest, near where we overnight at Camp Amoureux. This simple, well maintained accommodation at Marofandila Forest is run by proactive and inspiring NGO FANAMBY. We will be taken for a night walk in search of rare wildlife which Kirindy is known for.
Accommodation: Camp Amoureux
         
Day 6
Day 6
12 November 2017: Kirindy Forest - Morondava
We will be taken on a forest walk in Kirindy, where resident highlights include the Fosa (Madagascar's largest carnivore). After exploring this fascinating dry deciduous forest, we travel back to Morondava (about 2 hours) to stay overnight in the very comfortable Palissandre Cote Ouest.
Day 7
Day 7
13 November 2017: Morondava - Antananarivo
After sightseeing in Morondava - a centre of the Menabe subtribe of the Sakalava people - we transfer to the airport for the lunch-time flight to Antananarivo. We transfer to Relais des Plateaux to stay overnight.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
   
Day 8
Day 8
14 November 2017: Antananarivo - Fort Dauphin - Berenty Reserve
We transfer to Antananarivo for the Air Madagascar (currently midday) flight to Fort Dauphin on the far south-east coast. On arrival we are met and transferred approximately 4 hours drive inland along deteriorating roads to the country's most famed protected area, Berenty Private Reserve. Subject and location of many wildlife documentaries through the last few decades, this is where people come to see the 'dancing' Verreaux's sifakas, emblematic Ringtail lemurs and a plethora of other wildlife of the dry southern region or 'Androy'. We should expect to arrive at the reserve by the end of the afternoon. As it is a private reserve, night walks are permitted.
Accommodation: Berenty Lodge
         
Day 9
Day 9
15 November 2017: Berenty Reserve
We have the day to get to know the amazing and prolific wildlife that put Berenty firmly on the tourist map. In 2016, the lodge was upgraded and many clients rated Berenty as the 'jewel in the crown' of their Madagascar itineraries. Broad, well maintained trails on flat terrain allow for very easy exploration and effortless wildlife viewing.
Accommodation: Berenty Lodge
         
Day 10
Day 10
16 November 2017: Berenty Reserve
We have another easy day for prolific wildlife viewing at Berenty Private Reserve, where we will be taken for guided day and night walks in the dry Tamarind gallery woods and the bizarre spiny bush (Euphorbia-Didieraceae bush).
Accommodation: Berenty Lodge
         
Day 11
Day 11
17 November 2017: Berenty Reserve - Fort Dauphin
After a morning walk in Berenty, we travel to Fort Dauphin, taking in a few stops along the way to see some baobabs, spiny bush, an Antandroy ('People of the Thorns') settlement, some endangered Triangulated palms and then finally, we arrive in Fort Dauphin to overnight at Croix du Sud.
Accommodation: La Croix du Sud
 
Day 12
Day 12
18 November 2017: Fort Dauphin - Antananarivo: Ambohimanga excursion
We transfer to Fort Dauphin airport for the (currently) late morning flight back to Antananarivo. Our hotel for the night is Relais des Plateaux. We will take a trip to the tranquil, scenic Ambohimanga, a Royal village where departed Merina monarchs had their summer homes.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
   
Day 13
Day 13
19 November 2017: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
After breakfast we transfer about 4 hours east along good tarmac roads to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, the country's number 1 'must see' protected rainforest area. Here we take an introductory rainforest walk in search of the amazing wildlife the park is known for. We can take a night walk after dinner. Our accommodation for 2 nights is Andasibe Hotel.
Accommodation: Andasibe Hotel
                     
Day 14
Day 14
20 November 2017: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
This morning we take an early morning rainforest walk to witness the 'dawn chorus'. In particular, we will aim to see the ape-like Indri, largest of the remaining lemurs. There is also a wonderful variety of endemic bird and rainforest-dependent reptiles and frogs in this national park. After dinner we will take a night walk to seek wildlife including Avahi (Eastern woolly lemur), Sportive lemur, Dwarf and Mouse lemurs.
Accommodation: Andasibe Hotel
                     
Day 15
Day 15
21 November 2017: Mantadia National Park - Antananarivo
In the morning, we visit beautiful Mantadia National Park for primary rainforest and rare wildlife. We travel back to Antananarivo after lunch to overnight in Relais des Plateaux.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
   
Day 16
Day 16
22 November: Departure
We take a guided sightseeing tour of the capital city highlights today before being transferred to Ivato airport to check in for the flight back to London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports)
Day 17
23 November 2017: Arrive UK
Morning arrival back in London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports).

Pricing Information & Dates

17 day tour, from £5995 per person
Price Includes
Return international flights from London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) to Antananarivo
Domestic Air Madagascar flights
Private Charter flight from Antananarivo to Tsingy de Bemaraha
Airport taxes
Services of tour leader Daniel Austin throughout the tour
Services of professional English-speaking Malagasy guide throughout the tour
All transfers and all transportation
Services of drivers
Park permits and park guide fees
All accommodation and all meals
Bottled mineral water in vehicles.

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: £645
Price Excludes
Visa (27 Euros, issued on arrival)
Drinks, gratuities and items of a personal nature (phone calls, travel insurance, laundry)
Price Notes
Minimum group size: 8 - maximum: 10 (one room remaining)

Please note: flights are booked on an ad-hoc basis and are quoted based on the best available fare at time of booking so fares are subject to change. The airline (and its schedule) quoted on in this itinerary is Turkish Airlines, so if you prefer to fly on another carrier, please call us for details - we will be delighted to assist.

Tour Route Map

  1.   Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
  2.   Kirindy Forest
  3.   Berenty Private Reserve
  4.   Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Accommodation on this Tour

Andasibe Hotel
Andasibe Hotel
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar
Andasibe Hotel  Andasibe Hotel is the one of the 2 newest properties in the 'Perinet' area and is owner- run. It is closest to the national park entrance of the four lodges we use which......
                     
Berenty Lodge
Berenty Lodge
Berenty Private Reserve, Madagascar
Berenty Lodge has 13 simple en suite bungalows, and is located in one of Madagascar’s oldest reserves, established by the De Heaulme family in 1937. Breakfasts are served in the snack-bar, near the bungalows, from where you can watch wildlife while you dine.
         
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......
         
La Croix du Sud
La Croix du Sud
Berenty Private Reserve, Madagascar
Located in the centre of Fort Dauphin, La Croix du Sud is a simple hotel with 32 en suite rooms facing into a quad, where there is an attractive tropical garden. Rooms are equipped with satellite TV, telephone and mini-bar.
 
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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