Wildlife of Madagascar
Ringtail lemurs, Madagascar's national mammal  
Coquerel's sifaka are endangered and local to west Madagascar  
The Pittalike ground-roller, arguably Madagascar's most beautiful endemic bird  
Satanic leaf-tailed gecko, one of the bizarre Uroplatus geckos unique to Madagascar  
Common brown lemur on visitor's shoulder at Lemur Island, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park  
Largest of all chameleons is the rainforest-dependent Parson's chameleon (Franco Andreone)  
Largest of the extant lemurs, the Indri can only be seen in its Malagasy rainforest home  
The endemic Red-breasted coua can be seen in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Eric Mathieu)  
The 'dancing' Verreaux's sifaka in Berenty Reserve  
The Stump-tailed or Brookesia chameleons are tiny, mostly terrestrial and endemic. (Eric Mathieu)  
14 day tour
Including flights and transfers
Prices from
£4650 - £4979

Tour Highlights

  • Indri, Parson's chameleon and other rainforest rarities in Andasibe-Mantadia
  • Ringtails, Verreaux's sifakas and bizarre spiny forest flora at Berenty
  • Coquerel's sifakas, Madagascar fish eagles and Rhinoceros chameleons at Ankarafantsika
  • Experiencing Madagascar's incomparable diversity
  • See the work of inspiring NGOs such as Association Mitsinjo
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Wildlife of Madagascar

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On this private guided tour of which the sites of interest can be visited in any order, you get to explore four of the most prominent wildlife hotspots of Madagascar: Andasibe and Mantadia National Parks in the eastern rainforest band, Ankarafantsika National Park***situated inland from the west coast and Berenty Private Reserve in the arid south or 'Androy'. You are likely to see an incredible range of Madagascar's endemic wildlife, notably lemurs, from the biggest (the Indri) to the smallest (at least five species of Mouse lemurs on this trip), and from the most iconic ( Ringtail lemur, the national mammal) to the endangered (Coquerel's sifaka). You also stand an excellent chance to tick off a wide range of endemic birds and reptiles, notably wonderful chameleons, tree frogs and other fascinating animal oddities.  This trip uses Air France international flights from the UK.

***Ankarafantsika National Park can be substituted with the equally rewarding Kirindy Forest for the western region/ tropical dry deciduous forests. Both are outstanding wildlife localities. 


Day 1
Depart on the Air France flight from London Heathrow (or another UK airport) to Antananarivo via Paris CDG. You will be met, assisted and transferred to Relais des Plateaux to stay overnight, breakfast included.
Day 2
Day 2
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Perinet)
Your professional wildlife expert guide and your driver will collect you from your hotel. Travel east along good roads in your private 4WD to Vakona Forest Lodge in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (about three hours by road) for a 3-night stay with breakfast and dinner included. You will be taken for an introductory guided rainforest walk to seek lemurs, endemic rainforest-dependent birds as well as fascinating reptiles and frogs. During your stay here you might also wish to visit the impressive tree nurseries of Association Mitsinjo (pictured), where some 100 species of endemic rainforest trees are being cultivated as part of a reforestation programme. Visitors may, for a small donation, plant an endemic tree here: as our friend, guidebook guru Hilary Bradt comments, 'What better way could there be of literally putting something back into the soil of a country you are visiting than planting a tree?'.
Accommodation: Vakona Forest Lodge
       
Day 3
Day 3
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
Here you spend your time exploring this rainforest wildlife hotspot with your guide - look for Indri (the largest of all the lemur), the 2ft long Parson's chameleon and endemic birds such as the Blue coua, Madagascar blue pigeon, Lesser vasa parrot, Crossley's babbler and Nelicourvi weaver. You can take an easy night walk in Station Forestier d'Analamazaotra, administered by proactive NGO Association Mitsinjo. This is the only site in the area where you can experience the rainforest after dark, surrounded by a cast of other weird and wonderful animal oddities which emerge from their daytime hideouts after dusk. With luck you may see Eastern woolly lemur, Sportive lemur, Furry-eared dwarf lemur and Goodman's mouse lemur. Its the best time to seek chameleons which initially reflect white in torch-light. You should also see various species of Tree frog. You may also see birds such as the Madagascar long-eared owl and rare Collared nightjar.
Day 4
Day 4
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
Visit the beautiful 10,000ha of primary forest in Mantadia National Park with your guides. The forest holds a collection of rare mammals and birds not necessarily found in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park including approachable groups of Diademed sifaka (pictured) and the vociferous Black-and-white ruffed lemur. Rare birds include Short-legged ground-roller, Grey-crowned greenbul, White-throated oxylabes and Pollen's vanga.
Day 5
Day 5
Antananarivo
Today, take another guided rainforest walk in either Andasibe, or for keen birders, revisit Mantadia National Park which might reveal rarities such as the endemic and nationally scarce Yellow-browed oxylabes (pictured, courtesy Eric Mathieu). In the mid afternoon you will be driven back to Antananarivo to stay overnight in a double room at Relais des Plateaux Hotel with breakfast included.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
   
Day 6
Day 6
Ankarafantsika National Park (Ampijoroa)
Transfer to the airport for the Air Madagascar flight to Mahajanga, a port on the west coast of the island. Your guide and driver will meet you and transfer you two hours inland along a good road to Ankarafantsika National Park (Ampijoroa), where you stay 2 nights in a simple lakeside bungalow at Gite de Ampijoroa, with en suite facilities with all meals included. This is one of the island's two top wildlife hotspots for wildlife unique to the highly threatened and fragmented western deciduous dry forests. Key species include Coquerel's sifaka, the rare and cathameral Mongoose lemur (pictured), Common brown lemur and all the forest-dependent birds local to the western region. At Lac Ravelobe you may see the Madagascar fish eagle, one of the world's six rarest raptors. Reptiles abound, notably Collared iguanids, Giant hognosed snakes and Rhinoceros chameleon. Night walks are superb here with wildlife abundant in and around the campsite.
Accommodation: Gite de Ampijoroa
         
Day 7
Day 7
Ankarafantsika National Park (Ampijoroa)
All day to explore the easy trails in Ankarafantsika where wildlife viewing is almost effortless year round. Guided day and night walks in this rich tropical dry deciduous forest are popular with wildlife enthusiasts, who can also see the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust's largest Madagascar-based project here, aimed at rescuing 4 species of endemic Malagasy tortoises and its sole Freshwater turtle from extinction. Thus far the DWCT has done really well with the rarest of all, the Ploughshare tortoise or Angonoka. Expect to see acrobatic Coquerel's sifakas even in the campsite, along with many birds including the Crested coua (pictured) and the garrulous Sicklebill vanga.
Day 8
Day 8
Ankarafantsika National Park - Mahajanga
Morning to explore more of the delightful forest of Ankarafantsika National Park with your guides. In the afternoon transfer to Mahajanga where you overnight at the Sunny Hotel, with all meals included. (For keen birders we can arrange a boat trip for an additional charge on the Betsiboka Delta to seek some of the island's rarest wetland endemics including Madagascar white ibis and Madagascar teal).
Accommodation: Sunny Hotel
Day 9
Day 9
Antananarivo
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Antananarivo, where you will be met and transferred to Tamboho Hotel for an overnight stay with breakfast.
 
Time permitting , we can arrange a visit to the national zoo, where at the nocturnal animal house there are some Aye ayes held as part of an internationally coordinated breeding programme. (We arrange special visits for our clients, from 5pm-7pm).
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
   
Day 10
Day 10
Berenty Private Reserve
Take the Air Madagascar flight to Fort Dauphin on the far south coast of the island where you will be met and driven inland along deteriorating roads to the famed Berenty Private Reserve. Here you stay 3 nights in a bungalow at the simple Berenty Lodge with breakfast and dinner included. This reserve was brought into the international spotlight largely thanks to the 40+ years of conservation work conducted by late primatologist Lady Alison Jolly, author of engaging books such as Lords and Lemurs and her recently released memoirs, 'Thank You Madagascar: the conservation diaries of Alison Jolly' which was launched in March 2015. It was Lady Jolly who wrote extensively on the country's national mammal, the highly terrestrial Ringtail lemur (pictured) and female dominance among lemurs.
Accommodation: Berenty Lodge
         
Day 11
Day 11
Berenty Private Reserve
Berenty is set in spiny forest surrounded by sisal plantations. It is Madagascar's most famous reserve and the easiest place to see Ring-tailed lemurs. By day, you will see numerous Ring-tailed and Brown lemurs and Verreaux's sifakas (photo by Gerald Cubitt). At night, look for White-footed sportive lemur, Grey mouse lemur, the newly recognised Red-and-grey mouse lemur, and Common and Lesser hedgehog tenrec. The park has a number of broad trails that are easily followed with or without your guide.
Day 12
Day 12
Berenty Private Reserve
Spend more time exploring Berenty either with your guides or independently. Aside from its iconic lemurs, you should see the large roost of Madagascar flying foxes or fruit bats (pictured, by Gerald Cubitt) and endemic birds including the stately Giant coua, Grey-headed lovebird, Madagascar magpie-robin and Sakalalva weaver. There is also an interesting museum and in the area, some fascinating dry country flora such as endemic Moringa trees.
Day 13
Day 13
Antananarivo
Return to Fort Dauphin airport for a flight to Antananarivo where you will be met and taken to see the city highlights and have a day room at Relais des Plateaux. Evening transfer back to the airport to check in for the Air France flight departing after midnight to Paris CDG.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
   
Day 14
Air France flight departs at approximately 01h40 to Paris, arriving CDG at 11h25. Connect with the lunch-time Air France flight back to London Heathrow or another UK airport.

Pricing Information & Dates

14 day tour, from £4650 - £4979 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Price Includes
* Return international Air France flights from London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) to Antananarivo via Paris CDG
* Internal Air Madagascar (or Madagasikara Airways) flights
* Airport taxes
* Services of a dedicated, professional, wildlife expert Malagasy guide and of drivers throughout
* Private transfers and 4WD transportation
* Accommodation with meals as specified.
Price Excludes
* Visa fee (27 Euros)
* Drinks, gratuities and items of a personal nature
Price Notes
Rates are subject to availability and seasonal variation during school holidays.

Tour Route Map

  1.   Berenty Private Reserve
  2.   Ankarafantsika
  3.   Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
  4.   Antananarivo

Accommodation on this Tour

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.
         
Gite de Ampijoroa
Gite de Ampijoroa
Ankarafantsika, Madagascar
Gite de Ampijoroa has three types of accommodation including seven simple en suite chalets - some of which sleep up to four guests - which are located on the shore of Lac Ravelobe in wildlife-rich deciduous woodland mixed with teak trees.
         
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.
   
Vakona Forest Lodge
Vakona Forest Lodge
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar
This is a family-run property and the best hotel in the area. It has 28 comfortable rooms and bungalows, a sparkling pool and stables in a eucalyptus plantation and private reserve 7km from the entrance to Perinet. The lodge is 140 km from the capital, about 3 hours by tarred road.
       

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