Ankarafantsika guided wildlife walk
Crested coua, Ankarafantsika National Park  
Madagascar fish eagle, Ankarafantsika NP (A. Jacanidas)  
Coquerel's sifaka, Ankarafantsika NP (M Bigey)  
Ravelobe (Golden-brown) mouse lemur, Ankarafantsika NP  
Ankarafantsika's trails are broad, well maintained and easy to walk.  
Common brown lemurs, Ankarafantsika NP (M Bigey)  
The best place to seek Schlegel's asity is Ankarafantsika  
Collared iguanids are common around the campsite  
Rhinoceros chameleon can be seen in Ankarafantsika  
Red-capped coua is common in Ankarafantsika NP  
Look for Common tenrec during night walks in Ankarafantsika  
Henkel's leaf-tailed gecko, a master of camoflage  
The crepuscular Mongoose lemur is Critically Endangered  
Exploring Ankarafantsika, Oct 2018 (Amedock Jacanidas)  
Male Cuckoo-roller in aerial display (Jan Gersag,Rainbow Tours client)  
Duration
Half-day (flexible)
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Ankarafantsika guided wildlife walk

Madagascar, Ankarafantsika National Park

After an early breakfast, depart on foot from the centrally-located restaurant on one of the 5 circuits in this wildlife-rich, western tropical dry deciduous forest. Your guide will discuss with you the different circuits and depending on any particular wildlife that you are interested in, will help you choose which trail you want to complete. 

Terrain is gentle and the trails are well mapped so grading for the most part is easy. Your guide will point out various diurnal lemurs including resident troops of Coquerel's sifaka, which can even be seen in the teak trees around the restaurant and Ampijoroa Research Station. You should also see Common Brown lemurs and high up in the trees, the rare Mongoose lemur. Birdlife is fantastic - specials readily seen include Red-capped; Coquerel's and Crested couas; Madagascar green pigeon; Schlegel's asity and various Vangas, notably Sicklebilled, Blue, Rufous and the nationally rare Van Dam's vanga. Reptiles abound with commonly seen species including Giant hognosed snake, Oustalet's and Rhinoceros chameleons and bright green Phelsuma 'day' geckos. 

You should return to the Gite by lunch time. In the afternoon, you might wish to do one of the shorter walks such as those to see the grove of large Adansonia madagascariensis Baobabs, or Lac Ravelobe, where some Critically Endangered Madagascar fish eagles are resident. After dark, your guide can take you around the grounds of the Research Station, where nocturnal wildlife viewing is prolific.  

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