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Derek Schuurman
Derek Schuurman Product Manager Madagascar and Alternative Africa
"I've been going to Africa for almost 20 years now but Madagascar is unlike anything else I've experienced - the wildlife, countryside and towns were all fascinating. Go if you can as you wont regret it!"

Kirindy Forest Holidays

Famed for its gigantic Grandidier’s baobabs – as well as two of Madagascar’s other endemic baobab species, (Adansonia rubrostipa and the large southern species A. za), Kirindy comprises 10,000 hectares of dry deciduous forest on flat, sandy terrain.

The forest is a 2 hour drive along a poor road to the north of Morondava and along the way, visitors pass through the spectacular Alley of Giant Baobabs, one of the country’s World Heritage Sites and a national monument. The nearby Marofandila forest (20 minutes drive away, close to Avenue of Baobabs) is where the best accommodation is located. (Camp Amoureux).

Wildlife watching is most rewarding from September to November. It is the best site in which to seek the fosa, Madagascar’s largest predator, as a few individuals are well habituated and frequent the area around the researchers' campsite where they scrounge for scraps of food at the rubbish dump. Kirindy is the only place where this formidable carnivore can be seen year-round, even in broad daylight. 

Lucky visitors may also see the criticaly endangered Giant jumping rat, largest of Madagascar's endemic rodents and one of the subjects of a very successful captive-breeding programme by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Another interesting diurnal mammal best sought here is the amimated Narrow-striped mongoose. Lemurs to be seen by day include inquisitive groups of Red-fronted brown lemurs (see photo) and higher up, the acrobatic Verreaux's sifaka. 

In spring and early summer, nocturnal walks can be rewarding and Kirindy’s world record in terms of primate density is largely thanks to its extensive variety of nocturnal lemurs including the smallest of all primates, Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur. Other nocturnal lemurs found here include Red-tailed Sportive lemur, Pale fork-marked lemur, Fat-tailed dwarf  lemur (in summer) and two Mouse lemurs (Gray and Madame Berthe's mouse lemurs). 

Many of the birds unique to western Madagascar’s dry forests can be seen at this forest. Highlights include White-breasted mesite, Giant, Coquerel's and Crested couas, Greater and Lesser vasa parrots and a variety of Vangas, from the large and noisy Sicklebill vanga to the tiny Chabert's vanga. Lily ponds nearby are the best site for Madagascar jacana.

Resident reptiles include the enormous Oustalet’s chameleon; the very interesting Labord's chameleon, Collared iguanids and snakes such as Giant hog-nosed snake.

The best accommodation is Camp Amoureux, certified this year as one of the country's two Fair Trade properties and managed by proactive NGO FANAMBY. 

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Tsingy, Baobabs, Wildlife and Whales
  • Adventure
  • Responsible
  • Wildlife
From £4750 per person
17 day holiday
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Madagascar
This wonderful tailor-made individual tour includes a visit to one of Madagascar's most spectacular national parks, Tsingy de...
Wildlife of Madagascar
  • Responsible
  • Wildlife
From £4985 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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Madagascar
On this private guided tour which can be adapted to suit your specific interests, you visit four of the most wildlife-rich forests of Madagascar: Andasibe (Analamazaotra aka 'Perinet') and the nearby Mantadia National Park in the humid eastern rainforest band, Kirindy and Marofandilia Forests in highly threatened tropical dry deciduous forests of the western lowlands and Berenty Private Reserve in the arid south. The sequence of protected areas can be slotted according to lodge availability: currently we strongly recommend ending the tour at Andasibe-Mantadia as no domestic flights are involved in reaching this park.
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