Madagascar Wildlife Extravaganza with Daniel Austin
Largest of the lemurs, the ape-like Indri resides in Andasibe  
Biggest of all chameleons, Parson's chameleon can be seen at Mitsinjo  
Giant Leaf-tailed gecko, Montagne d'Ambre.  
Ringtailed vontsira, Montage d'Ambre  
Endangered Suarez Baobabs, Montange des Francais  
Tsingy pinnacles, Ankarana (Derek)  
Daniel's 2018 tour on nocturnal walk  
Blue coua can be seen in Andasibe-Mantadia  
Perrier's black sifakas, by Daniel Austin (Rainbow Tours 2018 tour)  
Pygmy stump-tailed chameleon, Montagne d'Ambre  
Giraffe-necked weevil, Andasibe (Craig)  
Daniel's 2018 group in Mandresy Cave, Ankarana  
Daniel's October 2018 group in Ankarana Est  
Critically Endangered Diademed sifaka, Mantadia (Craig)  
Healthy coral surrounds Nosy Tanikely island  
Waterfall, Montagne d'Ambre NP (Derek)  
Sanford's lemur, Montagne d'Ambre (Craig)  
Daniel's 2018 group on the lake outside Ankarana Ouest  
Madagascar crested ibis, the country's heaviest flying forest bird  
Henkel's leaf-tailed gecko occurs in Andrafiamena and Lokobe  
Urania moth strongly resembles a butterfly  
Male Black lemur, Lokobe National Park  
Female Black lemur, Lokobe National Park  
Goodman's mouse lemur, Mitsinjo (Clive Marks, Rainbow 2018 client)  
Northern sportive lemur (Daniel, 2018 tour)  
Oustalet's chameleon with Nosy Lonja in background  
Sicklebilled vanga is common in Ankarana and Andrafiamena (Jan Gersag)  
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Tour Highlights

  • Lemurs and other wildlife galore!
  • Rainforest in Andasibe-Mantadia and Montagne d'Ambre National Parks
  • Baobabs on Montagne des Francais and at Ankarana
  • Tsingy and caves at Ankarana
  • Rare birds and colourful reptiles
  • Many excellent nocturnal wildlife walks
  • Psychedelic coral reefs at Nosy Tanikely
  • Learning about conservation programmes and challenges .
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Madagascar Wildlife Extravaganza with Daniel Austin


We are proud to be offering this unusual and comprehensive Madagascar Wildlife set departure, led by Madagascar expert Daniel Austin, who is the author/co-author of three Madagascar guidebooks: Madagascar: the Bradt Guide; Madagascar Wildlife: A Visitors Guide and Madagascar Highlights and superb Malagasy guide Harry Rakotosalama.

This tour takes in a wonderful selection of protected areas covering a wide variety of Madagascar's chief ecotypes. You will be able to explore lush rainforests in Andasibe-Mantadia (aka 'Perinet') in the eastern escarpment and in Montagne d'Ambre in the far North; marvel at the otherworldly 'tsingy' formations and caves of Ankarana National Park; be amazed by the endemic Baobabs and other drought-resistant flora on Montagne des Francais and explore Sambirano Forest at Lokobe National Park as well as the marine environment in Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve. Aside from these deservedly popular places, this itinerary also takes in some rarely visited sites such as Andrafiamena- Andavakoera Protected Area In the north, where one of the world's 25 rarest primates, the Critically Endangered Perrier's black sifaka, is protected.

Daniel and Harry combined their extensive knowledge of Madagascar to select the most unusual and extraordinary wildlife experiences for this itinerary, taking visitors away from the usual tourist ‘hotspots’ in some cases.   Participants can expect to see a wide spectrum of iconic Malagasy life forms, including lemurs from the ape-like Indri to various species of tiny Mouse lemurs; chameleons ranging from gigantic Oustalet's and Parson's chameleons to tiny Brookesia 'stump-tailed' chameleons; various species of Uroplatus 'leaf-tailed' geckoes;  many rare birds including Couas, Cuckoo-roller and Vangas, and diverse flora including 3 of the island's endemic Baobab species to a profusion of Orchids.

Attention will also be given to Malagasy culture, with the itinerary including visits to the domains of tribes including Merina, Bezanozano, Sakalava and Antakarana. You will have the opportunity to learn about conservation programmes under way at the sites visited, as well as the challenges faced by resident communities. 

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Day 1
Day 1
01 October 2019: Welcome to Madagascar!
Flight from UK airports to Antananarivo (these are booked on an ad-hoc basis so fare subject to change).
On arrival this evening, you will be welcomed at Ivato airport and transferred to Relais des Plateaux Hotel where you meet the other participants and where you stay overnight.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
Day 2
Day 2
02 October 2019: Baobabs, Leaf-tailed geckos and mountain forests: Antananarivo - Diego Suarez - Montagne d'Ambre
You will be transferred to Ivato Airport to check in for the early morning flight up to Diego Suarez, on the far north coast.
On arrival, you will be met and taken to Montagne des Francais, to enjoy the easy Baobab Trail. Afterwards, travel to Montagne d'Ambre National Park for a 2 night stay in Domain de Fontenay, with all meals included.
A night walk in the private park ought to reveal some wonderful nocturnal wildlife. Species commonly seen at night in the private park, include Greater dwarf lemur, Mouse lemur, Giant leaf-tailed gecko, Mossy leaftailed gecko and various species of Chameleon, which initially reflect white in torch beams.
Accommodation: Domain de Fontenay
Day 3
Day 3
03 October 2019: a montane rainforest wonderland - Montagne d'Ambre
Montagne d'Ambre makes for a super place in which to start a wildlife tour of Madagascar: easy trails fan out from the centrally located campsite, into the rainforest which is in an isolated massif not in any way connected with the eastern rainforest belt that will be visited at the end of the tour.
After breakfast, transfer to the national park where easy exploration should reveal wildlife including Sanford's and Crowned lemurs; well habituated Ringtail vontsira (mongoose); reptiles such as Leaf-tailed gecko and tiny Brookesia chameleons and much more.
Scenic highlights in this tranquil forest park include two beautiful waterfalls which are reached on easy walks.
After dinner, another night walk is on the agenda.
Accommodation: Domain de Fontenay
Day 4
Day 4
04 October 2019: Montagne d'Ambre - Andrafiamena Andavakoera (road journey)
After breakfast, travel through some very interesting countryside along variable roads (there will be potholes and some rutted sections) to Andrafiamena Andavakoera Protected Area, where the group is based for 2 nights in the much-enjoyed Black Lemur Camp.
The drive will take about 4 hours, after which an introductory walk and a night walk should reveal wildlife unique to the deciduous woods in this area. Species often seen include Northern sportive lemur, Northern mouse lemur and reptiles such as some very large Sakalava velvet geckos and with luck, even 'Screaming' (Henkel's) leaf-tailed gecko, which the 2018 tour group managed to locate.
Accommodation: Black Lemur Camp
Day 5
Day 5
05 October 2019: Seeking critically endangered Perrier's black sifakas and more: Andrafiamena
After breakfast at Black Lemur Camp, head up the slope at the back of the property along one of the trails into the tropical deciduous forest, in search of wildlife such as the habituated family groups of Critically Endangered Perrier's black sifaka, which inhabit the forest.
Enjoy a picnic lunch in the forest - porters and resident guides will bring everything to the site.
Afterwards, walk back to Black Lemur Camp, arriving mid afternoon. Visit the Famamby tree nursery, where you have the opportunity to plant an endangered, endemic tree as part of habitat restoration work under way here. (If you wish, this can be a Baobab sapling). This is a truly gratifying way to literally put something back into Malagasy soil. You will also be taken to visit the nearby village, to gain an insight into the lives of the permanently resident community living around the park.
After dark, make another night walk to seek some more nocturnal wildlife.
Accommodation: Black Lemur Camp
Day 6
Day 6
06 October 2019: Andrafiamena - Ankarana: to the 'Tsingy'
After breakfast at Black Lemur Camp, travel for about 5 hours to Ankarana Ouest, where for two nights the base is the uniquely designed Iharana Bush Camp.
After settling in at the camp, a short walk will take you to the impressive tsingy formations nearby. Here, the 'Tsingy-tsingy' circuit will take you to marvellous viewpoints. Enjoy sundowners on one of the viewing platforms, and then descend to the nearby lake, where a short night walk along the shore should reveal various snakes which aggregate there in search of frogs. (This is a very unusual experience!).
Accommodation: Iharana Bush Camp
Day 7
Day 7
07 October 2019: a Lost World Within the Lost World: Ankarana's tsingy, wildlife, baobabs and more
After an early breakfast, a 90 minute drive will take you to Mahamasina Gate at Ankarana Est. After entering the national park here, a trail , takes you to some spectacular viewpoints for more of the 'tsingy' formations as well as the weird natural sinkhole 'Pert de Rivier;. During the walk, wildlife viewing is usually excellent, with more Crowned and often Sanford's lemurs; Ankarana sportive lemur; chameleons and birds including distinctive endemic birds such as Crested coua and Sicklebill vanga. Lunch at the national park.
In the afternoon, return to Ankarana Ouest to stay overnight in Iharana Bush Camp.
Accommodation: Iharana Bush Camp
Day 8
Day 8
08 October 2019: a Sambirano sojourn: Ankarana to Nosy Be island via Lokobe National Park
After breakfast at Iharana Bush Camp, transfer by road (drive time is about 4 hours) to the seaside town of Ankify on the north-west coast, for the 30 minute speedboat transfer to Nosy Be.
Here, the group will be taken to Lokobe National Park, where the last tract of Sambirano Forest is protected, Sought-after locally endemic species include the strongly sexually dichromatic Black lemur and the Critically Endangered Nosy Be sportive lemur. Afterwards, transfer to Vanila Hotel to stay overnight.
Accommodation: Vanila Hotel
Day 9
Day 9
09 October 2019: Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve - Nosy Be airport - Antananarivo (flight)
In the morning, enjoy a boat trip to the marine reserve island of Nosy Tanikely, where snorkelling is wonderful over healthy heads of coral. Many visitors see Green turtles underwater here. On the island itself are roosting Madagascar flying foxes. After lunch on the island, transfer to Nosy Be airport to check in for the flight back to Antananarivo in the afternoon. Transfer to Relais des Plateaux, to stay overnight.
This evening (time allowing) you will be joined by a representative from one of the prominent NGOs involved in conservation work in Madagascar, who will enlighten the group about the challenges facing conservation in Madagascar, with emphasis on the well-being of permanently resident communities living around sites of biological significance.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
Day 10
Day 10
10 October 2019: Antananarivo - Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Perinet)
Depart after breakfast to the eastern escarpment on a 4-hour drive, to the country's number 1 'must see' protected area, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park ('Perinet').
After checking in at Vakona Forest Lodge, your base for 3 nights, take an introductory walk in the rainforest to see some of the iconic species dwelling here.
Dinner will be preceded by the first night walk, which will be at Mitsinjo Parc. Managed by proactive NGO Association Mitsinjo, which has been featured on David Attenborough documentaries, Mitsinjo is - unbeknown to almost all visitors to Andasibe ('Perinet') - the site where all the Indri on the Attenborough (and other) wildlife documentaries were filmed.
Accommodation: Vakona Forest Lodge
Day 11
Day 11
11 October 2019: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park - Indri and things
An early morning walk into Andasibe ('Perinet') should quite easily reveal the amazing, baboon-sized Indris, which call like sirens between groups. Seeing and hearing these (Critically Endangered) animals in their rainforest home is a wonderful experience.
You should also see Diademed sifaka and Common brown lemurs, along with various rainforest birds, notably the lovely Blue coua and delicate Nuthatch vanga. Along the trails, the guides should locate a variety of chameleons, frogs and invertebrates such as the strange Giraffe-necked weevil.
Accommodation: Vakona Forest Lodge
Day 12
Day 12
12 October 2019: Mantadia National Park and Station Forestier d'Analamazaotra (Mitsinjo Parc)
Mantadia National Park, is always a trip highlight. In this beautiful primary rainforest, nature enthusiasts come to seek Diademed sifaka, Red-bellied lemur, Black and white ruffed lemur and various endemic birds including Velvet asity and Pitta-like ground-roller. Afterwards, visit Mitsinjo Parc where guests are invited to plant an endemic tree, once again making for a wonderful opportunity to literally put something back into Malagasy soil.
A second night walk will be made after dark, to seek more nocturnal species including Goodman's mouse lemur (pictured here by Clive Marks from one of our 2018 wildlife group tours). This time, the night walk location will be VOIMMA, a small forest tract protected by a resident guides association.
Accommodation: Vakona Forest Lodge
Day 13
Day 13
13 October 2019: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park - Antananarivo
After breakfast and a final early morning rainforest walk, travel back to Antananarivo. Here, visit the incredibly inspiring Akany Avoko Children's Home, which is supported by Money for Madagascar. Enjoy a farewell dinner at an excellent restaurant.
You will have the use of day/evening rooms at Relais des Plateaux if flying out on Air France the next morning. Alternatively, stay overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Relais Des Plateaux
Day 14
Day 14
14 October 2019: Departure (reluctantly!)
Air France flight departs at 00h55 to Paris CDG, arriving mid morning.
Connect with the lunch time Air France flight back to London Heathrow,or selected other UK airports.

Pricing Information & Dates

14 day tour, from £5795 per person
Price Includes
Price includes:

Return international flights from London Heathrow to Antananarivo (economy class seating)
Domestic Tsaradia/Air Madagascar flights
Airport taxes
Airport facilitation
Services of tour leader Daniel Austin throughout
Services of experienced Malagasy guide throughout
Services of drivers and of national park/reserve guides
Park permits
All transfers and transportation in 4-wheel drive vehicles
Speedboat transfers where required
All accommodation as outlined
All meals
Bottled mineral water

Price excludes:

Malagasy visa (35 Euros, issued on arrival)
Personal items (travel insurance, phone calls, laundry)
Price Notes
Single room supplement: £495

Group size : Minimum group size: 4 - maximum 8

Tour Route Map

  1.   Antananarivo
  2.   Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
  3.   Montagne d’Ambre National Park
  4.   Ankarana National Park
  5.   Nosy Be, the Mitsio and Radama islands

Accommodation on this Tour

Black Lemur Camp
Black Lemur Camp
Andrafiamena Andavakoera, Madagascar
Black Lemur Camp In remote Parc Andrafiamena Andavakoera,  Black Lemur Camp is a recently opened property (2016); no-frills but comfortable and managed by proactive NGO FANAMBY. It is about 4hrs......
Domain de Fontenay
Domain de Fontenay
Montagne d’Ambre National Park, Madagascar
Domain de Fontenay Best known for its 300 hectare private forest park, this lodge is located near Joffreville so offers excellent accommodation for those wishing to experience beautiful Montagne......
Iharana Bush Camp
Iharana Bush Camp
Ankarana National Park, Madagascar
Situated about 16 km from the town of Ambilobe, Iharana Bush Camp has eight bungalows with en suite facilities (showers not bath tub). The design reflects a unique crossover between traditional Malagasy and African styling.
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 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.
Vanila Hotel
Vanila Hotel
Nosy Be, the Mitsio and Radama islands, Madagascar
Vanila Hotel is a welcoming beachfront hotel run by the father-and-son team of Jean-Louis and Damien Salles and is one of the nicest on Nosy Be. It has good facilities and is an excellent base for scuba diving, sailing and deep-sea fishing.

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