Western Madagascar Wildlife - Ankarafantsika individual tour extension
Endangered Coquerel's sifaka regularly visit the campsite  
Male Schlegel's asity in breeding refinery, Ankarafantsika  
Rhinoceros chameleon is best sought in Ankarafantsika  
Lucky visitors see Henkel's leaf-tailed gecko at Ankarafantsika  
Common tenrec may be seen during night walks  
The rare, crepuscular Mongoose lemur is best looked for here  
Madagascar fish eagle by Jan Gersag (Rainbow Tours client)  
Golden-brown (Lake Ravelobe) mouse lemur  
White-breasted mesite, also best sought in Ankarafantsika  
Coquerel's coua is often seen during day walks  
Rufous vanga is easily located in Ankarafantsika  
Wildlife-watching in Ankarafantsika (Amedock Jao)  
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Tour Highlights

  • Coquerel's sifakas, Brown and Mongoose lemurs and 5 nocturnal lemur species
  • All the forest-dependent endemic birds of Western Madagascar
  • Critically endangered Madagascar fish eagles
  • Wonderful reptiles, frogs and invertebrates
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Western Madagascar Wildlife - Ankarafantsika individual tour extension

We offer 5-day individual extensions before or after any Madagascar tours, for keen wildlife (and especially birding) enthusiasts who want to experience this wonderful, 130,000ha national park, one of the most rewarding examples of Western Malagasy seasonally dry deciduous forest. With 8 lemur species, 130 birds including all the western region’s deciduous forest-dependent endemics, and 70 reptile species, its with good reason that some call the place ‘Ankara-fantastic-a’.  

This sample itinerary includes return domestic Tsaradia flights from Antananarivo to Mahajanga, the nearest airport.  Birders can then also make a boat excursion for some rare endemic species on Betsiboka River Delta.

If you are pushed for time and your travel dates do not coincide with the Air Madagascar/Tsaradia domestic flights, then we recommend driving one way from Antananarivo to Ankarafantsika (drive time is about 8hrs), with a lunch stop on the way and the chance to stop at a marsh site for species like Madagascar jacana. 


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Day 1
Antananarivo - Mahajanga (flight) - Ankarafantsika National Park (drive)
You will be met and transferred to Antananarivo Airport to check in for the flight to Mahajanga on the north-west coast.
On arrival, you will be met by your professional, experienced, English-speaking Malagasy guide and your driver.
Travel 2 ½ hours inland along a good road to Ankarafantsika National Park, where you stay for 3 nights in the rustic Tia Asity Lodge OR Gite de Ampijoroa, or Blue Vanga Lodge, all meals included. Guided day and night walks should reveal plenty of wildlife.
Day 2
Ankarafantsika National Park
The first of two full days in which to make the most of Ankarafantsika and seek out the wonderful array of mammals, birds and reptiles that find protection here. Your time will include a boat trip on Lac Ravelobe where a key attraction is the critically endangered Madagascar fish eagle, one of the world’s 6 rarest raptors. You will also be taken to see the sandstone canyon and a grove of the large northern Malagasy baobab Adansonia madagascariensis.
Day 3
Ankarafantsika National Park
Your second full day to enjoy this wonderful national park.
An added bonus is being able to see the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust’s largest Madagascar-based project site, ‘Projet Angonoka’, where the 4 endemic Malagasy land tortoises and its one endemic freshwater turtle, are being bred in captivity as part of the DWCT’s ‘SAFE’ (Saving Animals From Extinction) programme.
Your guides will take you along the trails – graded as easy for the most part – for day and night walks
Day 4
Ankarafantsika National Park - Mahajanga (drive)
After a final forest walk in Ankarafantsika, travel back this afternoon to Mahajanga to stay overnight in Coco Lodge with all meals included.
Day 5
Mahajanga - Antananarivo (flight)
You will be transferred to Mahajanga Airport to check in for the Air Madagascar flight back to Antananarivo.

Pricing Information & Dates

5 day tour, from £1685 per person
Itinerary Dates From Price
01 Jan 2022
30 Dec 2022
Price Includes
* Internal Tsaradia flights: Antananarivo - Mahajanga return
* Air taxes
* Private 4-wheel drive transfers and transportation
* Transfers from Mahajanga airport - Ankarafantsika return
* All guided excursions as per itinerary
* Park permits and local guiding fees
* Services of professional, English-speaking Malagasy wildlife expert guide and driver
* Accommodation and meals
* Mineral water
Price Notes
* Keen birders can add a Betsiboka Delta boat trip into this extension - call us for details.

* If domestic flight schedules don't work for your travel dates, it is possible to drive one way between Antananarivo and Ankarafantsika. (Duration is about 9 hours in private 4-wheel drive vehicle)

Tour Route Map

  1.   Ankarafantsika National Park
  2.   Antananarivo

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