Summary : A must for nature-lovers, Madagascar adventure travel is ripe with botanicals, birds, and land animals, including the island’s icon—lemurs. The island’s isolation and size (it’s the world’s fourth-largest island) has made for striking biodiversity: 90 percent of all forest flora is endemic and more than half of the 250-plus bird species are found nowhere else. This special Madagascar expedition takes you where few others have ventured before, and rewards your curiosity with exotic plants and animals, from pygmy stump-tailed chameleons to 1,000 varieties of orchid. As you journey from mountain highlands to the shores of the Indian Ocean, you'll also meet the lovely Malagasy people, whose warmth and friendliness is unmatched.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking
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Depart on your independent overnight flight to Johannesburg.
Arrive at Johannesburg International Airport and transfer to the nearby Southern Sun O.R. Tambo Hotel. Your afternoon is at leisure before gathering at the hotel for a welcome briefing followed by dinner.
After breakfast return to the airport for your flight to Tana. Upon arrival, transfer to the Hotel Colbert for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, board your flight to Fort Dauphin then drive to Berenty, one of Madagascar’s most celebrated reserves. For photographers, Berenty is a visual feast—ring-tailed lemurs show no fear and seem to pose just for you, while the gibbon-like Verreaux’s sifakas are just an arm’s length away from the camera lens. Birding is also phenomenal, and past trips have recorded such specialties as Madagascar sandgrouse, white-browed owl, and the stately giant coua. Spend the next day exploring the reserve including an evening walk. Dinners and overnights at the Berenty Lodge.
Spend a final day exploring Berenty, then drive to Fort Dauphin. Check in to Croix du Sud for dinner and overnight.
Board your flight for Tana, and, upon arrival, check in to the Hotel Colbert. This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to the Périnet Reserve. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route and visit La Mandraka Nature Farm. This afternoon check in to the Vakona Forest Lodge, your base for three nights. Visit Lemur Island, located on the grounds of the lodge and join an exhilarating spotlighting excursion this evening to search for nocturnal species.
Spend two full days exploring the reserve. Begin at dawn to await the morning call of the indri, the largest of all lemurs. Each animal sings in its own voice; the echoes tell each group where every indri is located on the hill. Other species you may find include brown lemurs, small-toothed lepilemurs, short-horned chameleons, and iridescent Madagascar tree boas. Birding is equally spectacular with endemics such as the Madagascar paradise-flycatcher and the brilliant blue vanga.
After a final day exploring the reserve, return to Tana and check in to the Hotel Colbert for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, embark on your flight to Diego Suarez, the largest city in northern Madagascar. Board 4x4 vehicles for a scenic drive to Montagne d’Ambre National Park. Often shrouded in ethereal mist, this mountain paradise boasts forests with huge, green tree ferns, crystal-clear crater lakes, waterfalls, and a wealth of wildlife. Enjoy close encounters and unsurpassed photographic opportunities with rare, localized crowned lemurs, as well as Sanford’s brown lemurs, northern sportive lemurs, striped mongoose, and a variety of birds, including the Madagascar crested ibis, Amber Mountain rock-thrush, cuckoo-roller, and other endemics. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel le Grand in Diego Suarez.
Depart overland for the Ankarana Special Reserve this morning, renowned for its dramatic landscapes: karst pinnacles, or tsingy; deep forest-filled canyons; a labyrinthine cave system with the only known cave-dwelling crocodiles on the planet; and a vast network of underground rivers. Wildlife is profuse in this park and you have excellent opportunities to encounter multiple lemur species such as crowned, Sanford’s brown, and northern sportive lemurs, as well as birds typical of dry forest such as the white-breasted mesite and the Torotoroka scops-owl. The reserve is also known for its rich diversity of reptiles including leaf-tailed geckos. Dinner and overnight in the Ankarana Lodge located within the reserve.
Spend a final morning exploring Ankarana, then return to Diego Suarez for your flight to Tana. Time permitting, explore the museum which contains collections of tribal carvings and natural history exhibits. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Colbert.
Today board your charter flight for Anjajavy, located on the northwest coast in an area of dry, deciduous forest. Transfer to the beautiful Anjajavy Hotel, your base for three nights. Set on a beach surrounded by lush gardens, you are free to stroll the trails, perhaps spotting several species of lemurs and sifakas meandering through the property.
Spend two full days exploring the 450 hectare nature reserve adjacent to the hotel. Here you may find over 1,800 species of flora, most of which are endemic to the country, along with many medicinal plants. The forest is also home to many animal species such as localized Coquerel’s sifakas, Madagascar fish eagles, chameleons, and Cuvier’s oplure.
This morning board your flight to Tana. After lunch board a flight to Johannesburg, connecting with your independent flight to the USA arriving the next day.
All accommodations; group meals including selected beverages with lunch and dinner; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; guided excursions as stated in the itinerary; entrance fees for parks, reserves, etc.; all gratuities; domestic air transportation within Madagascar; emergency medical coverage (maximum benefit per paying passenger of $50,000)*; evacuation coverage (maximum benefit per paying passenger of $75,000)*.
All air transportation except as listed above; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, email/fax/telephone charges.
*Emergency Medical & Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency medical coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $50,000 is included in the cost of this expedition, as well as evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $75,000. Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA. The policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. All coverages may not be available in all states. Please note this coverage does not cover you against trip cancellation or for additional days of travel prior to and/or after the expedition trip dates. ExpeditionTrips strongly advises all clients to purchase travel insurance which includes trip cancellation and interruption coverage for the entire duration of your trip.