Madagascar Birding

At a glance
One word springs to mind when thinking of Madagascar: Endemism.

The world’s fourth-largest island simply has no equal when it comes to birding uniqueness. With six endemic bird families (the mesites, asities, Cuckoo Roller, tetrakas, vangas and the incomparable ground rollers) and over 130 endemics and near-endemics, the island ranks as the number one place for many birders from all over the world. In addition to the wonderful birdlife, Madagascar also boasts an extraordinarily remarkable array of endemic flora, reptiles, frogs and mammals, the famous lemurs and two-thirds of the world’s chameleons.

Madagascar is indeed a biodiversity hotspot; over 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on the planet! This is the reason Madagascar has often been called an “alternate world” or “a world apart”, or even “the eighth continent”.

On this tour we will mostly visit the southern parts of Madagascar, focusing on different types of habitat, especially the rainforests, wetlands and otherworldly spiny forests.

We will target the endemic and near-endemic species specifically, but we will naturally see so much more! The combination of unique and incredibly diverse wildlife, stunning reefs and pristine beaches, fascinating culture, delicious local cuisine, some of the best chocolate in the world, amazing scenic diversity, 750 species of endemic orchids, about 200 species of amazing avifauna and of course, the famous lemurs, makes Madagascar an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Let’s go birding!
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Tour info:
Safari starts and ends in Antananarivo
Tour duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Type of accommodation: Comfortable, mid-range
This tour can be booked as a Private, small group tour based on your preferred travel dates

Top Birds:
Malagasy and Banded Kestrel
Malagasy Pond Heron
Madagascan Ibis
Madagascan Grebe
Meller’s Duck
Red-capped Coua
Crested Coua
Running Coua
Coquerel’s, Red-fronted and Giant Coua
Red and Forest Fody
Long-tailed Ground Roller
Short-legged Ground Roller
Pitta-like Ground Roller
Scaly and Rufous-headed Ground Roller
Cuckoo Roller
Subdesert and Brown Mesite
Velvet Asity
Helmet Vanga
Van Dam’s Vanga
Blue, Sickle-billed, Chabert and Rufous Vanga
Madagascan Sandgrouse
Madagascan Buttonquail
Madagascan Nightjar
Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity

Top Mammals:
• Fossa
• Indri
• Aye-aye
• Verreaux’s Sifaka
• Ring-tailed Lemur
• Golden Bamboo Lemur
• Red-fronted Brown Lemur
• Red-tailed and White-footed Sportive Lemur
• Berthe’s Mouse Lemur
• Coquerel’s Giant Mouse Lemur

Top Attractions:
• Andatabo and Reniala forests
– Bizarre and endangered spiny desert habitat filled with baobab trees and amazing avifauna
• Isalo National Park
– Stunning and dramatic sandstone formations, lots of interesting animals and more than 100 bird species
• Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park
– Transitional, dry habitat with top birds, rare mammals and bizarre smaller fauna
• Beautiful beachside fishing town of Ifaty
• Ranomafana National Park
– Stunning tropical rainforest habitat that is home to 115 species of birds, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
– Beautiful forest reserve with top birds, Indri and another 13 species of Lemur

Day 1 Arrival in Madagascar, transfer to the hotel in Antananarivo
Day 2 Morning birding, flight to Toliara, afternoon birding
Day 3 Andatabo Forest & Ifaty
Day 4 Reniala Forest Private Reserve
Day 5 Zombitse Forest & Isalo National Park
Day 6 Anja Reserve, transfer to Ranomafana National Park
Day 7-8 Ranomafana National Park
Day 9 Transfer to Antsirabe
Day 10 Transfer to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
Day 11-13 Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
Day 14 Torotorofotsy Marsh, return to Antananarivo & Departure

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