Madagascar Birding Tour
In this Madagascar birding tour, we have selected only the very best of this incredible country. This African birding safari to Madagascar is offered in a shorter package and at a more relaxed pace.
Nonetheless, This Madagascar tour safari still target all five endemic Malagasy bird families. There are good numbers of lemurs and other representative wildlife, making this tour ideal for travelers with limited time or less interest in targeting every single endemic bird.
Madagascar has a rich birdlife, with over two hundred species recorded, including a high rate of endemism. Due to deforestation the birdlife in Madagascar is now under threat. To assist in their preservation, we offer this birding tour in collaboration with the Association ASITY, which includes Malagasy birdwatchers. By choosing this tour, you make your contribution to the preservation of birds of Madagascar
About the 12 Days Madagascar Birding Tour
The first destination on this Madagascar birding trip is a journey to the bird and animal-rich sites of Perinet and Mantadia National Park. This is found in the eastern rainforest zone. The unforgettable song of the Indri drifts through these forests.
Madagascar birding tour will take time out to find a family group of these, the largest lemur species. Some of the brilliant birds to look for include several highly sought-after forest birds, including Pitta-like, Rufous-headed, Short-legged and Scaly Ground Rollers, Red-breasted, Red-fronted and Blue Couas, the stunning Velvet Asity, Cuckoo Roller among others
Other attractions in this scenically beautiful region are the vocal Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur and the elusive Diademed Sifaka, considered by many to be the world’s most beautiful lemur.
The next leg of this the Madagascar birding tour takes us to Ifaty and Tulear for their spiny deserts and coastal habitats. Here we look for the uncommon Madagascar Plover and the beautiful Red-tailed Tropicbird along the seashores, as well as exploring the bizarre, Tolkienesque landscape of multi-stemmed succulents, squat baobab trees and thorny scrub.
You will be looking for such spectacular endemics as Banded Kestrel, Running and Red-capped Couas, Archbold’s Newtonia, Thamnornis, Lafresnaye’s Vanga, the near mythical Subdesert Mesite, Long-tailed Ground Roller (an elusive ground dweller best located by its low, hooting call), flocks of noisy Sickle-billed Vangas, Subdesert Brush Warbler and the attractive Chabert’s Vanga.
12 Days Madagascar Birding Trip Highlight
The focus of this Madagascar birding tour is the birdlife in Madagascar. However, you will come across great landscape, amazing lemur species, insects and reptiles among others.
- Great number of birdlife
- Lemurs including Indri indri
- Nature walks in the tropical rainforests of Madagascar
- Many reptiles and insect species
12 Days Madagascar Birding Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Tana – Andasibe
Meet and greet upon arrival in Antananarivo r at your hotel for a briefing on this Madagascar birding tour. This will be followed by a morning visit the private park of Tsarasaotra, which is a RAMSAR site. Tsarasaotra is tranquil oasis and a nesting site for several bird species such as Squacco Heron, Little Grebe, Black Heron, among others.
Your Madagascar birding trip then proceed to Andasibe on a 3 hours scenic drive. En route, you will stop at the Pereyras reserve on the way. Pereyras reserve has a remarkable collection of insects, reptiles and amphibians of the island. The chameleon, stick insects, frogs, geckos and colorful are well represented and are easily observable.
Enjoy lunch at cost before you proceed with your Madagascar birding tour to Andasibe arriving in time for dinner which is payable directly.
Night in Andasibe
Day 2: Andasibe – Mantandia National Park
Start the day on Madagascar birding tour with breakfast before embarking on a full day birding in the Mantadia National Park. This Madagascar National Park is a medium altitude rainforest and is home to no fewer than 109 species of birds. They include the Scaly ground roller, blue coua, nuthatch vanga… Mantandia National Park is also home to Diademed Sifaka. You will have to carry your picnic lunch box. Return to your hotel later in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day at leisure and overnight
Night in Andasibe
Day 3: Andasibe – Analamazaotra National Park - Tana
You will begin the day on Madagascar birding tour with breakfast at your lodge. This is before this Madagascar birding trip leaves for the Analamazaotra National Park in the morning.
Analamazaotra rainforest shelters the largest lemur, the Indri Indri, easily observable. The park is also home to other bird species like red-fronted coua, tylas vanga, velvet asity and the list goes on.
You will have your lunch in a restaurant payable directly before you drive back to Tana. Proceed to your hotel in Antananarivo where you are booked on bed and breakfast.
Night in Tana
Day 4: Tana – Antsirabe – Ranomafana National Park
The day on Madagascar birding tour starts with breakfast in your Tana hotel. This is to be followed by a 3 hours 30 minutes’ drive to Antsirabe where you will stop for lunch on own account.
This Madagascar birding trip then proceeds on the drive on another 5 hours; drive to Ranomafana National Park. You will upon arrival check into your hotel for overnight.
Night in Ranomafana
Day 5: Ranomafana National Park
Full day on Madagascar Birding tour devoted to bird watching. The lowland rainforest of Ranomafana national park is home to 96 species of birds. Some of these birds are endemic and they include the brown mesite, Pollen’s vanga, yellow-bellied sunbird-asity or Henst’s goshawk.
You need to carry picnic lunch box on own account. Later in the afternooon return to your hotel for leisure and overnight. Dinner is on own arrangement.
Night in Ranomafana
Day 6: Ranomafana National Park - Ranohira
Today on this Madagascar birding trip, you will be up early for breakfast. This will be followed by early departure for a 7 hours’ drive to Ranohira (7H drive).
En route, the Madagascar birding tour visits the Anja community forest to observe the ring-tailed lemur. This reserve is a fine example of a successful ecotourism initiative led by the local community. This site is home to several species of orchids, succulent plants and a colony of ring-tailed lemur easy to observe.
Entrance fees and guide charges are directly transferred into a fund used to build clinics, schools and promote rice technologies. Lunch will be on own account. Proceed to Ranohira and upon arrival check into your hotel for overnight.
Night in Isalo
Day 7: Ranohira – Isalo National Park
Today your Madagascar birding trip sets out to discover Isalo National Park. Start the day with breakfast before you leave for a trek through the ruiniform massif to observe the Benson rock-trush, Madagascar cuckoo-roller, white-throated rail among others.
You need picnic lunch boxes on account. Return back to your hotel in time for overnight.
Night in Isalo
Day 8: Ranohira – Zombitse National Park - Tulear
Another day of Madagascar birding tour that begins with an early breakfast. This will be followed by an early departure to the dry forest of Zombitse National Park. It will be a 1-hour 30m minutes’ drive.
Zombitse National Park is home to endemic birds such as Appert’s greenbul, crested coua, white-browed owl. After a short hike through the park, we continue to Tulear which is 2 hours’ drive away.
Along the way you will visit of the arboretum Antsokay wher you will also stop for lunch on own account. The arboretum Antsokay is a botanical garden of more than 900 plant species endemic to the great south of the island.
Proceed to Tulear and upon arriva, check into your hotel booked on bed and breakfast in time for overnight.
Night in Tulear
Day 9: Tulear – Anakao – Tsimanampetsotse National Park - Anakao
After breakfast, your Madagacar birding tour enjoys a transfer by boat to Anakao. You will then drive to Tsimanampetsotse National Park for 2 hours and thirty minutes on bumpy road.
Tsimanampetsotse National Park is of biological importance especially for its waterfowl. Among the 112 species of bird, some are endemic such as the Madagascar plover or Perigrime. But the main attraction is of course the flamingo colonies. You will enjoy your picnic lunch charged directly in the park.
Later drive back to Anakao and upon arrival, check into your hotel booked on bed and breakfast for overnight.
Night in Anakao
Day 10: Anakao – Nosy Ve - Anakao
Enjoy your breakfast before your Madagascar birding trip leaves for a pirogue ride to Nosy Ve. This will be to observe the Paille en Queue.
Nosy Ve is a nesting site of this very rare bird, picnic lunch on own account based on seafood on the beach then pirogue ride back to Anakao in the afternoon for relaxation and overnight at your hotel booked on bed and breakfast.
Night in Anakao
Day 11: Anakao – Tulear - Ifaty
After breakfast, your Madagascar birding tour embarks on an hours of speedboat transfer to Tulear. Upon arrival you will drive for one hour on some bumpy road to Ifaty. Along the way, you will have a stop at the Honko community reserve.
Enjoy birding along the edge of the mangrove and reeds that offers a great place for bird watching.
The site offers the opportunity to observe a variety of wetland birds in the region such as the little grebe, Little Bittern, the Black Heron, purple heron and Madagascar kestrel.
Lunch on own account will be en route with check in and overnight at your hotel in Ifaty booked on bed and breakfast basis.
Night in Ifaty
Day 12: Ifaty – Tulear - Tana
The last day of your Madagascar birding tour that starts with breakfast. Your Madagascar birding trip will then visit the spiny bush of Reniala Baobab forest to observe the long-tailed ground roller, Lafresnaye’s vanga, subdesert mesite.
After lunch which is on own arrangement, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight from Tulear to Tana in time for your international flight.
End of 12 Days Madagascar Birding Tour Safari
12 Days Madagascar Birding Trip Costs:
What is included in the cost of 12 Days Madagascar Birding Trip?
- Car and fuel with a driver
- Madagascar birding guide assistance during the whole tour
- Accommodation booked on bed and breakfast basis
- Park entrance fees and local guide fees
- Speed boat t and all boat fees
12 Days Madagascar Birding Tour Price excludes:
- Your lunch, dinner and drinks during the whole tour
- All the domestic flights
- All your international flights
What to Carry on the 12 Days Madagascar Birding Tour
- Light and a few heavy clothings for evenings
- Closed, comfortable shoes
- Sun protection like sun cream, hat
- Insect repellant