The malagasy wildlife

From 2 to 8 people. See details below.

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In Madagascar, wildlife is everywhere! From North to South, from East to West… mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, butterflies and birds inhabit this sanctuary of nature.

It’s hard to remember everything, as this fauna of which the rate of endemism reaches 80%, is rich and diverse.

It is present throughout the island, in the heart of the dry or moist forest, in the savannah and spiny bush, inside the bottom of canyons, at the edge of lakes and rivers and of course, in the magnificent sea bed of the Indian Ocean.

We go to meet this unique heritage in the heart of the reserves and the national parks among the most famous of Madagascar.

Highlights

  • An experienced and passionate guide ;
  • The exploration of emblematic parks and reserves of Madagascar ;
  • The richness of a diurnal and nocturnal wildlife, amazing and endemic ;
  • Unique and exceptional biotopes ;
  • A rhythm of travel voluntarily slow.

Travel identity card

  • Duration : 14 days
  • Participant : minimum 2 people
  • Support crew : English Speaking Malagasy naturalist guide
  • Accommodation : Hotel (12 nights)
  • Transport : 4×4 or bus
  • Meals : Bed & Breakfast + some picnics
  • Period : All year
  • Effort = 1

    “Easy”This trip is accessible to all. However, we ask you to be healthy.
    It is a journey of discovery and short hikes are scheduled for site visits.
    Madagascar is large, the steps in a vehicle can sometimes be a little long.

  • Confort = 4

    “Standard”All nights are in hotels. The accommodations and/or the hotel are good categories and equivalent to 2 or 3 stars international standards.
    Dinner in restaurant, lunch at the restaurant and / or picnic.
    Travel take place in comfortable vehicle on roads and/or on relatively good tracks.

D 1 : Antananarivo > Andasibe

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Meeting with our guide and briefing before departure to the East by the RN 2. Our first step is at the Farm of Pereyras. This farm is dedicated, in other, to butterfly breeding but it is also home to chameleons, frogs, snakes and bats.
After a lunch picnic at the farm, we head to the park of Andasibe.
Check in at the hotel. By early evening, we go for a walking tour to meet nocturnal wildlife of the place.
Note: Provide a rain coat for this night visit.
Small selection of the fauna present here:
Lemurs: Crowned lemur, Black-and-white ruffed lemur, Diademed Sifaka.
Nocturnal lemurs: Mouse lemur (the smallest lemurs), Golden bamboo lemur.
Carnivores: The fossa which is the largest carnivorous mammal of Madagascar.
Amphibians: Madagascar tomato frog.
Reptiles: Boa of Madagascar also named the Do (the largest snake of the island), chameleons, Nile crocodiles, turtles.
Birds: Kingfishers, Egrets, Hamerkop, Crested drongo…

  • Duration : +/- 4 h
  • Distance : 180 km
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner not included 
  • Your hotel : Andasibe. VAKONA FOREST LODGE.

    andasibe_vakona_forest_lodge_1andasibe_vakona_forest_lodge_2The hotel is located at 5km from Andasibe village near the National Park. Bungalows are built in the nature by the forest. Vakona Forest Lodge has comfortable bungalows with air conditioner. A spa, swimming pool, mountain bikes and private reserve are at your disposal.
    Horse riding is also possible to the surrounding forest. View site on : http://www.hotelvakona.com

D 2 : Discovery of the fauna in Analamazaotra and Mantadia

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Early departure to visit the reserve of Analamazaotra at first, and then, the National Park of Mantadia situated in another part of the forest.
As in each of the parks that we are going to visit throughout our journey, a guide specialist of his zone accompanies us and comes to help our Malagasy Tours guide.
We are here in the rain forest surrounded by a by lush tropical vegetation composed of many species of ferns, sacred lianas, orchids and dwarf palm trees.
It shelters a plentiful fauna of which famous Indri Indri. It is the biggest of the lemurs and its very particular shout can be heard several kilometers away. We shall have a picnic lunch there before continuing our exploration in the park of Mantadia.
NB: Provide a rain coat for this night visit.
Small selection of the fauna present here:
Lemurs: The Indri also called Babakoto, Ring-tailed lemur, Sifaka, Black lemur. Nocturnal: Eastern woolly lemur and Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis).
Reptiles: Parson’s chameleon, Geckos.
Amphibians: Golden Mantella frogs.
Birds: Blue Vanga, Madagascar crested ibis, Parrots, Malagasy coucal, Lilac-breasted roller, owls, hawks, starlings, weavers…

  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 3 : Andasibe > Antananarivo > Antsirabe

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We return to Tana where we will be here for lunch before continuing our journey to the South by the national road 7.
We cross the region of the Highlands which offers a mosaic of colors between its rice terraces, cultures and traditional red brick houses of its many villages. Here, the warm and communicative population is undoubtedly another great encounter on our way.
We reach Antsirabe in the afternoon.

  • Duration : +/- 7 h
  • Distance : 340 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included/ dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Antsirabe. VOYAGEUR.

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    Built in a special setting in the middle of a large garden, “Le Voyageur” guestrooms and bungalows are based on a typical architecture style, which express Malagasy soul, highlanders’ mind and the local known-how resources. Bungalows and guestrooms have bathroom with hot water each. The restaurant offers Malagasy and European specialties . View site onhttp://chambres-voyageur.mg

D 4 : Antsirabe > Ranomafana

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We continue our road on the National 7 in the heart of the rural life of this region, with the villagers on their carts and the small markets settled on the roadside. After Ambositra, we enter in Betsileo country and continue up to the entrance of the park of Ranomafana. On the way, we make some stops in search of a surprising insect: the weevil giraffe which we find in the melastoma, a shrub of which the animal feeds on leaves.
After our installation in the hotel and a little of rest, we leave making a first night-discovery of the park, in the heart of a wet rain forest. We shall maybe have the opportunity to see the magnificent nocturnal Madagascar Butterfly-comet, also called Butterfly-moon; it is the largest known in the world.
NB: Provide a rain coat for this night visit.
Info about fauna:
The park with an area of 41.600 ha is a concentrate of biodiversity and endemism rate is exceptional! Some figures to get an idea: 12 species of lemurs, 115 species of birds, 90 species of butterflies, 62 species of reptiles, 98 species of amphibians, 8 bats species and 350 species of spiders.

  • Duration : +/- 5 h 
  • Distance : 150 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included/ dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Ranomafana. CENTRE EST.

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    Built on a green hill near the National Park and the Thermal station, the hotel gives high standard guestrooms and bungalows with private bathroom and hot water. Different French and local dishes proposal on the restaurant’s menu. The hotel owns a botanical garden (at 12km) and a private protected reserve (at 6km) on the way east.

D 5 : Discovery of the fauna in Ranomafana

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We leave early in the morning with our guide for a day exploring the forest with its lush vegetation. We walk surrounded by huge trees, tangling lianas, mosses and ferns. It is a sanctuary for many varieties of orchids. The park, located on an ancient volcano, also hides some hot springs.
We will have a picnic lunch in the heart of the park.
Small selection of the fauna present here:
Lemurs : Diademed Sifaka, Golden bamboo lemur, Brown mouse lemur, Red-bellied lemur, Gray bamboo lemur, Eastern woolly lemur, Small-toothed sportive lemur, Greater dwarf lemur, Aye-Aye, Black-and-white ruffed lemur, Greater bamboo lemur.
Reptiles: Short-horned chameleon and Nose-horned Chameleon, Diurnal gecko, Giant leaf-tailed gecko, Eyelash leaf tailed gecko…
Butterflies: Madagascar Butterfly-comet.
Carnivores: Malagasy civet or striped civet.
Birds: Pollen’s Vanga (passerine), Henst’s goshawk (bird of prey), Grey-headed bulbul…
Others: Darwin’s bark spider, Mantella frogs, beetles…

  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 6 : Ranomafana > Anja > Ranohira

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We leave Ranomafana Park to catch the RN7 and head towards Fianarantsoa. This is a day’s drive with a change of scenery, vegetation and climate.
We follow now the massif of Andringitra with its impressive granite walls to reach the small Anja Reserve nestled in a forest. Managed by the community, it is home to several groups of Lemurs Catta also called Maki, easily recognizable with their striped tails. We will pay them a visit before our lunch in the small restaurant.
The scenery changes again on our way, when we cross the spectacular desert plain of Horombe plateau until the big massif of Isalo. We are in the magnificent landscape of the western Madagascar.
Small selection of the fauna present in Anja:
Lemurs: Lemur Catta or Maki.
Reptiles: The Do or boa of Madagascar. 3 species of lizards: Madagascar girdled lizard, Barbour’s day gecko, Chalarodon madagascariensis lizard.
Others: Lowland streaked Tenrec, a small porcupine (nocturnal).
There are also 11 species of birds.

  • Duration : +/- 7 h
  • Distance : 350 km
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / dinner not included 
  • Your hotel : Ranohira. ISALO RANCH

    Located in 5km to the south of Ranohira, in the savannah of Isalo massif foothill. Bungalows are simple and made in traditional way, they have private or outdoor bathroom, swimming pool is also available.
    The straw hut restaurant offers local and European dishes. One among those good hotels we like. View site onhttp://www.isalo-ranch.com

D 7 : Discovery of the fauna in Isalo National Park

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The National park of Isalo extends over 180 km long and 25 km wide. It is a plateau of continental sandstones dating from the Jurassic. Here, the nature adapted itself to the dry climate and the park is an ecosystem apart with endemic vegetation made up of Aloe, Spurges, Pachypodium and Kalanchoe.
Its fauna is thus typical of this exceptional housing environment and is also largely endemic.
We leave exploring the Canyons of Makis and Rats. In this universe where erosion, water, wind and heat shaped over time some surprising sculptures in the rock, canyons are oases of greenery.
During our stroll, we shall have a breathtaking panoramic view on cliffs and on this almost lunar landscape …
Small selection of the fauna present here:
Lemurs: Maki or Lemur Catta, Sifaka.
Reptiles: Carpet chameleon or Furcifer lateralis, Madagascar spotted piny-tailed iguana and Merrem’s Madagascar swift iguana.
Others: Gephryromantis corvus and Gephyromantis azzurrae frogs, grasshoppers, dragonflies, spiders, stick insects, wild silk worms … and some scorpions.
There are also 55 species of birds including Madagascan manikin, Newton’s kestrel, Madagascar wagtail, egrets and buzzards.

  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 8 : Ranohira > Zombitse

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This morning, we leave discovering the famous Natural pool and for it, we cross the “river of sands”, only full during the rainy season, and nicely lined with Pandanus and palm trees. After a small bathing, we shall return to the village to have lunch before continuing our road. We leave the massif of Isalo and enter the big savannahs of the Southwest. Shortly before our arrival to Zombitse, we see our first baobabs.
After our installation in the hotel and a bit of rest, we leave for a night visit of the reserve in search of the nocturnal lemurs.
Info about fauna:
The park of Zombitse shelters a remarkable biodiversity, among which 8 species of lemurs (3 diurnal and 5 nocturnal), 8 species of amphibians, 33 species of reptiles. But the site is especially is renowned for its rich birdlife. There are 85 species of birds there, among which 50 % are endemic to Madagascar or this area.

  • Duration : +/- 3 h
  • Distance : 125 km 
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Zombitse. ZOMBITSE ECOLODGE

    zombitse-lodge-1zombitse-lodge-2At the Zombitse-Ecolodge you are invited to discover a unique world of plants and animals and to stay in comfortable, environmental friendly bungalows in a pleasant atmosphere.
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D 9 : Discovery of the fauna in Zombitse National Park

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We leave all day long for a pedestrian excursion to the discovery of the park with our guide.
In spite of the harshness of the hot and dry tropical climate, the park of Zombitse is covered with important vegetal formations. This vegetation is a mixed between dry deciduous forests of western Madagascar and the characteristic thorny forests of the big South.
It consists of exceptional and very diverse plants such as Acacias, Aloes, Ficus, Pandanus and various sorts of baobabs among which the dwarf baobabs.
Small selection of the fauna present here:
Lemurs: Lemur Catta (or Maki), Verreaux’s sifaka, Bamboo lemur, Brown lemur (diurnal). Fork-marked lemur (phaner furcifer), Gray mouse lemur, Aye-aye and Sportive lemur (nocturnal).
Reptiles: Standing’s day gecko very rare, Carpet chameleon (Furcifer lateralis), Boa of Madagascar.
Others: The fossa, the beautiful Malagasy Painted Mantella.
Birds: Appert’s tetraka endemic to the region, Sakalava weaver or Fody, Couas, parrots and Madagascan fish eagle (Ankoay), one species among the rarest in the world.

  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 10 : Zombitse > Tulear > Anakao

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We set off for Tulear after the breakfast.
Tulear (Toliara) is situated on a vast littoral plain, surrounded with dunes and with mangrove swamps, near the tropic of Capricorn, on the channel of Mozambique. Nicknamed the “City of the sun” because she has permanently a hot and semi-arid climate, it is the most important city in southern Madagascar.
We go to the port for our transfer by speedboat towards Anakao. Arrival and check in at the hotel.
Afternoon at leisure to relax on the beach or leave on foot to explore the village of Anakao which shelters the biggest concentration of fishermen Vezo in the region. At the end of the day, when their dugouts come back from the fishing, there are sometimes more than three hundred colored dugouts that line up on the beach. At sunset the view offered by these boats painted in red, blue, green and black under an orange-colored sky deserves a postcard.

  • Duration : +/- 3h driving –  45 mn of boat
  • Distance : 130 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included/ dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Anakao. LONGO VEZO

    anakao-longovezo1anakao-longovezo2The Longo Vezo is a small establishment of 8 rooms only. The hotel develop a sustainable tourism by saving fresh water, by using solar energy for electricity, shower, cooking, promoting a familial and friendly atmosphere ( à la carte meals but a common table )
    Diving center ( accredited training center by the C.M.A.S, specialised for beginners ( children, first dives… ) or experienced ( caves exploration ) View site onhttp://www.longovezo.com

D 11 : Anakao > Tsimanampetsotsa

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Breakfast and departure towards the National Park of Tsimanampetsotsa located south of Anakao, for a first discovery of the park in the afternoon.
It is a 432 km² area made up of a coastal forest, a limestone plateau, a sandy lake and several caves, some of which are accessible. The park consists of three distinct parts: its endemic spiny forest, a salt lake with spectacular colors and caves that we will discover during our stay there.
The main attraction of this park lies in the observation of its birds.
Info about fauna:
The park hosts 123 bird species, of which 72 are endemic, 4 species of lemurs and 39 species of turtles.

  • Duration : +/- 2h 
  • Distance : 90 km of track
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included/ dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Tsimanampetsotsa. DOMAINE D’AMBOLA

    tsimanenpetsotsa-domaine-ambola1tsimanenpetsotsa-domaine-ambola2Petite structure hôtelière au sud de Tuléar, non loin d’Anakao, le Domaine d’Ambola est situé devant une plage splendide à la mer turquoise. Seulement 6 chambres vous garantissent une tranquillité parfaite. Un restaurant servant des plats malgaches, principalement tournés vers la mer. Un accueil simple et chaleureux font de cette adresse un endroit charmant. Le Lac de Tsimanenpetsotsa tout proche est une excursion incontournable.  View site on : http://ambola-madagascar.com

D 12 : Discovery of the fauna in Tsimanampetsotsa National Park

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We leave for a day of exploration in the park.
The vegetation adapted itself to this dry environment and consists of plants without leaf or thorny typical of the South. We also find trees among which some as banyans are from 10 to 12 meters high, as well as plentiful lianas and thousand-year-old baobabs.
The lake, whose waters are loaded of sulphate of calcium, shelters no fish but it is populated by pink flamingos, dwarf flamingos and grebes, making it a unique place.
Caves give access to the underground water network of the park. They also hide the famous “blind fishes” and they are good places to observe tortoises, parrots and lemurs which come to drink and find refuge there.
Small selection of the fauna present here:
Lemurs: Lemur Catta (or Maki), Verreaux’s sifaka, brown lemur, white-footed sportive lemur.
Carnivore: Grandidier’s mongoose or Vontsira of Grandidier, an extremely rare species endemic to this site.
Others: Radiated tortoise.
Fishes: Troglobitic sleeper goby (Typhleotris madagascariensis) into Mitoho Grotto.
Birds: The rare Madagascan plover, Fork-tailed drongo, Newton’s kestrel, Grey-headed lovebird, parrots and many others…

  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / dinner not included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 13 : Tsimanampetsotsa > Tulear

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We take back the track to move toward Anakao and the port, for our transfer by speedboat to Tulear. From there, we drive to the Arboretum of Antsokay.
It was created by 1980 on the initiative of a Swiss amateur botanist Hermann Petignat. On an area of 40 hectares, surrounded with a vegetable hedge, the botanist began to make reproduce and multiply the species of the most threatened plants. The Arboretum possesses a collection of more than 1000 botanical species among which 700 native of the Malagasy South. It also shelters a discreet but fascinating fauna with 25 species of reptiles and mammals.
Small selection of the fauna present here:
Lemurs: Reddish-gray mouse lemur (nocturnal).
Reptiles: Warty chameleon, Merrem’s Madagascar swift (Oplurus cyclurus), Thick Tail Gecko.

  • Duration : +/- 2h 
  • Distance : 120 km of which 90 km of track– 45 minutes by boat
  • Meals : Lunch not included/ dinner not included
  • Your hotel : Tulear. AUBERGE DE LA TABLE

    tulear_aubergedelatable_01tulear_aubergedelatable_02The Auberge de la Table, which takes its name from the flat mountain that dominates the skyline of New part Protégée Tsinjoriake area is located on the southwest coast of Madagascar, 12 km from the city of Tulear.
    The hotel has 04 standard bungalows, three doubles and one triple and 02 superior bungalows facts so as to fully enjoy the surrounding nature. In addition to its restaurant, the hotel has a swimming pool and an internet connection free Wi-Fi. Located within the grounds of the arboretum Antsokay, lovers of relaxation and comfort will be met.  View site on : http://www.aubergedelatable.com

D 14 : Tulear > Tana

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Breakfast and transfer to Tulear airport.
End of Malagasy Tours services.
Flight to Antananarivo

  • Meals : Lunch not included / dinner not included
  • Duration : 45 mn drive and 1h15 of flight 
Number of person 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Supp single
Price per person 2 219 € 1 713 € 1 688 € 1 651 € 1 502 € 1 411 € 1 333 € 311 €

Price includes:

  • A naturalist guide during the travel ;
  • A driver and a vehicle during the travel ;
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program ;
  • Meals as mentioned in the program ;
  • National park and specified sites fees ;
  • Local guides in the parks ;
  • All transfers.

Price does not include:

  • International and domestic flights ;
  • Meals as mentioned in the program ;
  • Tips and drinks ;
  • Your personal insurances ;
  • The price of the visa: +/- 20 €.

 

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