Madagascar is often referred to as the “Eighth Continent” and its exceptional fauna and flora have evolved over millions of years of isolation. This legendary uniqueness is nowhere reflected better than in its birds, and the island hosts no less than five endemic bird families (the Ground Rollers, Cuckoo Roller, Mesites, Malagasy Warblers and Vangas)! But the wonder of Madagascar extends well beyond its avifauna, and seeing and photographing the amazing lemurs will also be a major focus of this tour. However, we do not neglect the colourful chameleons and fascinating flora of this appropriately named “laboratory of evolution”. Virtually every plant and animal on the island is endemic, but sadly, most are threatened by continued habitat destruction, thus making Madagascar one of those “must-visit-soon” destinations.
Day 1: Fly Antananarivo to Fort Dauphin
Today we take a short flight to Fort Dauphin (also known as Toliagnaro), in the south-eastern corner of the country. We will overnight in the windy coastal town and photograph various fishermen in the afternoon or simply relax in our comfortable hotel.
Day 2: Fort Dauphin to Berenty Lemur Reserve
Our Madagascar photo tour commences after an early breakfast when we depart to the world-famous private lemur reserve of Berenty. Its deciduous woodland is home to five species of these primitive primates and they are known to enjoy their time posing for the camera!
Days 3 & 4: Berenty Lemur Reserve
Berenty truly offers a lot to wildlife photographers, and we will be kept well busy during our stay here!
Day 5: Berenty to Fort Dauphin, flight to Antananarivo
Today we will depart Berenty for Fort Dauphin in time for our flights back to Antananarivo. Here we will overnight before continuing our Madagascar photo tour to Perinet the next morning.
Day 6: Drive Antananarivo to Perinet
Our Madagascar photo tour departs early for the drive eastwards across the Highland Plateau, before heading down the escarpment to the famous Andasibe area, home to the famous rainforest areas namely “Perinet” Reserve and Mantadia National Park.
Days 7 – 9: Perinet
Whilst in the Perinet area, we will make a special effort to see and photograph the reserve’s most famous resident: the huge, singing lemurs known as the Indri. Mantadia National Park lies a short distance from Perinet protecting a large expanse of primary forest at a somewhat higher altitude. The tract of rainforest here is beautiful, with many emergent trees and a rich assemblage of birds, mammals and herps.
Day 10: Perinet to Antananarivo
This morning on our Madagascar photo tour, we may visit an area that is dedicated to the conservation of lemurs, allowing us to enjoy and photograph these wonderful mammals at close quarters. Thereafter we will make our way back to the capital city in the highlands of Madagascar.
Day 11: Depart Antananarivo
Today is the last day of this incredible adventure, and after breakfast our tour concludes. Depending on our departure flights home, we may visit a local market or do some street photography.
Price includes: • All lodgings as per the itinerary; all meals starting from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 10; Entrance fees for Perinet, Mantadia and Berenty; all transfers including airport transfers; assistance of a local guide throughout the tour; all ground transport; drinking water during the day; gratuities; and all costs, and hands-on photographic tutoring of photographic leader Kirsten Frost.
Accommodation: Neat and comfortable hotels and lodges
Food: Continental breakfasts, some western cuisine mixed with local dishes, and seafood options at the coast
Leader: Kirsten Frost from ORYX Photography
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