Led by Daniel Razafimandimby, one of Madagascar’s most experienced local guides, this wildlife filled small group tour is ideal for those looking to experience Madagascar’s most contrasting environments and spectacular species on an ever-changing overland journey. Beginning with the bizarre spiny forests and mangroves of Ifaty in the far south, we then move north through the transitional and baobab forests of Zombitse to the rocky canyon lands of Isalo. After time to explore this dramatic landscape, we head north again where we can enjoy close encounters with iconic ring-tailed lemurs at the wonderful Anja Community Park against a backdrop of impressive granite mountains. We then reach the lush cloud forests of Ranomafana National Park and the little visited Kianjavato Forest Reserve. The wildlife viewing here is fantastic with some very rare lemurs, birds and frogs and we can also enjoy learning about and supporting lemur research and reforestation at Kianjavato.
(An optional and very challenging night walk is also available at Kianjavato to look for radio collared aye ayes for those interested.)
After some memorable sightings of the rare wildlife here, we make our way back to Tana before finishing at the wonderful species rich forests of Andasibe-Mantadia. Here we can enjoy a different cast of rainforest species with one of the highlights, being the largest lemur of all, the magical tail-less indri which we can usually get very close to. There is also the chance to see the wonderfully colourful helmet vanga.
Accommodation is of a good standard as you visit some of the island’s most highly rewarding and diverse National Parks and Reserves. One of the highlights will be a visit to the Kianjavato Forest Reserve, away from the beaten track where we can enjoy some intimate encounters with some very rare and endangered greater bamboo lemur and black-and-white ruffed lemurs. Our visit here also helps support the reforestation and conservation work of the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership. The Project have just planted their 3 millionth tree!
The group has been kept deliberately small in order to maximise wildlife viewing and access to your tour leader, plus the knowledgeable local guides, who really know how and where to find the unique wildlife in their localities.