Program ( 18 DAYS / 17 NIGHTS )
ABROAD - ANTANANARIVO
Assistance and transfer to the hotel. Free dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
ANTANANARIVO – ANTSIRABE (167 Km)
After breakfast, visit of Tsarasaotra parc in Alarobia lake to see water bird especially egrets, herons, ducks and grebes. After lunch, drive to the south, crossing the highlands. We set off on our overland journey through the mountains and traditional earthen house of ethnic Merina villages of the highlands. On the way, you can see common birds. Small tables set by peasants suggest you fruits and vegetables of the vast alluvial valley. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
ANTSIRABE-RANOMAFANA (200 km)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Ranomafana, through the landscape characterised by terrace rice fields of vivid colours until the village of Ambositra, the main center of the Malagasy marquetry. Here, sculpture made of precious wood make the pride of the Zafimaniry. Then drive till Ranomafana “The central thermal”. Lunch at a restaurant. In the afternoon, visit of this marvellous rainforest, inhabited 110 species of birds and many species of lemurs. Ranomafana is one of the country’s top bird watching spot. You can find there for example the Pitta-like Ground-rollers, Rufous-headed Ground-rollers and Short-legged Ground-rollers, Vangas. 26 species of mammals.12 species of lemurs live also in this humid forest without forgetting the rarely “Hapalémur doré” and a hundred species of orchids. Nocturnal visit to see mouse lemurs or “Microcebus” the smallest nocturnal lemur, frogs, chameleons. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, full day of bird watching in Ranomafana national park. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
RANOMAFANA - RANOHIRA
After breakfast, drive to the big south. Impressive granite rise from the grassy plains, with descriptive names like the Bishop’s Hat. Stop at Ambalavao to visit winery and the famous “Antemoro paper” workshop, Antemoro paper is made by AVOHA’s bark decored by natural flowers. Lunch at a restaurant. Sunset at the “Fenêtre de l’Isalo”, Isalo window. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
RANOHIRA – IFATY (267 Km)
After breakfast, drive to Tulear through the National Road No.7. Passing through the Sapphire’s village in Ilakaka. Arrive in the Zombitse National Park. The park shelters 47% of the endemic birds of Madagascar like the giant and red-capped coua, Madagascar buzzard, Cuckoo-roller, vangas and a local endemic species: the Appert’s Greenbul, Berneria apperti. Picnic lunch. On the road, you can see the decorated Mahafaly tombs and many baobab trees before getting Ifaty. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast. Early morning in the spiny forest and surrounding to find the Sub-desert mesite, Running coua, Red-capped coua, Long-tailed ground-roller, Lafresnaye's vanga, Red-shouldered vanga, Sickle-billed vanga, Archbold newtonia, Verraux coua, Madagascar sand grouse, Banded kestrel, Red-tailed tropic bird, Crab plover, Madagascar plover, Littoral rockthrush, Humblots heron etc… Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, full day of bird watching in Ifaty. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
IFATY – TULEAR – FORT DAUPHIN - BERENTY
After breakfast, drive to the airport of Tulear to fly to Fort Dauphin. Lunch at a restaurant. Drive to Berenty. On the way, you can admire some “Dypsis decaryi”, well known as the triangle palm because of the leaf bases forming a triangle in cross section. It is endemic to this region. You can see also few species of Alluaudia and Euphorbia. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Breakfast. Bird watching in Berenty reserve. The reserve homes 99 birds species, as cuckoo-hawk, the stately Giant coua, Crested coua, White-browed owl, Sicklebill, Hook-billed and Chabert's vangas, Common newtonia and Madagascar mannikin, etc... Lunch at the restaurant. It is also the easiest way to see ring-tailed lemur or Lemur catta and Verreaux's sifaka in the wild. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
BERENTY – FORT DAUPHIN
Breakfast. Morning bird watching in Berenty. Lunch at the restaurant. In the afternoon, drive back to Fort Dauphin. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
FORT DAUPHIN – ANTANANARIVO
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the botanical parc of Saiadi to see many species of orchids, and other flora. Transfer to the airport and fly back to the capital. Transfer to the hotel. Lunch at a restaurant. Visit of Lemur’s park to find many species of lemurs. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
ANTANANARIVO – ANKARAFANTSIKA
After breakfast, drive to Ankarafantsika through the National road N. 4, passing the unlimitedness of the landscapes. Crossing the famous river of Betsiboka transporting tons of laterite giving its red color. Lunch in a restaurant. Continuation till Ankarafantsika. You will find fruits markets on the way. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Breakfast, then bird watching in the national park where 129 species of birds nest. 75 species among them are endemic. This is one of the island's most rewarding birdwatching spot. It is home to the White breasted Mesite, Schlegel's Asity, Van Dam's Vanga, Red-capped, Coquerel's Coua, Pigmy King Fisher, and the endangered Fish Eagle. Picnic lunch. You can find many lemurs and reptiles there. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
ANKARAFANTSIKA - MAJUNGA - ANTANANARIVO
Breakfast at lodge, drive to Majunga to fly to Antannarivo. Pass at Amboromalandy lake to see water birds. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Lunch at a restaurant. City tour in Antananarivo (depends on flight schedule). Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
ANTANANARIVO – PERINET (145 Km)
After an early breakfast, drive directly to Perinet for bird watching in Mantadia National park , which has 108 species of birds, including many endemics species such as Ibis, Nutach Vanga, Blue Vanga, Chabert’s Vanga, Red-tailed Vanga, Hook billed Vanga, Tylas Vanga, Velvet Asity, Sunbird Asity, Red-fronted Coua and Red-breasted Coua. You can see also some lemurs like Diademed sifaka, a striking lemur almost as large as the Indri. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
PERINET - ANTANANARIVO
Breakfast. In the morning, continuation of the bird watching in Mantadia. Lunch at the restaurant. In the afternoon, drive back to Antananarivo. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
ANTANANARIVO - ABROAD
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to fly to abroad. On the way, visit of the biggest handicraft market of Digue.
* NOTICE : Day 9 : IFATY - TULEAR – FORT DAUPHIN – BERENTY must be on Monday or Thursday or Friday.
* SEASON : avalaible all year.
- Accommodation on full board, excepted the dinner on Day 1
- Hotels taxes, stay taxes
- Domestic flights
- All transfers airport – hotel – airport
- Car with driver
- Fuel during the tour
- Excursions mentioned in the tour
- Entrance fees in national parks
- Local guide in parks
- International flights
- Dinner on Day 1
- Excursion non mentioned
- Drinks, tips and personal items (phone, laundry, …)
- Other services non mentioned in services included
- Repatriation in case of accident