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Outline itinerary

Day 1Antananarivo
Day 2Antananarivo - Perinet
Day 3Perinet
Day 4Perinet
Day 5Perinet
Day 6Perinet - Tana - Antsirabe
Day 7Antsirabe -Ranomafana
Day 8Ranomafana
Day 9Ranomafana
Day 10Ranomafana - Isalo
Day 11Isalo-Tuléar
Day 12Tuléar
Day 13Tuléar - Ifaty
Day 14Ifaty
Day 15Ifaty - Tulear -Antananarivo
Day 16Antananarivo

Day 16Majunga - Ampijoroa
Day 17Ampijoroa
Day 18Ampijoroa - Majunga - Tana


All accommodation, half board, local transport, domestic flights (1 flight, extension has total of 3 domestic flights), entrance fees to national parks, local guides, BirdingBreaks tour leader. Tour price is Antananarivo / Antananarivo

Not included

International flight, airport taxes, visa, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses


The cost of the extension is EUR 1100.-. Single room supplement EUR 400.- (including extension EUR 500.-)


EUR 4495,-

Tour leader

Eduard Sangster

Number of participants

Minimum 6, Maximum 10


Hotels and lodges, usually with private toilet and bathroom.

Difficulty level of the tour

Generally easy hikes. In Périnet Ramonafana we will have longer hikes through the rainforest


Generally warm and sunny with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees. Chance of showers in the afternoon. In the southwest (near Tulear) drier and hotter

Madagascar - endemics

Reisroute Madagascar
Duration:16 days (+16/21 days )
Price: from EUR 4495,-
Tour leader:Eduard Sangster
Code: G18154

Madagascar is world famous for its great diversity in flora and fauna and has sometimes been called ‘the eighth continent’. This great diversity is very clear in the island’s bird species. Of the total number of 280 species no less than 115 are endemic and another 22 near endemic. There are even five bird families that only occur on Madagascar: mesites, asities, cuckoo rollers, vangas and the stunning ground rollers. Furthermore, Madagascar is famed for its great diversity of lemurs, makis and reptiles. A stunning two thirds of all chameleon species found on earth are present here. Madagascar is situated 400 km off the coast of East Africa and measures 1600 km on the broadest sections of the island. A mountain range divides the island in a north-south orientation. It forms a climatic barrier, causing the eastern parts of the island to receive more rain and wind coming from the Indian Ocean, thus creating tropical forests in the eastern and drier habitats in the western part of island. During our trip we will visit both the east and west coast in order to find the specialties of both habitats.

Our trip starts in the capital Anatananarivo, abbreviated by locals to a much more simple Tana. On our first day we will head out to the Perinet forest where we hope to find a good deal of the 110 species present. During our four-night stay we will of course focus on the 70 endemics found here. All rainforest specialties of Madagascar are found here and we hope to see species like Scaly, Pitta-like, Rufous-headed and Short-legged Ground Rollers, Red-tailed, White-headed and Nuthatch Vanga and Madagascar Cuckoo-Shrike to name but a few. Along the forest streams we look out for White-throated Rails and on the trails we hope to find the elusive Madagascar Crested Ibis, which has proved to be rather difficult to find. Madagascar Little Grebe and Madagascar Kingfisher are found on the shores of Lac Ver. In the early morning and evening the plaintive calls of the Indri (a species of lemur) fill the air. We leave Perinet to head out via Tana to Antsirabe where the beautiful 41.500 ha of the Ranomafana National Park await us.

Ranomafana is a rainforest reserve at an elevation of 600-1550 m. One of the main attractions here is the beautiful morning song – delivered in duet! – of Brown Mesites heard throughout the valleys. Beside this we will look for Velvet Asity, Common and the more rare Yellow-bellied Sunbird Asity. The higher parts of the reserve host target species like Rufous-headed Ground Roller, Yellow-browed Oxylabes, Brown Emutail and Cryptic Warbler. Ranomafana is also a hotspot for lemurs. Brown Mouse, Greater Dwarf and Red-bellied Lemurs are easily photographed at the Belle Vue picnic spot. Besides these species three more ‘bamboo lemurs’ are found here.
After Ranomafana we will drive via Isalo to the coastal town of Tulear in the south-western part of Madagascar. The landscape here is relatively open and stunning endemic species are easily seen most of the time. Along the coast we have a chance of finding Crab Plover and the sought-after Madagascar Plover.

In the bizarre landscape of the interior at Ifaty, north of Tulear, some of Madagascar’s most sought-after species can be found: Subdesert Mesite and Long-tailed Ground Roller. Both of these are found in the so-called spiny forest together with other species like Thamnornis Warbler, Archbold’s Newtonia and Sickle-billed and Lafresnaye’s Vanga, Banded Kestrel, Grey-headed Lovebird and Running and Green-capped Coua.

Because of the high temperatures that can be reached here during daytime, birding is done mostly in the early morning and afternoon. After birding this stunning place we leave for a domestic flight from Ifaty with a stopover in Tulear to the final destination of Tana. 



From Tana we will take a domestic flight to Majunga to take the road from there to Ampijora. In the mixed forest around the Ampijora Forest Station in Ankarafantsik National Park all possible endemic species of north-western Madagascar can be found. We will focus specifically on specialties like Van Dam’s Vanga (the rarest of all vangas), Madagascar Crested Ibis (the best spot in Madagascar) and Madagascar Fish-eagle (only 200 birds exist in the wild). Besides this we stand a good chance of finding Madagascar Hoopoe, Crested Coua, Lesser Vasa Parrot, Grey-headed Lovebird and Hook-billed and Chabert’s Vanga. After three full days we will drive back to Majunga to take a domestic flight back to Tana where our Madagascar adventure comes to an end.

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