Birding Tour Madagascar: 7-day Northwest Pre-tour October 2018

Tour Details

Duration: 7 days
Group Size: 6 – 8
Date Start: October 06, 2018
Date End: October 12, 2018
Tour Start: Antananarivo (Tana)
Tour End: Antananarivo (Tana)

Please note that accommodation on this pre-trip is rustic.

Tour Costs

Price: €2,215 / $2,607 / £1,994 per person sharing, assuming 6-8 participants, plus €620 for the domestic flights, which we will book for you

Single Supplement: €295 / $347 / £266

* Please note that currency conversion is calculated in real-time, therefore is subject to slight change. Please refer back to the base price when finalizing payments.

Price includes:
Meals
Accommodation
Guiding fees
Entrance fees
All transport while on tour
Bottled water throughout the tour

Price excludes:
All flights
Return flight Tana/Mahajanga (Majunga)/Tana
Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts
Drinks
Laundry
Personal insurance
Gratuities

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Madagascar Birding Tour: 7-day Northwest (Ankarafantsika/Betsiboka Delta) Pre-tour 2018

One hundred and twenty nine species of birds have been recorded in Ankarafantsika National Park, more than half of them endemic to Madagascar. They include Van Dam’s Vanga,  Rufous Vanga , the elusive Banded Kestrel, and the more easily observed Madagascan Fish Eagle, which can often be seen at Ravelobe Lake. The endangered Humblot’s Heron can also be seen at Lake Ravelobe.

This pre-pre-tour to our Best of Madagascar: 15-day Birding and Wildlife Tour 2018 can also be booked as a stand-alone tour. It can also be combined with our Madagascar: 6-day Masoala Penisula Pre-tour 2018 and, following the main tour, with our Madagascar: 6-day Berenty Reserve Extension 2018 tour.

 

Itinerary (7 days/6 nights)

Day 1: Arrival in Antananarivo
You can arrive in Madagascar’s capital at any time today. Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight: Relais des Plateaux, Antananarivo

Day 2. Tana to Mahajanga (Majunga) to Ampijoroa (Ankarafantsika National Park)
We will leave the hotel after breakfast, take our flight to Mahajanga, and eventually drive directly to Ankarafantsika (about 4 hours’ drive), heading for the Ampijoroa dry deciduous forest. A three-night stay should allow us to spot most of the key birds of the area. En route to Ankarafantsika, we plan to stop at Lake Amboromalandy and at rice fields to try to find birds like Madagascan JacanaMalagasy Pond HeronHumblot’s Heron, the strange Black Heron, and others.
Time-permitting, we can spend time at Lake Ravelobe, scanning for the critically endangered Madagascan Fish Eagle and many other birds. Beware of crocodiles, please, and don’t walk too close to the lake! We then return to the rustic accommodation, checking the trees around the “lodge” for spectacular birds, including Sickle-billed VangaMadagascan Green PigeonGrey-headed Lovebird, and many others. If we’re not too tired, we might do a night walk tonight (otherwise the next evening), and this might generate Madagascan Nightjar, owls, chameleons, and nocturnal lemurs.
Overnight: Ampijoroa Forest Station, Ankarafantsika

Days 3  4. Two more nights at Ampijoroa
We have another early start to visit the various sections of Ankarafantsika. Here we need to find mega-amazing birds such as White-breasted MesiteVan Dam’s VangaRufous Vanga, the incomparable and spectacular Schlegel’s AsityRed-capped CouaCoquerel’s CouaCrested Coua, and lemurs like the spectacular Coquerel’s sifaka. One afternoon we plan to do a boat trip on the lake for species mentioned previously that might have been missed.
Overnight: Ampijoroa Forest Station, Ankarafantsika

Day 5. Ampijoroa to Mahajanga 
After final “cleanup” birding in the dry forests of Ankarafantsika, we will drive back to Mahajanga (Majunga) – a very lively town with plenty of rickshaws. Then we’ll take a boat trip into the Betsiboka Delta, where we’ll bird the mangroves for rare species such as Malagasy Sacred Ibis and Bernier’s Teal, along with a host of tropical shorebirds, terns, and more.
Overnight: Roche Rouge, Mahajanga

Day 6: Flight to Tana, Tsarasoatra Lake
Today we will take a flight to Tana. After arrival we will have a birding excursion to Tsarasoatra Lake and then transfer to our hotel.
Overnight: Relais des Plateaux, Antananarivo

Day 7. Flight home or beginning of the Masoala extension
Today either your international flight will leave for home or you will fly to Maroatsetra for the Masoala extension.

Please note that the accommodation on this pre-trip is rustic.

Please note that the itinerary cannot be guaranteed as it is only a rough guide and can be changed (usually slightly) due to factors such as availability of accommodation, updated information on the state of accommodation, roads, or birding sites, the discretion of the guides and other factors.

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