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Bird Watching Tours

If ornithology is your hobby, then this tour is for you.

Day 1: International flight - ANTANANARIVO
Arrived in Antananarivo.
Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at hotel Hotel de France.

Day 2: ANTANANARIVO – RANOMAFANA (430km, 8h)
Breakfast in the hotel.
We check out and drive to the southward by 7 national highway.
Birdwaching stops may happen on the way.
Lunch in Ambositra.
Continue and transfer to the hotel late in the afternoon.
Dinner and overnight at Ihary hotel.

Day 3: RANOMAFANA
Breakfast in the hotel.
Early visit into the Park for birding and exploring the wildlife of this reserve supporting mid-altitude rainforest.
The rainforest here is a better place for several species, such as the rare Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity, the recently described Cryptic Warbler, Madagascan Yellow brow,Grey-crowned Tetraka, Pollen’s Vanga, Grey Emutail, Wedge-tailed Jery, Madagascan Snipe, and numerous others.
We walk again in the park to explore other park highlights.
Ranomafana is an important site of lemurs in Madagascar, with its two rarest species the greater bamboo lemur Hapalemur simus and the golden bamboo lemur Hapalemur aureus.
Packed lunch.
Return to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Ihary hotel.

Day 4: RANOMAFANA
Another early morning, to work Ranomafana and Vohiparara.
At higher elevation and better for a few bird species such as Pollens Vanga; Common Sunbird-Asity; Yellow-browed Oxylabes.
Packed lunch.
Dinner and overnight at Ihary hotel.

Day 5 RANOMAFANA – RANOHIRA (365km)
After breakfast, take road to the southward.
We’ll cross the high plateau of Horombe which offers a very peculiar landscape, characterized by a multitude of small palm trees.
Lunch at Ambalavao.
Arrived at Ranohira, the gateway town for the Isalo mountains national park, in the late afternoon.
Transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Motel de l’Isalo.

Day 6: ISALO
Breakfast in the hotel.
Isalo National Park is not a recommended place for birding but it’s where we can spot the Benson’s Rock thrush and it is the most visited National park in the country because of its amazing landscapes and canyons.
Return to the restaurant for lunch
Depart for sunset in the late afternoon.
Dinner and overnight at Motel de l’Isalo.

Day 7: ISALO - TULEAR
Early breakfast, we are going on to the coastal city of Toliary.
Stop on the way to visit the Zombitse Forest National Park which protects the last transition forest. Birders come to seek the locally endemic Appert’s greenbul, as well as Zombitse’s many other specials.
Continue to Tuléar and visit the arboretum of Antsokay to watch many species of birds such as Giant coua, vanga, Paradise Flycatcher, green pigeon.
Lunch
Transfer to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel Victory.

Day 8: TULEAR – NOSY VE - ANAKAO
Breakfast in the hotel.
Transfer to Nosy Ve which is accessible by boat, a beautiful island protected by coral reef, 3km west of Anakao, with its superb white beach, reefs and breeding colony of tropic-birds, makes a lovely day-trip.
Addition to the Red-tailed tropic-birds, birdersshould encounter a variety of terns, and with luck, Crab plovers and the White-tailed tropic-birds.
Pic nic lunch.
Transfer by boat to Anakao in the afternoon.
Anakao is a traditional Vezo fishing village, about35km in the south of Tuléar. The terrible road makes boat the best way to reach Anakao.
Dinner and overnight at Lalandaka.

Day 9: ANAKAO – TSIMANAMPETSOTSA - ANAKAO
Leaving early in the Morning for an adventure road in the sand to TSIMANAMPETSOTSA National Parc, by 4WD. This is a famous parc of flaming bird, and verraux!s coua, and many vanga as well, the interesting blind fish and oldest baobab in the south of Madagascar.
Pic nic lunch.
Return to Anakao in the afternoon.
Dinner and overnight at Lalandaka.

Day 10: ANAKAO – IFATY
Breakfast in the hotel.
Return by boat to Tuléar. Arrived in Tulear, you will be met by your car.
Drive to the spiny forest of Ifaty home of the Long-tailed Ground Roller, Subdesert Mesite, species of Coua and Vanga, Green Pigeon, Madagascar Harrier Hawk and more.
Lunch in the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Bamboo Club.

Day 11: IFATY
Early morning, explore the bizarre unprotected Ifaty spiny forest to watch various localized endemic. The area is productive for waders and shorebirds.
Return to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Bamboo Club

Day 12: IFATY – TULEAR – ANTANANARIVO
Transfer to Tuléar for flight to Antananarivo.
On arrival in Antananarivo, transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel de France.

Day 13: ANTANANARIVO – ANKARAFANTSIKA (455km – 8h)
Drive to the west in the early morning to Ankarafantsika.
One of the beautiful site, an ornithologists’ dream.
Packed lunch.
On arrival, transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Ankarafantsika lodge.

Day 14: ANKARAFANTSIKA
This day is dedicated to the discovery of the dense deciduous forest of the park. We can observe several rare species such as the Van Dam’s Vanga Vanga, the Asity Schlegel or the eagle of Madagascar.
All the island’s western forest endemics are here.
Packed lunch.
In the afternoon we’ll make a relaxing canoe trip on Lake Ravelobe to observe water birds and the famous eagle sinner or Ankoay Madagascar
Return to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Ankarafantsika lodge.

Day 15: ANKARAFANTSIKA - ANTANANARIVO
Drive back to Antananarivo after breakfast.
Packed lunch.
Transfer to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel Hotel de France.

Day 16: ANTANANARIVO – ANDASIBE
After breakfast. Visit Park Tsarasaotra, a classified ramsar site
(Wetlands of International Importance, especially asWaterfowlHabitat).
This quiet oasis is a nesting place for many species of birds as Squacco, the black Heron or Whistling Duck, White-faced ducks, Red-billed teal, teal Hottentol, Comb Duck, Fulvous ducks,pond heron Madagascar, Dimorphic Egret, Malagasy Kingfisher
Lunch.
Then drive to Andasibe. Birdwaching stops may happen at the ridge of the Mangoro river.
Dinner and overnight at Feon’ny ala.

Day 17 : ANDASIBE
Visit the Mantadia park in the early morning.
The interesting view point is very good for birdwatching, such as the pitta ground rollers or the red throat coua, the gree sunbird,  Rail to nose pliers, the Hermet Vanga.
Lunch.
In the afternoon, visit the island of lemurs where you can see different kinds of lemurs like the brownlemur and bamboo lemur. It is fun to be able to get up close to the animals.
It is also home of Nile crocodiles, the endemic carnivorous cat-like fossa, and birds.
Return to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Feon’ny ala.

Day 18: ANDASIBE
Visit the Analamazaotra reserve. A tropical wet forest contains species of birds including the Asity and 5 species of Vanga.
The park is home of the largest and famous lemur: the Indri Indri which it protects in major part. Easy to hear and observe.
Packed lunch.
Return to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Feon’ny ala.

Day 19 : ANDASIBE – ANTANANARIVO
Return to Antananarivo and transfer to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel de France.

Day 20: ANTANANARIVO – OUT
Visit the parc Tsimbazaza.
Transfer to the airport for international flight

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Included:
-    All transfers from / to the airport and assistance
-    Accommodation based on double or twin room on half board
-    A car rental from D2 to D19, fuel included
-    Transfer by boat to Anakao
-    Transfer to Ifaty and back to Tulear
-    Entrances fees in the parks and local guide,
-    Bird-Guide expertise during the tour
-    Ticket flights TULEAR / ANTANANARIVO
-    International flight on Airlink
-    Airport taxes

Not included:
-    Lunches and beverages
-    Personal items & Tips
-    Travel Insurance
-    Visa
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