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Bizarre & Beautiful: Lemurs, Chameleons, & Endemics 18 - Day EcoTour

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Madagascar

Bizarre & Beautiful: Lemurs, Chameleons, & Endemics 18 - Day EcoTour

Destinations

  • Masoala National Park
  • Nosy Mangabe Island
  • Mandrare River
  • Spiney forest
  • Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
  • Analamazoatra (Périnet) Special Reserve
  • Amber Mountain National Park
  • Ankarana Special Reserve
  • Tsingy Stone Forests
  • Tsingy Rouge

Highlights

  • Masoala National Park (UNESCO) - Madagascar's largest & least visited park, one of the most biodiverse parks on earth, home to 50% of Madagascar species
  • Amber Mountain - The Best place in Madagascar to see rare animals
  • Ankarana National Park - the highest density of primates in the world
  • Tsingy Stone Forests - home to adapted lemurs & other wildlife
  • 30+ possible lemur species, plus fossa, chameleons, whales and more.
  • Authentic cultural interation with indigenous Antadory

Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1 Tana
  • DAY 2-4 Masoala National Park - Nocturnal hike in search of the elusive Aye-Aye
  • DAY 5 Nosy Mangabe Island - Visit traditional Malagasy tombs
  • DAY 6-9 Mandrare River & Sacred Forests of the Antadroy Tribe - Nocturnal Transitional Lemur Hike
  • DAY 10-11 Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
  • DAY 12 Andasibe-Mantadia / Tana
  • DAY 13-14 Amber Mountain National Park - Rare Animal Excursions
  • DAY 15 Amber Mountain / Ankarana Special Reserve & Tsingy
  • DAY 16 Ankarana Special Reserve
  • DAY 17 Ankarana / Tsingy rouge - Diego
  • DAY 18 Return to Tana

Bizarre & Beautiful: Lemurs, Chameleons, & Endemics 18 - Day EcoTour

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Antananarivo

Meet at airport and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at Colbert Hotel.

Day 2–4 Masoala National Park

50% of Madagascar’s wildlife can be seen in Masoala, the country’s largest national park. Accessible only by a combination of charter plane and boat, Masoala also remains the country’s most pristine and least visited park, making it the perfect centerpiece for our itinerary. The park hosts 50 species of mammals including 11 species of lemurs such as white-fronted brown, red-ruffed and aye-aye, as well as chameleons, leaf-tailed geckos, tomato frogs, Madagascar red owls and serpent eagles, many of which are more easily spotted here than anywhere else in Madagascar. We’ll hike Masoala’s breathtaking trails in search of wildlife, explore its crystaline rivers and secluded beaches and snorkel or kayak its azure coastline.

Transfer to Antananarivo airport in time for our private charter flightto Maroantsetra (Flight only operates on Sun and Wed, which requires all trips to start Sat or Tues).

Upon arrival at Maroantsetra airport, transfer to the boat for the voyage across Antongil Bay to our lodge. The journey takes around two hours, and dolphins and whales are typically sighted enroute. Masoala is one of the only national parks where the rainforest comes right down to the beach, so its majestic mountains carpeted in rainforest form a dramatic backdrop to your boat journey.

Enjoy the delightful warm waters, brilliant beaches and coastal rainforest by the lodge, and a variety of naturalist guided hikes to search for white-fronted brown lemurs, Red-ruffed lemurs, Dwarf chameleons and other wildlife endemic to this forest and other wildlife in the forest. After spending the morning in the dense forest with the giant hardwoods and majestic tree ferns, we will return to camp by boat. Another day after our morning wildlife hike we will enjoy a swim in the crystal clear cascading water of the Tampolo River at the foot of the forested mountains, followed by wildlife viewing by traditional dugout canoe paddled down the shady river.

Afternoon activities include snorkeling on the nearby coral reefs, rich in diversity, or a guided sea kayak to the look-out rock at the “Secret Cove” for the sun set, with the chance of a close encounter with Bottlenose Dolphin or Green Turtle.

In the evening enjoy a fire on the beach with sundowners followed by dinner at the lodge.

Wild Planet Exclusive: Nocturnal Hike

Night hike for nocturnal animals such as Leaf-tailed Gecko, Dwarf and Mouse lemurs and the elusive Aye-Aye.

Overnight at Masoala Forest Lodge.

Day 5 Nosy Mangabe

Nosy Mangabe is a densely forested island within Masoala National Park, home to black and white-ruffed lemurs, white-fronted brown lemurs, leaf-tailed geckos, brookesia (the smallest chameleon in the world) and Madagascar tree boa. Humpback whales are frequently sighted between June and September, as they migrate from the Antarctic.

After breakfast, we’ll boat to Nosy Mangabe island, where we’ll hike through the dense forest with our guide in search of lemurs and other wildlife. Explore a cave with traditional Malagasy tombs and engraved rocks on the “Plaige des Hollandaise”. After lunch, boat to Maroantsetra and transfer to the airport in time for your charter flight to Antananarivo. (Flight only operates Sun and Wed) Transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at Colbert Hotel.

Day 6-9 Mandrare River and Sacred Forests of the Antadroy Tribe

After breakfast of freshly baked croissant and pain au chocolat, fresh fruits, cereals and breads, we will explore the extraordinary array of flora and fauna unique to the sacred spiny forest and gallery forests of the Mandrare river, home to the indigenous Antadroy tribe. Your English-speaking naturalist guide will be joined by an Antadroy tracker to spot inquisitive groups of ring tailed lemurs, dancing Verreaux sifaka and more. Endemic birds include Crested Coua, Running Coua and Vangas. Swoon at the spectacular sunset and moonrise views over the Baobabs to the mountains beyond. This evening enjoy authentic Antandroy song, music and beautiful traditional dance that is the heart of Antandroy culture.

Wild Planet Exclusive: Nocturnal Transitional Lemur Hike

See diurnal lemurs prepare to sleep and nocturnal lemurs begin to awaken in the eerie and prehistoric Spiny Forest of Zenavo. First spot Sifakas and sleeping White-foot Sportive lemurs, then once the sun has set, two mouse lemur species, sleeping birds, chameleons, owls and now active Sportive lemurs.

Overnight at Mandrare River Camp.

Day 10-11 Andasibe-Mantadia National Park Analamazoatra (Périnet) Special Reserve

Andasibe National Park, also known as Parc National d'Andasibe-Mantadia, boasts 12,810 ha of lush forests and encompasses two distinct areas: the small Réserve Spéciale Analamazaotra (often referred to as Périnet), and the much larger Parc National de Mantadia. This park is known for rare orchids, beautiful waterfalls, and is famous for the cultural rituals of the inhabitants of the surrounding area.

Nine species of lemur inhabit Andasibe, including indri-indri, Madagascar’s largest lemur. The Indri-indri cannot survive in captivity, yet have become habituated to humans at Andasibe and so are easy to spot. Other lemurs include brown lemur, lesser bamboo lemur, and three nocturnal lemur species; rufous mouse lemur, greater dwarf lemur, and eastern woolly lemur. Nearby Mantadia is also home to the black-and-white ruffed lemur and the beautiful diademed sifaka.

Amdasibe also holds the world record for most frog species, which include the brightly coloured golden mantella. Most reptiles and frogs are seen during night walks, particularly during the spring, summer and autumn months, September to May, when nocturnal lemurs are at their most active. There is also a good chance of seeing chameleons, including the impressively long Parson’s chameleon and the tiny nose-horned chameleon, best sighted at the end of the rainy season in October/November.

Wild Planet Exclusive:

Night hike for nocturnal lemurs, frogs and reptiles.

Overnight at Hotel Vakona.

Day 12 Andasibe-Mantadia/Antananarivo

This morning depart Andasibe for a 3 hour drive back to Antananarivo. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and have the remainder of the day free at leisure to explore Antananarivo or rest up in preparation of the days to come.

Overnight at Colbert Hotel.

Day 13 & 14 Amber Mountain National Park– are Animal Excursions

Amber Mountain is a paradise for rare animals and plants, which occur only here and nowhere else on Earth. Its terrain includes six volcano lakes, three waterfalls and some of the most biodiverse tropical forest in Madagascar. Nowhere in Madagascar it is easier to see rare animals! Unique new wildlife species and rare orchid species are still found here nearly every year. The park hosts 25 species of mammals including 7 lemurs, and 60 reptile and 25 amphibian species. Amber Mountain is also famous for its rare, endemic chameleons, which are easily visible on nocturnal hikes. They include the world’s smallest pygmy chameleon, Brookesia tuberculata, which is so tiny it can sit on a thumb, the giant Calumma ambreense, the Furcifer petteri with bright yellow females and males with strange nose appendages, the blue-nosed Calumma linotum, and Brookesia antakarana which sports odd spines on its bright body.

We’ll fly from Antananarivo to Diego Suarez, at the extreme north of the island. Upon arrival, short ground transfer south of Diego, crossing Joffreville (an historical town characterized by its European architecture) to visit Amber Mountain National Park.

Overnight at Litchi Tree Lodge.

Day 15 Amber Mountain/Ankarana Special Reserve & Tsingy

Ankarana has the highest density of primates of any forest in the world, which includes 11 species of lemur such as crowned lemur, Sanford's brown lemur, Perrier's black lemur, the northern sportive lemur, nocturnal bamboo lemurs and dwarf lemurs. The park is home to 60 species of reptiles including colorful panther chameleons, upside-down sleeping leaf-tailed geckos and day gekos.

Ankarana also hosts a geological wonder unique to Madagascar; the “Tsingy” stone forests. These razor-sharp limestone spires soar skywards just like stone trees, giving rise to the Malagasy word “mitsingytsingyna” which means “to tiptoe”. The Tsingy are home to a variety of adapted wildlife. The park also has tropical jungle, raging rivers, a sacred lake, canyons and the biggest network of underground rivers and caves in Africa, with stalactites and stalagmites, bats and even one which contains Nile crocodiles. Ankarana’s highest view point affords a spectacular view of the national park all the way to the gulf of Mosambique.

4h drive to reach Ankarana Special Reserve, located about 100 km from Diego Suarez. Remainder of day exploring the park.

Overnight at Iharana Bush Camp.

Day 16 Ankarana Special Reserve

Full day dedicated to discover the wildlife of Ankarana: walk through the ‘Tsingy’; visit caves surrounded by Baobabs trees and Elephant foot plant, and search for wildlife including crowned lemurs, northern sportive lemurs, and predators including the beautiful red ring-tailed mongoose.

Overnight at Iharana Bush Camp.

Day 17 Ankarana/Tsingy rouge–Diego

Drive back to Diego (4h), with a detour to visit the “Tsingy rouges” or “red Tsingy” (about 50Km before reaching Diego.) The Tsingy Rouge is a geological oddity made of red laterite (similar to clay) and not of limestone rock like the tsingy at l’Ankarana. Once we arrive in Diego we will end the day at our accommodations for the evening to rest.

Overnight at Allamanda Hotel.

Day 18 Diego/Antananarivo

Transfer to Diego airport, fly back to Antananarivo with Air Madagascar regular flight.

Connecting flight back to your country.

 

Madagascar Lodging

TANA (ANTANANARIVO)

Colbert Hotel

Rooms of the Hotel Colbert welcome you in a comfortable and bright atmosphere, offer the perfect combination of simplicity and cordiality. With stunning views stretching from the prominent Queen’s Palace to the Sports Center of the city, all ensures you a pleasant and restful stay.

  • Queen size bed or twin (according to your requests)
  • Reversible air conditioning
  • Flat-screen TV with satellite channels

Free access to the relaxation area (swimming pool, sauna, hammam, gym) during your stay.

MASOALA NATIONAL PARK

Masoala Forest Lodge

Accessible only be foot or by boat, the lodge is a haven of tranquility. Nestled in a sheltered cove, surrounded by the Masoala National Park, the lodge opens onto warm, coral-rich waters of the Tampolo Marine Reserve.

The seven-palm thatched tree-houses are elevated on stilted wooden platforms, to provide uninterrupted views of forest canopy and sea. Natural lighting and ventilation has been elegantly provided by the exclusion of exterior walls and the inclusion of a canvas and mesh inner tent, creating a bug free and private sanctuary that is extremely energy efficient. The private en-suite bathroom facilities are complete with hot water allowing for all creature comforts are provided without excess.

MANDRARE RIVER

Mandrare River Camp

Overlooking the river, Mandrare River Camp’s fully equipped, bespoke tents allow you to relax, sleep well, and invigorate your soul. Within each tent your will find a private terrace with chairs and table - 4 poster mosquito netted bed - Wardrobe and dressing table - Bedside lights and tables - 24hr solar lighting and hot water - Fully plumbed bathroom - Hand carved wooden furniture - Baggage trunk. The ornate wooden furniture in each tent is individually hand carved to depict a different local wildlife theme

ANDASIBE-MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK

Vakona Lodge

Surrounded by lush vegetation and filled with fresh mountain air, only the sounds of frogs and other wildlife can disturb you here. The 28 bungalows and 14 double rooms scattered throughout the hillside gardens are decorated with care offering a en-suite bathroom and toilets, a safe, a mini-fridge, mosquito nets, and verandas looking out into the forest of Andasibe National Park, while the main building has an octagonal reception area and large dining room with huge windows overlooking the lake. The large outdoor dining terrace and small lounge area offer peaceful spaces in which to relax as you sip a pre- or post-dinner drink from the bar.

AMBER MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Litchi Tree

The Litchi Tree, guesthouse of charm, is located on the heights of Joffreville at the foot of the Amber Mountain National Park. At 45mn by car from Diego Suarez, come and enjoy a fine moment of calm and serenity, in this old colonial house from 1902 that was once the residence of Marshal Joffre and the French admiralty. Let yourself be surprised by the gentle melody of nature and contemplate the view over the Diego Suarez bay and the Mozamique Channel.

ANKARANA SPECIAL RESERVE

Iharana Bush Camp

You will be amazed to discover Iharana Bush Camp, where you are warmly hosted on the edge of a lake, in front of the Tsingy massif, within a few miles distance from Mahavavy river.

Iharana Bush Camp is the most unusual among bush camps in Madagascar, with magnificent natural cottages. The camp’s natural site is endowed with exceptional beauty nestled in the middle of nature, far away from televisions, air-conditioning and telephones; favoring charm and authenticity while reducing the impact on the environment.

DIEGO SUAREZ (ANTSIRANANA)

Allamanda Hotel

Nestled on the beach, this Antsiranana hotel is located within 1 mile of Antsiranana Cathedral and Independence Plaza and 2.2 mile from the University of North Madagascar.

Along with a private beach, Allamanda sports a restaurant and an outdoor pool with free WiFi in public areas. Other amenities include a bar/lounge, laundry facilities, and a 24-hour front desk.

All 24 rooms offer free WiFi, balconies, and minibars. Room service, coffee makers, and safes are among the other amenities available to guests.

 

Madagascar Wildlife

Bizarre & Beautiful Sightings

Wild Planet's wildlife Eco-tours are designed for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. We take care to seek out wildlife that is rare, off the beaten path, and in greater numbers than you will see on conventional tours.

Our expert naturalist guides will educate you in the field so your experience is intimate and unparalleled. Unlike many wildlife destinations, Madagascar is a veritable treasure trove of rare, unique species - many of which are endemic even to specific National Parks. Each destination you visit will possess it's own collection of endemic species not found anywhere else on Earth! Still, wildlife viewing can unpredictable and requires patience and sensory awareness. A partial list of some of the animals you rarest animals you may encounter is below:


Rare and Endemic Sighting

  • Lemurs: Masoala Fork-Marked Dwarf Lemur, Masoala Woolly Lemur, Roufus/Brown Mouse Lemur, Greater Dwarf Lemur, Small Toothed Sportive Lemur, Eastern Lesser Bamboo Lemur, White-foot Sportive Lemur, Grey Mousev, Grey Brown Mouse Lemur, Crowned Lemur, Northern Sportive Lemur, Aye-Aye, Crowned Lemur, Hairy-eared Dwarf Lemur, and Northern Sportive Lemur
  • Other Mammals: Fossa, Tenrec, Ring-tailed Mongoose, Striped Civet, and Small Indian Civet, Commerson's leaf-nosed Bat, and Flying Foxes
  • Reptiles: Nile Crocodile, Panther Chameleon, Parson's Chameleon, Peyrieras' Brookesia, Nocturnal Gecko, Diumal Gecko, Nocturnal Leaf-tailed Gecko, Madagascar Tree Boa, Spider Tortoise, Radiated Tortoise, Amber Mountain, and Cave-living Crocodiles
  • Birds: 120+ species including Madagascan ibis, Madagascar Serpent-Eagle, Madagascar Squacco Heron, and Amber Mountainrock-thrush
 

Madagascar Guides

Razafimahefa Lahiniriko Tojosoa "Lytah"

Meet Lyta, an expert on Madagascar’s flora and fauna, with over a decade of travel experience. His expertise extends beyond just nature to the history and culture of Madagascar, with a particular emphasis on local populations. Lytah’s previous work includes operating tours for organizations such as World Wildlife Fund while also working as a nature instructor for local schools.

His unique combination of flora, fauna, historical, and cultural knowledge makes Lytah the perfect guide to unlock Madagascar’s secrets..

 

Madagascar Departures

Madagascar-Bizarre & Beautiful: Lemurs, Chameleons, & Endemics 18 - Day EcoTour

Nov 17, 2018 - Dec 04, 2018 18-days $9,996

*Pricing for the above scheduled group departure dates are subject to the minimum numbers of travelers for scheduled departures, which is indicated in the “Pricing Details” link at the top of this page. Any departure — whether scheduled or private — with less than the minimum group size will still be guaranteed to depart, but at the private “go-on-your-own” rates which require a minimum of only 2 travelers. We will also extend the lower group rate even for private departures not listed above, as long as the minimum group size is met.

 

Madagascar FAQ

Madagascar Facts for Visitors

Location

The island lies mostly between latitudes 12°S and 26°S, and longitudes 43°E and 51°E, with neighboring islands including the French territory of Réunion and the island nation of Mauritius to the east, as well as the state of Comoros and the French territory of Mayotte to the north west. The nearest mainland state is Mozambique, located to the west on the African mainland.

Size

At 592,800 square kilometers (228,900 sq mi), Madagascar is the world's 47th largest country and the fourth-largest island.

Language

Today, Madagascar has two official languages: Malagasy and French. French is spoken more or less across the island. Few people speak English or German, however, we have guides who speak English, German, Italian, Japanese, and Russian.

Religion

85% of the population practices Christianity, while just 4.5% of Madagascans practiced folk religions; among Christians, practitioners of Protestantism outnumbered adherents of Roman Catholicism.

Currency

The currency is the ARIARY. For travel expenses, we recommend you bring cash (Euros or dollars) as credit cards are accepted in very few hotels and only in the major cities’ banks. We recommend you change money at the airport upon arrival.

Entry Requirements

To enter Madagascar, your passport must be valid for at least six months. A touristic visa is necessary for any foreigner of any nationality to enter and stay in Madagascar. You can obtain a visa either at the Malagasy Embassy / consulate in your country, or directly at the airport when you arrive.

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  • Explore 5 of Madagascar’s most pristine, biodiverse and distinctly different national parks including Masoala – only accessible by private flight & boat.
  • Avoid the small, commonly-visited touristy parks with overly habituated animals
  • Maximum wildlife – up to 30 Lemur species possible!
  • Designed by wildlife experts - Combines rainforest, dry spiny forest, Tsingy, rivers, islands and marine ecosystems for max wildlife.
  • Charter and scheduled flights and carefully arranged logistics to minimize long, rugged drives.
We're Wild for Wildlife...
  • Explore 5 of Madagascar’s most pristine, biodiverse and distinctly different national parks including Masoala – only accessible by private flight & boat.
  • Avoid the small, commonly-visited touristy parks with overly habituated animals
  • Maximum wildlife – up to 30 Lemur species possible!
  • Designed by wildlife experts - Combines rainforest, dry spiny forest, Tsingy, rivers, islands and marine ecosystems for max wildlife.
  • Charter and scheduled flights and carefully arranged logistics to minimize long, rugged drives.
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