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Rain Forest Birding

Rainforest parks harbor a great deal of endemic birds (the Ground rollers, the Asity, the Mesites and the Couas without forgetting the Serpent Eagle are on the top of the list) and lemurs (the indri, dancing sifakas, mouse lemurs, etc.) found nowhere else but in Madagascar.

DAY 1: TANA (ARRIVAL)

Upon arrival at Ivato international airport, you will be met by a member of our team and then you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight: Chalet des Roses.

DAY 2: TANA – ANTSIRABE

Set off toward Antsirabe with stops along the road to spot some birds including the Black-crowned night heron, Green backed heron, Squacco heron, Black egret, Little egret, Hammerkop and so forth. When arriving at Antsirabe, visit the surrounding areas and various workshops of semi and precious stones. Overnight: Le Voyageur

DAY 3: ANTSIRABE – RANOMAFANA

We depart today heading to Ranomafana; stop at Ambositra, the capital of woodcarving. Visit some workshops and then you can go shopping at some shops. After lunch, continue driving to Ranomafana. Stop at Namorona waterfall. Drive to your hotel for overnight at Karibo Hotel.

DAY 4: RANOMAFANA (VOHIPARARA VISIT)

You have a full day visit in Vohiparara forest accompanied by your guides in search of several species of birds, 12 species of lemur and 90 species of butterflies. Besides, there are 98 species of amphibians and 62 species of reptiles such as chameleons, and so on. The Pitta like ground roller and other endemic birds like the Brown mesite, Velvet asity, Stripe-throated jerry, Common newtonia, Dark newtonia, Long-billed Tretraka, Malagasy kingfisher, Red capped coua, Forest rock thrush, etc. nest in this park. Overnight: Karibo Hotel

DAY 5: RANOMAFANA VISIT – ANTSIRABE

We explore the morning in search of not only birds but also other animals. Ranomafana is the only place where we can observe the Golden bamboo lemur, Greater bamboo lemur, Milne Edwards sifaka, and few species of reptiles, frogs, satanic leaf-tailed gecko, ring-tailed mangoose, and of course birds like the Velvety asity, Crested ibis, and so forth. After the visit, we drive back to Antsirabe. Overnight: Le Voyageur

DAY 6: ANTSIRABE – TANA

This morning, city tour and then we depart back to Tana with stops en route. Settle in your hotel for overnight at Chalet des Roses

DAY 7: TANA – ANDASIBE

Depart to Andasibe taking approximately 3.5 hour drive. Stop at Mangoro River to spot some birds on the bank of the River such as Madagascar Pratincole, Common sandpiper, Malachite kingfisher and many more. On arrival, visit the famous Vakona Reserve where five species of lemurs such as the black-and white ruffed lemur, the browns, the ring-tail lemur, the modest eastern bamboo lemur and the diademed sifaka can be seen in this reserve. Overnight: Andasibe Hotel

 

DAY 8: ANDASIBE (MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK)

We drive to Mantadia national park in search of endemic birds nesting in this park. The bird list of today includes, Pitta like ground roller, Scaly ground roller, Red breasted coua, Red fronted coua, Madagascar Nightjar, White-throated Oxylabes, Velvety asity, Yellow bellied asity, spectacular Red Fody, Broad billed roller, Cuckoo roller, Madagascar serpent eagle, Madagascar Ibis, Madagascar starling, etc. Lunch and then drive back to your hotel. Overnight: Andasibe hotel

DAY 9: ANDASIBE (ANALAMAZOATRA RESERVE) – TANA

After breakfast, visit Analamazoatra reserve harboring many species of birds such as the nuthatch vanga, Blue vanga, Madagascar fluff tail, Madagascar Wood rail, Madagascar Cuckoo shrike, Madagascar buzzard, Short-legged ground roller, Red-shouldered vanga, Nelicourvi weaver, Blue Coua, White throated rail, Madagascar harrier hawk, Frances sparrow hawk and many more. After the visit, we drive back to Tana. Overnight: Chalet des Roses

DAY 10: DEPARTURE BACK HOME

You have a morning city tour visiting Tana and its surrounding including the upper town and lower town in downtown Tana, the queen palaces, the old picturesque cathedral and then the lake Anosy. After the city tour, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home. End of our service.

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