Join us to photograph some of the most unique and endangered wildlife in the world as we explore the amazing country of Madagascar. The fourth largest island in the world, There can be few places on this earth that offer us such unique, diverse and extremely beautiful wildlife as on the island of Madagascar.
Madagascar is a unique destination for both traveler and photographer, It will offer you the opportunity to photograph amazing wildlife, stunning scenery and beautiful people.
For wildlife lovers Madagascar has over 85% of the worlds currently know chameleons and its the only place on earth to see lemurs in the wild with over 40+ species!
Spending time with these wonderful creatures will be one of the many highlights of your Madagascar photography tour. There is of course so much more to see and we will endeavour to photograph tomato frogs, giraffe necked Weevil the worlds most bizarre looking insect and leaf-tail geckos.
Traveling in Madagascar is an adventure, you could say a great adventure...for the explorer prepared for heat, humidity and journeys on the road less travelled. That said we make plenty of stops along the way, take the opportunity to walk though villages and enjoy points of interest.
TOUR: 16 Day Lemur and National Parks
Day 1 - Antananarivo
On arrival to Antananarivo international airport Janette and Matthew will meet you and drive you to your hotel. We stay at La Ribaudière, A bouquet hotel in the city centre in Antananarivo, your have time to unpack and relax, take a coffee in the tropical garden and dine in the glass covered veranda. The hotel is with-in walking distance of the centre of Madagascar’s capital
Day 2 - Antananarivo - Antsirbe
After breakfast in the garden, we meet our driver and travel south out of the city centre on the RN7 through Central high plateau of Madagascar. Here your find mud brick homes with thatched roofs, bustling markets towns and colourful pousse-pousse. Antsirabe assaults the senses, The Sabotsy market could keep you occupied for hours, a Pandora's box of sights and sounds.
Our hotel for the night is the Green park.
Day 3 - Antsirabe - Miandrivazo
Malagasy coffee or tea to start the day, We then explore the action at the Sabotsy market, A Malagasy version of a Moroccan souk!
Mid morning we start our journey west across the high plateau towards Miandrivazo, driving across hot & dry country finally dropping down to the lower plains and the Tsiribihina River.
Day 4 - Miandrivazo - Morondava
We make a early start to photograph the Tsiribihina River region, Stopping at small villages along the way. In the afternoon we get our first glimpse of the spectacular baobab trees. We arrive to laid-back Morondava, an sleepy town with sandy streets and decaying clapboard houses. Local villages battle the roaring waves in small fishing boats, and the sun melts in the Mozambique Channel. Our guesthouse is right on the beach, the charming Hotel Maeva is home for the night.
Day 5 - Morondava - Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
An eagerly morning breakfast over-looking the sea. We transfer to our 4x4 and head for one of Madagascar's most photographic spots, The Avenue of the Baobabs. The trees here are as old as 1000 years, their branches fanning out at the top of massive trunks.
From the Baobabs the road gets exciting!! Belo-sur-Tsiribihina is our lunch stop, just after our first ferry crossing of the day. We continue along the sandy 4x4 road till the Manambolo river... Crossed by raft we arrive at Bekopaka, the small village at the entrance of the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, A sea of jagged limestone pinnacles towering several hundred meters, formed over centuries by water and wind erosion.
Day 6 - Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
A full day exploring the grand Tsingy, rope bridges, walkways and via Ferrata...A mountain route equipped with fixed cables. Some of the walking is strenuous, gaps between the rocks are narrow, bridges are high, caves are cramped and dark. Any one with a very low level of fitness or vertigo might be challenged. That said, hauling, crawling, squeezing and pulling is all part of the fun! We hope to see Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher, Nelicourvi Weaver, Blue Vanga, Crowned Lemur, Brown Lemur and Vereaux's Sifaka
Day 7 - Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park - Kirindy Reserve
We make a early morning start to explore the petit Tsingy (2-3 hours). Here we have the chance to see more of the National Park's wild life, including Chameleon, Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher, Nelicourvi Weaver, Blue Vanga, Crowned Lemur, Brown Lemur and Vereaux's Sifaka.
We then make out way to the Kirindy reserve with it's amazing wildlife, a night walk and a chance for a face to face encounter with the Fossa. Kirindy is one of the few places in Madagascar where you are very likely to see the fossa, the country's largest predator, also Ring-Tailed Mongoose, Crowned Lemur, Brown Lemur and Vereaux's Sifaka. There are 6 species of nocturnal lemur, the tiny mouse lemur is believed to be the world's smallest primate, 45 bird species and 32 reptile species. Flatid leaf bug, at first glance looking like clusters of tiny fuchsia flowers.
We over night at the Kirindy lodge in the heart of the reserve.
Day 8 - Kirindy Reserve - Baobabs - Morondava
We explore the reserve on our early morning walking safari, returning to the lodge for breakfast. We have time to relax and enjoy the reserve during the day, often with the odd visit from a passing lemur or two.
Our afternoon is set to visit some of the 1000 year old baobabs trees 'roots of the sky' the colours and long shadows are fantastic at sunset. We return to Morondava for our evening meal and guesthouse at the hotel Maeva.
Day 9 - Morondava - Antsirabe
From the low lands of the coast to the high land plateau we travel across this beautiful country passing small villages and big scenery.
Day 10 Antsirabe - Fianarantsoa
Antsirabe assaults the senses, throngs of very colourful pousse-pousse fill the dusty streets and vibrant market. We take a pousse-pousse ride to the Sabotsy market to photograph the spectacle. Mid morning we continue our journey down the RN7 twisting and turning through the high plateau.
Our evening is at Fianarantsoa
Day 11 - Fianarantsoa - Anja reserve
We explore the cobbled streets of Haute-Ville in this most attractive part of town. Mid morning we continue on to Anja reserve.
We stay at the Anja reserve, a mountain strong hold for the ring-tailed lemurs. The reserve encompasses three mountain size boulder called "the three sisters" The forest at the base of the sisters is full of ring-tailed lemurs. The reserve is a completely community run initiative, promoting conservation, creating jobs and teaching the value of wildlife. Anja will be our base for the next 3 nights.
Day 12 - Anja Reserve
We explore the reserve on our early morning walking safari, finding a place to wait for the ringtailed lemurs to arrive from their over night nest's foraging in family groups for food in the fruit trees as they make their way to a suitable sunbathing rock to warm themselves in the morning sun after the chilly night.
Day 13 - Anja Reserve
An early morning walk from the lodge down to the Anja reserve where we hope to meet the ring-tail lemurs on their morning forages and the wonderful sun-bath they take to warm themselves. Traveling in groups of 15-17 the lemurs forage on the ground for fruits, flowers and leaves. Late morning they can be seen drinking at the lake. We hope to find leaf-tail geckos and chameleons. The reserve is a very good place to find Pygmy Leaf Chameleons, one of the world's smallest vertebrates.
Day 14 - Anja Reserve - I'Isalo National Park
We make our last morning walk into Anja reserve. We return after a few hours to take breakfast, Then prepare to travel on to I'lsalo national park. We now feel we've left the highlands when a vast plain swallows the RN7. This mostly empty desert harbours a great national park...I'lsalo. We over night in the nearby town of Ranohira.
Day 15 - I'lsalo National Park
I'lsalo NP is filled with canyons, vertical rock walls and yellow savannah grasses and best of all deep canyon floors with lush vegetation, streams and pools ideal for a dip! The light is continually changing with-in the canyons and the sun sets under the big sky,It will be changeling not to fill your memory cards! Interesting lemurs to lookout for are ring-tail, brown lemur and Verreaux's sifak. There are more than 50 bird species.
Day 16 - Antananarivo
We transfer to Ihosy for our return flight back to Antananarivo, From the airport transfer to La Ribaudière for our last evening. We meet for a early evening meal.
Matthew and Janette transfer you to Ivato airport for your international flight.
Price is per person based on sharing a twin room
Maximum 6 people
Breakfast and evening meal’s
All transfers and internal flights
Entrance fees and guides at National Parks
What you'll Learn
Different techniques to photograph Madagascar's beautiful wildlife, Landscapes and People
Hints and Tips for Composition, Apertures and Shutter Speeds