Madagascar birding tour, the highland to the south

Overview

This birding tour in Madagascar is a tour that you could also see Malagasy cultures, way of life, let us say discovery tour because apart nature and birds, there are more unforgettable places along the tour so you could take advantage of it.

The itinerary offers you 5 family birds and 5 birds manificient nesting birds from Antananarivo to Toliara. After visiting the Ramsar site in Antananarivo named Tsarasaotra private park that is a breeding place of more birds. go to join Ranomafana national park. Ranomafana is famous in watching birds, it is one of the best nests of several beautiful and rare birds in Madagascar. We can count around 75 species of birds. In addition, the park of Ranomafana shelters a high percentage of reptiles, frogs and lemurs. One can count more than 120 frog species, 13 species of chameleons and more than 10 species of lemurs. Continue to Ranohira where the Isalo national park is located. This national park is not renown as a birding park, it is famous to its canyons and sandstone massifs, just a really worth visit when people ax to the south of Madagascar but one can find some lemur species and endemic birds like Madagascar Kestrel, Madagascar button Quail, Madagascar bee-easter, Madagascar Sunbird…Following to that, visit Zombitse Vohibasia national park, a mixture of dry and dense forest that the site present 47% of endemic birds of Madagascar or more than 80 bird species, then, 8 species of frogs and an important lemur species. Also, in the vicinity of Toliara, the Tsimanampetsotsa national park which shelters 112 bird species, most of them are aquatics and not to forget flamingo colonies make scenery in the lake and then in Anakao the Nosy Ve Island, a place of Red Tailed Tropicbird breeding and other species. To finalize itinerary, visit the Ifaty baobab forest in Renala. A dry spiny forest that shelters several small bird species.

Best birding period October to December

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Details

Departure city

Antananarivo

Duration Type Axis Level availability
14days/13nights Birding South 1 Sept to Dec

Itinerary

Day 1: Antananarivo

Go to the Tsarasaotra private park located in Antananarivo and have visit of the ramsar site that is a refuge and nesting bird place for fresh water birds in generally, other bird species, endemic bird species and some madagascar endangered bird species could seen like Madagascar Pound Heron, Meller’s Duck, Vulnerable Madagascar, Litle greb…

In addition to close day excursion in Antananarivo, have visit of Rova of Manjakamiadana that is one of the 12 sacred hills of Antananarivo.

Birding, historical place, viewpoints

Overnight accommodation

 

Day2: Antananarivo/ Antsirabe

On road to join Antsirabe, an architecture colonial town famous for its semi-precious and precious stone markets and handicrafts. Visit the aluminium foundry of Ambatolampy in the half way leading to Antsirabe.

Foundry of aluminium in Ambatolampy, visit of Antsirabe workshops, Antsirabe stone

markets and stone museum, people and culture.

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 3: Antsirabe/ Ranomafana 

Join the national park of Ranomafana, one of the most beautiful national parks of Madagascar with its hot spring water. Pass by Ambositra, a must break that offers several shapes of craftmen carved woods. The town is famous to its Zafimaniry Arts

Landscapes, some visits of Ambositra workshops, waterfalls, people and culture.

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 4: First visit of Ranomafana national park

Full day birdwatching in Ranomafana

“Early birdwatching catch the worm”. Go on early visit guided in this humid forest of ranomafana that shelters rare and beautiful birds are easy to find.

Hikking, Ranomafana bird species, reptiles, lemurs, viewpoints, landscapes.

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 5: Second visit of Ranomafana/ Fianarantsoa

A half-day birding in Ranomafana

We personally choose to add a surplus of half-day visit to complete successfully your photography and birdwatching. Followig that, go to Fianarantsoa, the capital of Betsileo ethnic and famous for manufacturing local wine

Bird species of Ranomafana, fauna and flora, swimming allowed 

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 6: Fianarantsoa/ Ranohira

After making some Fianarantsoa’s high lights, continue to the south and pass by a renown village which breed silk and manufacture antemoro paper in Ambalavao. and then visit the Anja community reserve with its numerous catta lemurs easy to find.

The old town of Fianarantsoa or high city, landscapes, view points, visit of zebu markets in Ambalavao allowed, Antemoro paper, workshops, ring tailed lemurs

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 7: Ranohira

Visit guided of the amazing sandstone massifs of national park of Isalo.

Hiking, canyons, panoramic views, swimming in Isalo pools allowed, some bird species, lemurs

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 8: Ranohira/ Zombitse Vohibasia

Have a first visit of Zombitse forest, a transition forest of the west and the east. Birdwatching in Zombitse Vohibasia are easier due its short dry trees.

Landscapes, more than 10 lemur species, rare endemic birds

Overnight Lodge

 

Day 9: Zombitse Vohibasia/ Toliara

Before finishing the RN7 to Toliara, have a second visit in Zombitse to complet birding. Then, continue to Toliara, called a town that never sleeps.

People and culture

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 10: Toliara/ Tsimanampetsotsa/ Anakao 

Let you go birding to the national park of Tsimanampetsotsa which shelters in generally several species of aquatic birds.

Birds watching in Tsimanampetsotsa, Flamingo colony

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 11: Anakao

Go to the island of Nosy Ve by traditional canoe of Vezo, a breeding place mainly for Red Tailed Tropicbird. Also the area is an authentic fishermen area.

Birds, Anakao beach, original Canoe Vezo, people and culture

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 12: Anakao/ Toliara/ Ifaty

Go to Ifaty resort famous for its white sandy beaches and turquoise sea protected by coral reefs.

People and culture, Ifaty beach, Diving allowed

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 13: Ifaty/ Toliara/ Antananarivo

Before going back to Toliara and taking flight to Antananarivo, take advantage to visit baobab forest that shelters also some species of small birds.

Ifaty beach, birding, Souvenirs in Toliara.

Overnight accommodation

 

Day 14: Antananarivo/ Ivato

After some shopping in Antananarivo, transfer to the Ivato airport

 

End of the tour

Best birdwatching period in Madagascar: October to December

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National park of Ranomafana Ifanadiana

The Ranomafana National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Madagascar which deserves to be vivited, with its dense rainforest in low altitude home to some species of lemurs, endemic plants and unusual animals. The park is classified thanks to its dense forest of the Antsinanana World Natural Heritage by UNESCO in 2007.

The highland and the old FCE train

The highland and the old FCE train

Overview

This tour offers you retro feeling.It allows you to explore the highlands of Madagascar from Antananarivo to Fianarantsoa and the east coast to Manakara.After discovering the highlands where most of people are farmerand trader, you will get in the old train FCE or (Fianarantsoa Côte Est). The old train of fianarantsoa awaits you through the steps of cliffs in a rainforest down to the pangalanes channel and the Indian Ocean. Then we ascend to the Ranomafana National Park.One of the most visited parks and home to an astonishing biodiversity.

Details

Departure city

Antananarivo

Duration

Type

Axis

Level

Availability

6days/5nights

Discovery

South-east

1

All year

Itinerary

Day 1: Antananarivo / Antsirabe

Along the road on 168km length, you will meet local artisans before arriving in Antsirabe, a lovely city of colonial architecture and you will visit craftsmen’s workshops, precious stonecutting.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 2: Antsirabe / Fianarantsoa

After breakfast, we leave Antsirabe on road to join Fianarantsoa via Ambositra that is a Zafimaniry’s arts capital, an unavoidable visit. Arriving to Fianarantsoa, check in our hotel.

Diner and overnight at the hotel

Day 3: Fianarantsoa / Manakara (Departure FCE Train: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays)    

Early, after breakfast, departure for the unforgettable retro trip by train dated in 1936. Only 170km on rail way but it will be a long journey (17 stops with loading goods). Adventurers will be filled as they wind through green carpets, cascades, torrents, to be between hills with lush vegetation.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 4: Manakara / Ranomafana

After breakfast, we leave Manakara on good road to visit National Park of Ranomafana that is one of the most visited Madagascar’s parks and classified World Natural Heritage. Forest is dense and cutting by beautiful cascades, one can find many species of lemurs and you could enjoy the water of thermal station.

Swimming allowed

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 5:  Ranomafana / Antananarivo

After breakfast, we go back to Antananarivo on road, have launch in Antsirabe

People and culture

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 6: Antananarivo/ Ivato airport

Visit guided of Manjakamiadana king’s palace; one of the 12 sacred hills of merina, then finalize on shopping souvenirs before to be transfered to the Ivato airport.

Stories, souvenirs

End of tour

End of tour

Map

Services

Inclusion

Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports

All transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles

Assistance of our representative during your stay

Accommodation for 5 nights on Bed and Breakfast according to the program

Sightseeing tours in Antsirabe

English or french speaking tour guide throughout the tours

Entrance fees to all sites as indicated in the itinerary

Transfers APT/HTL and HTL/APT

Local guide

One way ticket FCE train

All service charges and taxes included in the package price

Transfers APT / HTL and HTL / APT

Exclusion

Entry visa to Madagascar

Any optional tours

Drinks

Personal spending

Tipping

Any other item not mentioned above

Pictures

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