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RN7 - Ornithological trip with Andasibe

Price from 2990€ €
Duration 17 days

About the trip

This very varied and scenic tour takes you from Antananarivo to Andasibe in the rainforest and then across the highlands, the mountain cloud forest in Ranomafana, the mountains near Ambalavao, the rugged mineral landscapes of the Isalo Massif, to the Mozambique Channel where a few days of relaxation in a beautiful lodge are announced.

As an ornithological tour it is accompanied by local specialists in the national parks and always focused on ornithology. The list of bird species and observation area is at the end of this offer.

Many extensions and connecting tours are possible, the offers are only examples of possibilities that can still be personally adapted to the individual expectations of the guests upon request.

The travel days in detail

Day 1: Arrival in Antananarivo

The first day is initially dedicated to your arrival in Madagascar. We will pick you up after your landing at the airport Ivato in the Madagascan capital Antanarivo and bring you to your place of accommodation in Villa Sibylle. If you have any food or beverage requests for your arrival, it is best to let us know in advance so we can take care of them.

Day 2 Antananarivo to Andasibe

Early in the morning you will drive east on the winding and well-maintained RN 2. On the way you will have the opportunity to visit the famous private reserve "MadagascarExotique" of the famous explorer Andre Pereyras, where an unimagined variety of reptiles, amphibians and - in a nearby forest area - lemurs pose without shyness in front of the camera. Moramanga is the next stop before heading to the nearby Analamazoatra area. Near the national park of Andasibe you will take up quarters and already have the opportunity to make the first excursions into the rainforest, night hikes are also feasible from the lodge.Overnight stay in the hotel "Eulophiella Lodge or equivalent".

Day 3 - Andasibe / Mitsinjo

After breakfast we will head towards Andasibe National Park for bird watching. We will stop at the Mangoro River where we will look for the Madagascar Pratincole. Afterwards, we will keep an eye out for the following birds in Mitsinjo Reserve: Red-breasted Coua, Collared Nightjar and Crested Coua.We will also be on the lookout for Indri, the largest lemurs in Madagascar, which are also found in this forest. Before dinner, we will take a guided night hike to look for Long-eared Owl, Madagascar Scops Owl, Goodman's Mouse Lemur, Pygmy Lemur and Eastern Woolly Lemur. Various species of chameleon and tree frog can also be seen.Night walks in the rainforest are possible from the lodge.Overnight at the hotel " Eulophiella Lodge ".

Day 4 - From Andasibe to Antsirabe

On the fourth day of your  Journey through MadagascarYou will travel from Andasibe via the capital Antananarivo to Antsirabe. The journey takes you first through the colorful hustle and bustle of the suburbs the capital and then through Behenjy and Ambatolampy. In one of these two places you will have a lunch break and you can strengthen yourself in one of the restaurants there. Afterwards you will continue to Antsirabe, a important business location in Madagascar. The distance from Antananarivo to Antsirabe is about 170 kilometers and is lined with exciting landscapes. Antsirabe itself inspires with its attractive colonial villas and its European look. The overnight stay is in the hotel Chambres du Voyageur in whose garden, with a little luck, numerous chameleons and even ray turtles can be discovered.

Day 5- Drive from Antsirabe to Ranomafana

On the fifth day of the trip you will first have the opportunity to enjoy a exciting reforestation project to visit. Orange trees are cultivated in this project for reforestation purposes. Afterwards we drive directly to the nearby Ambositra, a small town, which is mainly known for handicraft carvings from precious woods has become known. After lunch to the Ranomafana National Park. On the way there you will again see breathtaking landscapes and increasingly green vegetation. In the evening you can enjoy a relaxing bath in a Thermal swimming pool as well as the overnight stay at the Hotel des Thermes.

Day 6 - Visit Ranomafana National Park

The Ranomafana National Park is on the sixth day the goal of your Journey through Madagascar. The park is more than 40,000 hectares and is located about 1,300 meters above sea level.We leave early in the morning and head to Sahamalaotra Forest. Our main target is yellow-bellied nectarbird Asity, brown mesite, red-headed ground roller, scaled ground roller, forest rock thrush, yellow-browed oxylabes, tetrakas, brown emutail, common nectarbird Asity and velvet Asity. This afternoon we will visit Ranomafana National Park where we can observe Ground Roller, Pollen Vanga and Tetrakas. We might even add two species of lemur to our list - Bamboo Lemur and Milne-Edwards' Sifaka.Overnight this day will again be at the Hotel des Thermes where you can enjoy the extraordinary Adventures of the day can recover.

Day 7 - Drive via Fianarantsoa to Ambalavao

After the exciting Tours of Ranomafana National Park the journey through Madagascar continues on the seventh day of the trip. It goes through many small villages where you can get an impression of the Habits of the Malagasy can catch a glimpse of, and through extraordinary landscapes, some of which alternate very quickly. In Fianarantsoa we will have a rest, during which you can look around the town a bit and, if you wish, observe an internationally famous photographer at work. After that we will go further south. If you look out the window during this stretch of road, you'll spot towering granite boulders, blood-red laterite soils and ever-leaner grasses - an unmistakable sign that the southern part of Madagascar is getting closer and closer. Once in Ambalavao, there are several options available to you. A visit to a nearby village, where a drinking water well project has been implemented by us for over ten years, is a possible stop, as is the local zebu market, which is indeed always a real spectacle. The overnight stay this evening will be at the hotel Betsileo Country Lodge held.

Day 8 - Von Ambalavao to Ranohira to Isalo National Park

The eighth day begins with a Hike to a private reserve with the name Anja Park. This reserve is about three hectares in size and is home to numerous Kattaswho are already waiting for your visit with their fun-loving nature. In addition, you can in the Anja Park but also numerous birds like Merops superciliosus, Agapornis canus and many others. Afterwards the continuation of the journey in the car takes place and it goes again in the direction of the south. Towards afternoon our arrival in Ranohira is already expected. This station will take us to the Isalo National Parkwhich, however, is our destination only the next day. First there is a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel Isalo Rock Lodge (4****).

Day 9 - The Isalo National Park

On the ninth day, you will go to one of the most famous national parks in Madagascar, the Isalo National Park. This is a huge mountain massif where granite and sandstone sculptures alternate with waterfalls and tropical nature. The entire national park includes more than 80,000 hectares of land and offers you a maximum of scenic variety. The level of difficulty and also the length of the tour through the park are adapted to Your personal wishes We will spend the morning birding in the Isalo National Park. Here we will focus mainly on Namaza Canyon for Monticola sharpei bensoni, Vanga curvirostris, Turnix nigricollis, Circus macrosceles.Namaza Canyon is also home to the Ring-tailed Lemur and the Sifaka of Verreaux. After a picnic lunch, we will look for the Madagascar partridge and other birds outside the park, on the grounds of Isalo Rock Lodge.The exciting day's excursion is followed by an overnight stay at the hotel again Isalo Rock Lodge (4****).

Day 10-Drive from Ranohira via Zombitse to Ifaty

On the tenth day of the Journey through Madagascar Say goodbye to Ranohira and go by car to Ranohira. further south. On the way there is the possibility for ornithological Excursions an: Zombitse Vohibasia National Park, which will be visited for several hours.The bird species that can be observed there are mentioned at the bottom, at the end of the description.After leaving Zombitse, we will continue bird watching in the Antsokay arboretum Continue the tour looking for specialties such as Green-capped Coua, Chabert's Vanga, Madagascar Buttonquail, Madagascar Nightjar and Running Coua.Continue to Ifaty, a beautiful town on the Mozambique Channel.Overnight at Hotel Belladonna.

Days 11 to 14- Stay in Ifaty and the surrounding area

Days eleven to fourteen on your Journey through Madagascar are all about various day trips and individual activities. During these three days you will stay exclusively in Ifaty and the nearby surroundings, staying throughout at the wonderful Hotel Belladonna. Your daily program is of course dominated by bird watching:At daybreak we set off for the thorn forest at Mangily , home to large birds such as the Long-tailed Ground Roller, Subdesert Mesite, Running and Green-capped Coua, Sickle-billed Vanga, White-headed Vanga and Subdesert Brush-warbler.We spend the hot part of the day relaxing at the hotel and return to the thorn forest, where we spend the rest of the afternoon looking for banded hawks and other species we may have missed this morning. The forest also has 2 amazing species of baobabs, Adansonia Robrustipa and Adansonia Za. It is also home to interesting species of reptiles and insects.Just contact us and we will take care of a Program package, which corresponds to your individual wishes.

Day 15-Flight from Tulear to Antananarivo

The fifteenth day is from Spirit of optimism characterized: After the relaxing days in Sarondrano, it's back to Tulear and from there by plane directly to the capital Antananarivo. Depending on the time of day you can then still explore the surrounding area, otherwise it goes directly to the hotel Villa Sybille or to an exceptional restaurant with excellent dining options.

Day 16-Stay in Antananarivo and the surrounding area

On the penultimate day of your exciting journey through Madagascar the capital of the island state is once again on the program: In Antananarivo, you will have numerous opportunities to go on Discovery tour To finish the birding, on the way to the Tsarasaotra Private Park in Antananarivo itself and the visit to this Ramsar site, which is a refuge and breeding ground for freshwater birds in general, other bird species, endemic and endangered bird species could be seen.For this day we have a Day Use in the Villa Sybille so that you can store your luggage there and freshen up in the evening, if necessary, before we take you to the airport.

Day 17-The return flight to Europe

The last day of your 17 days vacation in Madagascar is entirely devoted to the return journey. This day you will on the plane to Europe and presumably learn about the different experiences and impressions of their Journey through Madagascar dream

List of bird species in Andasibe:

Accipiter francesii, Accipiter henstii, Accipiter madagascarriensis, Acridorheres tristis, Acrcephalus newtoni, Alcedo vintsioides, Alectroenas madagascariensis, Anas meleri, Apus melba, Ardea humbloti, Ardea purpurea, Ardeola idea, Ardeola ralloides, Asio madagascariensis, Atelornis crossleyi, Atelornis pittoides, Aviceda madagascariensis, Brachypteracias leptosomus, Bubulcus ibis, Buteo brachypterus, Butorides striatus, Calicalius madagascariensis, Canirallus, Caprimulgus enarratus, Caprimulgus madagascariensis, Casmerodius Albus, Centrpus toulou, Cisticola cherina, Copsychus albospecularis, Coracina cinerea, Coracopsis nigra, Coracopsis vasa, Corvus albus, Coua Caerulea, Coua cristata, Coua reynaudi, Cuculus rochii, Cyanolanius madagascariensis, Cypsiurus parvus, Dicrurus forficatus, Dromaeocercus brunneus, Dryolimnas cuvieri, Euryceros prevostii, Eurystomus glaucurus, Eutriorchis astur, Falco concolor, Falco eleonorae, Falco newton, Falco zoniventris, Foudia madagascariensis, Foudia omissa, Gallinago macrodactyla, Gallinula chlorupus, Glareola ocularis, Hartertula flavoviridis, Hartlaubius auratus, Hypossita Corallirostris, Hypsipetes madagascariensis, Ispidina madagascariensis, Leptopterus chabert, Leptopterus virdis, Leptosomus Discolor, Lonchura nana, Lophotibis cristata, Margaropedrix madagascariensis, Merops superciliosus, Mesitornis unicolor, Milvus Migrans, Motacilla flaviventris, Mystacornis crossleyi, Nectarinia notata, Nectarinia souimanga, Neodrepanis coruscans, Neodrepanis hypoxanthus, Neomixis striatigula, Neomixis tenella, Neoximis viridis, Nesillas typica, Newtonia amphishroa, Newtonia brunneicauda, Numida meleagris, Otis rutilus, Oxylabes madagascariensis inexpectatus, Phalacrocorax africanus, Phedina borbonica, Philepitta castanea, Phyllastrephus madagascariensis, Phyllastrephus tenebrosus, Phyllastrephus zosterops, Ploceus nelicouvri, Polyboroides radiates, Pseudopias wardi, Pseudocossyphus Sharpei, Randia pseudozosterops, Riparia paludicola, Sarothura insularis, Sarothrura watersi, Saxicola torquata, Schetba rufa, Scopus umbretta, Streptopelia picturata, Tachybaptus pelzelnii, Terpsiphone mutate, Trenon Australia, Tylas eduardi, Tyto alba, Tyto soumagnei, Vanga curvirostris, Xenopirostris polleni, Zoonavena grandidieri, Zosterops maderaspatana

List of bird species in Ranomafana:

Species:Accipiter henstii, Acrocephalus newtoni, Alcedo vintsioides, Alectroenas madagascariensis, Anas erythrorhyncha, Anas melleri, Ardea cinerea, Asio madagascariensis, Atelornis crossleyi, Atelornis pittoides, Aviceda madagascariensis, Brachypteracias leptosomus, Bubulcus ibis, Buteo brachypterus, Calicalicus madagascariensis, Canirallus kioloides, Caprimulgus enarratus, Caprimulgus madagascariensis, Centropus toulou, Cisticola cherina, Copsychus albospecularis, Coracina cinerea, Coracopsis nigra, Coracopsis vasa, Coua caerulea, Coua reynaudii, Coua ruficeps, Crossleyia xanthophrys, Cuculus rochii, Dendrocygna viduata, Dicrurus forficatus, Dromaeocercus brunneus, Dromaeocercus seebohmi, Dryolimans cuvieri, Eurystomus glaucurus, Eutriorchis astur, Falco eleonorae, Falco newtoni, Falco peregrinus, Foudia madagascariensis, Foudia omissa, Hartertula flavoviridis, Hypositta corallirostris, Hypsipetes madagascariensis, Ipsidina madagascariensis, Leptopterus chabert, Leptopterus viridis, Leptosomus discolor, Lonchura nana, Lophotibis cristata, Merops superciliosus, Mesitornis unicolor, Motacilla flaviventris, Mystacornis crossleyi, Nectarinia notata, Nectarinia souimanga, Neodrepanis coruscans, Neodrepanis hypoxanthus, Neomixis striatigula, Neomixis tenella, Neomixis viridis, Nesillas typica, Newtonia brunneicauda, Nycticorax nycticorax, Otus rutilus, Oxylabes madagascariensis, Phedina borbonica, Philepitta castenea, Phyllastrephus cinereiceps, Phyllastrephus madagascariensis, Phyllastrephus zosterops, Ploceus nelicourvi, Polyboroides radiatus, Pseudobias wardi, Pseudocossyphus sharpei, Rallus madagascariensis, Sarothrura insularis, Saxicola torquata, Schetba rufa, Scopus umbretta, Streptopelia picturata, Tachybaptus pelzelnii, Terpsiphone mutata, Treron australis, Tylas eduardi, Vanga curvirostris, Xenopirostris polleni, Zoonavena grandidieri,Zosterops maderaspatana

List of bird species in Zombitse Vohibasia:

Ninety bird species are known from this site, 38 of which are endemic to Madagascar. One of the endemic species, Phyllastrephus apperti, is known only from the forests of Zombitse and Analavelona. Two species, Thamnornis chloropetoides and Nesillas lantzii, are characteristic of spiny forests. Monticola bensoni is recorded here seasonally.Coua cristata, Coua coquereli, Coua gigas, Coracopsis vasa, Athene superciliaris, Otus madagascariensis, Pterocles personatus, Leptosomus discolor, Upupa marginata, Falco zoniventris, Caprimulgus madagascariensis, Accipiter franceside, Buteo brachypterus, Berneria madagascariensis, Thamnornis chloropetoides, Terpsiphone mutata, Newtonia bruneicauda, Schetba Rufa, Cyanolanius madascarinus, Vanga curvirostris, Neomixis tenella.

Facts and figures

Facts and figures about the tour

As already mentioned above, you have with this Journey through Madagascar numerous possibilities for a individual recreational activities. If you need help, for example, to fill the days in Sarondrano with activities, we will be happy to help you with numerous recommendations and assistance. Different sections of the tours can be additionally individualized on request become. All you need to do is contact us. Together we can then ensure that your Madagascar vacation becomes a real dream.

Various connection tours can harmoniously enrich this trip, we adapt the possibilities to your wishes and expectations.

Below you can see the list of costs as well as the services included or to be paid by the customer:

17 days tour from Antananarivo to Tulear Price per person
2 to 3 guests 2990 €
4 to 5 guests 2880 €
6 - 7 guests 2790 €
8 - 9 guests 2720 €
10 guests or more 2590 €


For single rooms we have to charge a supplement of 680 €.

Integrated into the basic price:

English speaking tour guide

Accompaniment and logistics

Overnight stays including breakfast

Transfers and trips as specified

Four-wheel drive car and driver and fuel

Not integrated into the basic price:

Lunch and dinner

Personal expenses

German speaking tour guide possible with surcharge

individual leisure activities

Entrance fees to the national parks (about 20€ per person and per park)

Sightseeings and excursions (about 20€ per person and per park)

national and international flights

Visa (available at the airport for 25€)

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