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RN7 - Ornithological trip with Tsimanampetsotse

Price from 3250 €
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 in the Tsimanampesotse National Park 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: Excursion to Andasibe National Park

This day also offers you numerous opportunities for bird discovery tours. Today you will go to the Andasibe National Park , which is particularly popular with tourists for the Indri-Indris is known. This is indeed an extremely rare and endangered Lemur speciesBut also for bird lovers the Andasibe National Park has a lot to offer. At the various beautiful waterfalls in the park, on the trees and the clearings romp numerous unusual bird speciesThe birds are wonderful to watch before you return to Eulophiella Lodge in the evening for the night.Common birds : Coua reynaudii, Leptosomus discolor, Alectroenas madagascariensis, Zoonavena grandidieri, Neodrepanis hypoxantha, Bernieria madagascariensis, Xanthomixis zosterops.Rarely seen birds: Mystacome de Crossley, Hypositte malgache, Bias de Ward

Day 5: The road takes you from Andasibe to Antsirabe

No bird watching is planned for the fifth day, as the Journey through Madagascar It now leads first further to the west and then to the south. It goes on the RN 7, which can be considered the most important main artery of Madagascar. The well-developed road leads from Madagascar's capital Antananarivo down to the Mozambique channelwhich borders the southernmost tip of the country. For you it goes first through the busy suburbs of Antananarivo and after a short time you can observe how the landscape around the changes. In Behenjy awaits you with the Au Coin Du Foie de Gras an excellent restaurant, which is known for its specialties even beyond the country's borders. After the short rest we go directly on, because Ambatolampy is already waiting for you. This city proves to be much more prosperous compared to other cities in Madagascar. This can be attributed, among other things, to the nearby Gold deposit but is also based on the fact that freight forwarding is strongly promoted in Ambatolampy.

Day 6 - From Antsirabe to Ranomafana

The last stop on today's schedule is Ranomafana, a town about 390 kilometers south of Antananarivo. We leave Antsirabe, then we continue until we reach Ambositra after a winding drive. After that the landscape changes again in a very exciting way, we see trees and lush vegetation. Tree ferns, a gigantic waterfall in the rainforest on the way to the town of Ranomafana where we will spend the night..The overnight stay is again this day at the Hotel des Thermes where you can enjoy the exceptional Adventures of the day can recover.

Day 7 and 8: Excursion to the impressive Ranomafana National Park

The Ranomafana National Park is considered to be one of the last intact Mountain Cloud Forests on this planet and takes you on the seventh and eighth day of this trip for itself. Early in the morning you go by car up the serpentines to the park entrance. Right now the lemurs in the forest are especially active and so the whole magic of this untouched and original spot on earth. To be able to leave especially early in the morning, breakfast is served directly in the park as a small Picnic at the viewpoint with the auspicious name Solitude taken. With a bit of luck you can already make the first bird observations. The individual tours through the Ranomafana National Park depend on your constitution and have to be discussed with the guide on site. Since the national park has such a large Abundance of different species of birds These cannot be listed in detail below. Overall more than 115 different bird species in Ranomafana National Park and about 30 percent of them can only be observed in this area. In addition, however, the view of twelve different species of lemurs, almost 100 different species of amphibians and the overnight stay in the pleasant and cozy Hotel Thermal.

Day 9: Continue to Isalo National Park

After the extensive and breathtaking bird watching in Ranomafana National Park, the ninth day of the trip is mostly devoted to the onward journey to the Isalo National Park. First, after breakfast, you will head by four-wheel drive car to Fianarantsoa, which is a bit back on the route you took a few days ago. You will now move through rice fields that shimmer pleasantly golden and warm in the sunlight. The ride continues South, with the landscape changing with every meter.More and more Granite rock appear and the lush vegetation gives way to a rather sparse grassland. Also the red Laterite floorsfor which Madagascar has earned the nickname of Red island has earned, are now becoming more frequent. After lunch is a short stop in the so-called Anja Park planned. This is a self-managed nature reserve, which was created by some villagers of the nearby area to actively create a Contribution to nature conservation in Madagascar.In this park you can find many different lemurs, but of course also some fascinating bird species. Beyond Anja Park, the landscape then becomes more and more barren and the central plateau is now clearly behind you. Around afternoon is the arrival at the famous Isalo National Park planned. This is considered the most famous of the entire island, which is why this one is also included in your ornithological Journey through Madagascar must necessarily be on the plan. The overnight stay on the ninth day is in the Isalo Rock Lodge 4**** scheduled.

Day 10: Isalo National Park welcomes you

On the tenth day the Isalo National Park quite welcome and meets you with all its fascinating secrets. Strange Granite and sandstone sculptures together with a exceptional flora and fauna are just waiting for you. From the outside, it may look as if Isalo National Park consists exclusively of dreary rock formations, some of which are already in the Jurassic Time have arisen. However, when you enter the national park, you will very quickly realize how many secrets there are to discover here. Numerous natural pools, waterfalls and lots of tropical nature will present themselves before your eyes and with them the different species of birds that inhabit this area. Also in the Isalo National Park you can decide the concrete course of the tour on Your individual needs and your physical constitution. In principle, however, we can assure that the Hiking in the mountain massif is not particularly difficult. Only the heat makes some tourists now and then something to create. Also today the overnight stay takes place in the already known Isalo Rock Lodge.

Day 11: Zombitse National Park and the onward journey to Ifaty

On the eleventh day you will have both Birdwatching as well as the onward journey by car before. The way leads you in the four-wheel drive car even further south and the savannah as well as the desert climate accompany you now. Only a few rainy days a year wet the ground in this area and still the native flora and fauna optimally adapted. This is particularly evident in a national park that suddenly appears like a mirage in the middle of the desert landscape. Yet this national park is of particular importance for birdwatchers. Around 47 percent of Madagascar's native birds are in the Zombitse National Park at home. The Xanthomixis apperti is found only here on the whole island and also very rare lemurs can be discovered here. After the visit of the national park we continue Direction Tulearwhere especially the botanists get their money's worth. Baobabs, euphorbias and many other plant species have adapted in a unique way to the prevailing climatic conditions and provide numerous Opportunities for individual studies or simply spectacular photo motifs. Also impressive are the Tombs of the Mahafalythat rise from the ground to the right and left of the road you are driving on. In Tulear you should then make a stop and enjoy the special Coastal city flair before it carries you further to Ifaty. There the hotel awaits you Belle Vuewhich is located near the beach and accordingly tempts to an evening walk by the surf of the sea.

Day 12: You explore Ifaty and the surrounding area

Half of the twelfth day will be spent bird watching and the other half at your leisure. In the morning half you will leave as early as possible and visit the thorn forest near Ifaty. There grow around 400 Baobabs up and some of them have already been proven to be more than 1,000 years old. This fact alone gives the thorn forest a whole special atmosphere. Various succulents are also distributed on the ground, so that the Terrain difficult to access is. For the numerous birds that breed in this area, this proves to be an additional protective function. Many of the birds living here are endemic and can be observed optimally. In the afternoon we can then recommend a little Relaxation on the beach to search, maybe do a little snorkeling or diving. If you want and are in the area at the right time of year, you can at July and in August additionally the Humpback whales observe off the coast. If you need further information, we would be happy to hear from you. Also today you may go to the hotel near the beach in the evening. Belle Vue turn in.Commonly encountered birds: Xenopirostris xenopirostris, Falculea palliata, Newtonia archboldi, Nesillas typicaRarely seen birds: Monias benschi, Uratelornis chimaera

Day 13: Continuing to Anakao and Ambola

Today you will leave Ifaty and head back to Tulear via the dusty dirt road. There you will first have time for a small city tourbefore you take the boat to Anakao. An all-terrain vehicle will then take you on to the Relais d`Ambolawhere the beach of the same name, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful on the whole island, is already waiting for you.

Day 14: Tsimanampesotse National Park awaits you

Today you can expect a very special highlight, because one of the oldest and at the same time also the least known national parks on Madagascar awaits you: the Tsimanampesotse National Park. Up to 90 percent of the animals and plants living here can only be found in Madagascar and the Tsimanampesotse National Park was already founded in 1927. On the more than 40,000 hectares live more than 112 different bird species and incidentally some lemurs as well as about 39 different reptile species. In addition, the Tsimanampesotse National Park is home to a huge limestone plateau as well as a beautifully situated lake. The overnight stay takes place after an extensive day with numerous bird observations again in the Relais d`Ambola.Commonly encountered birds: Calicalicus rufocarpalis, Xenopirostris xenopirostris, flamingos.Rarely seen birds: Newtonia archboldi

Day 15: It goes back to Sarondrano

Boat trip to the island of Nosy Ve which is inhabited by very rare seabirds that breed there. Wonderful pick nick on the island and possibilities to snorkel. Activities at Eden Lodge are optional and are not included in the price.Overnight "Residence Eden Lodge

Day 16- From Tulear to Antananarivo

After breakfast we say goodbye and drive back to Tuléar to the airport. There we board a plane and fly one hour up to Antananarivo, the capital where the trip started.If the flight arrives already in the morning we have an opportunity to get to know Antananarivo and the surroundings of the city.If the flight arrives late, pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Dinner there or in a special restaurant.Overnight at the hotel "Villa Sibylle".

Day 17-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.

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

Madagascar 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:

Ornithological trip - 17 Days Price per person
2 to 3 guests 3250 €
4 guests 3090 €
5 to 8 guests 2950 €
9 to 12 guests 2850 €
12 guests and more 2790 €


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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