Trip report: Madagascar, The Eighth Continent (Nov 2016) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Charley Hesse. This was a set-departure tour.

Madagascar is a destination like no other. It has an ‘other-worldly’ feel to it and is filled with groups of animals and plants found nowhere else on earth. It holds several totally unique, endemic bird families, namely the mesites, cuckoo-roller, ground-rollers, asities and Malagasy warblers plus the distinctive groups of couas & vangas. Not only did we see these families well, we actually saw all the available species. By using the very best local guides, we pretty much cleaned up on the rest of Madagascar’s endemic birds available on this tried and tested itinerary. Madagascar is much more than just a bird tour though, and we also found an impressive 28 species of lemurs, Ring-tailed Mongoose, 3 species of tenrec, almost 50 species of reptiles (including 3 species of leaf-tailed geckos), 12 species of frogs and countless beautiful butterflies and marine fish. With spectacular landscapes and varied habitats, from the spiny forests of the southwest to the towering rainforest of the northeast, plus fascinating local culture, friendly local people, high-quality food and lodging throughout, it was an amazing trip.

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