Trip report: Madagascar custom tour (Oct 2019) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Charley Hesse. This was a custom tour with a similar itinerary to that of the main tour of our Madagascar: The Eighth Continent set-departure.

This was a relaxed birding and nature tour that in addition to our usual sites, added a few extra cultural diversions, shopping opportunities plus a visit to Aye-Aye island on the east coast. We visited a large range of different habitats, from the Spiny Forest, salt pans and offshore island of Nosy Ve in the Southwest, the transitional forests of Zombitse NP, the stunning rock formations of Isalo NP, the eastern rainforests of Ranomafana & Andasibe-Mantadia NPs, and finally the waterways of Pangalanes Channel on the east coast. Birding was the main focus and we saw representatives from all Madagascar’s endemic and near-endemic bird families, including: Long-tailed, Pitta-like & Short-legged Ground-Rollers, Subdesert Mesite, Velvet Asity, Cuckoo-Roller & Sickle-billed Vanga. A big part of the Madagascar tour is of course the Lemurs, and we saw 16 species, including members from all 5 families! Some of the highlights were close encounters with Ring-tailed Lemurs, Indri and the unforgettable Aye-Aye. Lets not forget the numerous reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, dragonflies, other insects and fascinating plant life. Tropical Birding has a long history of tours in Madagascar and we always ensure we secure the very best birding guides available, many of whom were real characters. Not to mention our wonderful assistant Linjo who charmed the group and kept us informed about this fascinating country and its residents.

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