Trip report: Madagascar, The Eighth Continent (Nov 2018) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Charley Hesse. This was a set departure tour, and it included both of the extensions

This year’s Tropical Birding Madagascar set-departure tour was another resounding success. For the folks that joined both extensions, we explored far-flung corners of the 8th continent, from the Spiny Forest in the Southeast, to the mangroves of the Northwest and the towering rainforest of the Northeast. The endemic birds are a big feature of this tour, and we saw the vast majority of them, including all the vangas, all the mesites, all the ground-rollers (several of which placed in the bird of the trip), cuckoo-roller and all the Malagasy warblers possible on this itinerary. This is way more than just a birding tour though, and even the most hardcore birders ae charmed by the other amazing wildlife of this unique place. Lemurs go without saying (and we saw an impressive 28 species), but Lesser Streaked Tenrec and Ring-tailed Vontsira (a type of Malagasy carnivore) were up there with Indri to top the mammals of the trip. Tropical Birding is particularly strong on other animal groups too and we identified a staggering 50 reptile species, 20 frogs, almost 50 butterflies and over 30 reef fish! This is a very popular time of year for birding groups to visit Madagascar, but our long history of tours here meant that we secured the very best local guides at each location and our wonderful ground agent secured the very best hotels and drivers available, making it not only a very successful but also comfortable trip too.

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