Trip report: Madagascar – custom Enigmatic Wildlife Tour (June-July 2019) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Lisle Gwynn. This was a comprehensive custom tour that visited many of the same sites as our birding and photo set-departure tours.

Don’t let the company’s name fool you. Here at Tropical Birding Tours, we are as obsessed with mammals as we are birds, herps and all other wildlife. Our new category of Enigmatic Wildlife Tours focuses on quality experiences with amazing animals that were once considered near-mythical, be they nocturnal critters of Borneo or the Kalahari, Mongolia’s Snow Leopards and Bactrian Camels, or Madagascar’s Perrier’s Sifaka and Fosa. This custom tour scored an array of incredible enigmas, and we are well poised to run some of the best tours focused on the rarest and most seldom seen wildlife in Madagascar (TB guides wrote the Wildlife of Madagascar book!). For more details on any of the Enigmatic Wildlife products, contact our office or e-mail Keith Barnes directly at [email protected]

There is nowhere, on this planet, like Madagascar. A little African, a little Asian, and a lot unique, the so-called “8th continent” has earned this title and more so with its bounty of endemic wildlife. From large lemurs and long boas, to tiny chameleons and miniature insects, there is a never ending supply of wildlife to enthrall the visiting naturalist. The key beauty of this country? Nearly everything you point your camera or binoculars at is endemic to Madagascar and found nowhere else on Earth, guaranteeing every first-time visitor a humungous haul of endemic, unique and rare wildlife. This absolutely “giga” (as in beyond “mega”!) custom tour of 33 days covered almost the entire country, and a good proportion of its wildlife. We went everywhere; the dry spiny forests and riverine gallery forest of Ifaty and Mandrare, the crisp and crunchy forest of Kirindy and lunar-esque landscapes of the mighty Tsingy. We then moved north to the humid and surprisingly cool Eastern rainforest at Ranomafana and Andasibe-Mantadia, as well as a rare visit to the spectacular Montagne D’Amber National Park and Black Lemur Camp in the north of the country, before winding down on picturesque Nosy Be.

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