Rain Forest birding tour
Antananarivo –Andasibe –Ranomafana-Antananarivo
- Rain forest birds
- Wetland birds
Birds species expected: more than 110 species
Rain forest birding information
This birding tour start from 1st of September to the end of December every year. During this tour you will have your own specialist bird’s guide ,a car for your disposal and during your visit ,a private local professional bird guide will lead your visit in each park .
During this birding tour we will visit two main rain forest parks (Andasibe and Ranomafana).
Mostly the hike is not difficult but depend of anybody capability.
Our experimented bird guide get no less than 10 years’ experience of birding, they are professional and knowledgeable.
Of course it’s a birding tour but some other specimen can be seen during the time we visit the forest such as different species lemurs or an assortment of chameleons and reptiles .To make our visit as easier as possible most of our accommodations are edge the park .Almost of the rainforest birds can be find during this tour include the six families endemics to Madagascar such as MESITORNITHIDAE(Mesite), BRACHYPTERACIIDAE (Ground-roller).LEPTOSOMIDAE,PHILEPITIDAE(Asities),BERNIERIDAE and VANGIDAE(Vangas)
This price include
- Lodging twelve nights on full board
- Picnic lunch during the visit
- All transfers mentioned
- Park entrance and bird’s guide fees
- Car and fuel for whole trip
- Driver indemnities
- Drinking mineral water
The price excluded
- All others expenses( health insurance )
- Other drink
- International flight
DAY 01 : ANTANANARIVO
DAY 02 : ANTANANARIVO
Upon your arrival bustling capital of Antananarivo well know Tana .Our representative will welcome you and drive your comfortable hotel in the city .According your arrival time we will bird to Tsarasaotra Lake.to the heart of the city.
To this lake an assortment of Egret and Heron, Knob Bill Duck, White Faced and Fulvous Whistling Duck
,Malagasy Pond heron ,Red-knobbed coot ,Madagascar Swamp warbler Black-Crowned Night Heron ,Squacco Heron and Black Heron and Dimorphic Egret,Malagasy Kestrel,Madagascar Rail Common Moorhen Malagasy Coucal, Malagasy kingfisher ,Madagascar Hoopoe Common Jery, Madagascar Bulbul, Madagascar White Eyes.
After the birding to this lake, drive to Andasibe
DAY 03 ANTANANARIVO –PERINET(135KM)
We leave early the hotel and drive Eastwards to Andasibe National park ,en route interesting bird can be seen such as Hamerkop ,Madagascar Mannikin ,Madagascar Red Fody , Madagascar Kestrel Chabert’s Vanga .A stop to Mangoro River To spot the famous Madagascar Pranticole .
Our comfortable accommodation lies edge to the park to make our stay a good as possible .Being so close of the wildlife of the forest we can heard the loud scream of the largest lemur called Indri- Indri .Some others species of birds fly just to the lodge as Madagascar Wagtail, Mascarene Martin , Madagascar Green Sun Bird.
In the evening we embark for night walk through the forest to spot the Madagascar ScopsOwl, Madagascar Long Eared Owl ….
DAY -04-05 _06- PERINET RESERVE /MANTADIA
Amongst the National Park of Madagascar the rainforest of Andasibe is still the famous specially Mantadia and Perinet .We may effort to see almost of the rain forest birds ,over 100 bird species have been recorded from within the small reserve and we will search or such special as Madagascar Wood Rail, Madagascar Flufftail ,Collared Nightjar ,Nuthatch Vanga,Madagascar Crested Ibis ,Red-breasted and Red Fronted Couas ,Madagascar Owl, Madagascar Scops Owl Madagascar Pygmy kingfisher
To Mantadia National park we hope to see some rare birds as Spectacled and Grey Crowned Tetraka, White Throated Oxylabe,Madagascar Blue Pigeon Madagascar, Greater Vasa parrot ,Madagascar cuckoo ,Madagascar Spinetail , Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher ,Madagascar Cuckoo Shrike ,Tylas,white Headed,Chabert’s Vanga, Red-Tailed and Hook Billed Vangas
Madagascar Starling, Nelicourvi Weaver ,Cuckoo Roller ,Pitta-Like and Rufous Headed Ground Roller,Common Sunbird Asity ,Blue Coua ,Velvet Asity , Forest Fody, Dusky Tetraka , Madagascar Rail ,Grey Emutail ,Madagascar Snipe, Madagascar Swamp Warbler
Also we will visit swamp and marshes to spot some water birds such as Madagascar Little Grebe, Madagascar Rail Madagascar Flufftail
Mammal & other creatures
Indri-Indri, Common Brown lemur, Eastern BambooLemur, Golden Diademed Sifaka
DAY 07 ANDASIBE ANTSIRABE( 310 KM)
Today we drive to Antsirabe passing by the park of reptile of Pyereras, to this place we can see an assortment of chameleons Such as Oustalet Chameleon (the longest Chameleon) the Parson’s Chameleon (The largest chameleon),Geckos include the Leaf Tailed Geckos ,Satanic Geckos and famous Brookesia from the country. We can see also some bird as MadagascarKestrel, Yellow Billed Kite,Common Myna flying .
After the visit, en route to Antsirabe and along the road we can stop to see other rice paddies birds such as Cattle Egret, Black Heron …
At the end of the day we will arrive to Antsirabe
Overnight to Antsirabe
DAY 08 ANTSIRABE –RANOMAFANA
After the breakfast we can feast our eyes with Madagascar Bee Eater and we embark to our car and drive to the rain forest of Ranomafana .
Overnight to Ranomafana
DAY-09-10-11 BIRDING TO RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK
We will explore the Ranomafana national park which located in the Southeastern part of Madagascar in haute Matsiatra and Vatovinany region .With 41,600 hectare of tropical rain forest.
For this 03 days we will visit two main park Vohiparara and Vatolahy trail with our local bird guide
This park was established on 1991 with the purpose of conserving the unique biodiversity o the local ecosystem and reducing the human pressures on the protected area.
This park is home to several rare species of fauna and flora include some rare bird such as Tylas Vanga,Common Newtonia , Brown Mesite ,Henst’s Goshawk ,Wedge –Tailed Jery, Madagascar Crested Ibis ,Pitta Like Ground Roller ,Short Legged Ground Roller ,Common sunbird asity ,Grey –Crowned Tetraka ,Yellow Bellied Common Sunbird ,AlpinSwit ,Madagascar Kingfisher ,Barn Owl,Madagascar Blue Pigeon, Soumanga Sunbird,Madagascar Magpie Robin ,Madagascar Brush Warbler,Madagascar Cisticola ,Madagascar Turtle Dove ,Red Tailed Vanga,African Black Swift.
Some other species of lemur Ranomafana also such as The White Fronted Brown Lemur, Red Bellied Lemur and the rare specimen of lemur called Golden Bamboo Lemur.
DAY 12 RANOMAFANA -ANTANANARIVO (450 KM)
After the breakfast drive back to the capital, at the end of the day we will arrive to Antananarivo .
Overnight to Antananarivo
Day 13 City tour Transfer
According your flight schedule and if time allows we go for a city tour and to the souvenir market before the transfer
DAY 13 CITY TOUR TRANSFER