Madagascar

October 19, 2015 - November 6, 2015

Based on the expeditionary nature of our trips, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary.

Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

October 19 Depart USA

Board your independent overnight flight to Johannesburg.

October 20 Johannesburg, South Africa

Arrive at Johannesburg International Airport and transfer to the nearby Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport Hotel. Your afternoon is at leisure before gathering at the hotel for a welcome briefing followed by dinner.

October 21 Johannesburg / Antananarivo (Tana), Madagascar

After breakfast return to the airport for your flight to Tana. Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel Colbert for dinner and overnight.

Oct 22 - Oct 23 Tana / Fort Dauphin / Berenty Reserve

After breakfast, board our flight to Fort Dauphin then drive to Berenty, one of Madagascar’s most celebrated reserves. For photographers, Berenty is a visual feast—ring-tailed lemurs show no fear and seem to pose just for you, while the gibbon-like Verreaux’s sifakas are just an arm’s length away from the camera lens. Birding is also phenomenal, and past trips have recorded such specialties as Madagascar sandgrouse, white-browed owl, and the stately giant coua. Spend the next day exploring the reserve including an evening walk. Dinners and overnights at the Berenty Lodge.

October 24 Berent Reserve / Fort Dauphin

Spend a final day exploring Berenty, then drive to Fort Dauphin. Check in to Croix du Sud for dinner and overnight.

October 25 Fort Dauphin / Tana

Board our flight for Tana, and, upon arrival, check in to the Hotel Colbert. This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

October 26 Tana / Périnet Reserve

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to the Périnet Reserve. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route and visit La Mandraka Nature Farm. This afternoon check in to the Vakona Forest Lodge, your base for three nights. Visit Lemur Island, located on the grounds of the lodge and join an exhilarating spotlighting excursion this evening to search for nocturnal species.

Oct 27 - Oct 28 Périnet Reserve

Spend two full days exploring the reserve. Begin at dawn to await the morning call of the indri, the largest of all lemurs. Each animal sings in its own voice; the echoes tell each group where every indri is located on the hill. Other species you may find include brown lemurs, small-toothed lepilemurs, short-horned chameleons, and iridescent Madagascar tree boas. Birding is equally spectacular with endemics such as the Madagascar paradise-flycatcher and the brilliant blue vanga.

October 29 Périnet / Tana

After a final day exploring the reserve, return to Tana and check in to the Hotel Colbert for dinner and overnight.

October 30 Tana / Diego Suarez / Montagne d'Ambre

After breakfast, board our flight to Diego Suarez, the largest city in northern Madagascar. Board 4x4 vehicles for a scenic drive to Montagne d’Ambre National Park. Often shrouded in ethereal mist, this mountain paradise boasts forests with huge, green tree ferns, crystal-clear crater lakes, waterfalls, and a wealth of wildlife. Enjoy close encounters and unsurpassed photographic opportunities with rare, localized crowned lemurs, as well as Sanford’s brown lemurs, northern sportive lemurs, striped mongoose, and a variety of birds, including the Madagascar crested ibis, Amber Mountain rock-thrush, cuckoo-roller, and other endemics. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel le Grand in Diego Suarez.

October 31 Diego Suarez / Ankarana

Depart overland for the Ankarana Special Reserve this morning, renowned for its dramatic landscapes: karst pinnacles, or tsingy; deep forest-filled canyons; a labyrinthine cave system with the only known cave-dwelling crocodiles on the planet; and a vast network of underground rivers. Wildlife is profuse in this park and you have excellent opportunities to encounter multiple lemur species such as crowned, Sanford’s brown, and northern sportive, as well as birds typical of dry forest such as the white-breasted mesite and the Torotoroka scops-owl. The reserve is also known for its rich diversity of reptiles including leaf-tailed geckos. Dinner and overnight in the Ankarana Lodge located within the reserve.

November 1 Ankarana / Diego Suarez / Tana

Spend a final morning exploring Ankarana, then return to Diego Suarez for our flight to Tana. Time permitting, explore the museum which contains collections of tribal carvings and natural history exhibits. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Colbert.

November 2 Tana / Anjajavy

Today board our charter flight for Anjajavy, located on the northwest coast in an area of dry, deciduous forest. Transfer to the beautiful Anjajavy Hotel, your base for three nights. Set on a beach surrounded by lush gardens, you are free to stroll the trails, perhaps spotting several species of lemurs and sifakas meandering through the property.

Nov 3 - Nov 4 Anjajavy

Spend two full days exploring the 450 hectare nature reserve adjacent to the hotel. Here you may find over 1,800 species of flora, most of which are endemic to the country, along with many medicinal plants. The forest is also home to many animal species such as localized Coquerel’s sifakas, Madagascar fish eagles, chameleons, and Cuvier’s oplure.

Nov 5 - Nov 6 Anjajavy / Tana / Johannesburg, South Africa / USA

This morning board our flight to Tana. After lunch board your flight to Johannesburg, connecting with your independent flight to the USA arriving the next day.