The trip will offer many opportunities to explore three major ecosystems: the eastern humid rainforest, the western dry deciduous forest, and the southern xerophytes spiny forest, altogether were concentrations of endemic species are considerable. You can see endemics tenrecs and bats. At least more than 20 lemurs species including the Indri, the biggest living lemur and the nocturnal mouse lemur, the smallest primate in the world (only 30g) can be seen. You can watch the most unusual birds represented by five endemic families (Raherilalao & Goodman 2011) such as: Mesites, Cuckoo Roller, Ground-rollers, Greenbulls & Oxylabes, and Vangas as well as Couas and Asities endemics subfamilies, the last classified as false sunbirds. Other wildlife with endemic herpetofauna like: the brookesias – the smallest living chameleon; three species of leaf-tailed geckos that are easily take the color of the dead branch to perfectly hide from predators; the non-poisonous tree boa snakes; and colorful terrestrial or tree frogs species attract your interest. For plants, you cannot miss the majestic luxurious Baobab and octopus Allodia didieraceae trees, both are well-adapted in the arid climate in the south spiny forest.
In sum, greaty opportunities landscapes and wild animals photography are possible during this two weeks wildlife safari adventure.
Coming to Madagascar is not only for its wildlife, you will learn more about the Malagasy cultures and its people which have a mixture origin and very attached respect of their dead ancestors.
Highlights and tour basic information:
- Interest: Malagasy endemic wildlife: mammal & lemurs, birds, reptiles & amphibians and plants
- Photography opportunities: Incredible (wildlife animals and landscape sceneries)
- Duration: Two weeks (15 days)
- Transportation: Overland drive from two to ten hours (4×4 car or bus, all with air conditioner)There are domestic or charters flights between : Antananarivo/Mahajanga (return) and Tuléar/Antananarivo.
- Tour difficulties: Easy to Moderate. Most days visit require one to four hours walking in forest trails
- Climate: Hot to cool, with rain possible in eastern humid forest such: Andasibe and Ranomafana
- Groupe size: Minimum 4 and maximum 9 participants