Madagascar Birding Tours

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Duration 📅

18 Days

Flights ✈️

International flights are NOT included

Airport Transfer 🧳

Drop-Off, Pickup

Accommodation 🛏️

3 Star Hotel

Tour Size 🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏻

Small Group

Transport 🚍

Airconditioned Vehicle, Boat, Domestic Flight

Language 🌐


Difficulty 🚥


Visa 🛂

NOT Included


6 Nights Accommodation
Fuel and Driver indemnification during all land transportation
All visits and excursions mentioned in the program
Entrance fees and local guide services in all parks and reserves mentioned in the program
Tourist’s taxes or vignette.
A bottle of mineral water per day per person

From: $2,795.00

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💎 Why we love it ?

A great and exceptional circuit to show a different species of birds from Madagascar. You might be seen as a land bird and a waterfowl with its family and genus. You will be accompanied by a special guide for birds. We will give you great satisfaction during your trip here on this island. Leave early in the morning at the start of the walks and explorations in many parks and reserves. Its places are distinguished by its total immersion in magnificent nature. Exceptional landscapes throughout the circuit.

🏁 Tour Itinerary: Madagascar Birding Tours

Day 1 – Arrival at Antananarivo

Upon your arrival at the international airport of Ivato-Antananarivo meet your experienced English tour guide at the customs area. After clearing from immigration and customs, we will transfer you to your hotel in Antananarivo and you can rest and prepare yourself for your amazing 18 days at Madagascar Birding Tours!

🏚️ Hotel Option in Antananarivo: 3 Metis hotel or similar.


Day 2 – Antananarivo – Tulear (B, D)

After having breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to flight to Tulear. Upon your arrival, you will meet the guide at the airport. We will transfer you to your hotel and on the way to the hotel, you admire the good road in Madagascar with the sea air. After check-in, in the afternoon, you can enjoy the beach and stroll through the fishing village.

🏚️ Hotel Option in Ifaty: La Bella Donna or similar.

✈️Flights from Antananarivo to Tulear are not included. (EXTRA COST FOR DOMESTIC FLIGHT – NON REFUNDABLE)


Day 3 – Ifaty – Renala Reserve (B, D)

After having breakfast at the hotel, then depart early in the morning to visit the Reniala reserve. Located at the edge of the northern and southern dry forest and the thorny bush, the Renala Reserve or “Mother of the Forest Reserve” is a habitat of remarkable diversity, Lucky for many birds of the dry forest.
You will take a notion of medicinal plants also and have the opportunity to take a photo in the avenue of the baobabs, the cave of the baobabs, and the tired baobabs. The visit will end in the village of the tortoise where you will have to be spotted the various endemic tortoises of Madagascar. In the afternoon you will be free to spend your time on your own. You might take advantage of the beach or hotel activities offered by the hotel.

🏚️ Hotel Option in Ifaty: La Bella Donna or similar.


Day 4 – Ifaty – Zombitse – Ranohira (B, D)

After having breakfast at the hotel, we leave for Ranohira. On our way to Ranohira stop at Zombitse National Park. Zombitse-Vohibasia is of particular interest to bird watchers, as it is home to one of the country’s rarest endemic species, Appert’s greenbul as well as the giant coua, crested coua, Madagscar cuckoo-roller, white-headed vanga, white-browed owl, and locally endemic standing`s day gecko. We arrive at Ranohira in the afternoon and you can watch the sunset from the window of your room at Isalo Ranch Hotel.

🏚️ Hotel Option in Ranohira: Isalo Ranch Hotel or similar.


Day 5 – Ranohira – The Magnificent Massif (B, L, D)

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to the village of Ranohira to meet your local guide. Transfer to the parking lot where you start walking to where you can easily find the birds. You might spot bird species as Madagascar Hoopoe, Common Newtonia, Benson’s Rock-Thrush, White-Throated Rail, Madagascar Coucal, Madagascar Wagtail, Madagascar Kestrel, Bat Hawk, and with the chance the Juvenile Long-eared Owl.

🏚️ Hotel Option in Ranohira: Isalo Ranch Hotel or similar.


Day 6 – Ranohira – Ambalavao (B, D)

After taking breakfast in the morning, depart to Ambalavao. On our way to Ambalavao, stop at Anja Reserve to visit the ring-tailed lemur with its cultural stories. Anja is a natural and cultural reserve managed by the local population. You will climb the mountain until you breathe at the top and admire the clean air. It is famous for the ring-tailed lemur and it is easy to see them in groups of four to twelve males and females. The scenery begins to change as you pass through the ‘Gate to the Mountain and the attractive countryside of the Betsileo people where granite outcrops dominate the horizon. Here, the architecture of the village also begins to change.

🏚️ Hotel Option in Ambalavao: Aux Boungaivilliers or similar.


Day 7 – Ambalavao – Ranomafana National Park (B, D)

After having breakfast at your hotel, drive to Ranomafana National Park. Upon arrival at the parking lot, you start walking towards the rainforest. You might spot some species of birds. Ranomafana`s protected mountain rainforest covers an area of 41,600ha at altitudes between 600m and 1,400m (1,970 -4,600ft.) The area is dominated by the Namorona River which, fed by many streams, plunges from the eastern escarpment close to the park entrance. The steep slopes are covered with a mixture of primary and secondary forest, much of the secondary growth is dominated by dense stands of introduced Chinese guava (Psidium Cattleianum) and clumps of giant bamboo.

🏚️ Hotel Option in Ranomafana: Setam Lodge or similar.


Day 8 – Ranomafana – Full-day Visit (B, D)

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Ranomafana national park’s parking to meet your local guide. You might spot some species of birds (Brown Mesite, Pollen`s Vanga, Blue Vanga, Velvet Asity, Grey-crowned Greenbul, Common Sunbird Asity, Yellow-bellied Sunbird-asity, Pitta-like Ground-roller, Scaly Ground-roller, Red-fronted Coua, Henst’s Goshawk, Forest Rock-thrush, Yellow-browed Oxylabs). After about 6 hours of the visit, you will get back to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy the natural hot swimming pool in your hotel.

🏚️ Hotel Option in Ranomafana: Setam Lodge or similar


Day 9 – Ranomafana – Antsiribe (B, D)

After having breakfast at the hotel, we head to the east to return to Antsirabe by passing through the typical landscape of the highlands (rice fields, typical villages of the Merina tribe, rocky hills….). We will reach Antsirabe in the afternoon and upon arrival, check-in at the hotel, and you can rest and prepare yourself for the rest of your amazing trip.

🏚️ Hotel Option in Antsirabe: Couleur Cafe or similar.


Day 10 – Antsirabe – Morondava (B, D)

After having breakfast at the hotel, then a long drive to Morondava the capital of the Sakalava tribe. While crossing the savannah, the mountain, it is possible to stop for a photograph. Arrive at our destination in the afternoon. You will be free at your leisure.

🏚️ Hotel Option in Morondava: Camp Amoureux or similar.


Day 11 – Morondava – Belo – Bekopaka (B, L, D)

After having breakfast in the morning, you can spot the White-breasted Mesite, Coquerel’s Coua, Crested Coua, Madagascar Cuckoo-roller before heading to Bekopaka. On our way to Bekopaka, we are crossing the river Tsiribihina with a ferryboat. Having lunch at Belo Sur Tsiribihin and we will reach in the early evening and check-in at your hotel.

🏚️ Hotel Option in Bekopaka: Olympe Du Bemaraha Hotel or similar.


Day 12 – Small Tsingy & Big Tsingy (B, L, D)

After taking breakfast at the hotel, visit Small Tsingy with a traditional canoe. There will be a chance to spot Crested Coua, Madagascar Green Pigeon, Heron, Madagascar Fish Eagle, Madagascar Harrier Hawk, Madagascar Pygmy Kingfisher, Madagascar Magpie-robin, Crested Drongo, Red-capped Coua, Sickle-billed Vanga, White-headed Vanga, Rufous Vanga, and Grey-headed Lovebirds.
ٌWe continue our trip for 6 hours visits to the big Tsingy, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tsingy of Bemaraha is, without doubt, one of the most prestigious protected areas in Madagascar. The limestone massif is an ancient coral reef. At Bemaraha, erosion has created deep vertical cliffs, filled with faults and a deep fissure, which forms a complex labyrinth of caves and rivers.

🏚️ Hotel Option in Bekopaka: Olympe Du Bemaraha Hotel or similar.


Day 13 – Bekopaka – Tsanjajoly (B, L, D)

After breakfast, head south to Tsangajoly, perhaps one of Madagascar’s most rewarding waterbird sites, but it has only recently received official private conservation from the protected area in the Menabe region. On the chance of endangered Sakalava Rail, Madagascar (Hublot’s) Heron, Madagascar Sacred Ibis, Black Egret, Dimorphic Egret, and many other shore and wading birds, Madagascar plover, Madagascar fish eagles may be seen, Madagascar grebe, Madagascar squacco (pond) heron, Madagascar pratincole.

🏚️ Hotel Option in Bekopaka: Olympe Du Bemaraha Hotel or similar.


Day 14 – Tsangajoly – Kirindy Forest – Morondava (B, D)

After breakfast, leaving toward the south, to get to the Kirindy Forest. This can be also one of the most rewarding wildlife locations in Madagascar, yet it has only recently received official conservation as part of the Menabe region-protected area. Although previously logged, Kirindy remains the best place to see a number of endemic dry forest species like Rufous Vanga, Blue Vanga, Madagascar Chabert’s Vanga, Greater Vasa Parrots. Arrive after a 2hours drive and visit inside of the forest. Lunch at RELAIS DE KIRINDY before the sunset on the avenue of baobabs.

🏚️ Hotel Option in Morondava: Kimony Resort or similar.


Day 15 – Morondava – Antananarivo (B, D)

After having breakfast at the hotel, transfer you to the airport to take the return flight to Antananarivo. Upon arrival in Antananarivo, meet your tour guide at the arrival hall. We transfer you to your hotel to check-in. You will be free either to stay in your room and get ready for tomorrow or you can visit the places around our hotel.

🏚️ Hotel Option in Antananarivo: Belvedere Hotel or similar.

✈️Flights from Morondava to Antananarivo are not included. (EXTRA COST FOR DOMESTIC FLIGHT – NON REFUNDABLE)


Day 16 – Antananarivo –Andasibe (B, D)

After taking breakfast, head east to Andasibe through the typical landscape and eastern rainforest. Arrived in Andasibe around noon. In the afternoon, visit the Analamazaotra reserve to spot the largest Lemurs of Madagascar Indri Indri, which is the largest living lemur. Different species of birds must be seen, Blue Coua, Red-tailed Vanga, Nuthatch Vanga, Tylas Vanga.

🏚️ Hotel Option in Andasib: Feon’ NY Ala or similar.


Day 17 – Andasibe – Mantadia National Park (B, D)

Breakfast at the hotel, then morning walk within the primary forest, Andasibe – Mantadia National Park. Other lemur species, reptiles, and birds might be spotted during the walk as Short-legged Ground-roller, Collared Nightjar, Cryptic Warbler, Madagascar long-eared owl, Scaly Ground-roller. We will back to the hotel after the visit. In the afternoon, visit of Vakona private reserve including its small island.

🏚️ Hotel Option in Andasibe: Feon’ NY Ala or similar.


Day 18 – Andasibe – Departure from Antananarivo (B)

After having breakfast at the hotel, we transfer you to the airport to depart to your next destination.

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