- Get a taste of Madagascar's colourful wildlife in Andasibe National Park
- Meet Richard Lewis, from Durrell, and visit their Lake Bedo and Menabe forest projects.
- Watch sunset over the spectacular Avenue of the Baobabs
- In the company of a university geologist, explore the Tsingy limestone formations
Join a two-week wildlife, conservation and geology tour of Madagascar, exploring this richly diverse country – remarkable for its unique plants and animals. Gain behind-the-scenes access to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust’s projects in the Kirindy Reserve and discover the fascinating Tsingy de Bemaraha – a limestone landscape like nowhere else.
Begin in one of Madagascar’s most accessible parks, Andasibe, where the rainforest is alive with lemurs, chameleons and birds. Led by an expert wildlife guide, explore this wet, green tranche of highland jungle, home to the largest of all lemurs, the indri. After dark, discover the forest’s nocturnal inhabitants, which include tenrecs, mouse lemurs and frogs.
From here, return to the capital, Antananarivo, before flying by private charter to the Kirindy Reserve, on Madagascar’s western coast. This hot, dry, lowland forest is in stark contrast to the damp, cooler climes of Andasibe.
Here, meet Richard Lewis, from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and spend time learning about the projects taking place within the Menabe forest. Join a ranger patrol, learn about dry forest conservation, meet the local community, explore the birdlife-rich Lake Bedo and hopefully trek in search of giant jumping rats. Finish with a visit to the iconic Avenue of the Baobabs at sunset – one of the country’s most remarkable sights.
From the western city of Morondava, fly north to the remote Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to a spectacular landscape, made up of spiky limestone pinnacles, deep gorges and cave systems. Explore this uniquely beautiful landscape in the company of a local geologist from Antananarivo University, as well as a guide. Follow walking trails through the dramatic stone forests of the Tsingy, venture into cave systems and canoe through a sheer-sided canyon.
WHAT KIND OF ACCOMMODATION?
Accommodation mainly consists of small, authentic camps, with an emphasis on comfort. All have private bathrooms. At Camp Amoureux facilities are more basic: two-man dome tents, with a private toilet and shower behind each one. However, there is no other option and the camp is chosen for its access to wildlife.
WHAT HAPPENS ON A TYPICAL DAY?
Early starts are guaranteed, as the wildlife is mostly active during the morning. However, the schedule of each day is dictated by the activities planned.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
September is the perfect time to go, as it is when the spring arrives, after the rains have ended. This is also when the lemurs have their babies and the birds start nesting. Furthermore, the rising temperatures cause reptiles to become more active.
DO I NEED TO BE FIT?
The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it. Whilst many of the walks are easy, the temperatures do warm up during the day. The final day’s walking in the Tsingy is by far the toughest, but it will be at an easy pace. The west coast in particular is hotter than the rest of the country, so you need to be comfortable walking in slightly warmer temperatures. We try to avoid the hottest part of the day.
WHAT WILDLIFE WILL I SEE?
In Andasibe, you can expect to see the indri (the largest lemur) and plenty of other lemurs. In Kirindy, the brown lemur is most prolific but the big draw here is the cat-like fosa, Madagascar’s only large carnivore. In the Tsingy, look out for Decken's sifakas and red-fronted brown lemurs.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.