Overview

Our Budget Madagascar Birding tour provides the budget conscious birder with a fantastic opportunity for observing the highlights of this magical island’s incredible birds and wildlife. On this tour we will visit three of Madagascar's core critical habitats; namely the deciduous woodlands of Ankarafantsika, the dry spiny forest around Ifaty, and the moist eastern rainforests of Analamazaotra and Mantadia, all of which hold an exceptional diversity of endemic birds and lemurs. We stand excellent chances of finding all 5 of the island's endemic bird families, as well as up to 18 different lemur species, including the awesome Indri. Some of the expected highlights of this tour include Subdesert and White-breasted Mesites, Long-tailed and Pitta-like Ground Rollers, stunning Schlegel's and Velvet Asities, Blue Coua, Sickle-billed and Van Dam's Vangas, and the ubiquitous Cuckoo Roller.

Tour Facts Top Birds
White-breasted & Subdesert Mesite, Van Dam's, Sickle-billed & Blue Vanga, Cuckoo Roller, Short-legged, Scaly, Pitta-like & Long-tailed Ground Roller, Schlegel's Asity, Coqueral's, Verreaux's, Running & Blue Coua, Madagascar Partridge, Bernier's Teal, Madagascar (Crested) Ibis, Humblot's Heron, Madagascar Fish Eagle, Madagascar Plover, Madagascar & White-throated Rail, Madagascar Sandgrouse, Rainforest (Malagasy) Scops Owl, Collared Nightjar, Madagascar (Ashy) Cuckooshrike, White-throated Oxylabes, Forest Rock Thrush, Nelicourvi Weaver, Forest Fody
Top Mammals
Indri, Diademed and Coqueral's Sifaka, Grey Bamboo Lemur, Aye-aye, Fosa, Madagascar Striped Civet, Ring-tailed Mongoose, Lowland Streaked Tenrec
Habitats Covered
deciduous woodland, mid-altitude rainforest, spiny forest, mudflats, wetlands
Expected Climate
warm to hot and sunny, rainfall possible in eastern rainforest
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate
Accommodation
mostly comfortable lodges & hotels
Ease of Birding
mostly unchallenging, some skulky species in rainforest
Number of Species Expected
140 - 150
Other Attractions
spiny desert, coral reefs, interesting herps & insects, cultures, shopping
Photographic Opportunities
incredible
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

Our leader, Rob Williams, was extremely knowledgeable, had a good sense of humour and was keen to see as many species as possible. He helped group members locate more difficult species.

Everything was done by all staff to make the trip safe, fun and targets (birds, lemurs, etc) were actively sought out

We had been with Greg before on the Ethiopia tour. We selected this tour because Greg was leading it. Not only does he have excellent birding skills, but he also has excellent people skills. He kept the tour running smoothly, handled problems quickly, and was most anxious that every member of the tour got to see the birds if at all possible. We would definitely travel with him again. We got lots of new birds, had lots of laughs, and enjoyed our fellow birders.

With Adam Walleyn as our guide, it was hard to imagine how the trip could have been any better. Madagascar is certainly a challenging place, but his experience and ability to help us know what to expect were invaluable. As far as seeing birds, my expectations were exceeded. A great trip.

David was very open and earnest. His english was excellent being that it is not his first language.... We very much enjoyed our time with him one to two on the extension

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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