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.

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



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


What our clients say about us

Adam Walleyn
KO & MD, Madagascar 2018

Adam Walleyn was amazing, and we will definitely be looking into arranging a private Rockjumper tour with him in the future. Not only did he have extensive knowledge of the birds, but also the other flora and fauna, as well as some of the historical aspects of Madagascar.

David Erterius
GS, Madagascar

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

David Hoddinott
HH, Madagascar

Our Madagascar experience surpassed our wildest dreams. We didn't even realise it was a 'birding trip' but David ensured that we saw much much more. The birds were great anyway, especially the pursuit of the magical Helmet Vanga! An unforgettable experience!

David Hoddinott
JV, Madagascar 2019

Another excellent Rockjumper trip. David did a good job meeting our needs through the whole trip.

Adam Walleyn
GB & DB, Madagascar 2017

Our guide, Adam Walleyn, was exceptional. His knowledge and enthusiasm is unparalleled.

Madagascar - Budget Birding 2024

05 Dec 2024 - 15 Dec 2024 (11 days)

USD4,895 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Julian Parsons

Tour price (Per person): USD4,895 * GBP3,991 * EUR4,614 * AUD7,536

Single Supplement: USD420 * GBP342 * EUR396 * AUD647

Flight costs: USD1,430 * GBP1,166 * EUR1,348 * AUD2,201

Madagascar - Budget Birding 2025

08 Dec 2025 - 18 Dec 2025 (11 days)

USD6,000 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Stuart Elsom

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): USD6,000 * GBP4,891 * EUR5,655 * AUD9,237

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