We at Rockjumper have an unbeatable reputation in Madagascar, having run more than 100 tours over the past decade to the world’s fourth-largest island. In fact, Madagascar is often referred to as the ‘Eighth Continent’ due to its size and incredible biological diversity. Its exceptional fauna and flora have evolved over millions of years of isolation into a remarkable selection of utterly unique and often spectacular wildlife. This legendary uniqueness is nowhere better reflected than in its birds, and the island hosts no less than five endemic bird families (the ground rollers, cuckoo roller, mesites, Malagasy warblers and vangas)! But the wonder of Madagascar extends well beyond its avifauna and we also spend time seeking out and marvelling at the amazing lemurs, colourful chameleons and fascinating flora of this appropriately named “laboratory of evolution.” Virtually every plant and animal on the island is endemic; but sadly, most are threatened by continued deforestation, thus making Madagascar one of those “must-visit-soon” destinations, not to mention a region in urgent need of immediate ecological preservation.

Top Birds

Subdesert, Brown & White-breasted Mesites; Cuckoo Roller; Pitta-like, Scaly, Short-legged, Long-tailed & Rufous-headed Ground Rollers; Blue, Giant, Running, Red-capped, Verreaux’s & Red-breasted Couas; Schlegel’s & Velvet Asitys; Common & Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asitys; Helmet, Crossley's, Bernier's, Nuthatch, Hook-billed, Lafresnaye’s, Red-shouldered, Van Dam's, Chabert, Red-tailed, Blue, & Sickle-billed Vangas; Forest Rock Thrush; Appert’s Tetraka; Madagascar Plover; Thamnornis; Madagascar & Madagascar Sacred Ibises; Madagascar Fish Eagle; Henst's Goshawk; Bernier’s Teal; Madagascar Wood Rail; Brown Emutail.

Top Mammals

Indri; Ring-tailed, Golden-brown Mouse, Hubbard's Sportive Lemurs; Diademed & Verreaux’s Sifakas, Fosa (rare)

Habitats Covered

rainforest, riparian forest, deciduous woodland, spiny desert, mudflats, wetlands

Expected Climate

warm to very hot, cooler evenings in highlands, some rainfall possible

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local leader

Tour Pace & Walking

moderate to brisk

Accommodation

basic but comfortable hotels and lodges

Ease of Birding

mostly unchallenging but several difficult rainforest skulkers

Number of Species Expected

170 - 180

Other Attractions

spiny forest, Berenty, strange herps & insects, coral reefs, shopping, culture

Photographic Opportunities

incredible

What our clients say about us

Michael Meidlinger
NL, Madagascar 2023

Mike was fun, entertaining, energetic, and keen on our birds. Solo was tireless and so dedicated to all the logistics and well-being of tour members that I was impressed.

Adam Walleyn
RR, Madagascar

Adam Walleyn went above and beyond to find just about everything there was to see. His knowledge of herps, mammals and birds is very comprehensive.

Heinz Ortmann
JT, Madagascar 2015

Just a short note to say that I thought Heinz did a great job with the Masoala extension---he's a a sharp birder, energetic, and very personable with a lot of good stories! I look forward to traveling on another trip with him…

Gregory de Klerk
SC - Madagascar

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.

Adam Walleyn
GB & DB, Madagascar 2017

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

Madagascar - Comprehensive II 2024

28 Sep 2024 - 15 Oct 2024 (18 days)

USD8,495 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Gregory de Klerk

Tour price (Per person): USD8,495 * GBP6,700 * EUR7,848 * AUD12,957

Single Supplement: USD1,200 * GBP946 * EUR1,109 * AUD1,830

Flight costs: USD1,530 * GBP1,207 * EUR1,414 * AUD2,334

Can be linked with: Madagascar - Ranomafana Extension II 2024

Madagascar - Comprehensive III 2024

20 Oct 2024 - 06 Nov 2024 (18 days)

USD8,495 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Gregory de Klerk

Tour price (Per person): USD8,495 * GBP6,700 * EUR7,848 * AUD12,957

Single Supplement: USD1,200 * GBP946 * EUR1,109 * AUD1,830

Flight costs: USD1,530 * GBP1,207 * EUR1,414 * AUD2,334

Can be linked with: Madagascar - Ranomafana Extension III 2024

Madagascar - Comprehensive I 2025

12 Oct 2025 - 29 Oct 2025 (18 days)

USD8,795 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Lev Frid

Tour price (Per person): USD8,795 * GBP6,936 * EUR8,126 * AUD13,415

Single Supplement: USD1,350 * GBP1,065 * EUR1,247 * AUD2,059

Flight costs: USD1,700 * GBP1,341 * EUR1,571 * AUD2,593

Can be linked with: Madagascar - Ranomafana Extension I 2025

Madagascar - Comprehensive II 2025

17 Nov 2025 - 04 Dec 2025 (18 days)

USD8,795 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Stuart Elsom

Tour price (Per person): USD8,795 * GBP6,936 * EUR8,126 * AUD13,415

Single Supplement: USD1,350 * GBP1,065 * EUR1,247 * AUD2,059

Flight costs: USD1,700 * GBP1,341 * EUR1,571 * AUD2,593

Can be linked with: Madagascar - Ranomafana Extension II 2025

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