For our Madagascar Highlights birding tours, we have selected only the very best of this incredible country and offered it in a shorter package and at a more relaxed pace than our Comprehensive tours. Nonetheless, we still target all five endemic Malagasy bird families and good numbers of lemurs and other representative wildlife, making these tours ideal for travellers with limited time or less interest in targeting every single endemic bird.

Our first destination is a journey to the bird and animal-rich sites of Perinet and Mantadia National Park in the eastern rainforest zone. The unforgettable song of the Indri drifts through these forests, and we will take time out to find a family group of these, the largest lemur species. Some of the brilliant birds we will look for include several highly sought-after forest birds, including Pitta-like, Rufous-headed, Short-legged and Scaly Ground Rollers, Red-breasted, Red-fronted and Blue Couas, the stunning Velvet Asity, Cuckoo Roller, Crossley’s Babbler, Madagascar Owl, Rainforest Scops Owl, Madagascar and Collared Nightjars, Madagascar (Crested) Ibis, Madagascar Wood Rail, Nuthatch Vanga, Madagascar Blue Pigeon, Brown Emutail, White-throated Oxylabes and Nelicourvi Weaver. Other attractions in this scenically beautiful region are the vocal Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur and the elusive Diademed Sifaka, considered by many to be the world’s most beautiful lemur.

The next leg of this adventure takes us to Ifaty and Tulear for their spiny deserts and coastal habitats. Here we look for the uncommon Madagascar Plover and the beautiful Red-tailed Tropicbird along the seashores, as well as exploring the bizarre, Tolkienesque landscape of multi-stemmed succulents, squat baobab trees and thorny scrub for such spectacular endemics as Banded Kestrel, Running and Red-capped Couas, Archbold’s Newtonia, Thamnornis, Lafresnaye’s Vanga, the near mythical Subdesert Mesite, Long-tailed Ground Roller (an elusive ground dweller best located by its low, hooting call), flocks of noisy Sickle-billed Vangas, Subdesert Brush Warbler and the attractive Chabert’s Vanga.

Our final destination is Berenty, the most famous of Madagascar’s lemur reserves. This is home to no less than six lemur species and the south’s largest colony of Madagascar fruit bats (sporting 1.25-metre wingspans!). The easiness with which to observe and photograph Ring-tailed Lemurs and ‘dancing’ Verreaux Sifakas, in particular, has turned this small protected area into one of Madagascar’s prime wildlife destinations. Some of the birding highlights here could include Giant Coua strolling along the well-cleared paths, Madagascar Buttonquail scurrying through the leaf litter, Madagascar and France’s Sparrowhawks, and the smart-looking Madagascar Sandgrouse.

Top Birds

Subdesert Mesite, Cuckoo Roller, Long-tailed, Pitta-like, Rufous-headed, Short-legged & Scaly Ground Roller, Red-breasted, Red-fronted, Running, Red-capped, Blue & Giant Coua, Velvet Asity, Nuthatch, Lafresnaye’s & Sickle-billed Vanga, Crossley’s Babbler, Banded Kestrel, Madagascar & France’s Sparrowhawk, Madagascar Sandgrouse, Madagascar Buttonquail, Madagascar Owl, Rainforest Scops Owl, Madagascar & Collared Nightjar, Madagascar (Crested) Ibis, Madagascar Wood Rail, Brown Emutail, White-throated Oxylabes, Archbold’s Newtonia, Thamnornis, Nelicourvi Weaver

Top Mammals

Indri, Ring-tailed & Red-bellied Lemur, Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur, Diademed & Verreaux’s Sifaka, Madagascar Flying Fox

Habitats Covered

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

Expected Climate

cool to warm, cold evenings in highlands, no rain expected

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local leader

Tour Pace & Walking

slow to moderate


comfortable hotels and lodges

Ease of Birding

mostly unchallenging but several difficult rainforest skulkers

Number of Species Expected


Other Attractions

Spiny Desert, Berenty, weird herps & insects, coral reefs, shopping, culture

Photographic Opportunities


What our clients say about us

Adam Walleyn
RV, Madagascar

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 Erterius
SM, Madagascar

You have made a very good decision in hiring David Erterius. He is a great young man and will be a very good guide for your company.

Gareth Robbins
GM, Madagascar 2017

In addition to his obvious birding skills, Gareth Robbins' ability to handle all types of situations was remarkable. He was an excellent travelling companion, and his humour made the tour so much more enjoyable. What a great tour this was. I also want to say that the entire staff did a wonderful job, like they always do. I've asked many questions and had some concerns about various aspects of tours, and the staff handles all of them so efficiently. To all of you at Rockjumper, Thanks So Much!

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.

Adam Walleyn
GB & DB, Madagascar 2017

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

Madagascar - Highlights II 2023

18 Oct 2023 - 01 Nov 2023 (15 days)

USD6,995 - No Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Nigel Redman

Tour price (Per person): USD6,995 * GBP5,711 * EUR6,577 * AUD10,856

Single Supplement: USD990 * GBP808 * EUR931 * AUD1,537

Flight costs: USD1,100 * GBP898 * EUR1,034 * AUD1,707

Madagascar - Highlights I 2024

29 May 2024 - 12 Jun 2024 (15 days)

USD7,295 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: André Bernon

Tour price (Per person): USD7,295 * GBP5,956 * EUR6,859 * AUD11,322

Single Supplement: USD1,010 * GBP825 * EUR950 * AUD1,568

Flight costs: USD1,075 * GBP878 * EUR1,011 * AUD1,668

Madagascar - Highlights II 2024

21 Nov 2024 - 05 Dec 2024 (15 days)

USD7,295 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Julian Parsons

Tour price (Per person): USD7,295 * GBP5,956 * EUR6,859 * AUD11,322

Single Supplement: USD1,010 * GBP825 * EUR950 * AUD1,568

Flight costs: USD1,075 * GBP878 * EUR1,011 * AUD1,668

Madagascar - Highlights I 2025

06 Jul 2025 - 20 Jul 2025 (15 days)

USD8,000 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Forrest Rowland

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

Tour price (Per person): USD8,000 * GBP6,532 * EUR7,522 * AUD12,416

Madagascar - Highlights II 2025

02 Nov 2025 - 16 Nov 2025 (15 days)

USD8,000 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Lev Frid

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

Tour price (Per person): USD8,000 * GBP6,532 * EUR7,522 * AUD12,416

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