Madagascar is often referred to as the ‘Eighth Continent’ and its exceptional fauna and flora have evolved over millions of years of isolation. This legendary uniqueness is nowhere better reflected than in its birds, and the island hosts no fewer than five endemic families (the ground rollers, cuckoo roller, mesites, Malagasy warblers and asities), plus the near endemic vangas! But the wonder of Madagascar extends well beyond its avifauna, and we do not neglect the amazing lemurs, colourful chameleons, and fascinating flora of this appropriately named “laboratory of evolution.” For our Madagascar Highlights tour we have cherry-picked the best of Madagascar and offered it in a shorter package, and as a result, this expedition provides a more relaxed pace and less demanding Madagascar experience than our Comprehensive tours. We target all five endemic Malagasy bird families as well as good numbers of lemurs and other representative wildlife, making this ideal for travellers with limited time or less interest in targeting every single endemic bird.

Top Birds

Subdesert Mesite; Cuckoo Roller; Long-tailed, Pitta-like, Rufous-headed, Short-legged & Scaly Ground Rollers; Red-breasted, Red-fronted, Running, Red-capped, Blue & Giant Couas; Velvet Asity; Nuthatch, Lafresnaye’s, Crossley’s & Sickle-billed Vangas; Madagascar & France’s Sparrowhawks; Madagascar Sandgrouse; Madagascar Buttonquail; Madagascar Owl; Madagascar & Collared Nightjars; Madagascar Crested Ibis; Madagascar Wood Rail; Brown Emutail; White-throated Oxylabes; Archbold’s Newtonia; Thamnornis; Nelicourvi Weaver.

Top Mammals

Indri; Ring-tailed & Red-bellied Lemurs; Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur; Diademed & Verreaux’s Sifakas; Madagascar Flying Fox

Habitats Covered

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

Expected Climate

cool to warm, cold evenings in highlands

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper leaders & local leader

Tour Pace & Walking

slow to moderate

Accommodation

comfortable hotels and lodges

Ease of Birding

mostly unchallenging but several difficult rainforest skulkers

Number of Species Expected

120-130

Other Attractions

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

Photographic Opportunities

incredible

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.

Stephan Lorenz
SW, Madagascar 2022

Stephan was an excellent guide and leader. Excellent knowledge, bags of energy, calm and attentive to the needs of the group. Accommodation and food generally very good and local ground agent had logistics well sorted - even internal flights all to plan.

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.

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 - Highlights I 2024

29 May 2024 - 12 Jun 2024 (15 days)

USD7,295 - 2 Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: André Bernon

Tour price (Per person): USD7,295 * GBP5,856 * EUR6,845 * AUD11,244

Single Supplement: USD1,010 * GBP811 * EUR948 * AUD1,557

Flight costs: USD1,075 * GBP863 * EUR1,009 * AUD1,657

Madagascar - Highlights II 2024

21 Nov 2024 - 05 Dec 2024 (15 days)

USD7,295 - 2 Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Gregory de Klerk

Tour price (Per person): USD7,295 * GBP5,856 * EUR6,845 * AUD11,244

Single Supplement: USD1,010 * GBP811 * EUR948 * AUD1,557

Flight costs: USD1,075 * GBP863 * EUR1,009 * AUD1,657

Madagascar - Highlights I 2025

06 Jul 2025 - 20 Jul 2025 (15 days)

USD7,295 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Forrest Rowland

Tour price (Per person): USD7,295 * GBP5,856 * EUR6,845 * AUD11,244

Single Supplement: USD1,060 * GBP851 * EUR995 * AUD1,634

Flight costs: USD1,080 * GBP867 * EUR1,013 * AUD1,665

Madagascar - Highlights II 2025

02 Nov 2025 - 16 Nov 2025 (15 days)

USD7,295 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Lev Frid

Tour price (Per person): USD7,295 * GBP5,856 * EUR6,845 * AUD11,244

Single Supplement: USD1,060 * GBP851 * EUR995 * AUD1,634

Flight costs: USD1,080 * GBP867 * EUR1,013 * AUD1,665

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