We at Rockjumper and Oryx have an unbeatable reputation in Madagascar, having run more than 80 successful tours over the past 20 years to this, 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 photographing 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.
Long-tailed, Pitta-like, Rufous-headed, Short-legged & Scaly Ground Rollers, Subdesert & White-breasted Mesites, Cuckoo Roller, Red-fronted, Running, Coquerel’s, Red-capped & Blue Couas, Schlegel’s & Velvet Asity, Van Dam’s, Blue, Rufous, Lafresnaye’s, Sickle-billed, Crossley’s & Nuthatch Vangas, Madagascan & Frances’s Sparrowhawks, Madagascan Buttonquail, Rainforest Scops Owl, Madagascan & Collared Nightjars, Thamnornis, Nelicourvi & Sakalava Weavers, Malagasy & Madagascan Pygmy Kingfishers, Madagascan Hoopoe, Grey-headed Lovebird, Red-tailed Tropicbird, Olive Bee-eater, Madagascan Plover, Madagascan Blue Pigeon
Indri, Coquerel’s & Diademed Sifaka, Red-bellied Lemur, Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur, Milne-edward’s Sportive Lemur, Golden-brown & Grey Mouse Lemurs, Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur, Eastern Grey Bamboo Lemur, Mongoose Lemur, Lowland Streaked Tenrec
Mid-altitude rainforest, deciduous woodland, spiny forest, mudflats, wetlands
Hot and humid in north-west, hot and dry in south-west & warm & humid in the east. Generally hot days and warm nights with some rain expected in the east
Slow to moderate
Very unique habitats such as the spiny forest/desert, amazing and endemic herps & insects, coral reefs, beautiful, tropical oceans & beaches in south-west, unique culture & architecture
What our clients say about tours to Madagascar
David Hoddinott is the best!! He is tenacious about getting all participants on all birds!
Excellent tour overall. Adam Walleyn is probably the best overall bird tour guide I have had the pleasure of touring with. He not only knows the birds and wildlife, but is great at handling all types of people and doing whatever he can to make the tour fun, pleasant, and productive. He was always respectful of participants, and…
Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect since this was my first birding specific trip, and it exceeded my expectations. Seeing all the endemic birds, mammals and reptiles was a once in a lifetime experience I will always remember. Adam Walleyn is a great guide who is extremely knowledgeable about most things “Madagascar.” And he…
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 is a terrific guide – very friendly and lovely to travel with.
We take our hats off to Gareth Robbins, who worked day and night to make the tour work in the most effective way, taking the local infrastructure into consideration.
This was our first tour with Rockjumper and it was absolutely fabulous. Adam Walleyn is by far the best bird guide we have ever had the privilege of working with. His combined qualities as the overall tour leader in terms of personality, ability to deal with whatever got thrown at him and interactive skills were all…
Recently back at home from our fantastic tour in Madagascar, I wanted to offer thanks to all for the excellent times we enjoyed. For us, the exuberant and superbly-skilled leadership of Rich Lindie was a delight and gave us such a greater measure of understanding to the natural wonders as well as a bit of the cultural aspects of the unique island. We had a great time, and we certainly saw a tremendous variety of the birds, mammals, and many other creatures as well as strange and wonderful plant life of the “Eighth Continent”. Thanks to Cuan and all the staff for assisting in the planning stages. Above all, however, thanks to Rich for giving his all to ensure a successful and thoroughly delightful tour…. From start to finish, a most memorable trip, and our highest recommendation to Rockjumper for the entire experience.
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 was a terrific guide and traveling companion. He managed everything from birding to people to logistics like a veteran. We’d love to travel with him again any time
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!
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…
Our guide, Adam Walleyn, was exceptional. His knowledge and enthusiasm is unparalleled.
I’d like to thank you all for a fantastic Madagascar Comprehensive trip. Crystal and Alison were so helpful with all the pre-trip stuff; Glen and Fano made the trip so smooth and successful in every way and the local guides were fantastically skilled.
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.
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…
Gareth Robbins made special efforts to ensure everyone saw the wildlife. An amazing tour.
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.
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.