We at Rockjumper have an unbeatable reputation in Madagascar and are excited to present a first of its kind Madagascar Mega tour that will target almost every single endemic bird species on this magnificent island. The tour will spend ample time in all of the key habitats and will also end up with an impressive list of lemurs, reptiles, chameleons and frogs. Rainforest sites on the route include the stunning Masoala Peninsula, far flung Montagne d’Ambre, Ranomafana and Mantadia-Andasibe where we seek out such gems as Helmet, Pollen’s and Bernier’s Vangas, all four rainforest ground rollers, Amber Mountain Rock Thrush, Brown Mesite, Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity, Velvet Asity and Madagascan Serpent Eagle. A visit to the remote Lac Matsaborimena will be an undoubted highlight as we search for Madagascan Pochard, the critically endangered Slender-billed Flufftail, declining Malagasy Harrier and rare Red Owl. Another key habitat are the dry deciduous forests and time at Ankarafantsika should yield the highly localised Van Dam’s Vanga, White-breasted Mesite and Schlegel’s Asity while Zombitse Forest is the only known site for the delicate Appert’s Greenbul. The spiny forest of south-western Madagascar is like no other and holds some outrageous birds such as Long-tailed Ground Roller and Subdesert Mesite. Time will also be spent visiting the off-the-beaten-track sites such as Lac Kinkony for the little known Sakalava Rail and the Andohahela Mountains for the almost mythical Red-tailed Newtonia. 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. Besides the birds we experience up to 40 lemur species (including the world-famous dancing sifakas), other mammals from civets to strange tenrecs (the planet’s most primitive mammals), dozens of species of chameleons, cryptic leaf-tailed geckos and other bizarre reptiles and amphibians, and even some of the world’s most outlandish insects (such as the celebrated Giraffe-necked Weevil)! Join us for the most comprehensive birding and wildlife tour of this otherworldly land!
Madagascan Pochard, Sakalava Rail, Red-tailed Newtonia, Subdesert, Brown & White-breasted Mesite, Cuckoo Roller, Long-tailed, Scaly, Pitta-like, Short-legged and Rufous-headed Ground Roller, Blue, Running & Red-breasted Coua, Schlegel’s & Velvet Asity, Helmet, Bernier’s, Pollen’s, Nuthatch & Sickle-billed Vanga, Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity, Amber Mountain Rock Thrush, Red Owl, Appert’s Tetraka, Madagascan Plover, Thamnornis, Madagascan & Malagasy Sacred Ibis, Madagascan Fish Eagle, Madagascan Serpent Eagle, Malagasy Harrier, Henst’s Goshawk, Bernier’s Teal , Madagascan Wood Rail, Brown Emutail
Indri, Ring-tailed, Crowned and Mongoose Lemur, Diademed, Crowned, Milne Edward’s, Van der Decken’s & Verreaux’s Sifaka, Golden & Greater Bamboo Lemur, Golden-brown Mouse Lemur, Hubbard’s and Ankarana Sportive Lemur, Sambirano Avahi, Amber Mountain Fork-marked Lemur, Red Ruffed Lemur, Lowland Streaked and Greater Hedgehog Tenrec, Fossa
lowland and montane rainforests, dry deciduous forest, riparian forest, spiny forest, mudflats, wetlands
warm to very hot, cooler evenings in highlands, some rainfall possible
moderate to brisk pace
spiny forest, Berenty, strange herps & insects, coral reefs, shopping, culture