THE AYE AYE AND I
Join ever-popular Malagasy naturalist guide and leader Mamy Ramarolahy on this fabulous wildlife group tour which has been specially designed to maximise the chances of watching one of Madagascar’s most elusive and weirdest lemurs in the wild; the aye aye! The itinerary loosely follows the route taken by Gerald Durrell on his last wildlife collecting expedition to Madagascar, recounted in his hilarious novel, The Aye – Aye and I. The adventure starts with the little visited rainforest reserve of Farankaraina on the edge of the bay of Antongil in the north of Madagascar. At this time of year the chances of seeing aye ayes are excellent (around 70 – 80 % per night) and there is plenty of other wildlife to see here too. From here we travel to the wild Masoala Peninsula, containing Madagascar’s largest remaining area of lowland rainforest which in turn supports the greatest biodiversity found on the island. Here you will stay in one of Madagascar’s best rainforest lodges where you can hopefully enjoy watching humpback whales teaching their calves to breach, snorkel and kayak in the local marine reserve and explore the luxuriant primary rainforest in search of the spectacular red ruffed lemur and unmistakable helmet vanga.
The second location will be the very different but equally rewarding dry decidous forest of Ankarafantsika National Park (commonly known as Ampijoroa) for more special lemur encounters including one of the most beautiful, the Coquerel’s sifaka, the rare mongoose lemur and very localised golden-brown mouse lemur. Walks within the National Park may reveal the rare white-breasted mesite, Schlegel’s asity and Van Dam’s vanga and the endagered Madagascar fish eagle on Lake Ravelobe. Other highlights here will include the Ankarokaroka sandstone canyon and the Durrell Conservation Trust’s exemplary Angonoka Project.