The Great Madagascar Tsingy and Wildlife Adventure
Led by one of Madagascar’s best local guides, our new small group tour is for those with a real sense of adventure and a taste for the truly wild Madagascar. Accommodation is mostly of a surprisingly good standard as you visit some of the island’s most highly rewarding National parks in Andasibe but also venture well off the beaten track to see the largest tsingy in Madagascar.
Your group adventure begins in the wonderful Kirindy Reserve which, with eight species of lemur, has the greatest density of primates in the world. Also renowned for its rare birds and reptiles, Kirindy is also the only location where the endangered giant jumping rat is found. This is also the very best place in Madagascar to see the charismatic fossa – a cat-like top predator of lemurs that often passes through the lodge grounds. The wider region also boasts three species of baobab, epitomised by the iconic Avenue des Baobabs which will be visited at sunset.
Heading further north by road, you reach the breathtaking Tsingy of Bemaraha – a World Heritage Site of strangely eroded karst limestone peaks containing caves, sunken dry deciduous forests and many lemurs and other interesting fauna and flora. Walks in this area are challenging, require a certain amount of agility and are not suited to those with vertigo or mobility issues. Harnesses are provided in order to attach oneself to sturdy cables lining the more precipitous sections. Wildlife highlights may include the acrobatic Decken’s sifaka and endangered Madagascar fish eagle and giant coua. You then travel overland to the town of Antsirabe, famous for its colourful rickshaws and handicraft workshops giving an insight into everyday life in Madagascar.
Next comes the famous rainforest reserve of Perinet to experience a completely different ecosystem with many more special wildlife experiences. The largest species of lemur the indri, which has a haunting whale like call audible over long distances can be easily seen in Perinet Reserve. The nearby primary rainforest of Mantadia National Park will also hopefully provide encounters with the stunning diademed sifaka and black and white ruffed lemur in addition to many other lemurs and superb endemic birds such as the scaly ground roller and blue coua. The equally fascinating smaller wildlife here includes tiny pgymy chamelepons, the huge Parson’s chameleon, colourful mantella frogs and unusual invertebrates such as the giraffe-necked weevil. A fitting finale to a fantastic journey.