Madagascar Overland Encounters Group
Our ever popular small group tour is an overland trip of exceptional variety and scope, using accommodation of a high standard and taking in some of Madagascar’s most rewarding National Parks, community run reserves and local reforestation projects. Led by one of Madagascar’s best loacl naturalist guides, this wildlife filled small group tour is perfect for those looking to experience Madagascar most contrasting environments on an ever-changing overland journey.
Beginning with the bizarre spiny forests of Ifaty in the far south, we then move north through the transitional and baobab forests of Zombitse to the rocky canyon lands of Isalo. After time to explore this unusual landscape, we head north again where we can enjoy close encounters with the iconic ring-tailed lemurs at the community run Anja Park against a backdrop of impressive granite mountains. We then reach the lush cloud forest of Ranomafana National Park and the little visited Kianjavato Forest Reserve. The walking conditions here are more strenuous, but the wildlife very rewarding. After some memorable sightings of the rare wildlife here, hopefully including aye ayes, we make our way back to Tana before finishing at the wonderful species rich rainforests of Andasibe-Mantadia. Here we can enjoy a different cast of rainforest species with one of the highlights, being the largest lemur of all, the magical tail-less indri which we can usually get very close to.
Accommodation is mostly of a surprisingly good standard as you visit some of the island’s most highly rewarding National Parks and community run reserves. One of the highlights will be a visit to the Kianjavato Forest Reserve, away from the beaten track where we can enjoy some intimate encounters with many lemurs being studied by the Lemur Conservation Network. Here radio-collared agile black-and-white ruffed lemurs and highly endangered greater bamboo lemurs can be observed, usually at very close quarters in their natural habitat. While in the evening we have excellent opportunities to find the mysterious nocturnal aye aye on a more strenuous nocturnal walk deep in the forest. Thanks to the research being done by the Kianjavato Project staff at least eight aye ayes are known to be thriving in the forest here and our visit helps support their important research and reforestation work. The Project have already planted over 2 million trees and your visit here includes a donation towards their work.
The group has been kept deliberately small in order to maximise wildlife viewing and access to your tour leader and local guides, who really know how and where to find the unique wildlife in their localities.