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MADAGASCAR: LAND OF LEMURS, EXOTIC BIRDS, AND RARE PLANTS

11 Days



Photographs by Connie Bransilver

Although Madagascar has over 1,800 miles of beautiful beaches, exceptionally good food, and offers great value for the tourist dollar, its unique flora and fauna are its greatest attraction. Among the discoveries that await the photographer:

 

  • Lemurs: These prosimian primates are found wild only in Madagascar .
  • Exotic Birds: Five families of birds are endemic to Madagascar .
  • Rare Plants: Madagascar boasts one of the richest floras in the world with more than 10,000 species of vascular plants, over 80% of which are endemic to the island.
  • Other Attractions: reptiles (including chameleons, geckoes, turtles and tortoises), amphibians (including brightly colored frogs), beautiful butterflies, moths and stick insects, fantastic coral reefs, whales during the breeding season, and so much more…

    Visit Conservation International or more information on Madagascar.

 

 

Maximum Number of Photographers: 10

Photographer Escort: Connie Bransilver

 

Our Itinerary

Day 1
Antananarivo

Upon arrival late this evening we will clear customs and meet our guides for transfer to the hotel.

Palissandre Hotel & Spa – deluxe room (B)

Day 2
Antananarivo

Today is spent exploring the capital, affectionately known as “Tana” where we will take a city tour. During the day we will visit the Cultural Museum for an introduction to early Madagascar life as well as the special birds, lemurs, and botanical wonders endemic to the island. Afterwards we will visit the craft market to see the flower paper, embroidery and lace making, and furniture carving. Lunch will be at a small Indonesian restaurant across from the museum indicating the strong influence of the original settles of Madagascar 1500 years ago.

Vakona Forest Lodge – bungalow (BD) 

Day 3
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Our morning begins with a scenic drive through the verdant Imerina countryside to Perinet/Analamazaotra Special Reserve in the eastern rain forest. We will stop for lunch by a lovely waterfall and visit La Mandraka Nature Farm before continuing to the in the forest of the Analamazoatra Reserve. We will enjoy afternoon and night walks into Perinet Reserve to see and hear the Indri, Madagascar’s most revered lemur and the myriad nocturnal mammals, reptiles and insects.

Vakona Forest Lodge – bungalow (BD) 

Day 4
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park - Tamatave

This morning you we have the opportunity to spend time on “Nature Island” adjacent to the hotel (lemurs guaranteed). We will see Indri and other lemurs, birds and reptiles, or a more leisurely stroll through the island near the lodge where habituated lemurs can assure good photographs. We will have lunch prior to departing in the afternoon for a beautiful drive to the coastal lowlands and TamataVe. In the afternoon we will visit Parc Ivoloina (late afternoon is feeding time for the aye - aye) a unique animal rehabilitation center, “zoo” (it is not a zoo in the traditional sense in that all of the animals are rescues and cannot be released for various reasons) and environmental education center. Ivoloina boasts excellent photo-ops with its large group of breeding radiated tortoises.

Sharon Hotel – standard room (BD)

Day 5
Tamatave - Maroantsetra

This morning we fly to Maroantsetra, gateway to the Masoala Peninsula great rain forest and Mecca for naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts. You will then be transferred to Relais du Masoala for check-in. After lunch we depart by boat for a river cruise – the local highway – by canoe for a glimpse of life along the river returning in the evening. We will have the opportunity to take a night walk.
Relais du Masoala – bungalow (BD)

Day 6
Maroantsetra – Excurision Nosy Mangabe

Today we take a day trip by boat to the Island reserve of Mangabe, a nature sanctuary for the world’s rarest lemur the aye - aye. We will have a picnic lunch by the Indian Ocean and the opportunity to swim and photograph Madagascar at its most pristine and authentic. The island is particularly known for its many frog species and hidden tombs at the top of the mountain.

Relais du Masoala – bungalow (BD)


Day 7
Maroantsetra – Antananarivo

Flight time permitting, we can take a morning visit to the village of Navan and visit the vanilla, clove and coffee plantations. We will then fly back to “Tana” for overnight at the hotel.

Palissandre Hotel & Spa – deluxe room (B)

Day 8
Antananarivo – Ft. Dauphin – Berenty Reserve

This morning we board a 90-minute flight to Ft. Dauphin which sits at the extreme south east tip of Madagascar. Upon arrival you will continue on for a 2-hour drive through the “spiny forest” and past elaborate Antanosy graves to Berenty. In the late afternoon we will visit the reserve and overnight at the edge of the forest.

Gite du Berenty – bungalow (BD)

Day 9
Berenty Reserve

Today we have a full day to spend in the reserve with walks along the wide, well maintained trails. The “maki”, better known as ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) are very friendly and will be happy to pose for photographs. Be ready for surprise encounters with the beautiful sifaka lemur as they “dance” across your path. Other species include flying foxes, lizards, chameleons, the endangered radiated tortoise and dozen of species of rare birds. We will also have the opportunity for a local village tour.

Gite du Berenty – bungalow (BD)

Day 10
Berenty – Ft. Dauphine – Antananaarivo

Today we drive back from Berenty in time to catch the flight back to “Tana”. Time permitting you may visit the Saiidi private gardens of the de Heaulme family prior to leaving for the airport.

Palissandre Hotel & Spa – deluxe room (B)

Day 11
Antananarivo - Paris

You may depart today or continue on the extension.

Optional Extension

Day 12
Antananarivo – Diego Suarez – Montagne d’Ambre

Today we will board a morning flight to Diego, a unique port on the Northern tip of the island continent. Diego features an eclectic mix of architectural statues reflecting the myriad of influences throughout the centuries. We will meet and depart for the beautiful and lush nearby national park of Montagne d’Ambre where you can enjoy a late afternoon and evening walk.

Nature Lodge

Day 13
Joffreville – Excursion Ankarana

We depart early this morning for the Ankarana, known for the fantastic formations of eroded “tsingy” limestone pinnacles. Here we will explore the caves and have a great opportunity to photograph the crowned lemur which abound in the forest before returning to Joffreville.
Nature Lodge

Day 14
Diego Suarez - Antananarivo

If time permits you will have a chance to tour the town of Diego prior to flying back to the capital. Once back at the capital you will have a day room to freshen up and rest prior to late evening transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Photographic Expedition Price
(Per Person, Double Occupancy)

Retail Price: $7,995 per person

Photographer’s Price: $5,995 per person

Non-Photographer Traveling with a Photographer Price: $5,995

Single Room Supplement: $1,000.00

Small Group Premium - Group Size 4 - 5: $500 per person

Deposit to Reserve Your Participation: $250 per person

Additional Deposit to Secure Participation is due on 1 March 2011: $1,000 per person

Photographic Expedition Price

$1,550.00 per person

Questions?
(805) 563-7943

 

Expedition Price Includes:

 

- 3 nights Palissandre Hotel & Spa (Deluxe room) on a bed and breakfast

- 2 nights Vakona Lodge on a Half Board basis

- 1 night Sharon Hotel on a Half Board basis

- 2 nights Relais Masoala on a Half Board basis

- 2 nights Berenty Lodge on a Half Board basis 

- All excursions (Perinet, Parc Ivoloina, Nose Mangabe and Berenty)

- Permits, Entrance fees and local guide

- All transfers where needed

- Car and driver

- Private Tours guide from six guests onwards

- Internal domestic flights and taxes

Extension Price Includes:

- 2 nights Nature Lodge on a Full Board basis (all meals included)

- Day room at the Orchid Hotel

- All excursions ( Montagne d'Ambre and Ankarana)

- Permits, Entrance fees and local guide

- Car and driver

- Private Za Tours guide from six guests onwards

- Internal domestic flights (Tana to Diego Suarez return– excluding taxes)

 

Not included: is international airfare and personal expenses such as personal insurance; excess baggage fees; phone calls; gratuities to staff and driver/guides; airport departure taxes; passport and visa fees, and beverages, and any additional nights, which are not noted in itinerary.

 

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