Without a doubt, one of the most prestigious locations for anyone interested in capturing the natural world has to be Madagascar – it’s one of our most requested trips, and I am pleased to announce our visit to this remote and isolated island in May of 2020.
Separated from the Indian Peninsula roughly 88 million years ago, the flora and fauna of this, the world’s fourth-largest island, has been allowed to evolve in seclusion from the rest of the planet, leading to some truly spectacular and unique species. 90% of all life on this island can be found nowhere else on the planet.
We will visit the famous national parks of the region to photograph the bio-diversity to be found here – carnivorous plants, over fifty species of lemur, birds, lizards, and much much more. Our sources on the island will ensure we are seeking out these various anomalous creatures at the best times, with evening walks to capture nocturnally active species as they begin their nightly routines.
I also hope to capture a truly unique animal while we are here – the elusive fossa, Madagascar’s largest mammalian carnivore. Closely related to the mongoose family, fossa are widespread throughout the island, but in very sparse populations. Combined with the thick forested habitat it prefers, it can be a difficult animal to locate, but I think we are up to the task!
Led by Art Wolfe
Assisted by Gavriel Jecan
Limited to 10 participants
Transportation and Accommodation
All meals, lodging, and transportation specified on the itinerary are included. You will be responsible for your flight to and from Antananarivo. You are encouraged to arrive one day prior to the workshop so that there is no worry of flight delays causing any problems.
*This tour is just being finalized now, the itinerary will be adjusted with additional information when it becomes available.
May 10 Antananarivo
Arrive in Antananarivo meet at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Check in to the hotel and dinner together with the group.
May 11 Diego Suarez-Joffre Ville
En route to Joffre Ville, we visit the first national park of Madagascar, La Montagne d’Ambre. Montagne d’Ambre (Ambre Mountain) is an isolated patch of montane forest that rises from the surrounding dry region. The park is famous for its waterfalls, crater lakes and wildlife.
May 12 Montagne d’ Ambre National Park
Montagne d’Ambre (Amber Mountain) National Park is located on Madagascar’s northernmost tip. We explore this lush patch of montane rainforest in search of Sanford’s Brown Lemur, Mountain Fork-marked Lemur, Crowned Lemur and perhaps even the elusive Fossa, the largest carnivore on the island. The birdlife here is especially abundant and includes the endemic Amber Mountain Rock Thrush, as well as Madagascar Ibis, Souimanga Sunbird, Pitta-like Ground Roller, White-throated Oxylabes and Hook-billed Vanga. After a full day of photography the group will be transported back to the hotel for a relaxing dinner together.
May 13 Diego Suarez
This morning after breakfast we have an air transfer to Diego Suarez. On arrival we check in at our hotel and then depart to the famous Tsingy Rouge. Tsingy Rouge de Diego Suarez in northern Madagascar is a group of beautiful Red Tsingy. The mixture of different oxides and the work of time gave birth to a set of several hundred small fairy chimneys. These turned out to be sand formations overlaid by red clay long ago. Erosion has worn the clay away, exposing the tall white (with tinges of red) columns of sand formations underneath.
May 14 Antananarivo/Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
After breakfast the group will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Antananarivo. Following their arrival in Antananarivo the group will be met and the airport and transferred to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park.
May 15 Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
Visit of Andasibe NP and Vakona lemur island then drive to Manambato and boat transfer to Akanin’ny nofy. The group will go out on a nocturnal boat excursion to spot some Aye Aye lemurs. (this will be our accommodation for the next three nights)
May 16-17 Palmarium Reserve
Two day visit of Palmarium reserve with an additional nocturnal boat excursion to photograph Aye Aye lemurs.
May 18 Tamatave
Boat transfer to Tamatave on the Pangalanes canal. The group will be collected at the small port and transferred to the hotel. After settling in at the hotel their will be an afternoon photo session.
May 19 Antananarivo
The group will be collected at the airport and transfered to the city. After getting settled into hotel we head off for a city tour to discover the capital of Antananarivo. Through the upper town, we have a great view over the plains of Antananarivo, discovery of the typical architecture of the highlands.
May 20 Fort Dauphin/Berenty Reserve
Flight to Fort dauphin. The group will be collected at the airport and will drive directly to Berenty. (this will be our accommodation for the next three nights)
May 21-22 Berenty Reserve
Two day visit of Berenty reserve. Berenty Reserve is a small private reserve of gallery forest along the Mandrare River, set in the semi-arid spiny forest ecoregion of the far south of Madagascar. It is home to six species of lemur, the south’s largest colony of Madagascar fruit bats, and 103 bird species, 56 of whom breed in the reserve. The gallery forest was formed between the present Mandrare River and one of its ancient arms: rich, well watered soil in a dry land. It holds extremely dense natural lemur populations with several hundred of each species per square kilometer.
May 23 Fort Dauphin-Antananarivo
Return to Fort dauphin and flight back to Antananarivo.
May 24 Antananarivo
Visit to markets then drive to the airport for international flights home. We suggest securing either late afternoon or evening flights home on this date. If you would like to stay an additional night we can arrange that for you as well.
End of tour
Antananarivo, Madagascar (IATA: TNR, ICAO: FMMI) Ivato International Airport