Half of Ankarafantsika National Park’s 129 bird species are endemic: Van Dam’s Vanga, Rufous Vanga, Banded Kestrel, and the Madagascar Fish Eagle.
Oct. 6-12, 2017 (7 days)
Tour company – Birding Ecotours.
Tour Start & End – Antananarivo.
Group size – 8 maximum.
Top birds – Madagascar Jacana, Madagascar Pond Heron, Humblot’s Heron, Black Heron, Madagascar Fish Eagle, Sickle-billed Vanga, Madagascar Green Pigeon, Grey-headed Lovebird, and Madagascar Nightjar.
Habitats – Ankarafantsika National Park, Ampijoroa dry deciduous forest, Lake Ravelobe, and Betsiboka Delta.
Accommodations – Relais des Plateaux in Antananarivo, Ampijoroa Forest Station in Ankarafantsika (rustic) , and Roche Rouge in Majunga.
Price – $3,024/person (double occupancy)
Day 1: Arrival in Antananarivo
You can arrive in Madagascar’s capital at any time today. Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight: Relais des Plateaux, Antananarivo
Day 2. Tana to Mahajanga (Majunga) to Ampijoroa (Ankarafantsika National Park)
We will leave the hotel after breakfast, take our flight to Mahajanga, and eventually drive directly to Ankarafantsika (about 4 hours’ drive), heading for the Ampijoroa dry deciduous forest. A three-night stay should allow us to spot most of the key birds of the area. En route to Ankarafantsika, we plan to stop at Lake Amboromalandy and at rice fields to try to find birds like Madagascan Jacana, Malagasy Pond Heron, Humblot’s Heron, the strange Black Heron, and others.
Time-permitting, we can spend time at Lake Ravelobe, scanning for the critically endangered Madagascan Fish Eagle and many other birds. Beware of crocodiles, please, and don’t walk too close to the lake! We then return to the rustic accommodation, checking the trees around the “lodge” for spectacular birds, including Sickle-billed Vanga, Madagascan Green Pigeon, Grey-headed Lovebird, and many others. If we’re not too tired, we might do a night walk tonight (otherwise the next evening), and this might generate Madagascan Nightjar, owls, chameleons, and nocturnal lemurs.
Overnight: Ampijoroa Forest Station, Ankarafantsika
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