Price per person, flights not included. Single supplement £630.
Accompanied by Conservation scientist Dr Charlie Gardner, discover the magical island of Madagascar, uninhabited by man until just 2000 years ago. Witness what happens when an isolated island is left to evolve without large predators for 165 million years. 80% of Madagascar’s species are endemic and its protected reserves and rainforests contain amazingly diverse wildlife, from impish ring-tailed lemurs and dancing sifakas to brightly coloured chameleons, frogs and butterflies. There’s a superb array of birds, with the beautiful crested coua amongst the six endemic families and more than seventy species of singing birds and parrots. Learning how scientists and activists are working to protect this unique habitat from being lost.
Explore Isalo National Park, a dry massif of ‘ruiniforme’ sandstone, looking for ringtail lemurs or Verreaux’s sifakas, while the flora includes special palms and aloes. Visit the impressive indigenous baobabs on the way to the dry deciduous forest of Zombitse. Further baobabs and other flora can be seen in the spiny forest of the Reniala Botanical Garden. Here is an ensemble of drought-resistant plants such as Pachypodiums, Moringas, Hildergardia and Delonix. Birding is superb with long-tailed ground-rollers, Lafresnaye's vangas, sub-desert mesites, running couas and Archbold's Newtonia.
Enjoy free time at the beach in Ifaty facing the Mozambique channel. Visit the UNESCO heritage listed Royal Hill of Ambohimanga in Antananarivo and see the wonderful craft market which has beautiful fossil specimens for sale as well as baskets, woodcrafts and of course vanilla pods.
- Delight in finding some of the 33 species of lemurs, a primate found nowhere else on earth
- Discover totally unique flora and fauna - 5% of all known animal and plant species worldwide are found only in Madagascar