Madagascar September 2016


Here's a short video of some of the highlights from our Madagascar trip in September, by Paul Willoughby



Below is a selection of photographs from our tour, courtesy of Peter Henderson


This White-throated Rail showed very well at Tulear


Ward's Flycatcher is now known to be a vanga and is renamed Ward's Vanga


Verreaux's Coua is perhaps the hardest of it's family to see. We got great views of this one as it caught the early morning sun.


The iconic Ring-tailed Lemur at Isalo.


This young Red-bellied Brown Lemur is so cute!


The Peacock Day Gecko is brilliantly coloured, and not at all camouflaged. You'd never say that of the leaf-tailed geckos...


We did particularly well for leaf-tailed geckos this year, seeing Mossy (left), Satanic (middle) and another unidentified (right).


An endemic swallowtail butterfly Papilio delalandei.


Madagascar Paradise-flycatcher.


The rare Madagascar Harrier quartering a marsh near Tulear.


The female Madagascar Buttonquail is more colourful than the male.


Huge Madagascar Birdwing butterflies are a common sight in the dry south-west.


The rare Long-tailed Ground-roller is found with the help of our gifted local guides.



The Indri is a must-see (and must hear!) lemur of the eastern rainforests.


Dimorphic Egret is supposed to be a race of Little Egret or Western Reef-heron. What nonesense!


A pair of Collared Nightjars roosting side by side rely on their amazing camourflage.


The Brilliant Blue is a common butterfly at Isalo.


A male Benson's Rock Thrush at Isalo.





Madagascar tour photos 2013



Below is a selection of photographs from our successful tour and Phil's additional days there.



Tenrec at Perinet

Madagascar Sparrowhawks at Perinet


Ring-tailed Lemurs


Scaly Ground-Roller, Mantadia


Sub-desert Mesite, Ifaty


Madagascar Pond Heron


White-throated Rail



Madagascar Blue Pigeon


Collared Nightjars


Madagascar Flufftail





Madagascar Kingfisher


Madagascar Pond Heron


near Isalo



Madagascar Kestrel


White-browed Owl




Zombitse day gecko


Sportive lemur


Frances Sparrowhawk


Common Jery


Red-tailed Tropicbird




Madagascar Nightjar



Chabert's Vanga


Sickle-billed Vanga



Madagascar Plover


Madagascar Crested Ibis


Madagascar Hoopoe


Nuthatch Vanga


Madagascar Scops Owl




Common Brown Lemur


Blue Coua




Madagascar Pratincole


Madagascar Little Grebe


Madagascar Snipe


Short-legged Ground Roller




Forest Rock-Thrush




Madagascar Pond Heron


Ring-tailed Lemur





Velvet Asity



Following our 2013 tour to Madagascar, Phil journeyed around to check out some lesser-known wildlife sites and was lucky to see this Aye-aye.

He was able to watch it for 30 minutes at close range where managed to snap some great pictures. He does seem to be annoyingly lucky sometimes!





Madagascar 2012


Cliff Buckton kindly sent us some of his pictures from our Madagascar 2012 trip





Nicholas Branson kindly sent us some of his pictures from our Madagascar 2011 trip

Indri, Perinet

Frances' Sparrowhawk

Blue Vanga


Coquerel's Sifaka




Running Coua


Lesser Hedgehog Tenrek

Chabert's Vanga

Long-tailed Ground-roller

Crested Coua



Ring-tailed Lemur

Madagascar Sandgrouse

Crab Plover

Short-legged Ground-roller


Collared Nightjar

Common Sunbird-asity

Giraffe-necked Weevil



Here are a few of photographs from our very successful 2011 Madagascar tour taken by customers Phil & Sue Jones.







Here are a few of photographs from our very successful inaugural Madagascar tour, in September 2010. Most were take by Paul Willoughby, with a few kindly sent to us by Val Williamson.


Vakona Forest Lodge was our home for the first four days. After driving through rural Madagascar we were all grateful that our accommodation was so lovely.


This Short-legged Ground-roller was one of our first successes. It posed beautifully.


Blue Vanga is one of the most stunning members of this endemic family. We saw them at both Perinet and Ankarafantsika.


Another endemic family is the asities. We saw three out of four, including this Velvet Asity.


Parson's Chameleon is one of six species of chameleon we saw.


Hammerkops are occasionally seen in roadside paddyfields.


In the south, we did a boat trip to Nosy Ve. We used Zebu carts to get to the boat to avoid getting our feet wet!


Arriving in Anakao....


Then on to Nosy Ve, where we photographed Red-tailed Tropicbirds at point blank range.


Exploring the spiny forest at Ifaty. These huge baobabs are hundreds of years old.


In the spiny forest there are common birds such as this endemic Sakalava Weaver....


....scarce ones such as this Banded Kestrel....


....beautiful ones such as the Crested Coua....


....cryptically plumaged ones such as this Madagascar Nightjar...


....and endangered ones such as this Subdesert Mesite.


This nocturnal Lesser Hedgehog Tenrek was disturbed from its daytime roost for a few minutes before being safely returned. Our guides at Ifaty were hunters at one time, and our presence means that animals like this are shown to tourists rather than eaten!


Another Madagascar Nightjar was seen at Tulear Arboretum.


Red Fody is one of the few species which had adapted to man made habitats, being common in the rice fields.


This is Paul at Isalo, looking for the Benson's Rock Thrush (below)


Greater Vasa Parrot at Isalo.


Red-fronted Brown Lemur at Zombitse.


Hubbard's Sportive lemur at Zombitse. Sportive lemurs are so named because they adopt a boxing pose when threatened.


Madagascar Sacred Ibis is very rare and endangered. We saw several during a boat trip into the Betsiboka Delta.


Madagascar Bee-eater is common and widespread, and we saw them almost every day.


Spiny-tailed Iguana.


Sickle-billed Vangas were common at Ankarafantsika. They use their long curved bills to get grubs our of holes in the trees.




Milne-Edward's Sportive Lemur.


Madagascar Magpie Robin is common throughout the island.


Ankarafantsika is the best place in the world to see the endangered Madagascar Fish Eagle.


At the same site there are normally a few endemic Humblot's Herons.


This female Schlegel's Asity showed better than the male.


Delightful Coquerel's Sifakas delight visitors to Ankarafantsika.


Common Brown Lemurs can be seen too.




Please note: The above photographs were taken on previous trips. Itineraries change from time to time and therefore you cannot rely on these photographs as being an exact representation of what can be expected on a future tour. For details of the each tour, you should refer to the brochure write-up.



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