Whitehawk completed its first tour to Madagascar in November. Covering the southern and eastern parts of the country, tour participants visited an amazing mix of habitats that adorn this country. We visited the unique spiny forests of Ifaty and traveled to the incredible rock formations of Isalo. We explored the expansive rainforests of Ranomafana National Park. As you can imagine, such a diversity of habitats often equals a comparable diversity of wildlife. Madagascar does not disappoint. Especially when you consider that over 90% of its flora and fauna are endemic! You can read our Madagascar Trip Report here.
We were lucky to see so many species on this trip. We observed eighteen different lemur species, unique to the island. Among these included the largest living lemur, the Indri, in Perinet and one of the smallest, the Gray-Brown Mouse Lemur in Berenty Reserve. And we can’t forget the six species of chameleons we saw, mostly during our night walks!
But, of course, this was a birding tour and so our focus was on the unique and beautiful species of the island. We saw close to 160 species on our two-week trip. Some of the highlights include the Helmet Vanga, all five species of ground-rollers, the Sickle-billed Vanga and the Madagascar Cuckoo-hawk.
If you are interested in Madagascar, contact us! It is truly a spectacular destination for wildlife and birding like no other. We can either arrange a private tour or inform you of an open space in one of our future trips.