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NORTHERN MADAGASCAR

Birdquest’s Northern Madagascar birding tour explores a rarely-visited part of the world. Our Northern Madagascar tour seeks out a number of rarely-seen Madagascar specialities, including the critically endangered Madagascar Pochard and Sakalava Rail.

Sunday 30th September — Monday 8th October 2018
(9 days)


Leader: János Oláh

Group Size Limit: 9

Tour Category: Mostly easy walking; accommodations range from comfortable to basic

On this tour, which is a fantastic adventure through seldom travelled lands, we hope to find little-known rarities such as the superb Sakalava Rail (Pete Morris)

On this tour, which is a fantastic adventure through seldom travelled lands, we hope to find little-known rarities such as the superb Sakalava Rail (Pete Morris)

This exciting tour focuses on some rarely seen specialities of the northern part of Madagascar.

We will first explore Lake Kinkony, a remote wetland to the southwest of Majunga where the Sakalava Rail was relatively recently discovered.

Moving northwards, we will explore a truly remote region where Madagascar Pochard was recently rediscovered and where other rarities such as Red Owl, Meller’s Duck and Malagasy Harrier all still occur.

As well as these mega-specialities, we can expect to see a wide range of Madagascar endemic birds and other species of interest.

Birdquest has operated tours to the most remote parts of northern Madagascar since 2008.

Tsingy Wood Rail Extension Option: If there are enough participants interested, we can arrange an extension to western Madagascar to find the rare and localized endemic Tsingy Wood Rail. Please inform us at the time of booking if you are interested in participating in such an extension.

Helmet Vanga Extension Option: If there are enough participants interested, we can also arrange an extension to an area not too far from Antananarivo where there is a high chance for the amazing Helmet Vanga and also Bernier’s Vanga. Please inform us at the time of booking if you are interested in participating in such an extension.

Accommodation & Road Transport: The hotels are of good or medium standard. For two nights at the Madagascar Pochard site and for two nights at Lac Kinkony we will be staying in a comfortable camp with two people per tent. Road transport is by 4x4 vehicles and roads are variable in quality.

Walking: The walking effort is mostly easy.

Climate: Rather variable. Many days will be hot, dry and sunny, but it is sometimes overcast and rainy. It may be humid at times.

Bird/Mammal Photography: Opportunities range from worthwhile to fairly good.

Can be taken together with: ULTIMATE MADAGASCAR and/or THE COMOROS

Tour Price: £2890, €3290, $3780 Majunga/Majunga. Single Room Supplement: £140, €160, $184. Deposit: £350, €420, $460.

Includes surface transportation, accommodations, meals, water, entrance fees and tips/gratuities.

Base prices for this tour are in Euros. The exchange rates applied at the time of costing were: £1 = €1.140 and €1 = $1.150.

Air Travel To & From The Tour: Our in-house IATA ticket agency will be pleased to arrange your air travel on request, or you may arrange this yourself if you prefer.

The magnificent Red Owl is an excellent possibility on this tour (Pete Morris)

The magnificent Red Owl is an excellent possibility on this tour (Pete Morris)

We will also go to see the recently re-discovered Madagascar Pochard, a species that we are helping to conserve (Pete Morris)

We will also go to see the recently re-discovered Madagascar Pochard, a species that we are helping to conserve (Pete Morris)

Other diverse wildlife in Madagascar includes the world's smallest chameleon (Pete Morris)

Other diverse wildlife in Madagascar includes the world's smallest chameleon (Pete Morris)

... and the splendid Crowned Sifaka, pictured here at Katsepy, south of Majunga (Pete Morris)

... and the splendid Crowned Sifaka, pictured here at Katsepy, south of Majunga (Pete Morris)

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Birdquest Ltd is Registered in England, Company No. 01568270. The address of our registered office is Two Jays, Kemple End, Stonyhurst, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9QY

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