2019/10/24 to 2019/11/05

Madagascar Photo Safari 2019



Tour Dates

24 October 2019 - 5 November 2019 Space available


One of the most extraordinary places on earth, Madagascar- abruptly ripped from Africa some 160 million years ago, provides some of the most unique wildlife and nature experiences on this planet.

Its removal from Africa caused its evolutionary path to stray from that on the main continent and has resulted in a wildlife and nature of a seriously un-familiar territory for most people. In fact, at times you wonder if you are on planet earth at all! Shaped like an omelet, this large island offers the photographer the most diverse range of subjects to photograph. At times you don’t know whether to point your lens at the bird life, reptiles or lemurs jumping around you.

Lemurs, elephant birds, baobabs, chameleons, reptiles, vangas and many other species have evolved into unique forms that are only to be seen on these islands. If you have a penchant for discovery and exploration, then a safari to Madagascar is for you. This itinerary has been built to showcase the best of what Madagascar has to offer you. The wildlife is outstanding; its uniqueness enchanting. On this safari, you will be visiting the three main vegetation areas on the island: the dry-deciduous, desert and eastern rainforests that house a huge diversity of specialties. In addition, you will also visit the world famous baobab alley, where the photography is simply sublime. We will be taking a maximum of 6 people on this safari only to ensure an exclusive and intimate experience and also ensure you have excellent photographic guidance from your guide.

Please read further about the trip of a lifetime, a place where evolution has provided a world of new opportunities.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS - NATURAL WORLD AND PHOTOGRAPHIC
  • 30 plus lemur species that occur only on the Madagascar islands
  • Chameleons- from the huge Parsons Chameleon, through to the Pygmy leaf chameleon that is about the size of a thumbnail.
  • A variety of habitats- Dry deciduous forests, eastern Rainforests and the semi-arid south with its fascinating ‘spiny desert’.
  • Verreaux’ Sifakas dancing between trees as they run across the ground
  • Ring-tailed lemurs at Berenty
  • Reptiles and insect populations second to none.
  • The timing of the tour coincides with the breeding plumage of birds and the new hatching of insects- which in turn bring out the insects and chameleons.
  • A unique ecologically isolated island experience. No apes, no carnivores and nearly 40 percent of endemic birds whilst almost the entire mammal population is found only on the island.
  • Madagascan Fish eagle of which there are only about 100 pairs remaining
  • A visit to the famous Baobab alley, which we will photograph in the day, and at night.


Make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity to visit the magical island of Madagascar. Join us in discovering its highlights and its most magical secrets.

 

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About your host, Andre Cloete

André grew up in the African bush with literally one hand on his binoculars and the other hand on the camera. An avid birdwatcher at that young age, he was given his first SLR in 1990. The passion of birding turned into one of photography and in 2004 Andre Founded C4 Photo Safaris with Shem Compion.

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Day 1 - 2

Tamboho Hotel, Madagascar

A C4 representative with a name board will meet you and transfer you from the Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo in Madagascar to the Tamboho Hotel for one night stay.

The Peyrieras Butterfly Farm: We will make a stop at Madagascar Exotic. This private reserve is also known as the Peyrieras Butterfly Farm, Peyrieras Nature Farm and Mandraka Reptile Farm. It is a small privately run reserve (or zoo) at Marozevo, on National Road N2, 75 km (47 mi) east of Antananarivo, between the towns of Manjakandriana and Moramanga. It was founded and owned by the French entomologist and naturalist André Peyriéras, which is why it is also known as the Reserve Peyrieras The collection includes many reptiles (chameleons, iguanas, geckos, frogs), Batraciens (Bats), crocodiles, Papillons (Butterflies). The adjacent forest area supports families of relocated and habituated Verreaux’s Sifaka and Common brown lemur which provide opportunities to photograph them close up at feeding times.

Day 2 - 4

Mantadia Lodge, Madagascar

After breakfast, you will be transferred via road to Mantadia Lodge. On your way there you will stop at the Peyrieras Butterfly Farm. You will be staying at Mantadia Lodge for two nights.

Day 2 - Night walk in the VOIMMA reserve
At nightfall, pick up your headlamps and flashlight for a nocturnal walk in the rainforest. In 2012, villagers from Andasibe founded the reserve as an alternative to the governmental led national park in the neighbourhood. The local people wanted to manage their land on their own again and be a part of ecotourism in this area.

For reptiles and amphibian lovers, the reserve offers countless frogs along its crystal clear river (among them Boophis Pyrrhus, Boophis Viridis and madagascariensis) and several amazing chameleons Chameleons (Furcifer wilsii, Calumma parsonii Cristopher, Calumma nasuta and brevicornis) in the forest. This is also a place to find the unique satanic leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus). Bizarre insects like the famous giraffe-necked weevil (Trachelophorus giraffe) are part of the forest, too.

This community-run reserve is open for night-walks to those interested to search for lemurs, listen to the frogs, or stumble across sleeping chameleons after dark.

Day 3 - Andasibe
The Mantadia Park: We will visit the primary forest of Mantadia. Located about 1-hour drive from our base, the primary forest of the Mantadia Park spreads over 15 000 hectares. 108 species of birds are known in the park, of which some play a role in the survival of plants like Terpsiphone mutata. We can also find 14 species of lemurs, species of reptiles among them of which the snake Boa manditra and 84 species of amphibian. This hike requires medium to good physical conditions as there are some steep slopes and dense vegetation. Of all lemurs of Mantadia, the Indri Indri, endemic to Madagascar, is the one that enjoys best in the park. It is the biggest of the lemurs. It likes to live in a group and the research of the scientists demonstrated that this lemur cannot be raised in captivity. Some endemic species like Eulemur fulvus, Hapalemur griseus, the smallest lemur Microcebus and Lepilemurs can be also found.
Mantadia is also a kingdom of the orchids. Cymbidiellas falcigera and Bulbophyllum ameleni are the most enigmatic species because in addition to be rare and magnificent plants, they maintain the balance of the forest’s ecosystem.

Vakona reserve visit: On the immense Vakona property, an island surrounded by fresh water is home to various species of lemurs: common brown lemurs, bamboo lemurs, ruffed lemurs, diademed sifakas. This will be a rare opportunity to get up close and interact with these primates. Amazing photo opportunities and souvenirs will be the result of that visit. The numerous crocodiles, which used to belong to a former farm, can also be found in one of the small lakes of the property. If you happen to be around on a Saturday, you may see the reptiles having their weekly feast.

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Day 4 - 5

Relais des Plateaux, Madagascar

An early morning will see you heading to the Analamazaotra special reserve en route to your Hotel the Relais des Plateaux for one night stay.

Day 4 - Andasibe - Antananarivo: +/-150km - +/- 4hours drive
The Analamazaotra special reserve: We will visit the Analamazaotra special reserve. In order to have the best observation conditions, we leave our hotel around 7:30 am to reach the entrance of the Ana amazaotra special reserve. We will look for biggest lemur of Madagascar’s famous “Indri Indri.” This lemur is endemic to the site and made his emblem. Through an easy hike lasting about 2 to 3 hours, we will search for at least groups of Indri Indri. We also find other species of lemurs, birds, chameleons, etc., as of endemic flora among other orchids, medicinal plants. We leave the region of Andasibe and begin our ascent towards the highlands and the capital. This journey will give you an impressive perspective on the difference of altitude between the two regions. This elevation is exploited by the hydroelectric power station which you will drive by. You will arrive in Antananarivo after a 150km journey lasting about 3.5 hours

 

Day 5 - 7

Palissandre Cote Ouest Resort & Spa, Madagascar

You will be transferred to the airstrip for your private charter flight to Palissandre Côte Ouest Resort & Spa for two nights. You will have the opportunity to do a flyover of the Tsingy on your way there.

Day 5 - The Baobab Alley
The Avenue or Alley of the Baobabs is a prominent group of baobab trees lining the dirt road between Morondava and Belo Sur Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar. Its striking landscape draws travellers from around the world, making it one of the most visited locations in the region. It has been a center of local conservation efforts and was granted temporary protected status in July 2007 by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests, the first step toward making it Madagascar’s first natural monument. Along the Avenue in some 260 m, long segment are remaining some 20 - 25 trees about 30 meters in height, of the species Adansonia grandidieri, endemic to Madagascar. Some 20 - 25 more trees of this species grow in nearby rice paddies and meadows.

Baobab trees, up to 800 years old, known locally as renala (Malagasy for “mother of the forest”), are a legacy of the dense tropical forests that once thrived on Madagascar. The trees did not originally tower in isolation over the sere landscape of scrub but stood in the dense forest. Over the years, as the country’s population grew, the forests were cleared for agriculture, leaving only the baobab trees, which the locals preserved as much in respect as for their value as a food source and building material. The area is not a national park, and the trees are threatened by further deforestation, effluent from encroaching rice paddies and sugar cane plantations, and bush and forest fires. Despite its popularity as a tourist destination, the area has no visitor center or gate fees, and local residents receive little income from tourism.

Day 6 - Morondava
Kirindy Forest: We head to the Kirindy reserve, home of the Fosa, the largest mammal carnivore in Madagascar. Kirindy is one of Madagascar’s most threatened ecosystems: its dry deciduous forests. It is also famous for the giant jumping rat but is also home to seven species of lemur and a number of endemic reptiles. We will spend a full day here to spot the wildlife and discover the flora. We will head back to the world famous Baobab Alley to photograph the dramatic sunset over these endemic trees.

 

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Day 7 - 8

Relais des Plateaux, Madagascar

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip for your private flight to Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo, where you will be met and transferred to Relais des Plateaux for one night.

Day 8 - 11

Berenty Lodge, Madagascar

You will be transferred to the airport for a scheduled flight to Berenty. On arrival at the airport, you will be transferred via road to Berenty Lodge for you 3 nights stay. You will have the rest of the day to visit the reserve and do a night walk in the reserve as well.

In the middle of a giant sisal plantation, Berenty is a reserve located in a section of gallery forest bordering the Mandare river. The reserve is world famous for its tame lemurs -- specifically the ring-tailed lemur and Verreaux’s sifaka. On night hikes in the spiny forest, you’ll hear and likely see grey mouse lemurs and white-footed sportive lemurs along with assorted insects and sleeping birds and reptiles.

 

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Day 11 - 12

Talinjoo Hotel, Madagascar

Road transfer back to the city of Fort Dauphin, you will overnight at the Talinjoo Hotel.

Day 11 - Nahampoana Reserve

We will visit the Nahampoana reserve is world famous for its tame lemurs -- specifically the ring-tailed lemur and Verreaux’s sifaka. The well-kept gardens show a good sample of Madagascar’s many exotic plants such as the Ravenala Palm, Pachypodium, Madagascar Pitcher Plant, Oil Palm, Canela Cinnamon, Lemon Eucalyptus, young Baobab Trees and the conifer Arokaria, as well as the Triangle Palm Tree which exists in Madagascar only around the area of Fort Dauphin. One can also make a short excursion by pirogue through the mangroves.

Day 12 - 13

Tamboho Hotel, Madagascar

A road transfer will take you back to the airport for your scheduled flight back to Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo. Road transfer from the airport to the Tamboho Hotel for one night.

 

Day 13

International Flight

After your last breakfast in Madagascar, you will be transferred back to the international airport for your international flight home. This is the end of the safari.

 

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Tamboho Hotel

Set a 5-minute drive from the center of Antananarivo, this hotel is 50 meters from Tana Waterfront Commercial Zone and Masay Lake. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, a currency exchange service and free Wi-Fi. Malagasy details, views of the swimming pool and an LCD TV are included in these contemporary rooms at Hôtel Tamboho. Each one is air-conditioned and also features an electric kettle for making hot drinks. The hotel serves a buffet breakfast every morning, which can be enjoyed continental-style in guest rooms. There is also a bar with a terrace and an on-site restaurant with European and Malagasy cuisine. Free private parking, luggage storage and a cash machine are just some of the other facilities at the hotel. You can also buy a drink from the vending machines or organize an airport transfer at the 24-hour reception.

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Mantadia Lodge

Mantadia Lodge received its first clients on the 10th of March 2018. It is located on a hill of a 100 meters high which gives a panoramic view of the forest. There are 25 rooms, 10 of which are Twins and one of which is a Family Suite for 5 guests. All rooms provide the comfort of a 3-star hotel and are equipped with Wi-Fi, cable TV and a terrace that offers a panoramic view, an inside living room and a wood burning stove for the cooler season.

The restaurant was designed with large windows in order to provide a spectacular view, as well as a 40 square meter terrace for a unique lunch. Your stay will also be enhanced by a calm living room with a reading area and a bar. In the morning you might be awakened by the singing of the Indri Indri, a kind murs that can only be found here, in the park of Andasibe. An infinity edge pool and 2 massage rooms are also at your disposal. Our entire team awaits your arrival to offer you an unforgettable trip. The Mantadia Lodge offers in its boutique 2 types of sweaters and shawls: cashmere and natural silk from Madagascar. Moreover, you will find products and souvenirs made by local artisans: jewelry, decorative objects, honey, and wild pepper.

 

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Relais des Plateaux

Located at Ivato, at only 5km from International Airport and 15km from Antananarivo center town, our prestigious hotel is the perfect oasis for a peaceful stopover. Nested in a wooded park, our 46 rooms with international standards promise you an incomparable comfort during your stay.

Enjoy a moment of pure escape in our Spa M’Aloe before starting your next step in Madagascar or simply relax before leaving our beautiful country to end in a beautiful way. Looking for culinary discovery? Our restaurant Cambo is renowned as one of the best in the capital city. Its modern setting and its generous cuisine will delight you! Between local tradition and modernity, Relais des Plateaux promise you to help you find the best compromise between quality of service, comfort and hospitality

 

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Palissandre Cote Ouest Resort and Spa

The’ Hotel Palissandre Côte Ouest Madagascar is located at Nosy Kely on the beach of Morondava, to 30 minutes of the mythical Baobabs Alley. An ideal place to relax or from which to attack the Tsingy du Bemaraha.

The Hôtel Palissandre Côte Ouest offers 30 bungalows built in materials from Madagascar: granite stone, palissandre wood and roof mokotry. They are spacious (32m2) and all have a private terrace with sea view. In each bungalow, you will find a very comfortable very popular in such a remote corner of Madagascar. The Palissandre Côte Ouest also offers a lovely pool located next to the bar and restaurant.

 

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Berenty Lodge

Berenty Lodge is located in the spiny desert in Berenty Reserve consisting of spacious wooden chalets with en-suite bathrooms. The lodge also has a pleasant tea garden where afternoons can be spent watching the mischievous ring-tailed lemurs or dancing sifakas at play; alternatively one can visit the museum which displays the local artifacts and history of the region.

The lodge is basic but its location in the heart of the private nature reserve boasts one of the best opportunities to observe lemurs up-close.

 

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Talinjoo Hotel

The hotel is located in a peaceful place, facing the sea ... 100m from the legendary beach of Libanona and 5 minutes drive from the city center.  At the same hotel, bar and restaurant, the Talinjoo is an establishment in rupture with the traditional codes of the luxury: Use of local materials, raw implementation, simplicity and comfort are in favour of the site, for a total integration with its environment, combining lights, atmosphere and sea.

Quietly nestled on the slope with the ultimate goal of settling to fully enjoy the view.  Each of the 14 rooms has a sober and refined design and has a private outdoor wooden terrace from where you can enjoy the spectacle of the sunset in complete privacy.

Here no claim to stars, the goal is to provide comfort “essential *” to the traveller. The term Boutique Hotel seems to be the most appropriate. Art & craft design, personalized service, adaptation and the spirit of the times are the keywords.

 

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$9 900.00 per person sharing

$11 880.00 per single supplement

30% Deposit confirms your place. 

Maximum 8 photographers. Minimum 4 photographers


Costs above include

Pickup and transport for the entire Safari and drop off at the N’Djamena International Airport.

  • Entrance and accommodation to all reserves.
  • All meals.
  • Game activities.
  • The Meet and Greet at the airport upon arrival and assistance upon departure. Transfers Airport - hotels and vice versa.
  • Domestic flights with Air Madagascar or Madagasikara Airways in economy class when applicable.
  • The private flight Antananarivo - Bekopaka.
  • All activities specifically listed in the itinerary.
  • Entrance and guiding fees when visiting parks and sites listed in the itinerary.
  • Rental of private air-conditioned vehicles (private SUV, private minivan depending on the size of the group); Gas and Insurances of the cars.
  • The driver’s per diem for the duration of the above rental.
  • The services of our guides.
  • One bottle of mineral water per person per day.
  • All taxes.

Not included

  • Gratuities to staff and guides.
  • Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks.
  • Extra activities are not included.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Travel visas.
  • International flights.





Day 1

A C4 representative with a name board will meet you and transfer you from the Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo in Madagascar to the Tamboho Hotel for one night stay.

Day 2

After breakfast, you will be transferred via road to Mantadia Lodge. On your way there you will stop at the Peyrieras Butterfly Farm. You will be staying at Mantadia Lodge for two nights.

 

Day 4

An early morning will see you heading to the Analamazaotra special reserve en-route to your Hotel the Relais des Plateaux for one night stay.

Day 5

You will be transferred to the airstrip for your private charter flight to Palissandre Côte Ouest Resort & Spa for two nights. You will have the opportunity to do a flyover of the Tsingy on your way there.

Day 7

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip for your private flight to Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo, where you will be met and transferred to Relais des Plateaux for one night.

Day 8

You will be transferred to the airport for a scheduled flight to Berenty. On arrival at the airport, you will be transferred via road to Berenty Lodge for you 3 nights stay.

Day 11

Road transfer back to the city of Fort Dauphin, you will overnight at the Talinjoo Hotel.

Day 12

A road transfer will take you back to the airport for your scheduled flight back to Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo. Road transfer from the airport to the Tamboho Hotel for one night.

Day 13

After your last breakfast in Madagascar, you will be transferred back to the international airport for your international flight home. This is the end of the safari.

 
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