Photo Workshop: Madagascar 2024
|Antananarivo, Berenty Reserve, Perinet National Park, Mantadia National Park, Analamazaotra park, Vakona Private Reserve, Madagascar
|From $6600 (based on 6 people)
|Number of guests
|Max 6 people
Join a photo workshop to Madagascar — the fourth largest island in the world with its rich variety of life forms (5% of the world’s species) many of which are found nowhere else on earth. These include lemurs (there are some 103 species and subspecies), 226 amphibians and 300 species of birds. More than 80 percent of the nearly 15,000 species of plants that occur on the island are found nowhere else. There are no less than 6 of the world’s 8 species of baobabs. The itinerary includes Antananarivo, the reserves at Berenty and Vakona and there is also an extension to Anjajavy on the coastline.
Take along our suggested guide – David Rogers
David Rogers is one of the most experienced photo guides in Africa and has been running photographic workshops since 2005.
Day 1 You will arrive off your international flight and overnight at Antananarivo: Overnight at Maison Galliani which is a luxurious boutique hotel and a national monument in the city centre. It has just four rooms. Antananarivo is the capital of Madagascar and has a striking blend of Eastern, Western and African influences. Here historical buildings share spaces with rice paddie and there is a wealth of street photography options
Day 2 Tana – Fort Dauphin: Transfer to the airport and fly to Fort-Dauphin. Check in and overnight at the Hotel la Croix du Sud which is situated close to the beach.
Day 3 We drove to Fort Dauphin to stay at Berenty Lodge: Spend the days exploring the gallery forest visiting Berenty.
- One of the world’s most remarkable vegetation transitions, going from rain forest to arid spiny desert in just a few miles
- Known for it’s well-habituated ring-tailed lemurs and the spectacular dancing sifaka
- Different species of birds also can be seen in Berenty including giant coua, white broad owl, La Fresnaye’s vanga, Madagascar flying foxes pigeon, Madagascar nightjar and more
Day 6: We drive from Berenty and fly from Fort Dauphin to Tana where you will stay at Relais de Plateaux. According to the arrival time, possibility to do an excursion at the Alarobia Lake which is close by and has plenty of water birds.
Day 7: We drive east to Perinet Vakona Forest Lodge: Drive to Perinet National Park which lies 150 km or about 4 hours east of the city. A landscape of rice paddies gives way to the wooded hills of the highlands. On the way stop at Pereyras reptile farm to see about 20 species of chameleons.
During the next days we explore
Mantadia National Park
- A mid-altitude rainforest that hosts many species of lemurs such as ondri, diademed sifaka, black & white ruffed lemur, and eastern gray bamboo lemurs
- Many endemic birds are to be seen as well such as the famous ground rollers and vangas.
Perinet National Park
- This private park provides shelter for snakes, amazing colorful frogs such as mantellas and the tomato frogs, geckos and tenrecs
- A great place for evening forest walks
- Home to many endemics including the long-eared owl, the rainforest scops owl, the collared nightjar, couas, vangas, Madagascar woodrait, Nelicouroi weaver, Madagascar mannikins and many parrots
- Lemurs are also all around including the amazing Indris and their powerful call, the diademed sifaka, eastern gray bamboo lemur, the wooly lemurs, and the common brown lemur
- Incredible insects include the cute giraffe-necked weevil
Vakona Private Reserve:
- Encompasses 2 parts: the first one is the lemurs island where 4 species of lemurs live on a small island. They are habituated and will jump on your shoulders and heads so expect amazing photo opportunities
- The second part of the visit there is the chance of seeing the fossa – the largest endemic carnivore living in Madagascar.
- Radiated tortoises and boas are also to be seen
Day 11. We drive back to Tana and overnight at the Relais de Plateaux Lodge
Anjajavy (possible extension)
- On the northwest coast – a sought-after lodge with Relais and Chateau standards of service and food
- It is located within a 450-hectare nature reserve overlooking the ocean
- Sifaka leap through the gardens and it has its own protected nature area for night walks
- The surrounding forest is alive with lemurs, chameleons, malachite kingfishers and hummingbirds
- Other mammals to spot are the endemic tsingy tuft-tailed rat, Commerson’s leaf-nosed bat, or Madagascar’s largest predator – the rare and elusive fossa
- We can arrange a private boat cruise to a magical bay with mushroom like Tsingy formations
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