For keen birders and mammal enthusiasts. Designed to see as many as possible endemic birds and lemurs, but while on the walks we spend a lot of time looking for other aspects of wildlife such as the myriad of chameleons, geckos, frogs and interesting plants. The 16 to 27 day tour may appeal more to very keen birders and the 12 to 14 day tours more to the wildlife enthusiasts.
Many participants on our trips are amateur wildlife photographers. And when we get excellent views of a bird or mammal, some time is usually spent watching and photographing it. However, this is not a photographic tour and once the majority of the people have felt that they have absorbed the animal or bird to their satisfaction, and then we move on in search of the next encounter. Thus, while the photographic opportunities are very good, the group will only occasionally wait for somebody who wants to spend even longer getting better photos.
A moderate level of fitness is required. The walks are generally in relatively flat areas with occasional inclines. At Ranomafana, one of the areas involves steep walks, although at the moderate pace. This walk can be treated as optional.
We run all our tours from September to early December, catching early summer before the main rains start
Hot in the western lowlands, where we bird mainly in the early morning, and cool in the eastern highlands, especially at night.
A good standard of accommodation in guest houses, lodges and small hotels.
We travel mainly by large coaster bus, with normally at least one and a half seats available per person.
The « Endemic Birds & Lemurs » and « Masoala » Tours have space for maximum 08 participants.
The « Lemurs & Natural History » and « Bird & Wildlife Highlights » have space for maximum 10 participants.
Cuckoo Roller, Sickle-billed Vanga, Long-tailed Ground-Roller, Yellow-bellied Sunbird Asity, Sub-desert Mesite, Schlegel’s and Velvet Asity.
Indri, Ring-tailed Lemur, Diademed Sifaka, Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur, Greater Bamboo Lemur, Malagasy Striped Civet
Your booking can be secured with a booking form and deposit of Euro 350. You will receive confirmation and our tour information pack with practical information on what to expect and how to prepare for the tour. The balance is due before the tour.
Madagascar Birding Tours
Welcome to our website, where we will present to you some spectacular birding tours in Madagascar. Our trips are for small groups of only 4-10 participants. Quality is of paramount importance to us – we prefer to use superior accommodation (where available at the top birding sites) and vehicles. Despite our focus on small groups and the fact that we err on the side of superior quality, our prices are competitive.
It is MTV TOURS’ company policy to contribute a minimum of 10 % of profits to conservation and local communities. We are passionate about birding and also about leaving a legacy – by genuinely helping people and conserving birds – for generations to come.
Our Typical Birding Tours
Our main focus is, of course, on finding the important birds (especially the endemics and specials). Our trip lists are very important to us (we do encourage you to look at these and compare them with those of other companies). However, we understand that birding tours can be tiring, so we prefer to add a day or two and actually have folks enjoy the birding tour. This also gives us backup time, in case some birds don’t cooperate as expected, and also allows time to stop for mammals and other interesting things along the way.
We also run a good number of Birding Photo Tours, which need a different approach to a typical birding tour – more space in the vehicles for camera gear, the correct tour pace to get photos, angling the vehicle correctly, and constantly thinking about lighting.
If you contact us, you’ll find that we’re very enthusiastic and highly efficient at e-mailing detailed information to you. It’s our contagious enthusiasm for birding (and for the natural world as a whole) that spurs us on to give outstanding service
Notable Birds in Madagascar
Madagascar is one of Africa’s top birding hotsposts. Our scoresheet of birds is surprisingly short of 294 species recorded here, only 210 regularly breed on the island. However, half of these are endemic, including five endemic families and 37 endemic genera.
Notable Mammals in Madagascar
- Golden Bamboo Lemur
- Greater Bamboo Lemur
- Rufous-tailed Dwarf Lemur
- Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur
- Red-ruffed Lemur
- Eastern Avahi
- Standing’s Gecko
- Verreaux’s Siffaka
- Short-nosed Chameleon
- Parson’s Chamelion
Nature & Birding Hotsposts in Madagascar
- Ankarafantsika Reserve
- Ampijoroa National Park
- Ranomafana National Park
- Anja Lemur Reserve
- Plateau l’Horombe
- Mantadia National Park
- Masoala National Park
- Nosy Mangabe
Bet Time to go
Visit from September-December to check out breeding plumage and behavior, which conveniently happens to fall between the cold, dry season and hot rainy season!
If your’e looking for attractions outside the birding world, January-March is peak season for Herpetofauna as well as orchids!
July-August, although the coolest time of the year, Whale watching season is in full swing!