Madagascar - Ranomafana Extension 2019
November 2019 (5 days)
Dates19 Nov 2019 - 23 Nov 2019
Tour LeaderRainer Summers
Tour Size8 Participants & 1 Rockjumper Wildlife guide
Flight Cost (Approximate)TBA
Spaces AvailableSpaces Available
Type of TourWildlife
Golden and Greater Bamboo Lemurs, Red-fronted Brown and Red-bellied Lemur, Small-toothed Sportive Lemur, Brown Mouse Lemur, Milne-Edwards’ Sifaka, Common Tenrec, Ring-tailed Mongoose, Velvet Asity, Pitta-like Ground Roller, Pollen’s Vanga, Common Sunbird Asity, Henst’s Goshawk, Blue Coua, Lowland Streaked Tenrec, city tour of Antananarivo, visit to Antsirabe which is famous for its locally manufactured handicrafts, Giraffe-necked Weevil and a variety of chameleons, other reptiles and herps.
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Day 1: Antananarivo
For those joining us on the Ranomafana Extension, we will have the remainder of the day to explore Antananarivo, with its unique Malagasy culture, or to rest, recuperate and prepare for the next leg of our journey.
Day 2: Antananarivo to Ranomafana
Ranomafana National Park is situated on the eastern slope of Madagascar’s mountainous backbone, and on our long drive today from Antananarivo to Ranomafana we take in the scenery characterized by grassland and dramatic rocky hills. This national park is great in extent, spanning a wide range of elevations and forest types.
Days 3 & 4: Ranomafana
Ranomafana National Park was originally proclaimed to protect its population of Golden Bamboo Lemurs, an animal first described to science as recently as 1987. In addition to this, we should also see both Greater and Grey Bamboo Lemurs, Red-fronted Brown, Red-bellied and Small-toothed Sportive Lemurs, Brown Mouse Lemur, the impressive Milne-Edwards’ Sifaka, and other mammals including Common and Lowland Streaked Tenrec and the handsome Ring-tailed Mongoose. Chameleons are particularly well represented in the area, and we are likely to see several species, the most notable of which are the cryptically colored and armored dwarf chameleons. Another “must see” denizen of this reserve is the Giraffe-necked Weevil, a tiny red and black insect named for its unusually proportioned neck! Ranomafana is also famous for its excellent birding and we should see a number of very special rainforest species that could include the striking Velvet Asity, Malagasy Green Sunbird, Forest Rock Thrush and Rufous Vanga.
Day 5: Ranomafana to Antananarivo and depart
After breakfast we will make our way back north to Tana, breaking our journey for lunch at the quaint, highland town of Antsirabe, famous for its locally manufactured handicrafts. The road winds northwards, across the open landscape of the Horombe Plateau, offering insight into the traditional lifestyle of the Malagasy people.
Steeply terraced rice paddies, tall earthen houses with thatched roofs, and roadside markets displaying a wide variety of handicrafts form part of the passing pageant, all against the backdrop of golden-yellow grasslands and bare granite inselbergs.