Flora and Fauna of Madagascar

15 days

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Summary

Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island, is like a gigantic ark sailing ever so slowly across the Indian Ocean, having broken free from the African continent some 160 million years ago. It took with it a vast menagerie of animals and plants which over countless millennia have evolved in almost complete isolation, so much so that today over 80% of all life forms here are found nowhere else on the planet. We travel around the island in a sequence of internal flights and road transfers and it can be a challenging experience, but the rewards are enormous. The National Parks and private reserves that feature in our tour are among the finest in the world and are home to a simply bewildering array of flora and fauna.

On the botanical side we can expect to see a huge range of fascinating trees and plants, none more curious than the baobab, which look like giant tubers that have been pulled from the earth and thrust back in with the roots uppermost, hence the name ‘Upside Down Tree’. Among the other highlights are spiny bush plants including the unique cactus-like Didiereaceae; strange Triangulated Palms, bloated Pachypodiums and carnivorous Pitcher Plants; tree ferns, Aloes and Euphorbias. We will also see a host of orchids, including the famous Comet Orchid, which should be in flower at this time of year.

Think of Madagascar and you think of lemurs and for many these endearing primates will top a star-studded cast list of birds and animals. In addition to the familiar ring-tailed lemur we can hope to see Sanford’s brown lemur, nocturnal mouse lemurs, and Indri, largest of all the lemurs with a haunting, whale-like call. Among the other creatures that may cross our path are geckos, chameleons and a wonderful selection of rare birds.

Due to the nature of this tour, including several internal flights and transfers on roads of variable quality, as well as a number of walking tours, a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. Please bear in mind that all visits inside the reserves are on foot. Flight schedules for internal flights are subject to change which may affect the itinerary.

Tour highlights:

  • Discover an array of endemic flora and fauna
  • Enjoy a nocturnal visit to discover the smallest frog and chameleon species of the rainforest
  • Walk along white sandy beaches bordered by turquoise seas
  • Spend a full day at the Berenty Reserve, home to six species of lemur
  • View the iconic Baobab trees throughout the country

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Tony Russell

Tour Manager

A former Head Forester at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tony Russell is widely regarded as one of Britain's leading authorities on trees and shrubs, having written 18 books and presented many programmes for both TV and radio.

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  • Meals - as per the itinerary
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3 November 2020 BMAD201103 3 November 2020 (Tuesday) 17 November 2020 (Tuesday) Tony Russell £5,295
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