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MADAGASCAR : 3 Post Conference Field Trips of Island Biology 2019

« Le corridor vert d’Andasibe »

8 days    13-20 July 2019 
9 persons maximum

This eco-region of Central East Madagascar is a jewel of biodiversity, characterized by its hyper-endemism. In the grip of deforestation, many initiatives have attempted to reconcile Man and Nature in order to preserve the habitat of the largest lemur in the world: Indri indri.

Discussed subjects :

  • Rain forest mountain relic of the highlands
  • Ecological restoration
  • Ecotourism
  • Evergreen forest
  • Hydrosystem
  • Ecological corridor
  • Daytime wildlife: reptiles, lemurs, amphibians, birds
  • Nocturnal observations
  • Agroecology
  • Organic production
  • Important local commodity
  • Biological invasions

TOTAL per person for 8 days : 1680 € à 1830 € TTC (shared or single room)

Day 1

  • Pick-up at hotel and transfer to the Roland Garros airport, Saint-Denis, Reunion island
  • International flight to Madagascar – Ivato – Antananarivo airport (times to be specified) Airport pick-up- Lunch in Antananarivo
  • Transfer to Anjozorobe
  • Meal and overnight in Anjozorobe

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the camp
  • Visit to Anjozorobe Community Protected Area :
  • rain forest mountain relic of the highlands
  • ecological restoration
  • Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Anjozorobe

Day 3

  • Breakfast in Anjozorobe
  • Transfer by car to Vohimana experimental reserve
  • Meals in hostel en route
  • Arrival in Vohimana in the afternoon (Anadasibe region)
  • Dinner and overnight at the Forest lodge

Day 4/5

  • Breakfast at the Forest lodge
  • 2 days of visiting in the Andasibe region :
  • Evergreen forest
  • Hydrosystem
  • Ecological corridor
  • Daytime wildlife: reptiles, lemurs, amphibians, birds
  • Nocturnal observations
  • Lunches on site.
  • Dinners and nights at the Forest lodge

Day 6

  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Vehicle transfer to Mahambo
  • Lunch on the way to Tamatave
  • Palm grove visit :
  • agroecology ecotourism
  • organic production
  • important local commodity
  • biological invasions
  • Arrival in Mahambo at the end of the afternoon
  • Typical dinner by the sea and night in Mahambo

Day 7

  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Discovery and rest in Mahambo
  • Typical lunch at Mahambo
  • Discovery and rest
  • Dinner and overnight at Mahambo

Day 8

  • Early breakfast in Mahambo
  • Transfer to the airport in Tamatave
  • Domestic flight and return to Antananarivo for ATBC or Domestic flight + International flight to Réunion or other

From Ranomafana to St. Augustin

10 days    19-28 July 2019 (other possible dates on request)
9 persons maximum

From Ranomafana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the Hapalemur Aureus (golden bamboo lemur) was discovered in 1987, with the runiform landscapes of Isalo, discover the RN7 to St. Augustine Bay.

Discussed subjects :

  • Malagasy culture
  • Craft
  • Traditional market
  • Mega-biodiversity hot spot
  • Bird and wild-watching
  • Issues and threats
  • Bird watching
  • Night visits
  • Geology and geomorphology
  • Vegetation of rocky habitats and sclerophyllous forests
  • Management of the fishery resource
  • Mangrove restoration

TOTAL per person for 10 days : 2230 € à 2380 € TTC (shared or single room)

Day 1

  • Pick-up at hotel and transfer to the Roland Garros airport, Saint Denis, Reunion island
    International flight to Madagascar – Ivato – Antananarivo airport (times to be specified) Airport pick-up
  • Lunch in Antananarivo
  • Check-in at the hotel
  • Dinner and overnight in Antananarivo

Day 2

  • Breakfast in Antananarivo
  • Transfer to Ambositra Malagasy culture craft traditional market
  • Lunch en route and dinner at Ambositra
  • Dinner and overnight in Ambositra

Day 3/5

  • Breakfast in Ambositra
  • Transfer by car to Ranomafana National Park
  • Arrival on site for lunch
  • Visit of Ranomafana Park
  • World heritage site
  • Mega-biodiversity hot spot
  • Issues and threats
  • Bird watching
  • Night visits
  • Lunches on site
  • Dinners and nights at the lodge

Day 6/7

  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Vehicle transfer to Isalo National Park
  • Lunch on the way
  • Arrival in Isalo in the afternoon
  • Visit of Isalo Park :
  • geology and geomorphology
  • vegetation of rocky habitats and sclerophyllous forests
  • Lunches on site
  • Dinners and nights at the lodge

Day 8

  • Breakfast in Isalo
  • Visit of the Zombitse National Park :
  • Bird-watching & Wild-watching
  • Lunch en route
  • Arrival in Tulear late afternoon
  • Dinner and overnight at Tulear

Day 9

  • Breakfast at Tulear
  • Boat transfer and visit of Saint-Augustin bay :
  • Meeting with local NGOs
  • Management of the fishery resource
  • Typical lunch
  • Return by boat to Tulear
  • Night and dinner in Tulear

Day 10

  • Breakfast in Tulear
  • Transfer to Tulear airport
  • Domestic flight and return to Antananarivo for ATBC 2019 or Domestic flight + International flight to Réunion or other

From Nosy Be to Mer d’Emeraude

10 days    19-28 July 2019 (other possible dates on request)
9 persons maximum

On the trail of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) in the waters of Nosy Iranja, over the Tsingy of Ankarana, to the heart of the humid forest of Amber Mountain, northern Madagascar is home to unique ecosystems.

Discussed subjects :

  • plantation of essential oils
  • Humpback whales
  • Whale sharks
  • Green turtles
  • dolphins
  • Omura whale
  • Karstic formation and associated ecosystems
  • Dry forest
  • Daytime wildlife: reptiles, lemurs, amphibians, birds
  • Cavities and associated fauna (Chiroptera)
  • Nocturnal observations
  • Refuge ecosystem
  • High endemism
  • History and culture of Madagascar

TOTAL per person for 10 days : 1830 € à 2230 € TTC (shared or single room)

Day 1

  • Pick-up at hotel and transfer to the Roland Garros airport (Saint Denis)
  • International flight to Madagascar Fascene Airport – Nosy Be Airport pick up
  • Transfer to Hotel — Meal at the hotel
  • Visit of a plantation and a place where essential oils are produced
  • Meal and overnight at the hotel

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit of the Loko Be reserve, terrestrial part Original Sambirano Forest : Amphibians, Reptiles, lemurs, carnivores
  • Local meal
  • Visit of the Loko Be reserve, maritime part

Option:

Marine safari at Nosy Iranja

  • Humpback whales, Whale sharks, Green turtles, dolphins, Omura whale
  • Meal and overnight at the hotel

Day 3

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Boat trip to Ankify
  • Transfer by vehicle to the Special Reserve of Ankarana
  • Meals in hostel 
  • Arrival in Ankarana in the afternoon
  • Night and meal at the lodge

Day 4/5

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 2 days of visit in the Ankarana massif :
  • karstic formation associated ecosystems
  • dry forest
  • daytime wildlife: reptiles, lemurs, amphibians, birds, …
  • cavities and associated fauna (Chiroptera)
  • nocturnal observations
  • Lunch on site and dinner at the lodge

Day 6/7

  • Vehicle transfer to La Montagne d’Ambre National Park
  • Discovery of the Park (2 days)
  • refuge ecosystem
  • high endemism
  • Lunch on site and dinners at the lodge

Day 8

  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Transfer by car to Ramena Bay or Diego
  • Typical lunch at Ramena bay or Diego
  • Discover the region
  • Dinner and overnight at Ramena Bay or Diego

Day 9

  • Breakfast at Ramena Bay or Diego
  • Discovery the Mer d’Emeraude by traditional boat
  • Typical lunch on an island and relax
  • Return by boat to Diego
  • Night and dinner in Diego

Day 10

  • Breakfast in Diego
  • Airport transfer to Diego
  • Domestic flight and return to Antananarivo for ATBC or Domestic flight + International flight to Réunion or other