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Madagascar: The Eighth Continent

Madagascar: The Eighth Continent

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Join Eco-Expeditions on an in-depth exploration of Madagascar for a unique African wildlife safari across the length of this Indian Ocean Island. Home to a striking array of fascinating wildlife and the friendly Malagasy people, Madagascar is a living laboratory of evolution with creatures and plants found nowhere else on the planet. Each trip is led by an expert naturalist, a master at revealing the wonders of Madagascar—the "eighth continent" including many species of lemurs, chameleons, frogs, and birds on this in-depth Eco-Expedition.
Join Eco-Expeditions on an in-depth exploration of Madagascar for a unique African wildlife safari across the length of this Indian Ocean Island. Home to a striking array of fascinating wildlife and the friendly Malagasy people, Madagascar is a living laboratory of evolution with creatures and plants found nowhere else on the planet. Each trip is led by an expert naturalist, a master at revealing the wonders of Madagascar—the "eighth continent" including many species of lemurs, chameleons, frogs, and birds on this in-depth Eco-Expedition.

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03/22/2010

 
THE EIGHTH CONTINENT
MADAGASCAR
 
 We’re thrilled to make our return to ascinating Madagascar, a country so biologically richthat French botanist Philibert Commerson hailed it as “the naturalists’ promised land.Te combination o unusual botanicals, colorul birds, singular land animals, and genuineMalagasy welcomes makes this one o our most avored destinations.More than 160 million years ago, Madagascar separated rom the east coast o Aricato become the world’s ourth-largest island. Over the subsequent millennia, its isolationgave rise to striking biodiversity—one unrivaled by any landmass o comparable size. Notonly diverse, the ora and auna o Madagascar are, in large part, unique to the island; 90percent o all orest ora is endemic and includes more than 10,000 plant species. Morethan hal o the 250-plus bird species are ound nowhere else, and Madagascar is also hometo more than hal o the world’s chameleon species. Yet despite its size, array o species, and proximity to Arica, it remains one o the least-traveled regions on earth—its treasures are uncovered only by a ortunate ew, amongthem Eco-Expeditions travelers. During nature walks and boat excursions, we’ll search orthe myriad o exotic plants and animals that exist only here—carnivorous pitcher plants;baobab trees; 1,000 kinds o orchids; multi-colored mantella rogs; chameleons, includingpanther and pygmy stump-tailed, which, at just over an inch, is one o the smallest verte-brates on the planet; and a number o sought-ater birds—ground-rollers, Amber Mountainrock thrushes, pratincoles, Madagascar malachite kingshers, and sickle-billed vangas.Even among Madagascar’s varied and matchless wildlie, one animal bears iconic status—the engaging lemur. Tese arboreal acrobats, oldest o all surviving primates, are a specialhighlight o our journey and supremely photogenic subjects. During our expedition wevisit such acclaimed reserves as Périnet, Berenty, Montagne dAmbre, and Nosy Mangabe watching or representatives o the 49 species o lemurs. Dawn will nd us in the orestawaiting the haunting call o indris, the largest lemur species. Nocturnal spotlightingexcursions may reveal brown mouse, greater dwar, or woolly lemurs. We also hope to view ring-tailed; crowned; siakas, which can leap 30 eet or more rom branch to branch; dwar microcebus, no bigger than a mouse; and, with luck, bat-eared aye-ayes, rarest o all lemurs.From mountain highlands laced with stunning wateralls to the shores o the IndianOcean… rom lush, primary rain orest to ghostly stands o baobab trees and the bizarrespiny desert… and rom gently owing rivers to rice paddies and cofee and vanillaplantations, we’ll enjoy adventure in its truest orm. Troughout our journey we meet thelovely Malagasy people whose warmth and riendliness make this remarkable experiencetruly unorgettable. Madagascar is one o my avorite places on Earth and I look orwardto sharing this multi-aceted natural wonderland with you. Warm regards, Jonathan Rossouw 
DEAR ADVENTURER
 
DAY 1
 
USA / JOHANNESBURG,SOUTH AFRICA
 Depart the USA on your independentovernight ight to Johannesburg.
DAY 2
 
 JOHANNESBURG
  Arrive Johannesburg International Airportand walk to the
InterContinental Sun Hotel 
,located outside International Arrivals. Teaternoon is at leisure. Tis evening we gatherat our hotel or a welcome brieng ollowedby dinner and overnight.
DAY 3
 
 JOHANNESBURG / ANTANANARIVO(TANA), MADAGASCAR
  Ater breakast at our hotel, return to theairport or the ight to ana. Upon arrival wetranser to the
Hotel Colbert 
and overnight.
DAY 4
 
TANA / MAROANTSETRA
 Tis morning we depart or our ight to thesleepy coastal town o Maroantsetra. We check in at the
Relais du Masoala
, then boarda boat to explore a nearby river deltaand the private orest reserve o  Andriotra. Malagasy shermenpole their canoes past verdantrice paddies thronging with egretsand raiding ocks o Madagascarred odys. We may also encounter amale panther chameleon—in his breedingcondition he is a sure contender or the titleo “world’s gaudiest reptile!” A spotlightingexcursion ater dinner will hopeully revealsome o Maroantsetra’s lesser known, butno less spectacular, creatures such as bizarretomato rogs and lowland striped tenrecs,small hedgehog-type creatures. Overnightat our hotel.
DAY 5
 
MAROANTSETRA / MASOALAPENINSULA
 oday we set out with our local guide ona speedboat ride across the emerald-green Antongil Bay to the Masoala Peninsulaor a ull day’s exploration. he peninsulaencompasses one o the inest tracts o primary orest, rain orest, and coastal orestin the country as well as our protectedmarine areas. en species o lemurs areound here, including red-rufed and easternork-marked lemurs. We also have theopportunity to spot tenrec and mongoose,as well as the rare serpent eagle andMadagascar red owl. Return across the bay or dinner and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 6
 
MAROANTSETRA / NOSY MANGABE /FARAKARAINA
  We embark on another early boat ride across Antongil Bay or a morning excursion to theisland o Nosy Mangabe. Past visits to thisarea have been sensational, with magnicentblack-and-white rufed lemurs visiting ourpicnic table. Be sure to bring your macro lensor some exciting photographic opportunitieso the peculiar lea-tailed geckos, tree rogs,or perhaps even a Madagascar ground boa. We also hunt or the world’s smallestvertebrate—the thumbnail-sized chameleon,
Brookesia minimi 
. Following lunch we crossover to Farakaraina, which ofers us our bestchance to see the endangered aye-aye, the world’s largest nocturnal primate. We returnto Maroantsetra or dinner and overnight atout hotel.
DAY 7
 
MAROANTSETRA / TANA /PÉRINET RESERVE
  Ater breakast we explore the bustlingMaroantsetra market, with vanilla pods
18 DAYS
MADAGASCAR
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