USA / JOHANNESBURG,SOUTH AFRICA
Depart the USA on your independentovernight ight to Johannesburg.
Arrive Johannesburg International Airportand walk to the
InterContinental Sun Hotel
,located outside International Arrivals. Teaternoon is at leisure. Tis evening we gatherat our hotel or a welcome brieng ollowedby dinner and overnight.
JOHANNESBURG / ANTANANARIVO(TANA), MADAGASCAR
Ater breakast at our hotel, return to theairport or the ight to ana. Upon arrival wetranser to the
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 Andriotra. 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 ater dinner will hopeully 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.
MAROANTSETRA / MASOALAPENINSULA
oday we set out with our local guide ona speedboat ride across the emerald-green Antongil Bay to the Masoala Peninsulaor 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 areound here, including red-rufed and easternork-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.
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 magnicentblack-and-white rufed lemurs visiting ourpicnic table. Be sure to bring your macro lensor 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,
. 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.
MAROANTSETRA / TANA /PÉRINET RESERVE
Ater breakast we explore the bustlingMaroantsetra market, with vanilla pods
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Madagascar Mantella Frog White-footed Lepilemur