Birds

Bird watchers find in Madagascar an exceptional quality of observations : although the 284 birds, might seem a small number, one counts 36 endemic kinds, 4 whole endemic families, and taking into account the surface of Madagascar, appearing in fourth position in the world, only 3 species of introduced birds could establish a perennial population.

Some birds in Madagascar are specific in their primitive behavior, others still make their nests on the ground, or even under the ground. The Malagasy species of the largest to the smallest, within each family, filled in the ecological niches held by other species on the other continents.

On the 81 migrating species, 9 of them nest in Madagascar. On the 209 nesting species, 109 are endemic of Madagascar (52%), Only 9 % of the forest species can live in open space. That explains the fragility of birdlife in Madagascar, as it is closely related to the preservation of forests and 97 % these forest species are endemic of Madagascar. As for raptor birds, there are twice more forest species than savanna species.

All of that gives an incomparable importance to bird watching in Madagascar and in the Comoros.

Primate watching

To come to a country which shelters one third of the families of the primates of the whole world is a privilege that we offer you. Assisted by guides whose passion is to observe the lemurs in their natural environment, from the largest, 7 kg to the smallest, 40 g, you will see so many varieties, each of which has different sizes, colors and social behaviors.

We will not be able to discover all the 86 species, that would take several months, but we will do our best to show the most representative of each family in different regions : at least 20 species in 15 days.

It will be a travel which enables us to visit Madagascar from North to South, a land whose natural beauty is acknowledged by travelers. will facilitate the approach of these fabulous animals, which are sometimes considered as sacred and, sometimes cursed by a curious ethnic tradition.

Because this voyage does not move us away from men, these formerly dangerous higher primates will become the travelers’ best friends thanks to ecotourism.

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Whale Watching

Humpback whales, or Megaptera coming from the Antarctic carry out regular transhumances between July and September in the hot waters of the Lagoon of Tulear, Sainte Marie, Nosy Be and Moheli in the Comoros to to bring forth or to mate. On board motor boats, or even from the beach, some extraordinary spectacles are offered to our eyes : the songs, the impressive jumps of the large males, the initiation of the whale-calves by their mothers before their return to the ancestral route towards the Southern Pole. Just amazing.

Herpetology

A new approach that we have developed is the observation of reptiles in their natural environment. The dry or wet tropical, and thorny forests all shelter endemic species.

Their colors are fantastic, their aspects often seem to come out of a setting worthy of a Jurassic Park film. The features they share with very remote cousins of South America are really surprising.

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