Madagascar photo workshop 2019

Madagascar photography tour

Start: August 7, 2019, Antananarivo, Madagascar
The end of Madagascar trip and the start of the whale safari: August 15
End: August 19
Madagascar is an island of miracles. This is the only place on earth where you can find many species of animals and plants that are not found anywhere else. In Madagascar you can find a unique combination of African exotic, wild animals, a mild climate and friendly people.

Our journey consists of two parts. At first, we will take pictures of amazing endemic animals and nature of Madagascar, and then we will go to the festival of whales on the Sainte Marie island.

By this time, humpbacks from all over Antarctica swim here to breed in the warm coastal waters of the island. We will be able to make unique photos of the impressive jumps of these gigantic animals.

But first - to the east of the island: We will cross the rainforests that cover the steep hill-slopes descending to the coast of the Indian Ocean. In the Andasibe Analamazaotra (Perinet) park one can find unique fauna, wonderful orchids, and other rare plants, several species of lemurs, reptiles, and amphibians... All this beauty is surrounded by waterfalls, rivers, and rainforest.

After that, we are moving to the western part of Madagascar, the place between the coastal city of Morondava and Tsingy park. Two deep rivers descend from the mountains and flow into the Mozambique Channel. These rivers form a huge limestone plateau of Tsingy. For millions of years, wind and rain had been creating intricate sculptures of calciferous cliffs. There is no other place on earth where you can find anything of the kind.

On the wide coastal plains, we will see huge majestic baobabs. Like the ancient giants, they tower along the roads. Baobab Avenue is a place of interest in Madagascar, which attracts photographers from around the world.

The most interesting objects to observe during the journey:

* mountain landscapes of the east coast;
* wild animals of Andasibe National Park;
* lemurs and chameleons, which can be approached at arm's length;
* magical rock patterns in Bemaraha Park;
* the majestic charm of the Baobab Alley;
* lagoon, mangrove forests of Morondava;
* the white beaches of the Sainte Marie island;
* jumps of humpbacks.

Day 1 (August 7)

Arrival in Madagascar, check-in at the hotel. We are meeting for dinner at the hotel near the airport.
Day 2 (August 8)
Antananarivo - Andasibe National Park
150 km (3 hours)

This day in the morning from the capital of Madagascar we are going east to Andasibe National Park. We will go along one of the main transport arteries of the island connecting the capital with the seaport of Toamasina. Having descended from the Mandrak Plateau, we will enter a corridor of dense forests spread along the entire eastern part of the island. On our way, we will visit a farm of butterflies, chameleons and various geckos of the village of Marozevo. Here we have a photographing of these interesting animals. Then we are going further to the east. By lunchtime, we are arriving at our hotel near Andasibe.

After dinner at the hotel, we will have a night walk in the Mitsinjo Communitary Reserve.
Day 3 (August 9)
Analamasaotra National Park and Wakona Island private reserve.

Accompanied by the local ranger, we will explore the amazing nature of this sanctuary, which is covered by the forest typical for the eastern part of Madagascar. There are many endemic animals in this rainforest. Biodiversity is overwhelming. We will search and take pictures of Indri, which is the largest lemur on earth. This is an amazing and photogenic animal. Our guide will tell us all about its habits and lifestyle.

Many other interesting species inhabit here as well, such as the Gray Bamboo Lemur (Hapalemur griseus), the Wool Lemur (Avahi Laninger) and others.
Flora is very interesting too.

This day we will have a lunch in a local restaurant.

In the evening, we are visiting the Wakona private sanctuary. Here we will have a chance to communicate with various representatives of the local fauna, take pictures of crocodiles and even pet lemurs in their natural habitat.
Day 4 (August 10)
Andasibe - Antananarivo - Lemurs' Park
(175 km)

After an early breakfast, we are going to Antananarivo. Along the way, we will make stops to take interesting photos. Then we will climb into the mountains from the dense forests of eastern Madagascar and arrive at the lemurs' park. The park is located 25 km from the capital. Here we can become acquainted with various types of lemurs. The park was created in order to popularize the lemurs and return them into the wild.
Day 5 (August 11)
Antananarivo - Morondava

In the morning we leave for the airport and fly to the western part of the island, Morondava. The flight takes 1 hour.

In the evening we are driving to the famous "Baobab Alley". There, the powerful trunks of gigantic trees reflect the orange rays of the setting sun. This is a great place for landscape photography.
Day 6 (August 12)
Morondava - Belo sur Tsiribihina - Bekopaka

In the morning once again we are visiting the baobab alley, after which we will have a long journey to the village of Bekopaka. Next to it, there is a park registered as UNESCO World Heritage. We will cross the Tsiribihina and Manambolo rivers on board and by the end of the day, we will reach our destination. Along the way, we can take photos of the locals' life.
Day 7 (August 13)

This day we spend in the Bemaraha National Park and explore the most beautiful places on the Tsingy plateau.
Tsingy is a palace of limestone, formed by rocks, crevices, weathered stones which represents the most unusual landscape in Madagascar.

The landscape formation began in the Jurassic period, approximately 200 million years ago, when the Bemaraha region was still covered by the sea. Then the coral formations rose to the surface. Wind and rain had been cutting out their patterns for 5 million years.

In the park one can find 6 species of lemurs, reptiles, 53 species of birds and the smallest chameleon: Brookesia Perarmata.
Day 8 (August 14)
Bekopaka - Morondava
(200 km)

This day we return to Morondava. By the end of the day, we are arriving at the Kirindi private reserve. Kirindi is famous for giant Madagascar hamsters (Hypogeomys antimena), some species of lemurs and numerous reptiles-endemics, as well as for its unique flora. Then we return to Morondava.
Day 9 (August 15)
Morondava - Antananarivo

In the morning we are having another trip to the Baobab Alley. And in the afternoon we go to the airport and fly to Antanarivo. Arrivals are scheduled at about 4 pm. This is the end of the first part of our tour.
Days 10-12 (August 16-18)
Sainte Marie Island. Whale safari

With those of you who want to continue our journey to a whale safari, we will spend the night in a hotel near the airport. In the morning we are flying to the island of Sainte Marie - a paradise in the eastern part of Madagascar covered with beaches of white sand.

In August, the humpback whales (megaptera novaeangliae) migrate to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean near the island. This gives us a chance to make excellent photos.

Traditionally, the Malagasy respect and protect the whales. They tenderly nicknamed them the "Great Deities".
Every day we will travel by a speedboat and take pictures of whales.
Day 12 (August 18)
Way home

We fly to Antananarivo. We shall be there at about 5:30 pm. Here our tour ends. This day we have the booked hotel in the city.

* Transportation and transfers along the route
* All domestic flights
* Accommodation
* Excursions and guide services
* Breakfasts
* Photo consultation

* Tickets to Antananarivo and back
* Medical insurance
* Food
* Alcoholic drinks