A two week holiday in Madagascar combining stunning wildlife-rich eastern rainforests and a lovely eco-sensitive hotel at a reef-protected beach on the tropical Ile Ste Marie. The Andasibe-Mantadia National Park protects 11 species of lemur as well as many reptiles including the enormous Parson’s chameleon, and most of the country’s rainforest-dependent endemic birds, such as the Blue coua and Nuthatch vanga. In th 10,000ha primary rainforest of Mantadia National Park, you can see the Diademed sifaka and a select band of other rarities not necessarily found at Andasibe (‘Perinet’). Night walks may reveal the localised Goodman’s Mouse lemur and a host of other nocturnal denizens of the central-eastern rainforests. This area holds a world record for number of frog species among rainforests of comparable size.
End the holiday on the balmy, tropica Ile Ste Marie where Princesse Bora Lodge is also home to a research project for the protection of marine mammals and a great place to indulge in some whale-watching from July to mid September.