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Flora • Wildlife • Parks & Reserves • Cultural Heritage

September 20-October 5, 2011

An outstanding introduction to the nature reserves and unique wildlife of Madagascar, this 16-day expedition offers travel enthusiasts an exceptional opportunity to become acquainted with the cultural heritage, flora, and fauna of Madagascar.

Here, on the fourth largest island in the world, isolated from the African continent for 30 million years, is a spectacular flora and fauna, unlike that found anywhere else in the world. Ninety-five percent of the lemurs and reptiles, 81 percent of the flowering plants, 98 percent of the palms, and many birds are simply found nowhere else.

The itinerary includes:

Antananarivo, the charming capital city of Madagascar. Visit the renowned Parc de Tsimbazaza and Natural History Museum, explore the European District, and sample a pastry at the Hotel Colbert in this captivating city of hills.

Berenty Reserve, on the sandy red banks of the Mandrare River, an internationally acclaimed wildlife reserve in the semi-arid south. Enjoy a profusion of ring-tailed lemurs, sifakas, lepilemurs, and flying foxes, as well as the unique spiny desert, couas, cuckoo-rollers, vasa parrots, and other birds found only in Madagascar.

Isole National Park, an extraordinary landscape in the southwest with dramatic sandstone ridges sculpted by wind and water into intriguing formations.

Nosy Be, Madagascar’s favorite resort on the Indian Ocean. Enjoy coral and tropical fish, snorkeling and swimming, and a special boat excursion to Nosy Komba to see the sacred black lemurs.

Perinet Reserve, just a short distance from Antananarivo. Look for the largest of the lemurs, the indri, noted for its ear-shattering cries and agility in traveling through the rainforest.

Also of interest will be the intriguing cultural heritage of Madagascar, with antecedents from Indonesia, Arabia,
Africa, and Europe.

$3,995 + air.

Brochure (Requires an Adobe pdf reader to view)

"Your guide is a Malagasy treasure -- his knowledge and his amiability were outstanding. Our local guides were also top notch."

"The trails and ease of seeing wildlife at Berenty were unsurpassed.""Your guide is an outstanding leader with a deep understanding of the wildlife and culture. He is well organized and has a great sense of humor."

"This was our fifth Betchart tour. All have been great adventures."

2007 Participants


Please call Bob Nansen at Betchart Expeditions Inc.

Telephone (800) 252-4910 or (408) 252-4910
Fax (408) 252-1444



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