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Join this 16-day exclusive photography safari in the exotic magical island of Madagascar. The tour has been planned so that you can photograph locals who will welcome you into their communities as well as Madagascar’s unique wildlife. Together with professional photographers Jay Collier and Nicki Collins Geigert, you will participate in a photographic discovery of the island and an immersive tour that will bring you into intimate contact with the people, culture, environment and amazing natural diversity of Madagascar.
You will be accommodated for 15 nights at:
You will be welcomed by a member of the team at the international arrivals hall. Please look for a sign with your name after you exit the restricted area with your luggage. You will then be assisted to the vehicle for your private transfer.
Since you will not be spending much time touring the capital city of Antananarivo, you may want to arrive the day prior in order to acclimate yourself to the time change, or set up a day tour through the hotel. You will be doing a meet and greet at dinner this first evening. Any further questions that you may have at that time will be answered.
You will start your journey toward the eastern part of the island. After exiting the busy and colorful capital city of Antananarivo, you will reach the Nationale 2 Route, the main commercial road of the country which leads to the East Coast of Madagascar and its main harbor.
You will make a stop at Madagascar Exotic. This private reserve is also known as Peyrieras Butterfly Farm, Peyrieras Nature Farm, and Mandraka Reptile Farm. Then, you will be back on the road, for the 150 kilometers (3.5 hours) long journey and arrive in Andasibe.
At nightfall, you will need to pick up your headlamps and flashlights as you go for a nocturnal walk in the rainforest of the Mitsinjo Nocturn Reserve.
On this day, you will visit the primary forest of Mantadia. This hike requires medium to good physical conditions as there are steep slopes and dense vegetation. Please bring walking sticks if needed.
You will also make a special visit to the village of Andasibe which has a population of around 5000 people. Through this visit, you will walk in the narrow and unpaved cobbled streets along the small stalls, and witness the daily life of this colorful village.
On this day, you will enter the Betsimisaraka region of Madagascar. Then, you will board a speed boat on the Canal des Pangalanes for about an hour ride to the Palmarium.
By the end of the afternoon, you will embark on the pirogue for a quiet ride on the Pangalane's Chanel which will take you to the island of the famous Aye Aye. There are 6 known Aye Aye that live about 15 minutes from the hotel. You will spend about an hour exploring the area and ride back to the hotel afterward.
You will visit a village in Akanin'ny Nofy and the Palmarium reserve to try to see and photograph all 10 varieties of lemurs that live here.
At the agreed time, you will leave Ankanin'ny Nofy by boat to Manambato where the vehicles will pick you up. You will continue the trip and begin your ascent toward the highlands and the capital.
This journey will give you an impressive perspective about the difference of altitude between the two regions. You will arrive back at Tamboho Hotel in Antananarivo after an almost 300 kilometers journey lasting about 5 hours. This will be your longest ride in a vehicle.
You will be transferred to the private charter terminal so you can embark on your private flight to Ranohira. At the end of the day, you will take a short drive to the window of Isalo, a rectangular formation of rocks atop a hill with a large hole, hence a window. This natural picture frame is the perfect setting for a photo of the beautiful Madagascar sunsets.
Accompanied by your park ranger, you will hike through the canyons and oases of Isalo, and its lunar landscape to reach some waterfalls. During that hike, you will see different species of lemurs, including the world famous ring-tailed lemur.
After the canyons, you will go to different places to see a panoramic view of the landscape. You will have the opportunity to relax in this environment and swim in the natural pools.
You will be transferred by private charter from Ranohira to Morondava, the most striking area where the famous Baobab Alley is found. This is a 1-hour-30-minutes to 2-hour flight. This is a great place to relax and enjoy the beach area or go off a bit on your own to photograph. The small villas along the beach are quite nice for such a remote area.
Despite its popularity as a tourist destination, the area has no visitor center or gate fees, and local residents receive little income from tourism. You will also have an opportunity for a sunrise shoot in Baobab Alley.
In addition, early in the morning and depending on the time of the tide, you will embark on a pirogue and pass through the port of Botry (on traditional dhows) and navigate across the mangroves. You will arrive at Betania, a small coastal village of Vezo fishermen.
As soon as the pirogues are emptied, you will watch the locals bargain for the freshest catch of the day, picking out fresh shrimps, mackerels, tuna, and sharks. These are interesting photo opportunities.
You will head to the Kirindy Reserve, home of the Fossa, the largest mammal carnivore in Madagascar. You will spend a full day here to spot the wildlife and discover the flora. Afterward, you will head back to the world famous Baobab Alley to photograph the dramatic sunset over these endemic trees.
You will take a short 45 minutes’ flight to Amborodia, the airstrip located near the Tsingy of Bemaraha. You will fly over beautiful sceneries along the coast of the Mozambique channel, the Kirindy Forest and you will spot some giant baobabs from your window.
Afterward, you will embark on 4x4 vehicles and drive to the entrance of the trail, about 17 kilometers north of Bekopaka. You will be equipped with harnesses clipped to the steel cable to climb and walk across the limestone forest.
At dawn, you will take a traditional pirogue (dugout) to navigate on the Manambolo river and admire the impressive gorges (canyons). Further up on the river, you will see some caves and learn about the funeral traditions of the Vazimba (the first inhabitants of Madagascar).
You will start with this easy introduction to the Tsingy of Bemaraha. The short circuit passes through a labyrinth of limestones and its access is relatively easy via walkways and iron ladders and small bridges.
You will be transferred by a charter plane to Anjavavy. Located on the West coast of Madagascar 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of Majunga, Anjajavy is a remote fishing village on an extraordinary peninsula.
You can take advantage of your time in Anjajavy to relax on one of the pristine beaches, practice some nautical sports or go for one of the walks and excursions. Tea will be served at the beautiful oasis every day at 17:00. Please send an inquiry about any special boat excursions or romantic experiences.
A charter plane will transfer you to Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. The journey will last 11 and a half hours. A member of the team will pick you up at the domestic arrivals hall. Once your luggage is collected, you will then be led to your vehicle for your private transfer.
Nicki Collins Geigert
Nicki Collins Geigert is a photographer, educator, and logistics coordinator. Nicki first started playing with a camera when she was 8 years old. Because of the joy she discovered in capturing a moment in time, she continued to pursue photography as a hobby until her recent retirement from corporate life. Since then, she has immersed herself in the art of photography and has had a number of gallery shows in Los Angeles, as well as many of her images published in several Fodor’s Travel Guides.
Jay has been photographing Africa’s wildlife since 2004. Having traveled to Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, and Tanzania, Jay has built up a very strong portfolio of images as well as s deep knowledge of the diverse species and behaviors of Africa’s wildlife. He has worked in the professional photographic industry for over thirteen years and currently works for Canon Australia. Until recently he managed the Canon Professional Services (CPS) group which is responsible for supporting many of Australia’s leading professional photographers.
Your photography safari will take place in several locations across Madagascar, namely Antananarivo, Andasibe, Akanin'ny Nofy, Ranohira, Morondava, Bekopaka Bemaraha, and Anjajavy.
On this photography tour, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Tea will also be served every day.
Madagascar has a rice-based diet. Sautéed vegetables offered with rice, noodles, and some meats are common. Iconic Images will get your dietary limitations / requirements in advance and they will do their best to arrange for special dietary restrictions.
Please note that it is not recommended to drink the tap water in Madagascar, you should always drink bottled, boiled or treated water during your time in Madagascar.
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