Small Group Safari

Madagascar Photography Safari with Shannon and Russ

Experience some of highlights of Madagascar’s diverse eastern rainforests with award-winning photographers Shannon Wild & Russ MacLaughlin focusing on getting fantastic images of lemurs.

Duration 10 days
Price From $4,366
When Oct 2018
Destination Madagascar

Safari Overview

Travel to Madagascar alongside your photographic guides to capture images of lemurs, reptiles and amphibians that you can be truly proud of. You'll be exploring just three locations, giving you the chance to get to the heart of the parks you visit, learning about the behaviour of the resident lemurs and the rest of Madagascar's remarkable endemic wildlife. Expect colourful chameleons, insects of all shapes and sizes and a bevy of birds flitting through the skies. Russ MacLaughlin and Shannon Wild have extensive experience in bringing clients to the right place at the right time for intimate wildlife encounters and incredible photographs, and they'll be on hand throughout this journey to offer guidance for all budding photographers.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Close encounters with a range of lemur species including diademed sifakas, indris and black-and-white ruffed lemurs
  • Visit three stunning landscapes: Palmarium, Andasibe and Akanin'ny Nofy
  • Photographic guidance from award-winning photographers Russ MacLaughlin and Shannon Wild
  • A chance to photograph the curious looking aye-aye
  • A photographic-focused expedition at a relaxed pace to allow maximum photo-ops

Hone your photography skills while being surrounded by Madagascar's fascinating subjects.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Antananarivo

On arrival in Antananarivo a member of our team will welcome you at the international arrival hall and transfer to your hotel where you can relax and acclimatise.

Overnight: Relais des Plateaux

Day 2

Antananarivo - Andasibe National Park

This morning enjoy breakfast as a group before setting off for your journey towards the Eastern part of the island. During your 150 km (3.5 hour) long journey, you will see various landscapes from rice fields and highlands to small traditional villages perched on hill sides. A twisty, steep and lush portion of the road leads into Andasibe, known for its national park, home of the primary and secondary forest. Following lunch, set off for an afternoon walk in the forest. Over a dozen species of lemur inhabit the eastern rainforests and for reptiles and amphibian lovers, the reserve offers countless frogs along its crystal clear river and several amazing chameleons. At nightfall, pick up your headlamps and flashlights for a nocturnal walk in the Mitsinjo Reserve to seek out nocturnal species.

Days 3-4

Andasibe and Mantadia Park

Two full days to visit the primary forest of Mantadia and Analamazaotra special reserve. In these eastern rainforests, 14 species of lemur can be found. You will have the opportunity to photograph the indri indri, Madagascar’s largest lemur as well as some endemic species like Eulemur fulvus, Hapalemur griseus, the smallest lemur Microcebus and Lepilemurs. In addition to lemurs, the rainforests are home to a wide range of reptiles including the boa manditra snake, 84 species of amphibian and some rare and magnificent orchids. This is also a place to find the unique satanic leaf-tailed gecko and bizarre insects like the famous giraffe-necked weevil. Hiking in the forests requires a good level of fitness as there are some steep slopes and dense vegetation. Each evening there will be opportunity to review photographs and discuss techniques with Russ and Shannon and hone your skills for the following day’s expeditions.

Day 5

Andasibe - Akanin'ny Nofy

Set off for the three hour drive to Lake Rasoabe, one of the great lakes of Madagascar. These great lakes were linked by man-made channels to form an inland waterway called the Canal of Pangalanes. We board a speed boat following part of this 600-kilometre long channel for about an hour to head to the Palmarium Lodge where you are based for three nights.

Overnight: Palmarium Lodge B, L, D

Days 6-7


Two full days to photograph within this very special location. Here you may discover about 10 different lemur species including indri, sifaka, coronatus and varécia as well as really outstanding flora including orchids, carnivorous plants, granadilla wood, voyager trees and the most beautiful and rarest Madagascan palm-trees. The semi habituated lemurs that hang around the lodge provide opportunities to capture some images without having to factor in angles and shots high into the tree canopies. Each evening set off by pirogue to a little island set within the channels where a family of six aye aye live. Russ and Shannon will share tips on how to photograph these curious looking creatures without using flash (not permitted) and to make best use of the fading twilight.

Overnight: Palmarium Lodge B, L, D

Day 8

Palmarium - Andasibe

Leaving by boat and then by road return to Andasibe. Visit the village of Andasibe and witness the daily life of this calm and colourful village. The walk along narrow and unpaved cobbled streets starts at the old colonial train station with its alpine architecture which was home to the once very fashionable restaurant "Buffet de la Gare" in the 1930s. The market is centrally located and busiest on Saturdays. In the afternoon spend time on the immense Vakona property. There is a small island surrounded by fresh water which is home to various species of lemurs: common brown lemurs, bamboo lemurs, ruffed lemurs, diademed sifakas providing an opportunity to get some final close-up photographs. In the evening there is another opportunity to join a night walk.

Overnight: Vakona Forest Lodge B, L, D

Day 9

Andasibe – Antananarivo

Breakfast at the hotel and final morning within Andasibe. Begin the ascent towards the highlands and the capital. This journey will give you an impressive perspective about the difference in altitude between the two regions. Arrive into Antananarivo early evening where you enjoy a final photographic workshop and farewell dinner.

Overnight: Relais des Plateaux B, L, D

Day 10

Depart Antananarivo

Enjoy your final breakfast before saying your farewells and transfering to the airport for your onward flights.

Trip Details

Trip information

This is a set departure exploring the eastern rainforests Madagascar in October with photographers Russ MacLaughlin and Shannon Wild. This safari is suitable for those with a keen interest in photography and some basic knowledge and experience.

 2018 Departures  Prices  Availability
 Oct 15 - 24  From £3,385 per person 
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