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Madagascar Tour Testimonials


The Birding Africa group in November 2011, after Callan spotted the Madagascar Harrier fly over the road!


The Madagascar Birding Africa Group in November 2009, after a three-course lunch at Bellevue, Ranomafana.

Snorkeling at Masoala, after watching Helmet and Berbier's Vanga!
Swimming with cuttlefish at Masoala, after watching Helmet and Bernier's Vanga on the Birding Africa tour in December 2011.

"Thanks must go to Birding Africa ... what has to be the definitive three-week Madagascar itinerary. ... it is difficult to think of how things could have been more successful; we have actually seen every available resident endemic species! It is difficult to think of a country where so many totally stunning birds and mammals can be viewed so brilliantly. The transport was all very good and accommodation excellent - it was sometimes too good!"

IM, Leicestershire, UK
participant of a 21-day private tour in August 2007 _________________________________________________

"Both Callan & Deirdre displayed amazingly detailed knowledge of virtually everything we encountered, not just the birds, but all the other creatures and plants... our life list now stands at about 4,045!! The depth of knowledge and success rate displayed by both Callan & Deirdre has surpassed anything we have previously encountered.

Recommend us? Yes, because your wide knowledge, determination and organisational skills, coupled with an easy-going nature, made for a very successfukl & enjoyable trip. Also the photo record supplied at the end meant that we immediately had something to show our friends & relatives on our return."

David & Rosemary Jackson, UK
participant of a 16-day tour in October 2011
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"Thank you for a wonderful trip. Birding Arica guides have an excellent knowledge of the birds, lemurs and other wildlife. Masoala and Ranomafana were the most enjoyable areas.
Response was prompt and always friendly and helpful. It was easy to book. The tour value was good, my expectations were met.

I would recommend Birding Africa - they are the specialists in the area."

PD , UK
participant of a 21-day tour in November 2011
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"Callan and Deirdre have have an excellent in depth knowledge and information on all species seen. The tour's duration was just right for the distances travelled and location expectations. The itinerary was just right and met my needs.
Accommodation was outstanding - clearly carefully selected with location and client comfort in mind. Birding Africa responded promptly to my contact and it was easy to book.
Excellent Tour value. My expectations were met!

This tour ranked with some of the best I have been on.

I recommend Birding Africa for its personal service, determination to find the species for clients, good transport and excellent accommodation. "

Paul Edlin, UK
participant of a 21-day tour in November 2011
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"Excellent guides - just about the best I've experienced - a great duo (Callan and Deirdre). Accommodation was generally perfectly good, ahead of my expectations. The tour value was good and my expectations were met. As a small you can deliver a nice personal service."

Steve Vaughan, UK
participant of a 16-day tour in October 2011
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"We were all very pleased with Madagascar. Thank you for sewing a good program together and to [the tour-leader] Michael Mills for a very good score of endemic records and his tremendous effort for everybody to see all species.."

JER, for a group of 13 birders, Norway
participant of a 16-day private tour in November 2011
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"Excellent guides.

Yes, I would recommend Birding Africa - Callan's field skills"

Dale & Helen Middleton, UK
participants of a 16-day tour in October 2011
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"Excellent tour leaders, so knowedgeable, and wanted to make sure that each person got to see and know more about what they were especially interested in. Really enjoyed Deirdre and Callan.

My highlights included snorkeling in Masaola, the number of lemur species, asities and vangas, and the spiny forest.

Tour duration was a good length, the itinerary excellent, with Masoala probably my favourite place, and the accommodation was nice. Birding Africa responded promptly, it was easy to book. The tour's value was excellent. Yes, I would recommend Birding Africa."

Kate Bruce, USA
participant of a 21-day tour in October 2011
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"Highlights? There were so many! The wonderful forest at Akarafantsika was our first exposure to Vangas and Lemurs and was unforgettable. Sitting in the forest at Andasibe with the Flufftail creeping so near us. Hearing Indris and then seeing them! The point blank looks at Common Sunbird Asity at Ranomafana. The "zebra" chameleon at the Ranomafana pool. Walking in the Spiny forest. Snorkeling at Masoala. Seeing the Helmet Vanga on the nest. Amazing looks at the Short-legged Roller (but only after achieving a zen-like state after six days of searching!). The Vanga and Roller dances!

Excellent tour leaders. Both Callan and Deirdre show amazing knowledge of the natural world. Their bird-finding and ID skills are great, but in addition we learned so much about the mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and plants. They share a burning curiosity about the natural world and their enthusiasm is contagious! Fortunately, they both also show considerable patience and were fantastic teachers. I was frequently amazed at how successfuly they were in getting everyone in our relatively large group on even the most difficult of skulkers.

The itinerary was great and I would have enjoyed another day or two at Ankarafantsika. Accommodation ranged for very good to amazingly excellent! Birding Africa responded promptly, it was easy to book and the website was helpful. The tour's value was excellent. My expectations were met. This trip was as well organized or better than two other (American) companies I have traveled with. Yes, I would recommend Birding Africa - the leaders are great!"

Mark Galizio, USA
participant of a 21-day tour in October 2011
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"Thank you both so much for a fabulous trip to Madagascar. It far exceeded my expectations. The birds and mammals were spectacular - and they........ and you have been strongly recommended"

Christine D, Guernsey
participant of a 16-day tour in November 2008
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"Superb combination of stunning birds, mammals, reptiles and habitats.

Best bird: Probably Long Tailed ground Roller, with a long supporting cast. Best mammal: Cocquerel's Sifaka, closely followed by Verreaux's. Best locality: tie between Ankarafantsika and Ranomafana.

The itinerary was just right, just enough time at each site. Excellent pace and length of tour.

I most enjoyed Ankarafantsika - with birds and mammals by chalets, and Ranomafana for the best and most easily accessed forest, both day and night. Masoala was impressive but hard work.

Vehicles were all well maintained, spacious and well driven. Meals were all good, no one place stood out.

Superb experience, amongst the top 5 trips ever for quality and views of a stunning range of wildlife."

AD, Sheffield, UK
participant of a 21-day private tour in August 2007
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"I'm still in Madagascar in spirit! It was truly a trip of a lifetime and am savouring every aspect of it whilst writing up a record of our trip. Thank you again for a wonderful experience. I wish you well with future tours to this exotic island and hope that I may join you again sometime."

LMR, RSA
participant of a 16-day tour in October 2007
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"Many thanks to both Deirdre and Callan for a smashing holiday. We feel very privileged to have seen such unique wildlife and scenery. We have been busy downloading our photos and can't quite believe some of the sights we saw.

"Highlights were the spiny forest, seeing our first chameleon, seeing lemurs so close. Delighted to see birds on nests so close - something that is very difficult to do in UK. Subdesert Mesite, Flufftail, Bamboo lemur - we could have watched all day as he demolished the bamboo! Our very first lemur sighting - the Mouse lemur in the bee box! Seeing local conservation and the Ring-tailed lemurs.

Yes, we would recommend Birding Africa. Madagascar we feel cannot be done on your own. You need very special guides to find the particular wildlife. The tour included all wildlife not just birds which was good.

We wouldn't have seen anything without you both [Callan and Deirdre]!"

Pat & Meg, UK
participant of a 16-day tour in October 2007
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"Highlights were too many to mention! Rufous-headed Ground-roller, the 3 sifaka's (Verraux's, Diademed, Cocquerel's). The atmosphere at our beach-side accommodation. The Relais de la Reine was spectacular. The fine French food all over Madagascar was a surprise. Our accommodations was all in excellent locations.

Yes, I would recommend Birding Africa. It was a good tour, well organized."

Volkert vdW, Netherlands
participant of a 16-day private tour in August 2007
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"Callan and Deirdre were excellent - a great team."

MB, UK
participant of a 16-day tour
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"Callan and Deirdre from Birding Africa worked very hard during the 17 days to see that we got the best out of all the habitats and that we were well housed and regularly fed and watered. We set off in a smart air-conditioned coach. "

Martin C, UK
participant of a 16-day private tour in October 2007
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"I most enjoyed the spiny desert, the Pitta like ground roller, all the different lemur groups, and Ampijoroa forest. This was my first organised birding tour and I'm suitably impressed!

I would recommend Birding Africa: the guides had good knowledge of the fauna and flora and were very enthusiastic about their profession."

Janet H, Cape Town, RSA
participant of a 16-day tour in October 2007
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"Excellent Birding Africa tour-leaders. Callan never gave up and Deirdre made everything a bit lighter, adding some fun to the trip.

Definately, if you want birds and primates, I would recommend Birding Africa."

PF, Belgium
participant of a 21-day tour in November 2011
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"Great thanks to Callan & Deirdre for a wonderful tour of Madagascar, the 16-day adventure came off just as advertised and was terrific."

RZ & BZ, USA
participant of a 16-day tour in November 2011
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"I most enjoyed watching the Red-capped Coua, Coquerel's Sifaka, Ampijoroa and Ranomafana. The seafood in the south was remarkably good.

I would recommend Birding Africa, especially because of knowledge and enthusiasm of the tour guides.

Excellent tour leaders and office staff. Excellent value."

Frank H, Cape Town, RSA
participant of a 16-day tour in October 2007
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"We're back from the tour to Madagascar which you arranged for us. It can only be described as stupendous, superb, brilliant etc...

THE BIRDING.... unparalleled. 162 spp, 120 lifers inc. 118 endemics/near endemics---- 4 spp. Rail at point-blank range, Yellowbrow, Appert's etc.. 20+ Lemurs, loads of fabulous reptiles. What a place!

The whole tour from start to finish was virtually perfection. Our guide was a wonderful bird and naturalist guide and fantastic company, we have made a firm friend. Accommodation + food exquisite throughout without exception. Transport and drivers first class, all logistics smooth and trouble-free. "

Steve & Judy R, Liverpool, UK
particicpants of a 21-day private tour in August 2007
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"Comfortably in the top three of trips I’ve done. "

CM & CU, Gloucestershire
participant of a 16-day tour in November 2008
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"Birding Africa guides were excellent. They knew their subjects well. Callan was a mine of information on anything that moved or grows. Phenomenal!!!

Highlights were the views of Crested Ibis, Rufous-headed Ground Roller and Marsh Owl, and of course the Amphiglossus.

Accomodation was far better than I expected, as was the food, delighted with both.

The office responded promptly, it was easy to book, the website was helpful and I look at it regularly.

The tour value was good and my expectations were met. I would recommend Birding Africa - they are experts in their region."

Rob Leighton, UK
participant of a 16-day tour in November 2011



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Common Sunbird-Asity © Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com


Tour Participants in 2007 and 2008 © Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com

Schlegel's Asity © Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com


A Madagascar Birding Africa group in November 2010 under an Adansonia rubrostipa in the spiny forest.

Collared Nightjar © Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com


Tour-leaders Callan Cohen and Deirdre Vrancken


Our Madagascar birding group mid October 2011 under Adansonia rubrostipa in the spiny forest.


Madagascar Sandgrouse © Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com

Participants and leader Callan Cohen in November 2009 at Lac Ravelobe, just before watching Madagascar Fish-eagle and Madagascar Jacana © Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com

Short-legged Ground Roller photographed by Callan Cohen on a Birding Africa Madagascar Tour
Short-legged Ground-Roller © Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com

Participants and leader Callan Cohen in November 2009 en-route to Masoala © Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com


Indri, Madagascar's largest lemur © Deirdre Vrancken & Callan Cohen www.birdingafrica.com

Helmet Vanga © Tony Mills www.notjustbirds.com (seen on a Birding Africa Madagascar tour in 2011)
Helmet Vanga on the Birding Africa Masoala extension in December 2011 © Tony Mills www.notjustbirds.com



Forest birding with Birding Africa in Madagascar in November 2009.

About Birding Africa

Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders. We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent. †We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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