In association with partner Madagascar travel specialists `TAILORMADE AFRICA' , BHS Conservation Officer Jan Clemons is organising a privately guided trip to Madagascar for the British Herpetological Society autumn 2018. Dates & group size to be confirmed
Madagascar boasts wildlife found nowhere else on Earth and is a herpetological paradise. Described as the eighth continent, it separated from mainland Africa 165 million years ago and today 98% of its reptiles and amphibians, 93% of its mammals and 89% of its plants are endemic. Chief among them are 90+ species of lemur, including the enigmatic aye-ayes and sifakas; chameleons; frogs; snakes; tortoises, over 100 species of bird; humpback whales; dolphins; turtles and so much more.
Madagascar is a huge country and thus the climate does vary between each particular location on the island, however the peak season to travel is really from August to November. By travelling at this time we should be able to combine not only great weather with hot and relatively dry conditions, but with the warmer weather this means wildlife that was hibernating in August is now normally active again. Autumn is also an excellent time for baby Lemurs, with ringtails, and other species, giving birth in September; whale watching during these months is also possible along the coast. Although the emphasis will be on the herpetofauna of Madagascar there will be plenty of opportunity to see lots of other endemic wildlife.
Planned itinerary and further details can be found here: Madagascar Itinerary 2018