Madagascar Photo Safari Day 6 & 7

04th January 2016
Day 6 was a Travel day from Palmarium reserve back to Antananarivo where we had a internal flight the following morning to Fort Dauphin.

We left Palmarium and travelled by boat through the Pangalanes channel back to the Mainland where we drove for about 7 hours to Antananarivo and our hotel, along the way we stopped for lunch and to photograph some of the many rice paddies.

The following morning we left the hotel at 9 am to drive to the airport to catch our flight to Fort Dauphin, after about a hour delay the flight was ready to depart, it is a short flight of about 55 minutes and before long we had landed in Fort Dauphin.

On arrival we were met by Danny our guide that would escort us to Berenty reserve, from Fort Dauphin to Berenty reserve is only 90 km but because of the bad state of the road it took us 4 hours to get there, bumping and bouncing as we went !

We arrived at Berenty reserve late the afternoon and after checking in Danny took us on a night walk in the Spiny forest that is not too far from the lodge. Before long Danny had found us a Warty Chameleon than was perched on a branch for the evening, the Warty Chameleon’s have a dinosaur and ancient look about them.

Furthur along the path we saw a Mouse Lemur, a slightly different variety than the one we had seen in Andasibe but just as cute.

On our way back to the vehicle we found a second Warty Chameleon, this time I was able to try a few backlit images of it, we also saw our first Sportive Lemur of the trip, they are nocturnal and I was amazed how they could jump around in the spiny forest without getting pricked by the spines.

After leaving the spiny forest on the short drive back to the lodge Danny spotted a White Browed Owl, it sat perched over the road unmoving.

Finally we left the owl and went back to our room, the long and bumpy ride already forgotten after a thrilling night walk in Berenty.

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