Madagascar

Location: Madagascar

Dates: April 20 – May 1, 2020

 

Optional Extension: May 1 – 9, 2020

 

Registration Deadline: December 2, 2019

Deposit: $3,000

 

Tuition:

  $7,595 (Before Oct 1, 2019)

$8,195 (After Oct 1, 2019)

 

One Week Extension:

+$500 Deposit

+$3,595 Tuition

A Photographic Tour of Madagascar

Travel with Summit Workshops on a spectacular tour of wildlife, rainforests, and culture in Madagascar.

The island country of Madagascar is a photographer’s dream. Often called the Galapagos of Africa, Madagascar is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet and is home to stunningly beautiful rainforests, deserts, cloud forests, and beaches. It is also the only place in the world where you can see and photograph wild lemurs!

Our all inclusive Madagascar workshop will offer a completely unique and immersive way to experience the country. Staying in private eco-lodges we will travel through the various ecosystems on the island learning about and photographing the incredible animal species and people who make this place their home. We will even have the opportunity to stay in a private wildlife park (reserved just for Summit) that is only accessible by chartered plane. Beyond witnessing an astounding number of species, Madagascar is also unique in that many species, including lemurs, are easily photographed in close proximity. There are so many, in fact, that you should even be prepared to photograph from the door of your hotel room! Using our expert photography staff and biology guides, let Summit take you on a once in a lifetime journey through the wildlife, culture, and conservation of Madagascar.

There is simply too much in Madagascar to cover in just a few weeks. As such, we are offering an optional one-week extension to the workshop so you can continue your adventure and fully take advantage of being in one of the most unique places in the entire world.

What To Know

This workshop is all inclusive, and all meals, transportation, hotels, and domestic flights are covered.

During this workshop, we will travel through some of the most breathtaking and pristine areas of Madagascar.

This workshop will start and end in Paris, France where we will meet as a group and fly direct to Madagascar. 

The photography opportunities are never ending, expect to fill your memory cards every day! 

Our itinerary is remote and will entail full-day air conditioned van rides on windy mountain roads, trips up rivers in motorized canoes, and on a chartered plane. The views are absolutely stunning and always changing, so the time easily passes. 

All of the eco-lodges are first class and luxurious, but internet will be intermittent or not available for most of the trip. But not to worry, the incredible amount of wildlife you can watch and photograph from the front steps of your hotel rooms will make up for the lack of technology. 

While we will not hike more than a few miles each day, be prepared to carry telephoto lenses on rough terrain and in hot temperatures.

Spouse and companion discounts are available for this workshop! These discounts are for non-photographers who want to share in this amazing experience with you. Please contact us for more information. 

To Register

 contact us at

303-209-8478

matt@thesummitworkshops.com

Topics We Will Cover

Wildlife

Photography

Travel

Photography

Macro

Photography

Conservation

Photography

2019 WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS

Ian Segebarth

Guide and Faculty

The founder and owner of Rainshadow Expeditions, Ian has spent the past decade traveling and guiding in over 40 countries, covering every continent. He has a background in conservation biology and environmental science, which has fueled his passion for nature and exploration. Ian is a highly experienced scuba instructor and technical cave diver, and has completed thousands of dives all over the world, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Antarctica, and the Caribbean. He is also a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine, and his film work has appeared on Discovery Channel and BBC. In addition to guiding, Ian still has ongoing research and exploration in numerous locations around the world, and he will be happy to share his expertise on these topics.

Chris Steppig

Workshop Director

Chris runs the annual series of workshops and is in charge of all workshop operations, scheduling, logistics, faculty, social media, marketing and sponsorship. Chris has a passion for conservation, travel, and education and the workshops are a dream platform to help others reach new heights as not only photographers but as people. Chris is also an affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers. The iLCP is a U.S. based non-profit whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography. This affiliation provides a tremendous opportunity to help deliver great content and also be an advisor on matters large and small.

Workshop Information & Itinerary

Trip Highlights:

Small Group Experience (6 Students, 2 Faculty)

All Inclusive

Stay at a Private Eco Lodges

Spend Days in a Private Wildlife Preserve 

Observe and Photograph Over 12 Species of Lemurs

Conduct Night Hikes In Search of Frogs, Chameleons, and More

Experience Madagascar’s Amazing Coastal Communities

Walk Along Rows of Giant Baobab Trees

 

Costs Included In Tuition:

Hotels, Meals, Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Transfers, Entrance / Guide Fees, Domestic Flights, Local Guide Tips

***Due to the remote nature of this trip, some hotel rooms may be double occupancy if the trip completely fills (6 students, 2 faculty)

 

Not Included:

International Flights

Workshop Itinerary

To Register

 contact us at

303-209-8478

matt@thesummitworkshops.com

April 20

Plan to be in Paris, France by morning where we will meet at the CDG International Airport and board our flight to Tana, Madagascar. Once on the island, we will transfer to Hotel Sakamanga for dinner and an early night’s rest.

*** To avoid flight delays, we strongly suggest you give yourself plenty of time to arrive in Paris. Consider arriving a day early on April 19th to be safe and explore the city.

 April 21

We will wake up early and depart Tana for the Palmarium Reserve on the eastern coast of the island. Along the way we will have several opportunities to stop and photograph wildlife, scenery, and fascinating local culture. In the late afternoon we will arrive at a river port, and transfer by boat to our comfortable lodge. After dinner we will have the option to do a short night hike in search of chameleons, frogs, nocturnal lemurs, and a wide variety of insects.

 April 22 – 23

Located on the banks of the Pangalanes River in Eastern Madagascar, the private reserve of Palmarium offers incredible up-close encounters with a dozen species of Lemurs, including Indris, and Black and White Ruffed Lemurs. Most importantly, this location offers a very good chance of seeing the elusive Aye-aye. The photographic opportunities here are endless, so be prepared to take thousands of photos!

April 24

After breakfast at the lodge, we will transfer back to our bus and begin the 3 hour drive to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. After checking in to our rooms at the Vakona Forest Lodge, we will do a late afternoon excursion into the park.

April 25 – 26

From our base at the iconic Vakona Forest Lodge, we will explore the nearby Andasibe-Mantadia National Park in search of a huge variety of wildlife. Each morning we will be awakened by the haunting calls of the Indri, the largest species of lemur. In addition, we will find numerous chameleons, frogs, insects, etc. The primary forests in this park are some of the best preserved in the country.

April 27 – 28

In the morning we will drive to Antananarivo and board our private charter flight to the Berenty Private Reserve. We fly over the central plateau of Madagascar, en route to the far southeast corner of the island, where we will encounter a starkly different habitat. Here, the dry spiny forest is home to troops of friendly Ring-tailed Lemurs and “dancing” Verreaux’s Sifakas. This location is a paradise for photographers, with most of the wildlife being extremely friendly and charismatic.

April 29

We will spend one last morning with the Sifakas and Ring-tails, and then in the afternoon we will fly back to Tana and transfer to the Sakamanga.

April 30

Today we will have some free time to recover from our journey and repack for the flights home. There will also be the option to explore some of the city and visit the botanical gardens, as well as do some souvenir shopping. After a farewell dinner at an excellent restaurant, we will head to the airport for our late night flights back home.

May 1

Departure day for those not continuing on the one week extension.

For those who will continue with us, we will depart on a long drive through the central plateau of Madagascar en route to the cloud forests of Ranomafana National Park. This drive will likely take 8-10 hours, but we will stop several times along the way to photograph scenery and local villages.

— Extension —

May 1

Departure day for those not continuing on the one week extension.

For those who will continue with us, we will depart on a long drive through the central plateau of Madagascar en route to the cloud forests of Ranomafana National Park. This drive will likely take 8-10 hours, but we will stop several times along the way to photograph scenery and local villages.

May 2 – 3

Ranomafana National Park is a truly special place. The cloud forest here is home to a vast array of wildlife found nowhere else on the island. The animals found here include 12 species of lemurs (including the critically endangered Golden Bamboo Lemur), 7 species of tenrecs, and over 160 species of reptiles and amphibians. We will spend two full days on the trails here, and have the chance to do a few night hikes along the road.

May 4

Today we will bid farewell to the cool, misty cloud forest and begin a drive to a very different habitat. During the 6-8 hour drive to Isalo National Park we will pass through the cattle ranching region of Madagascar. The habitat in this region is largely open, arid grassland dotted with palm trees and the occasional village. Late in the afternoon the habitat will transition again to a rocky, desert environment reminiscent of the southwestern US. Here we will find our spectacular lodge, which is built into the surrounding rock formations.

May 5 

After an early breakfast we will venture into the park for a 3-4 hour hike. It can get quite hot here, so we will try to begin our hike in the cool of early morning. Along the trail we will search for strange plants in the genus Pachypodium, and troops of Ring-Tailed Lemurs that live on the cliffs. In the late morning we will return to our hotel for lunch and some free time. Late in the afternoon we will venture out again to a spectacular rock formation for sunset.

May 6

Today we will have an early departure to continue south along the central highway. After about 2 hours, we will reach Zombitse National Park. This park contains a different type of spiny forest than what we encountered in Berenty. Here we can find several different lemurs, ground boas, chameleons, and a diversity of orchids. After lunch, we will drive another 2-3 hours to the port city of Toliara. Here we will check in to our beachside hotel overlooking the turquoise waters of the Mozambique Channel.

May 7

This morning we will venture past the village of Ifaty to a small reserve where we can see massive Baobab trees, several endemic birds, and the largest Swallowtail Butterfly in Africa. After lunch back at our hotel, we will have the afternoon free to enjoy the beach or go snorkeling on the reefs just offshore.

May 8

After a free morning at the hotel to relax and repack our luggage, we will fly back to Tana to catch our late night flight to Paris.

May 9

Return flights to the US from Paris.

To Register

contact us at

303-209-8478

matt@thesummitworkshops.com