Seychelles & Madagascar with Aldabra Atoll: Oct 20—Nov 06, 2018
Aboard the Silver Discoverer
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Starting price per person based on double occupancy; airfare not included. Limited singles are available on this voyage.
Departs: Mahé, Seychelles
Tour Limit: 12
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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A paradisiacal voyage to the Indian Ocean showcases exquisite tropical islands and reefs; specialty birds, mammals, and reptiles; and unforgettable snorkeling.
The western Indian Ocean is the setting for this exciting birding and natural history cruise to the Seychelles and Madagascar with Aldabra Atoll. These locations truly are some of the most beautiful and biologically unique places on earth. Birding is but one component of this trip that includes extraordinary opportunities for snorkeling and diving; searching for endemic mammals, reptiles, and amphibians; visiting beaches of mesmerizing beauty; and Zodiac cruising to pristine coral reefs.
We’ll have three full days to experience the supreme tropical beauty of the Seychelles. On Mahé we’ll seek specialty birds like Seychelles Kestrel and the rare Seychelles Sunbird. We’ll call at La Digue, site of the legendary Anse Source d’Argent, a beach of breathtaking beauty, and Veuve National Reserve, sanctuary to the endemic Seychelles Paradise-Flycatcher; Praslin, home of the famed Coco-de-mer Palms and the endemic Seychelles Parrot; and Poivre, where we’ll snorkel over coral gardens inhabited by dazzling tropical fish.
We’ll spend two days at the World Heritage Site of Aldabra, a magnificent atoll home to Aldabra Giant Tortoises, the endemic “Aldabra” White-throated Rail, and a picturesque lagoon filled with sea turtles, rays, and giant clams.
We’ll sample the biodiversity of Madagascar with visits to the Nosy Hara Archipelago and Mount Amber and Masoala national parks. In each location, we’ll delve into a world replete with fascinating botany, mammals, endemic birds, and reptiles. We may see at least four species of lemurs, the endearing icons of Madagascar, and wonderful birds like Madagascar Fish-Eagle and Madagascar Blue Vanga.
Our voyage will conclude in Reunion and Mauritius, volcanic outposts known for lush forests, picturesque waterfalls, and endemic birds such as Pink Pigeon and the rare Echo Parakeet.
Travel will be aboard Zegrahm Expeditions’ 120-passenger Silver Discoverer, an elegant small cruise ship offering superb accommodations and cuisine.
Itinerary includes stops at many tropical islands with several days at sea; many activity options for birders and non-birders; warm temperatures with squalls expected.