Madagascar in 2015
I am trying to find contact details of a excellent local birding guide and agent that can also help set up itinerary, transport etc for an independent trip - if anyone can make a suggestion & provide contact details - thanks
Kevin, sorry for not responding till now. This is of great help - thank you very much. We will have 3 weeks and will only focus on the East and south to Itafy - there is so much to see in terms of other wildlife that we don't want to rush all over the country and in any event we won't see all of Madagascar's birds in 1 trip. Good to hear you had a great trip & I will read your trip report.
If you are still looking for contacts, The Seing Sam and known as "Sam" ( www.peregrinefund.org/people/sam-the-seing ) may be worth approaching.
We did a trip with Birding Africa last autumn (great success) and explored doing an extension under our own steam with Sam. He put together a promising itinerary with vehicles, camping and local accomodation. In the end we used the time to visit Mauritius and Reunion instead, as our pursuit of pochard and rail was probably going to be a lot of effort for little return at a time when the weather was getting dodgy.
He's probably not going to be as good an option for the logistics and local support as Kevin's contact but he'll have current info on the sites, accommodation options and timing issues from a birder's perspective if you want to refine the itinerary. Sam got a positive report from a contact in Birdlife so he may be useful if the option that Kevin offered needs supplementing and/or you want to consider him as a guide.
On the itinerary, we found the drive south a great experience, aside from the birding, but were pleased we flew back rather than driving after our time around Itafy/Tuliara.