This morning we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Morondava. One of the most interesting sites in the area is the Baobab Amoureux, the Communal Natural Monument of Morondava. It features two baobab trees twisted around one another in the appearance of an embrace. Legend has it that two young lovers, in an attempt to avoid having to go to war for their king, took refuge in the forest. They were never found by the king and his troops, and lived happily together for the rest of their lives. It is said that when they died at a great age that two stately intertwined baobabs grew where their house was located.
Later in the afternoon we will visit the famous Avenue of Baobabs. This astonishing landscape, with roughly a dozen Grandidier’s Baobabs about 30 metres in height (and lining a dirt road), draws travellers from around the world. We will have the opportunity to spend some time in the late afternoon admiring the beauty of this natural phenomenon and taking photographs as the sun dips below the horizon.
Over the next two days of our Madagascar photo tour, we visit the superb Kirindy Forest Reserve (please note that due to accommodation limitations, we will not be staying in Kirindy but will drive approximately 2 hours one way from Morondava to reach Kirindy Forest). Kirindy is a private reserve in the south-western part of Madagascar and protects approximately 100 square kilometres of one of Madagascar’s most threatened ecosystems: dry deciduous forest. The forest was previously utilized as an experimental sustainable timber harvesting operation, however this has fortunately left no major imprint on the area.
This reserve is well known for its variety of lemur species such as Verreaux’s Sifaka, Red-tailed Sportive and Red-fronted Brown lemurs, while we also stand a chance of viewing the rare Narrow-striped Mongoose. A special at Kirindy is the Giant Jumping Rat, however as this species is strictly nocturnal, our chances of seeing this species are therefore very slim. Arguably the most sought-after species in the dry deciduous forest of Kirindy is Madagascar’s largest predator, the Fosa. We will focus a lot of our attention on the Fosa in an attempt to view and photograph this, the largest and most famous mammalian carnivore on mainland Madagascar!
Kirindy is also known for its interesting flora, numerous snakes (including Madagascar Ground Boa, Giant Hog-nosed and Spear-nosed snakes) and other reptiles, not to mention excellent woodland birding. In the late afternoons we will be driven back to Morondava where we will be spending the evening.
**As noted above, we will be staying in Morondava, and travelling out to Kirindy for a daytrip. Note that this is a long day – Kirindy is hot, and we will be at Kirindy Forest for the better part of day to maximise our photographic opportunities. We depart Morondava early, and arrive back late in the day**
After breakfast we will be transferred to the airport at Morondava for our flight back to Antananarivo where we will overnight.
Today is the last day of this incredible Madagascar photo tour and after breakfast this tour will conclude as we transfer to the airport in time for our outbound international flights. Depending on departure flights, we may visit a local market or do some street photography in the morning.
Although Dale grew up in suburban London, which certainly isn’t replete with wild animals, his addiction to wildlife films instilled a deep love for animals and the outdoors, and he has subsequently left London and spent the last 20 years travelling the globe working with, and photographing its wildlife.
During this time, he has produced more than 400 nature, travel and photography oriented magazine articles and has worked on numerous wildlife documentaries including for the BBC. His photographs have appeared on high profile front covers and he has won several awards with global publishing companies.
Aside from having guided widely in Africa, his extensive experience in tropics, whether it be the steamy jungles of south-east Asia or South America, or the endemic rich island of Madagascar, make him the natural choice for ORYX’s Brazil, Borneo and Madagascar tours. His sense of humour and relaxed demeanour ensure that he is a hit with all the people he guides, both young and old!
“As a working journalist, I travel for a living and Madagascar is one of the most logistically challenging places to travel to. It is a world unto itself, in every sense of the word. When given a recent book project on Madagascar and in need of some photographic work there was only one person I knew who could help me. Marius Coetzee has been a guide for over 11 years, and there is no one I could feel safer with in a country as challenging as Madagascar.
Marius is patient; he is kind, and above all inspiring!! If you are going to Madagascar, he is the guy. If you are going any place else, he is probably the guy too!”
We had a GREAT time with Dale. Everything was as expected as we have learned to expect the unexpected. We would go with Dale and your company without any hesitation. We have NOTHING to complain about. Olive learned a lot of things from Dale. How not when you get such a crazy guide.Madagascar
“We have recently returned from our trip to Madagascar with ORYX, led by Marius Coetzee. We had long wanted to see and photograph the dancing Lemurs. Marius was an excellent leader of our small group of photographers and made sure everything went like clockwork. Having the transport and accommodation arrangements handled so professionally made the trip worry free. Marius’s knowledge of the best photographic locations meant we were able to get some terrific Lemur and Indri shots. Marius was more than willing to provide photographic guidance and made the trip to this unique place a special experience.”Madagascar
This trip completely exceeded my expectations and was exactly what I was looking for for Madagascar (wildlife all day every day). You were all extremely responsive, professional, and courteous.
Accommodations were all nice and the food was always good. Internal flight delays were handled so smoothly by you that they didn’t have an impact on the trip overall.
All of the local guides were great, especially Nono.
Dale was definitely the best photographer-guide I’ve ever travelled with. His photos were gorgeous and he was incredibly generous, patient, and enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge. He kept us entertained all day with new photographic opportunities, and involved us in experiments with new techniques, usually with amazing results. As a guide he had excellent natural leadership ability, and as a person he was warm, friendly, interesting, genuinely nice, and fun to be with.
Everything we did was so much fun, and I will always have wonderful memories of this trip. Would definitely travel with you again.
Thanks so much!!
“Thanks, the trip was excellent. Got some great photos, and also learned a lot from Dale on techniques very useful in Madagascar, macro and night photography. Discussing with other guests, I think we all expected to be put in good photography locations to see what we could do, but the effort Dale put in teaching us all new techniques was beyond expectations.”Madagascar
“Without your team and the local help it would have been impossible to travel in the country. The help was exceptional in dealing with the changes and I never worried we wouldn’t get to where we wanted to go. Dale works very hard to ensure everyone has the best possible angles for shooting and helped me with flash settings and tips at the start. Shooting in Madagascar is different than other destinations I have been to and the assistance in getting started was appreciated.I appreciated the fact that Dale, while taking shots got us in position first before “firing”. That doesn’t always happen with guides, especially when there is a special moment. Thanks again for an introduction to the wildlife of a very unique and challenging country. I’m sure most first time travelers to Madagascar don’t have such a rewarding photo experience!”Madagascar
“The trip was one of the best photo trips I have had in recent years. Although the landscape was challenging as well as the ability to get clear shots of the animals in the rainforest, your representatives in the field made the trip. The organization you hired in Madagascar were first rate. The ability to meet the challenges of Air Madagascar as well as the other bumps on the road were outstanding. Do not lose this group.Dale Morris is a real pro. Not only did he organize the photoshoots to optimize our ability to get the right shots, but his expertise in the field as it related to the more technical aspects of photography (flash, exposure comp, lens selection etc.) made the trip. Do not lose him. I would have no trouble recommending your organization to my camera friends in Toronto, and I look forward to dealing with your organization in the future.”Madagascar
“I am back home after an inspiring tour with ORYX once again. As before the practical arrangements were flawless, and the guiding superb.
First time I travelled with Dale, but it came as no surprise that he is first class.
Thanks to ORYX and to Dale for a great experience!”
Currently overnighting in Paris on our way home from Madagascar. It was an excellent trip. We are thrilled with the images we are now in the midst of sorting. We got all of our targets and have some wonderful photos. It’s a tough place, but ORYX and especially Dale and local guide Nono handled everything with aplomb. Attached are a couple of photos of us in the new ORYX garb. Thanks so much for providing these.”Madagascar
As Rich guides for countries that is not covered by ORYX we need to only click his name after adding the guest comment and not the destination.
I participated in the Jan-Feb [private] tour to the Philippines guided by Rich Lindie…. I have to say that Rich’s … indefatigable attempts to make our trip a success was exemplary in every way. His birding skills are definitely well above the norm in birding companies I am familiar with (including some very elite companies.) Rich is also enthusiastic, energetic, fun loving, patient and always in full control of his clients. In short, he is in the elite echelons of the guiding profession and should be considered a valuable asset to your organization. It is my intent to single out trips guided by him for my travel considerations.Madagascar
Our Rockjumper guide was Rich Lindie. The word “excellent” does not begin to cover the outstanding quality of his technical and interpersonal skills. Rich is the personification of enthusiasm for what he does. Extensively knowledgeable about both flora and fauna (in particular of course birds), he was at all times professional and friendly. In addition, Rich has a great sense of humor and we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him and hearing about some of his amazing experiences in international travel, living, teaching and guiding. What an interesting and talented young man. We were very fortunate to have him as our guide.Madagascar
Recently back at home from our fantastic tour in Madagascar, I wanted to offer thanks to all for the excellent times we enjoyed. For us, the exuberant and superbly-skilled leadership of Rich Lindie was a delight and gave us such a greater measure of understanding to the natural wonders as well as a bit of the cultural aspects of the unique island. We had a great time, and we certainly saw a tremendous variety of the birds, mammals, and many other creatures as well as strange and wonderful plant life of the “Eighth Continent”.