Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Insight guide to Madagascar.
Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.
Philip is the author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.
Access to a variety of habitats in a compact area, makes Sainte Luce Reserve a rewarding birding destination. The coastal forest is home to a lot of specials, many of them unique to the country. Night walks are great to see some nocturnal species, such as Madagascar scops owl. A boat trip through the mangroves is recommended to pick up some of the seabirds and waders as well as perching water-associated birds, such as the colorful Madagascar kingfisher.
Bird watching in Sainte Luce Reserve is good throughout the year, but the best time is from September to April. However, the lodge is closed from January to late March. So practically this leaves April and September to December as the best months. Some birds tend to be silent and inactive in the cool season months from June to August. Migratory birds are present in the summer months from November to April.