When you think of Madagascar you can’t help but conjure up an image of paradise, where white sandy beaches meet lush tropical forests and crystal-clear waters teem with vibrant marine life. This picturesque island is home to a collection of the most exotic mammals, birds and marine life the world has to offer.
Take a trip to Constance Tsarbanjina and discover a world unknown deep within the Madagascar wilderness.
Madagascar is a land like no other, hosting five percent of all known species on Earth. This remarkable diversity includes over 200 mammals, 300 bird species, 260 reptiles and 266 amphibians. The island’s range of landscapes, from dense rainforests to arid deserts, provide habitats for this kaleidoscope of life.
Known for its lemurs, Madagascar is home to an impressive 103 species and subspecies; from the Giant Singing Indri to the Tiny Mouse Lemur. The chameleon is a native creature many are excited to see. Visitors are amazed by these masters of disguise, with two thirds of the species found here blending into the colourful natural canvas.
What sets Madagascar apart is the extraordinary level of endemism; approximately 90% of its reptiles, plants and mammals are found nowhere else in the world. Moreover, most fauna has been found to only survive on the island, making Madagascar a unique destination for nature enthusiasts.
Fantastic Fauna Found Nowhere Else
As Madagascar’s most recognisable resident animal, there have been over 103 species and subspecies found so far, ranging from all shapes and sizes. Some of the most well known species include:
Indri Lemur: The largest lemur species, easily spotted by its black and white coat and distinctive call, which can be heard from more than two kilometres away.
Ring-Tailed Lemur: Possibly the most recognisable lemur, the Ring-Tailed is known for its long, banded tail. They are social animals often seen in groups, typically inhabiting Madagascar’s dense forests.
Pygmy Mouse Lemur: One of the world’s tiniest primates, these elusive creatures are nocturnal and reside in the forests of eastern Madagascar.
Aye-Aye: Visitors can be forgiven for not realising this distinctive looking animal can be classed as a lemur with its elongated finger, wispy hair and large eyes. It is sure to grab your attention! It is nocturnal and rarely spotted in the wild, making it one of Madagascar’s most interesting animals.
Sifaka Lemur: Renowned for its distinctive “dancing” movement, these agile and arboreal lemurs are known for leaping between trees or sashaying across the sands.
One of only eight carnivore species endemic to Madagascar, the Fossa is the only known predator to the largest types of lemur. Often confused for a member of the big cat family, these eupleridae carnivores sport rich brown fur, short-but-lanky bodies and boast an impressive tail.
Giant Jumping Rat
The endangered Malagasy Giant Rat, resembling a rabbit with its large ears and back feet, possesses an incredible jumping ability, being able to leap almost one metre vertically. This skill is primarily used for evading predators, as they typically prefer to walk. These unique rodents epitomise Madagascar’s remarkable wildlife, embodying nature’s ingenuity and adaptability.
Colourful Chameleons You Could Not Believe
Madagascar, the birthplace of the chameleon, hosts a stunning variety of these captivating reptiles. With their famous colour-changing capabilities and independently rotating eyes, they are masters of disguise and adaptation.
From the tiny leaf chameleons measuring just an inch to the vibrant panther chameleons displaying a kaleidoscope of colours, Madagascar’s chameleons showcase nature’s creativity and the island’s rich biodiversity.
Beautiful Birds in Abundance
Birdwatchers will delight in the abundance of colourful and exotic bird species that call Madagascar home. With over 300 bird species, 117 of those being endemic, the island offers a unique opportunity to observe avian diversity found nowhere else on Earth.
Whether you’re captivated by the vibrant plumage of the paradise flycatcher, the regal presence of the fish eagle or the elusive calls of ground rollers, Madagascar’s birds will paint your journey with unforgettable moments of natural beauty.
Natural Beauty all in one place
The skies of Constance Tsarabanjina host an impressive array of bird species which all bird enthusiasts would enjoy. Here, the White Eye, White-Throated Rail, and Madagascar Turtle Dove flourish alongside the vibrant green Sunbird. While species like the Greater Frigate Bird, Pomarine Skua and the Regal White-Tailed Tropic Bird float on the breeze. Constance Tsarabanjina blends nature and luxury perfectly, allowing guests to embrace the local wildlife while indulging in opulence.
Just off the north west coast of Tsarabanjina, nestled in Madagascar’s Mitsio Archipelago, is the Les Quatre Frères islets. These four silver basalt rocks are a haven for an array of seabirds common to Tsarabanjina, including frigate birds and white-tailed tropic birds, plus known species such as Brown Boobies; these do not frequent Tsarabanjina as often, making them prime locations for bird enthusiasts.
Tips and What to Pack for Wildlife Watching
To make the most of your wildlife watching adventure at Constance Tsarabanjina, here are some essential tips and packing recommendations:
Comfortable Walking Shoes: Ensure your comfort during nature walks with sturdy walking shoes.
Lightweight Clothing: Pack lightweight, breathable clothing suitable for warm weather and jungle exploration.
Insect Repellent: Protect yourself from pesky insects with effective insect repellent.
Sunscreen and Hat: Shield yourself from the sun’s rays with sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.
A New World is in Sight
As you plan your luxury getaway at Constance Tsarabanjina, prepare to be captivated by the unique wildlife and pristine natural beauty that Madagascar has to offer.
With luxurious accommodations, exquisite dining, and unparalleled natural wonders, Constance Tsarabanjina promises an unforgettable experience for nature enthusiasts and luxury travellers alike.
Book your stay today and embark on the journey of a lifetime at this hidden gem in the Indian Ocean.