Daniel Austin, Madagascar expert tour leader & lecturer

Daniel Austin

Madagascar Specialist

I am a travel writer, naturalist, photographer and tour leader specialising exclusively in the little-known and enigmatic Indian Ocean island of Madagascar. Born and based in the UK, I visit Madagascar at least once every year to explore and photograph its diverse wonders, carry out research and to share my knowledge and interest through leading tours.

I have written a number of books on Madagascar and its wildlife, but my passion for this country stems from more than just an interest in flora and fauna; it is rooted in the realisation long ago that Madagascar – the world's only truly Afro-Asian nation – is as deeply fascinating culturally, linguistically, historically and geologically as it is for its famously unique and endemic wildlife.

On this page you can discover more about my various involvements with Madagascar, find details of my upcoming tours, learn more about my books and where to buy them, and get information about my photography. You will also find information on my extensive archive of Madagascar-related books and documents and my role as Secretary of the Anglo-Malagasy Society.

Tour Leading and Lecturing

Below are detailed some of my Madagascar tours, both past and future, listed in reverse chronological order. If you are interested in booking to go on one of my upcoming tours, check the Status column in the table below to find one that is not shown as fully booked, then click the Enquire link to open the website of the relevant tour operator whom you need to contact in order to make the arrangements. Please note that prices may vary widely from tour to tour, owing to significant differences in accommodation level, itinerary, trip duration, transport arrangements, whether international flights are included, and so on.
For tour operators or trip organisers wishing to secure my services to lead or accompany a tour of/including Madagascar, please contact me (see the bottom of this page) as far in advance as possible.

Start Duration Title Description Role Tour Operator Status
30th Sep 2018 18 days Madagascar Wildlife Extravaganza with Daniel Austin & Hilary Bradt Overland tour with domestic flights. Visiting Antananarivo, Andasibe National Park, Mitsinjo Forest, Mantadia National Park, Ankarana National Park, Andrafiamena-Andavakoera Protected Area, Daraina, Vohemar =Iharana, Sambava, Toliara =Tulear, and Mikea National Park. Group size: 6 to 10 pax. Full details... Tour leader Rainbow Tours (UK); local operator: Za Tours Upcoming
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7th Nov 2017 15 days Madagascar Wildlife Extravaganza Overland tour with a private charter flight and two scheduled domestic flights. Visiting Antananarivo, Bekopaka, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Kirindy Forest, Avenue des Baobabs, Morondava, Taolagnaro =Fort Dauphin, Berenty Private Reserve, Andasibe National Park, and Mantadia National Park. Group size: 10 pax. Full details... Tour leader Rainbow Tours (UK); local operator: Za Tours Upcoming
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12th Oct 2017 16 days Daniel Austin Madagascar Wildlife & Discovery Tour Overland tour with a private charter flight and two Air Madagascar domestic flights. Visiting Antananarivo, Sambava, Marojejy National Park, Bekopaka, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Kirindy Forest, Avenue des Baobabs, Morondava, Andasibe National Park, and Mantadia National Park. Group size: 8 pax. Full details... Tour leader Rainbow Tours (UK); local operator: Za Tours Upcoming
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16th Jan 2017 17 days Wonders & Wildlife of the Indian Ocean (with post-cruise Selous Game Reserve extension) Expedition cruise on the MS Island Sky. Visiting: Mauritius; Réunion; Ambodifotatra, Nosy Mangabe, Masoala National Park, Antsiranana =Diego Suarez, and Montagne d'Ambre National Park (Madagascar); Assumption Island and Aldabra Atoll (Seychelles); Stone Town (Zanzibar); Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). Group size: approx 90 pax. Guest speaker and naturalist guide Noble Caledonia (UK) Completed
4th Jan 2017 13 days Madagascar & Beyond Expedition cruise on the MS Island Sky. Visiting: Mahé, Praslin Island, Aride Island, Desroches Island, Alphonse Atoll, and Farquhar Atoll (Seychelles); Antsiranana =Diego Suarez, Montagne d'Ambre National Park, Nosy Mangabe, Masoala National Park, Ambodifotatra, and Ile aux Nattes (Madagascar); Réunion; Mauritius. Group size: approx 90 pax. Guest speaker and naturalist guide Noble Caledonia (UK) Completed
27th Oct 2016 19 days Daniel Austin Madagascar Wildlife Discovery Tour Overland tour with short sections by speedboat and four Air Madagascar domestic flights. Visiting Antananarivo, Sambava, Vohemar =Iharana, Daraina, Marojejy National Park, Zombitse National Park, Toliara =Tulear, Ranohira, Isalo National Park, Anakao, Lac Tsimanampetsotsa National Park, Nosy Ve, Andasibe National Park, and Mantadia National Park. Group size: 8 pax. Tour leader Rainbow Tours (UK); local operator: Za Tours (with Harry Rakotosalama) Completed
11th Oct 2016 18 days Madagascar with Daniel Austin and Accompanying Raconteur Hilary Bradt Overland tour by minibus with short sections by speedboat, Air Madagascar domestic flight and charter flight. Visiting Antananarivo, Andasibe National Park, Mitsinjo Forest, Mantadia National Park, Bekopaka, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Kirindy Forest, Avenue des Baobabs, Morondava, Antsirabe, Ranomafana National Park, Kianjavato, Ambalavao, Anja Park, Isalo National Park, Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park, Toliara =Tulear, Anakao, Tsimanampetsotsa National Park. Group size: 9 pax. Expedition leader Natural World Safaris; local operator: Za Tours (with Harry Rakotosalama) Completed
16th Jan 2016 17 days Madagascar & Beyond Expedition cruise on the MS Island Sky. Visiting: Mauritius; Réunion; Ambodifotatra, Nosy Mangabe, Masoala National Park, Antsiranana =Diego Suarez, Montagne d'Ambre National Park, Nosy Tanikely, Majunga =Mahajanga, Ankarafantsika National Park, Morondava, Baobab Avenue, Kirindy Reserve, Toliara =Tulear (Madagascar); Inhambane and Inhaca Island (Mozambique); Richards Bay (South Africa). Guest speaker and naturalist guide Noble Caledonia (UK) Completed
29th Dec 2015 19 days Aldabra: Last Sanctuary (with pre-cruise Selous Game Reserve extension) Expedition cruise on the MS Island Sky. Visiting: Selous Game Reserve, Dar es Salaam (Tanzania); Stone Town (Zanzibar); Aldabra Atoll and Assumption Island (Seychelles); Antsiranana =Diego Suarez, Montagne d'Ambre National Park, Nosy Mangabe, Masoala National Park, and Ambodifotatra (Madagascar); Rénuion; Mauritius. Group size: 97 pax. Guest speaker and naturalist guide Noble Caledonia (UK) Completed
10th Nov 2015 18 days Daniel Austin Madagascar Wildlife Discovery Tour Overland tour with short sections by speedboat and four Air Madagascar domestic flights. Visiting Antananarivo, Sambava, Vohemar =Iharana, Daraina, Marojejy National Park, Toliara =Tulear, Zombitse National Park, Ranohira, Isalo National Park, Anakao, Lac Tsimanampetsotsa National Park, Nosy Ve, Andasibe National Park, Mitsinjo Forest, Lemur Island, and Mantadia National Park. Group size: 12 pax. Tour leader Rainbow Tours (UK); local operator: Za Tours (with Harry Rakotosalama) Completed
4th Jan 2015 18 days Aldabra: Last Sanctuary (with Mauritius extension) Expedition cruise on the MS Island Sky. Visiting: Mahé, Desroches Island, Alphonse Atoll, Farquhar Atoll, Aldabra Atoll, and Cosmoledo Atoll (Seychelles); Antsiranana =Diego Suarez, Montagne d'Ambre National Park, Nosy Mangabe, Ambodifotatra, and Ile aux Nattes (Madagascar); [Réunion visit skipped due to weather]; Trou aux Cerfs, Grand Bassin, Black River Gorges National Park, Chamarel Waterfalls, Seven Coloured Earths (Mauritius). Group size: approx 90 pax. Guest speaker and naturalist guide Noble Caledonia (UK) in collaboration with Captain's Choice (Australia); local operators: Mason's Travel (Seychelles), SETAM (Madagascar), and Concorde Travel (Mauritius) Completed
8th Nov 2014 18 days Madagascar: A World Apart Overland tour by minibus with three Air Madagascar domestic flights. Visiting Antananarivo, Lemurs Park, Andasibe National Park, Ambatolampy, Antsirabe, Ranomafana National Park, Fianarantsoa, Anja Park, Andringitra National Park, Ranohira, Isalo National Park, Arboretum d'Antsokay, Toliara =Tulear, Ifaty, Taolagnaro =Fort Dauphin, and Berenty Private Reserve. Group size: 12 pax. Tour leader Heritage Destinations (Australia) on behalf of Australian Museum; local operator: Mozaic Tour (with Jean-Jacques Randriamanindry) Completed
23rd Oct 2014 11 days Alfa Tour: Madagascar Private VIP tour, overland in 4x4 vehicles with short sections by catamaran, private plane and quad bike. Visiting Ambohimanga, Antsirabe, Ambositra, Ranohira, Isalo National Park, Ilakaka, Toliara =Tulear, Ifaty, Salary, Andavadoaka, Belo-sur-Mer, Morondava, Bekopaka, and Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. Group size: 8 pax. Local expert and trip photographer Aspera Explorations (Russia); local operator Asisten Travel (with Haja Rasambainarivo) Completed
28th Aug 2011 17 days Magical Madagascar Overland tour by minibus with two Air Madagascar domestic flights. Visiting Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Ranomafana National Park, Fianarantsoa, Ranohira, Isalo National Park, Toliara =Tulear, Ifaty, Taolagnaro =Fort Dauphin, Berenty Private Reserve, and Andasibe National Park. Group size: 11 pax. Guest lecturer Temple World (UK) on behalf of Oxford and Cambridge Alumni Travel; local operator: Za Tours (with Lalaina Ramaroson) Completed
For more information on any upcoming tour that is not yet fully booked, click the 'Enquire' link in the 'Status' column.

Travel Writing

Madagascar books by Daniel Austin

Madagascar (12th ed)

by Daniel Austin
and Hilary Bradt

ISBN 978-1-78477-048-8

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Madagascar Highlights (1st ed)

by Daniel Austin
and Hilary Bradt

ISBN 978-1-84162-425-9

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Madagascar Wildlife (4th ed)

by Daniel Austin
and Nick Garbutt

ISBN 978-1-84162-557-7

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Click a front cover above to view or buy on the publisher's website

I have authored a number of books on Madagascar: two travel guidebooks co-authored with pioneering travel writer and long-time Madagascar authority Hilary Bradt, and one guide to the country's wildlife co-authored with award-winning wildlife photographer and zoologist Nick Garbutt. Things can change fast in Madagascar so preparing new editions of these titles is a more-or-less continual task!

Having extensively used and admired previous editions of Madagascar: The Bradt Travel Guide, I was proud to be invited in 2006 to contribute to the ninth edition. Since then (it is now in its 12th edition), I have taken over full responsibility for researching and writing new editions. I also run a Bradt Madagascar Facebook page to keep readers and travellers up to date with developments in Madagascar between editions of the guidebook.

In contrast to this 'main' guidebook, which is ideal for backpackers and independent travellers, Madagascar Highlights is a guidebook aimed at travellers on organised tailor-made trips, group tours, cruises and similar. In short, it is aimed at travellers who will have somebody else doing the nitty-gritty of trip planning on their behalf: in effect, it's like all the juicy and interesting bits of the 'main' guidebook but without the heavy logistical detail. Madagascar Highlights is a full-colour guide, illustrated throughout with beautiful photographs, so that it also serves as an attractive trip souvenir.

Madagascar Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide is also a lavishly illustrated, full-colour book. It focuses on the fauna group by group – mammals including lemurs and tenrecs, birds, frogs and reptiles including chameleons and geckos, and invertebrates – but also has a detailed 47-page section on the main parks and reserves of Madagascar.

In addition to authoring these books, I was copy-editor of the revised edition of Madagascar: The Eighth Continent by Peter Tyson. I also occasionally write magazine and web articles on Madagascar.

Madagascar Photography

Since my very first visit to the island, I have been photographing flora, fauna, people and landscapes across the country. Never have I visited any other place in the world that is so photogenic; even after so many years of exploration, I find myself confronted with new and unusual scenes on a daily basis. With approaching 90 per cent endemicity amongst the Malagasy plants and animals, it is a wildlife photographer's paradise. Over the years I have built up a large personal collection of images. You can see some of them on my Madagascar Photography website. To see more of my photos in future, you may also like to follow my Madagascar Photography Facebook page and my Madagascar Photography Twitter account.

My photographs have appeared in several books, magazines, brochures and elsewhere. If you are interested in licensing any of my photography for your use – whether in a book, magazine, advertisement, brochure, presentation, or other usage – please get in touch (see the bottom of this page). Pricing varies according to usage (chosen media, size of reproduction, distribution area, circulation, duration of use, and terms of exclusivity) so in order to give you a quote I will need you to provide details of your project. (If you work for a publisher which has standard photographer rates then I am happy to work within those if the terms are reasonable, and to offer bulk discounts where multiple images are used.) All of my photos are available in high resolution of at least 2848 x 2136 pixels. I currently shoot primarily on a Nikon D600, which provides high resolution images of 6016 x 4016 pixels (24MP).

Anglo-Malagasy Society

I am Secretary of the Anglo-Malagasy Society, a UK-based organisation founded in 1961 – just after Madagascar's independence from France – to foster relations between the country and Britain. Several times a year, we hold events and meetings in London to promote knowledge of Madagascar, usually with talks from interesting speakers, buffet Malagasy food, and sometimes live Malagasy music too. Non-members are very welcome to attend Anglo-Malagasy Society lectures and events. You can find a list of forthcoming dates in the events section of the Anglo-Malagasy Society Facebook page; bookings can be made online via the tickets page on the Anglo-Malagasy Society website. If you are interested in becoming a member of the society then visit website's membership section for more details.

The society's mission is to further friendship and co-operation between the people of the United Kingdom and those of Madagascar, to establish and foster cultural links between the two nations, to make Madagascar more widely known in the United Kingdom, to assist British companies interested in establishing and maintaining business relations with Madagascar, to encourage more people to visit Madagascar, and to welcome and assist Malagasy nationals – especially students – visiting or settling in the UK.

I am also responsible for running the society's social media profiles, via which we share some society news and details of upcoming events, but mainly news stories concerning Madagascar. If you would like to keep up to date with news from Madagascar, you can follow the Anglo-Malagasy Society Facebook page and the Anglo-Malagasy Society Twitter account.

Madagascar Library

I have been collecting books on Madagascar since at least five years before my first ever visit to the country! The collection continues to grow and now includes more than 5,000 individial items, all of which are catalogued in a searchable database available online at the Madagascar Library website. There are both contemporary and historical items in the collection, with some dating back to the seventeenth century. I focus primarily on archiving books and documents in English but also have items written in at least a dozen other languages. Only around a quarter of the archive comprises books; the remainder includes items in the following categories (click to see the listings):

If you would like to consult any items in my collection, or have items that you would like to donate to the Madagascar Library, then please contact me (see the bottom of this page).

Contact Me

The easiest way to reach me with a private message is via the contact form on my Madagascar Library website.




© Daniel Austin 2017