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16 night Madagascar family adventure from the eastern rainforests all the way to the southwest coast, offers the perfect mix of weird and wonderful wildlife, incredible scenery, fascinating Malagasy culture, heaps of activities, beautiful beaches and even the odd Baobab tree, really allowing all the family to get under the skin of this fascinating country.
Day 1: London to Antananarivo
Fly this morning from the UK to Antananarivo (via Paris). On arrival into the Madagascar capital this evening you will be met and transferred to Au Bois Vert to spend 1 night in a duplex family room. This lovely rustic city retreat is very convenient for the airport but hidden away in its own nature estate so very peaceful and a great first stop in Madagascar. Remember, this is just a starting point idea to give you a flavour of what we can do. All our family holidays are uniquely designed for each family. Contact us on 01273 923100 or email@example.com to start designing yours.
Day 2: Antananarivo to Andasibe
With your private 4×4 and guide you will drive to the eastern rainforests of Andasibe, stopping en route at the Pyreiras Reptile Park, to spend 3 nights at Vakona Forest Lodge in a duplex family bungalow. A firm family run Sundowner favourite with a beautiful location in the rainforest, Vakona has its own wildlife packed reserve which includes Lemur Island for some close and personal encounters with these amazing creatures. This evening enjoy a nocturnal forest walk, a family moment to remember.
Days 3 & 4: Andasibe
Two full days with your local specialist guide to explore the Analamazaotra Reserve, one of the best areas in the country for the largest Indri Indri lemur, the Vakona Reserve, the Mitsinjo Community Reserve, Lemur Island and the lush primary rainforest of Mantadia National Park. The guide will be able to tailor any walks to your family.
Day 5: Andasibe to Antananarivo
After a final morning in the rainforest you will drive back to the capital to spend 1 night at the Pavillon de l’Emyrne in 2 superior rooms. Located in the heart of the old town, close to some nice restaurants this small owner run boutique hotel is a firm sundowner favourite. Talk to us about your favoured room types for your family and we will let you know the hotels that work best. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 923100.
Day 6: Antananarivo to Antsirabe
This morning you will meet up with your driver & private 4×4 and head south along the famous RN7 to the central highlands city of Antsirabe, where you will spend 1 night in a family room at the Couleur Café, a charming owner run guest lodge & restaurant close to the central of town. This afternoon you will have a tour of this city bustling with rickshaws and we recommend a visit to Chez Marcel to sample some of the traditional sweets being made! It tends to keep the children happy!
Day 7: Antsirabe to Ranomafana National Park
A long day on the road today as you continue south but you have some great scenery, the flexibility to stop as much as you need and en route you will visit Ambositra, the wood carving capital of Madagascar. Your final destination today is the rainforests of Ranomafana National Park where you will stay in a family bungalow at Setam Lodge for 2 nights. Definitely the best lodge in Ranomafana it has a great location with beautiful views of the rainforest and very close to the park entrance. Enjoy a nocturnal forest walk this evening. Want to break up the journey a little? We can tailor this holiday idea to you family – call 01273 923100 and let’s start designing!
Day 8: Ranomafana National Park
Full day to explore Ranomafana National Park with your local specialist guide. Another primary rainforest region bursting with wildlife, the park was set up specifically to protect the Golden Bamboo Lemur and is also home to another 11 species of lemur, over 120 species of frog and 13 species of chameleon.
Day 9: Ranomafana National Park to Isalo National Park (via Antaimoro & Anja Reserve)
A big journey south today with some great stops along the way. First stop will be the colourful town of Ambalavao where you will be able to watch the famous Antaimoro paper making process and if you plan your visit on a Wednesday it is also the Zebu cattle market which can be a fascinating experience as the many tribes gather to do business. Next stop is the Anja Reserve where you will have the opportunity to take a guided forest walk to see the iconic Ring-tailed Lemurs, before continue to Isalo National Park to spend 2 nights in a luxury family room at Relais de la Reine. This family owned property has a beautiful setting overlooking the park, a great pool for cooling off in the day and even stables if you fancy some riding.
Day 10: Isalo National Park
Full day of guided hiking in the dramatic Isalo National Park. Made up of soaring sandstone formations, huge canyons and waterfalls this beautiful park is not only a hiking paradise, its terrain is also home to an incredible mix of flora and fauna with highlights including the Verreaux’s sifaka, the Malagasy rainbow frog and the Benson’s rock thrush. If the children are up to it, we recommend the “Cascade of the Nymphs” hike which offers amazing views and a beautiful natural pool for swimming!
Day 11: Isalo National Park to Ifaty Beach
Leaving behind the arid landscape of Isalo you will drive to the southwest coast, stopping en route with your guide to visit the traditional tombs of the Mahafaly Tribe. Heading to Ifaty Beach you will spend 5 nights in a marina bungalow at Hotel La Mira, a friendly owner run beach lodge with 19 bungalows overlooking the ocean, an amazing pool and beautiful coastal gardens. It is a perfect spot for a “Sundowner Moment”.
Day 12 to 15: Ifaty Beach
Four full days to relax and explore the area. After your wildlife adventure the normal order of the day is relaxation but there is plenty to do in and around Ifaty. Activities include fishing, local pirogue excursions, mountain biking, snorkelling, quad biking and, in season, humpback whale watching. We also recommend an excursion to the Reniala Private Reserve to see some of the incredible Baobab Trees! Want to spend more time on the beach? Ask us to tailor this holiday to your family. Call 01273 923100.
Day 16: Ifaty Beach to the UK
Today you will transfer to Tuleur Airport for your domestic flight back to Antananarivo. On arrival a day room at Bois Vert will be available (if required) before you will connect with your International flight back to the UK (via Paris).
Day 17: Home
Welcome home…(I wonder how many of your children’s classmates did that?!)
This Madagascar family holiday idea costs from £10,968 per family (based a family of 4 with children aged 5 -11 years) and includes international flights (price based on London), all internal flights, all accommodation on a sharing basis (as outlined above), 2 nights B&B in the capital, 13 nights half-board, all park fees, a driver & private 4×4 vehicle for the duration of your wildlife tour and all transfers. It does not include additional meals, taxes or tips.
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