You will get to know a compellingly unique destination filled with an abundance of endemic flora and fauna, a ‘world apart’. Your two week Madagascar family holiday will be spent travelling through Madagascar’s incredibly diverse landscapes, allowing your children to experience a fantastic array of settings. In the cultural melting pot with influences and elements of South-East Asia, Eastern Africa and India, along with hints of French and Chinese, your children will be surrounded by refreshingly different customs and traditions. Their horizons will certainly be broadened by engaging in this very different way of life.
The first part of your Madagascar family holiday will be in the rainforest wonderland of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. During your excursions with your private guide there, you’ll encounter iconic rainforest wildlife, in some cases up close. You can also learn about the importance of conservation programmes being conducted in the area and if you wish, we can arrange for some participation in one the initiatives being carried out there by a local NGO, Association Mitsinjo.
For the second part of your Madagascar family holiday you will travel north to the otherworldly Ankarana National Park, where you see awe- inspiring limestone formations, notably ‘tsingy’ pinnacle fields. The ‘Lost World Within a Lost World’ is arguably the most impressive and awe inspiring place in an already very different destination. During your time at Ankarana, you will also get to know the wildlife of the far northern region.
End the holiday with time in the Nosy Be archipelago, off the sublime and tropical north-west coast. Although the white sand beaches and salty sea air are a contrast from the ruggedly beautiful national parks, exotic wildlife still abounds. Snorkel the vibrant coloured underwater world of the coral reefs off Nosy Tanikely marine reserve island, and see lemurs at Lokobe National Park.
On this itinerary, we aim to show you as much of Madagascar’s exquisite wildlife and habitats as can comfortably fit into a two week trip. The tour takes in a variety of Madagascar’s diverse eco-types, from humid rainforest to seasonally dry woods. You visit the enchanting reserves in Madagascar’s Eastern Rainforest belt at Andasibe-Mantadia (‘Perinet’), home to the Indri and 11 other lemur species, as well as the isolated rainforest in the volcanic massif of Montagne d’Ambre, complete with sacred crater lakes, waterfalls and Crowned and Sanford’s lemur. Another highlight of the tour is a visit to Ankarana, frequently cited as the one place in Madagascar having that ‘WOW’ factor, which is a tough call in this extraordinary island! The 35km fortress-like limestone massif is famed for its pinnacle-fields, sunken deciduous forests and a vast network of caves and underground passages. A short spell on the islands of the balmy Nosy Be archipelago, provides the perfect relaxing ending after the parks.