Classic Family Holiday Madagascar

8 - 10 Days
DIFFICULTY

Low

MIN. AGE

8 Years

£ 2595

Exploring Treasures Of The South West

A fantastic family adventure exploring the best of South Madagascar with stunning national parks where there is the opportunity to see lemurs and chameleons. Visit small towns and communities to experience real Malagasy life before arriving at Ifaty with its clear waters and white sands.

Price £2,595/ $3,275

Full board. Excludes international flights.

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Day by Day

After arriving in Antananarivo (or Tana, as it is known by the locals) late pm, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel

Overnight – Hotel

After breakfast you will meet your guide and we will set out by car to Antsirabe.

Along the way you can choose to stop off and visit Ambatolampy (the biggest town between Tana and Antsirabe) where we may get the chance to see craftsmen building aluminium pots amongst other things.  Alternatively, if time allows, you can also visit Lake Tritriva which is a 2 hour round trip to a stunning lake of volcanic origin with blue/green waters, surrounded by beautiful scenery – walking around the lake will take approximately 1 hour, during this time we will likely meet many local Malagasy people. Where we will stop and what you will do today will depend on your preferences. Today will be a great chance to experience Malagasy life on the road!

Overnight – Hotel

This morning we will set off for Ranomafana National Park. En-route we can stop off at Ambositra where we’ll get the chance to visit the famous woodcarving workshops, or possibly visit our reforestation project at Italavina.

We will stay just outside Ranomafana (just 10 minutes from the park entrance). If we arrive early there is the possibility of visiting the thermal baths.

Overnight – Hotel

Today you have the opportunity to explore the enchanting Ranomafana National Park and search for lemurs on an adventure through lush rainforest.

We will head out on a forest trail today along some of the park’s many easy mountainous tracks, there will be plenty of opportunities to see lemurs and much of the other wildlife first hand, as well as to enjoy the stunning cascades and waterfalls.

Overnight – Hotel

This morning we have the unique option of paddling on the Namorana River within Ranomafana National Park before heading to Ambalavao, stopping off at Fianarantsoa en-route.

After lunch, we will set off to Ambalavao.

Overnight – Hotel

Another exciting day ahead as we visit the Anja reserve (just a few kms from Ambalavao – so you can choose to do what the Malagasy people do and walk there if you prefer).

We will spend 1 ½ hrs on a guided exploration of this stunning area as well as explore caves and experience some rock scrambling,  This afternoon we will drive approximately 2 ½ hrs to the Tsaranoro Valley in the Andringitra National Park, which will be our home for the next couple of days.

Overnight – Bungalows

We will spend these days exploring this stunning area on foot and meeting all the locals.

There will also be a chance to visit Tsarasoa, which is the base for our local agent’s reforestation effort (a passion which is shared via wood-en-stock, by Pioneer Expeditions). Here we will have the opportunity to visit and see the reforestation effort for ourselves.  Depending on the time of year we may also get to plant some young saplings.

Overnight – Bungalow

We will have another chance to explore this area before having an early lunch and setting off by car to Isalo which should take us around 4 hours on track and road.

Overnight – Eco-Lodge

Today we will be exploring this breathtaking National Park on foot. Included will be the opportunity to swim in a natural pool, with lunch on trail.

Overnight – Eco-Lodge

Today we head to Ifaty and the Indian Ocean, with an optional stop en-route to visit the Antsokoay Botanical Park or Zombiste.

Our next few nights will be spent relaxing at a hotel facing the Mozambique Channel and superb reef of Ifaty, our hotel provides a perfect setting for a relaxing beach break at the end of your adventure.  Upon arrival in Ifaty, your driver and guide will leave you, as you will spend the next couple of days at leisure.

Overnight Hotel

Local fishermen will also be happy to offer you a trip in their traditional fishing boats (pirogues). Or if you prefer you can simply relax on the stunning white sandy beaches and swim in the turquoise waters.

Overnight Hotel

Today can be spent at your leisure, experiencing what beautiful Ifaty and its surrounding areas have to offer.

If you wish, this morning you can visit the Spiny Forest! - Please note this excursion is not included in the itinerary, however can be booked directly with the hotel.

Overnight Hotel

You will be transferred to the airport where you will catch the Air Madagascar flight from Tulear to Tana.   Upon arrival you will be met by a driver/guide - Depending on your time of arrival in Tana you can visit the handicraft market, before transferring to your hotel.

Overnight Hotel

Transfer to airport in time for flight home.  If  you are on the Air France or Air Kenya trip which leaves early morning of day 13) you can opt to have a day use room  &/or driver /guide for the day (not included).

 

NB: This itinerary is subject to change – arrangements, routes and facilities are subject to variation depending on local conditions.  Please note times given are approximate driving times and do not include stops, the journey times are therefore longer.

On this particular trip there is a minimum age of 8 and some previous outdoors experience is useful.

We can also tailor itineraries to suit your exact requirements including catering for younger children

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 by Robert Walmsley

What can we say? The itinerary, guides and drivers were all spot on. We enjoyed all the parks on the way down to Tulear and managed to see most types of Lemur and Sifakas including several that only come out at night. Snakes, Chameleons, stick insects, birds....wildlife at evyer turn. The highlights of the trip? Too many to mention really. We loved Ranomafana - helped by it being Heri's home town - and saw a huge amount of wildlife. Swimming in the pool in Isalo and the walk up the "hidden canyon" to the waterfalls at the top. The faded spleandour of Antisirabe. We also loved Gilles' place - helped by him hosting us and giving us a personal guided tour of the trees (we didn't mind at all that the second room wasn't completed, but the views from the balcony are immense!). So sad about the fire the week after we left. Le Paradisier was exquisite - slightly odd being the only guests - and the trip out with the local fisherman ended with the most amazing grilled lobster on the beach up at their village (well negotiated by Tom). We tried Whale watching but only saw dolphins - probably the only time we failed in our quest to see the wildlife we were after. Heri and Tsiry were great. Heri was never short of information or general chatter and he & Melanie got on like a house on fire - between them they managed to continue a conversation the whole time we were travelling. Indeed we didn't realise that Tsiry spoke much English until he picked us up in Tana for our last day! I cannot recommend them highly enough. Faultless. Every evening when we arrived at a new place, they would head off into town and arrange our guide for the next day - we always had the best guides & spotters available thanks to Heri's pre-planning.

But the trip to the Tsingy was the tops. We had a night in Tulear courtesy of Air Mad and them met Fred and our new driver (his name escapes me and the boys aren't around to remind me) at Morondava. What a trip up to Bekopaka! The driver was again perfect - and the ferries were amazing. We were lost for words in the Tsingy. Fred managed to negotiate his way around a Park guides strike in the Petit Tsingy and then the Grand Tsingy was jaw-dropping. The Soleil des Tsingy was luxury - we met a Dutch family who had driven there from Tana and whose children were refusing to get back in the car! Fred was great on our final day back in Morandava and then it was so nice to see Tsiry again when we got back to Tana - and we also got to meet Manantena.

And all through the people were so friendly, so welcoming and we certainly fell in love with Madagascar. While we were certainly isolated from the problems of the country, we got a good feel for the people, landscape and wildlife and felt so sad that there were so few tourists and so much corruption in the country....but we've certainly been signing its praises ever since we got home. We felt perfectly safe the whole time except in the Lower Town in Tana...but we were ready for that!

In summary - all the hotels and guest houses were superb....from Hotel Aty & Cristo right up to Le Paradisier & Soleil des Tsingy (with the small exception of Espace Zongo which didn't have the character or welcome of the others). And the guides & drivers - immense!

 by R Sawtell
Family Tailormade Trekking

Fantastic holiday, many thanks for organising everything. The team were excellent, first class - great guiding from Max, he was perfect for our family!

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