Madagascar,

Family Friendly Fun in Madagascar

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Family Holiday
14 Days
From £3300
GEOIP Not Available
Primate Watching
Whale Watching
Beach
Snorkelling and Diving
Budget
Photographic

Tour Introduction

14 Days from £3300
GEOIP Not Available
per adult & £2735 per child. All trip details below can be tailored just for you

This itinerary has been carefully designed to appeal to cost-conscious families wishing to experience a good variety of Madagascar’s different habitats and wildlife, then spend time by the beach snorkelling, diving, whale watching, whale shark snorkelling or simply relaxing. We have chosen simple yet well-run friendly properties we know to be good. Your trip begins with the unique spiny forest at Berenty Special Reserve with its habituated ring tailed lemurs and dancing sifakas. Next come eastern rainforest reserves where you will meet the largest lemur (indri), colourful chameleons and other strange creatures. Finish your fabulously adventurous journey with the wonderfully small family owned and family run Sakatia Lodge for excellent snorkelling, whale watching and well-earned leisure time before the flight home directly from Nosy Be.

Full Itinerary

Price from £3300
GEOIP Not Available
per adult & £2735 per child. £2735 per child. Based on a family of four – two adults and two children under 12 yrs old sharing quadruple rooms or family accommodation.
Day 1
Antananarivo

Arrive Tana. Met on arrival and transfer (15 minutes) to your hotel.

Staying at Relais Des Plateaux. Includes No Meals.

Day 2
Berenty Reserve

Today transfer to the airport to take a domestic flight to Fort Dauphin in the far south of Madagascar. On arrival make the bumpy (4 hour) but very interesting transfer through the eerie spiny forest to the Berenty Private Reserve.

Depending on the timing of the flight, explore the reserve in the afternoon or late evening and take a night walk to look for nocturnal wildlife.

Staying at Berenty Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 3
Berenty Reserve

A full day to enjoy the wildlife of the Berenty Reserve. The gallery and spiny forests of this reserve are famed for their many habituated ring-tailed lemurs and photogenic “dancing” Verreaux’s sifakas.

This is one of the best locations in Madagascar to observe and photograph wild lemurs up close and is always very popular with children.

The reserve is also home to a large colony of Madagascar flying foxes, white-footed sportive lemurs and gray-brown mouse lemurs. In the evening take a night walk in the bizzare spiny forest for its nocturnal species such as the warty chameleon.

Staying at Berenty Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Berenty Reserve

Today enjoy another morning of exploration on the easy and flat forest trails. Besides the wonderful lemurs, endemic birds include the hook-billed and sickle-billed vangas, Madagascar paradise flycatcher, white-browed owl and two species of vasa parrot.

After lunch and perhaps a visit to the Musuem and tortoise breeding centre make the 4 hour drive back to Fort Dauphin for the night, stopping to admire the spiny forest along the way.

Staying at Le Croix du Sud. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Antananarivo

Today take a domestic flight back to Tana. Depending on the time of the flight explore some of Tana with your private guide and car at your disposal.

Staying at Relais des Plateaux. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6
Perinet Reserve

Today transfer (4 hours) to Andasibe and the Analamazaotra (Andasibe-Mantadia) National Park, also known as Perinet.

In the afternoon visit the Mitsinjo Forest Reserve or another quieter part of the Analamazaotra Reserve. This community-run zone offers an excellent opportunity to see the magnificent indri up close as well as giant earthworms, the huge Parson’s chameleon and much more. Perhaps stay into the evening when the forest will hopefully reveal nocturnal lemurs and superbly camouflaged leaf-tailed geckos.

Staying at Andasibe Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Mantadia National Park

In the morning transfer further north (1 hour 30 mins on a bumpy track) and enjoy a guided walk in Mantadia National Park.

The lush primary rainforest of this park is an excellent location to see the beautiful diademed sifaka and the more elusive black and white ruffed lemur. Birds include the shy scaly-ground roller and velvet asity amongst many more.

In the afternoon perhaps visit the Andasibe village to learn about the way of life in this rural part of the country.

Enjoy another night walk in the evening near the hotel. At night it is possible to encounter many nocturnal lemurs as well as pygmy chameleons, giant millipedes and an assortment of colourful endemic frogs, camouflaged stick insects and much more.

Staying at Andasibe Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Perinet Reserve

Morning excursions in the Perinet rainforest reserve. The reserve is the best place to see the largest lemur species, the indri, along with common brown and eastern grey bamboo lemurs, diademed sifakas, huge Parson's chameleons and the bizarre giraffe-necked weevil.

There are a range of other optional activities availble from the hotel such a gentle canoe trip around the nearby lake.

Staying at Andasibe Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 9
VOIMMA Reserve

Morning excursion to the VOIMMA forest, a community-managed part of Aalamazaotra rainforest. Here the wonderful tail-less indris are particularly habituated allowing for some very intimate and memorable sightings with photographic opportunities.

Other diurnal lemur species such as the eastern bamboo lemur, common brown lemur and diademed sifaka can also be found during our time here.

In the afternoon transfer back to Tana for the evening.

Staying at Relais des Plateaux. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 10
Sakatia Island

Transfer to the airport to take domestic flight north to Nosy Be in the north. Met on arrival and transfer 30 minutes to Chanty Beach and then continue 30 minutes by boat to the lodge. Prepare for a wet landing on arrival.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Explore Nosy Sakatia Island on walking trails or rent kayaks. There are also several optional excursions which the lodge staff will be happy to arrange for you. The welcoming English-speaking hosts are sure to make your stay truly special.

Staying at Sakatia Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 11
Sakatia Island

A day at leisure on Sakatia Lodge. There are lovely sandy beaches and plenty of other attractions to enjoy around the island. Optional activities can also be arranged. Snorkelling equipment is free to guests.

There is a large coral reef just a short boat ride or swim from the lodge, teeming with colourful reef fish and home to 14 resident green turtles.

Staying at Sakatia Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 12
Sakatia Island

A day at leisure on Sakatia Lodge. There are lovely sandy beaches and plenty of other attractions to enjoy around the island. Optional activities can also be arranged.

The forest around the lodge is also home to a relocated population of wild black lemurs and colourful day geckos, panther chameleons, endemic birds, hermit crabs, birds and other fauna can be spotted.

Whale shark snorkelling and whale and dolphin watching excursions are available at certain times of the year.

Staying at Sakatia Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 13
Sakatia Island

Another day at leisure on Sakatia Lodge. There are lovely sandy beaches and plenty of other attractions to enjoy around the island. Optional activities can also be arranged.

Staying at Sakatia Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 14
Depart Nosy Be

Enjoy the morning at leisure. Later transfer back to Chanty Beach and the Nosy Be airport to check in for your flight home. (For example, take the Ethiopian Airlines flight back to Europe or Airlink flight back to South Africa.)

Includes Breakfast.

Tour Accommodation

Madagascar Western Madagascar

Sakatia Lodge

Overview

Sakatia lodge is a friendly, family run lodge popular amongst divers and snorkelers, located right on the beach on Nosy Be. It has its own scuba and training dive centre and over 20 dive sites to choose from. Each bungalow at Sakatia Lodge will provide you with a private bathroom with hot water, a fan, mosquito net and an outside seating area. Enjoy a drink in the bar overlooking Nosy Be or have dinner at Sakatia Lodge’s table d’hôte that uses the rich variety of delicious produce that Madagascar has to offer in all her dishes. Sakatia Lodge has its own boutique for those who would like to get souvenirs for their family and friends back home. Excursions on Nosy Sakatia or to its surrounding islands can be organised.Sakatia Lodge has 11 bungalows in total. Four, large Ravinala bungalows and four, smaller Mango bungalows. One family Madiro bungalow with direct access to the beach. Lastly there are two (non-self-catering) villas situated right on the beach.

The Lodge runs on generators. The generator times are: 09h00 – 14h30 and 17h00 – 01h00. There are two bungalows (Villa Ranomasy and Villa Tonga Soa) that have 24 hours of electricity.

Sakatia Lodge closes from mid-January to mid-March.

The Dive Center is located on the premises of Sakatia Lodge. It is NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) and DAN (Divers Alert Network) affiliated. The Dive Center is fully equipped and has gear from Scubapro. The dive cylinders are steel (10 L, 12 L or 15 L) with a DIN or International fitting. Nitrox is available at a surcharge. There are two Instructors and one Dive Master on site.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
11
Facilities

Bungalows have mosquito nets and fans, free unlimited Wi-Fi, 3 course dinners every night, a fully licensed bar serving cocktails right on the beach, a Zebu Zen Massage center to unwind. Beach towels and snorkelling equipment are available to all guests and other facilities include a crafts boutique, nanny service, laundry service, wake up calls, board and card games, and a book exchange.

Local Wildlife

Divers and snorkelers are treated to a vast array of tropical reef fish including sea horses, crocodile fish, emperor angelfish, dragonfish, frogfish and there are also porcelain crabs, giant tropical lobsters, blue spotted rays and moray eels and immense table top corals.

There are 14 resident green turtles that can be found on the nearby area of sea grass, which has now been designated as a turtle reserve.

A relocated population of black lemurs occur in the primary forest next to the lodge and panther chameleons, hermit crabs and other smaller wildlife can be found on the island of Sakatia.

Whale sharks can be seen on offshore boat trips between October and November and humpback whales, Omura's whales and spinner dolphins between September and November.

Optional Activities

The house reef of Nosy Sakatia is 400 meters from Sakatia Lodge and over a kilometer long. It is not only excellent for scuba diving, but also for snorkeling. Some snorkel spots and beaches are best visited with a pirogue (a traditional dug out boat). Or take a kayak out in search for the sea turtles that are right in front of the Lodge during high tide. You can also discover the island on foot with a guide.

Whale shark snorkelling (with possibilities for manta rays too) is possible between October and late November.

Excursions to Lokobe Nature Reserve on Nosy Be for wildlife or other islands such as Nosy Komba, Nosy Iranja or Nosy Tanikely Marine Reserve.

Nosy Iranja Horseback riding

Nosy Be Quad biking

Madagascar Eastern Madagascar

Relais des Plateaux

Overview

Situated about 10 minutes’ drive from the airport, this comfortable three-star hotel set in exotic gardens offers well equipped, en suite rooms including air conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, tea and coffee facilities and hair dryer. Each room is decorated in a Malagasy design using local materials and the rooms are arranged in a village layout with good access.

Other facilities in the hotel include a local handicraft shop, restaurant serving delicious French cuisine and local delicacies, bar and swimming pool (heated in the cooler months).

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
42
Facilities

Restaurant, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, mini bar, safety deposit box, satellite TV, direct-dial telephone,

Optional Activities

City tour of Antananarivo, excursion to Ambohimanga Hill, visit to Tsarasaotra Lake (aka. Lac Alarobia) in a district of Tana for some unusual Hauts Plateaux birdwatching.

Madagascar Eastern Madagascar

Andasibe Hotel

Overview

The Andasibe Hotel sits next to a tranquil small lake, surrounded by Eucalyptus close to the Andasibe village and reserve.

The hotel offers one of the highest levels of comfort in the area with 20 spacious bungalows with large comfortable beds. All have modern private bathrooms with hot water, and they all feature air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini bar, safe, a seating area and a small private terrace to relax on. There are also 10 more simple and smaller standard rooms. Wi-Fi is only available in the restaurant.

There is a spacious restaurant offering a wide selection of international dishes. There is a small swimming pool in the extensive gardens to enjoy, plus a small massage room where spa treatments can be arranged.

The hotel is an ideal base for those looking for a higher level of comfort while exploring the Andasibe Rainforests.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
30
Facilities

Private bathrooms, mosquito nets, air conditioning, TV, safe, mini bar, private terrace, lounge, restaurant, swimming pool, massage room and Wi-Fi is available in the communal areas.

Local Wildlife

The Andasibe area is one of the best examples of Madagascar’s Eastern rainforests and is home to a fantastic selection of wildlife. In the Andasibe (Perinet) Reserve and its adjoining Mitsinjo and VOIMMA Reserves, the indri is one of the highlights, being the largest species of lemur. Other diurnal lemurs include the diademed sifaka, common brown lemur, Eastern grey bamboo lemur and the black-and-white ruffed lemur only in the nearby Mantadia National Park. Nocturnal species include the Goodman’s mouse lemur, furry-eared dwarf lemur and Eastern woolly lemur. In the community managed VOIMMA Reserve, the Parson’s chameleon can often be found along with the blue-legged chameleon and tiny brown leaf chameleon: Brookesia superciliaris. The smaller creatures of the rainforest are spectacular here with mossy leaf tailed geckos, colourful frogs and insects such as the giraffe-necked weevil. Birdlife is another highlight especially in the Mantadia National Park with scaly, pitta-like and short-legged ground rollers, velvet asity, red-fronted and blue couas, nuthatch vanga, Madagascar blue pigeon and pygmy kingfisher. The wonderful helmet vanga can also be found in the more remote Antavalobe Reserve.

Optional Activities

Walking in the wildlife rich rainforest reserves of Andasibe, VOIMMA, Mitsinjo, Mantadia and Antavalobe. Interpretive village visits are also available.

Madagascar Southern Madagascar

Berenty Lodge

Overview

Established in 1937 as one of the first nature reserves in Madagascar, Berenty is not for everyone, but for the right people it is much appreciated and enjoyed. Accommodation is fairly basic and service is in need of attention but Berenty provides easy walking along well tended, level and wide trails in shady riverine gallery forest and patches of spiny forest where habituated lemurs and other wildlife can easily be seen. It is suitable for families with young children, those with mobility problems and those who relish tame “wilderness” in which plenty of habituated wildlife can be seen.

The lodge and land are owned by the locally powerful de Heaulme family, who developed the extensive, surrounding sisal plantations and owns some hotels in Fort Dauphin, including the Croix du Sud and Le Dauphin.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
25
Facilities

13 bungalows and 12 rooms. Snack bar, restaurant, Antandroy tribal museum, nearby sisal factory

Local Wildlife

Ring-tailed, red-fronted brown, collared brown, white-footed sportive, grey mouse and Verreux’s sifaka lemurs can all be seen quite easily at Berenty. There are also many bird species such as giant coua, souimanga sunbird and hook-billed vanga, and reptiles including radiated tortoise and Oustelet’s chameleon.

Optional Activities

Walking in the private reserve on wide, well-marked trails and within the patches of spiny forest, either independently or with a guide. Guided nocturnal nature walks.

Route Map

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Berenty Lodge: -25.004915, 46.302052
Relais des Plateaux: -18.834180, 47.463010
Andasibe Hotel: -18.922638, 48.408489
Sakatia Lodge: -13.313399, 48.154553

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

Fly from London to Tana on Air France via Paris

Best Visited:

April to November

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Ian Loyd

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

“It was a fab trip. Everything went very well in Madagascar. All the local guides were really good but special praise goes to [our guide] at Andasibe – so knowledgeable and interesting. He, like all the guides, showed a real love for the wildlife and environment. Excellent wildlife: highlights – fosas in daylight within 10 mins of the first rainforest walk, diademed sifakas, golden bamboo and ringtailed lemurs and giraffe necked weevil.

Ms J B - London