Magical Madagascar: A Family Holiday

Fliss Townend (aged 12)

16 Nov 2015

Our Family Holiday

The magic all started in the rainforests of Amber Mountain. The first animal that caught our eye was the very common gecko, which appeared to be a little bit camera shy. Although we didn’t see many lemurs in the Amber Mountain Reserve the ones that we did see were incredible. As well as all of this we saw some astonishing waterfalls. We were also lucky enough to see some staggeringly astounding views like the green lake. Our guide was great, he knew everything about everything! 


I loved seeing the amazingly camouflaged leaf-tailed gecko.

We also did a night walk in Amber Mountain which was fantastic to see the different animals that come out at night. 

The next adventure started with a rather bumpy car journey to the Ankarana Reserve. The road's well worn, due to the heavy wind and rain that is quite common at certain times of the year. On the way to Ankarana we stopped to see the incredible Red Tsingy the erosion of rocks, which really was beautiful but you were not allowed to touch it in case you accidentally broke it.

As soon as we got to Ankarana we went straight to the wildlife reserve and the first thing that happened was that two lemurs were just sitting about two metres away from us as soon as we got out of the car!

As soon as we got to Ankarana we went straight to the wildlife reserve and the first thing that happened was that two lemurs were just sitting about two metres away from us as soon as we got out of the car! 

The next day we started early in the morning to go on a long trek to see the Grey Tsingy. It was very tiring and hot but it was all worth it in the end. When we got there we went across the 50 metre long hanging bridge where you could get an outstanding view. There was a Japanese film crew filming the lemurs on it.

Later on, when it was a little bit cooler, we set off to see the bat cave. The walk wasn’t very long but when we got there we had to go down hundreds of steps then climb up to the cave! The cave was pitch black so we needed torches to see where we were going and when we got far enough into the cave there were so many bats you could not even start to count them.


When we got back out into the fresh air we started to climb the several hundred steps back up to the top and on the way back we spotted lots of creepy crawlies.

That was the end of our safari but the adventure was not over yet. The next day we set off to Nosy Sakatia to have a bit of relaxation on this pristine tiny island and to snorkel with turtles and do lots of diving!

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