Young NWS Client Callie on Her First Visit to Madagascar

Callie Carroll

19 Oct 2018

A teenager's perspective on the "Red Island"

My name is Callie Carroll and I am 13 years old. This summer, as part of our world tour, my family and I took a trip to Madagascar for 10 days. I must say, this was one of the most wonderful and exotic experiences of my life! First off, throughout this trip we had the kindest and most understanding guides – Morris was our driver and Fan was our guide. We had a few long car rides from resort to resort and every time we got into the minivan it was freshly cleaned and well stocked with water bottles.

After flying into Antananarivo, we stayed in La Varangue, a lovely, secluded guesthouse with an incredible restaurant and an interesting collection of antiques! It was the perfect place to rest after a long flight.

The next day we flew to the southwest part of the island and arrived at my favourite resort, Le Paradisier. This place is called paradise for obvious reasons. Imagine walking through glass doors and immediately being greeted by not only the staff with homemade lemongrass drinks, but by the sound and vibrant colours of the ocean and tropical surroundings! The 2-storey huts we stayed in were comfy, clean and had mosquito nets!

There were two highlights for me. One was the interactive and educational walk we did through the spiny forest where we saw baobabs as tall as buildings! The second was just sitting outside at night and staring up at the trillions of clear, bright stars. I even saw a lunar eclipse and the Southern Cross constellation. In addition, I also loved swimming in the infinity pool and going on the eco whale watching tour! We saw a week-old calf and her mother, it was amazing!

My other favourite resort was Le Jardin du Roy in Isalo National Park, hidden among the rocky landscape. With a cosy and calm atmosphere, I was constantly impressed by the luxury I experienced, from the outdoor pool to the spa to the delicious food.

Even though these resorts were amazing, nothing compared to the experiences I got to have up close with the lemurs. From ring-tailed lemurs to Verreaux’s sifakas, we saw many different species during our hikes. We were even lucky enough to experience seeing the two remaining golden bamboo lemurs in that part of the forest during our stay at Ranomafana!

From 5-star-worthy meals of the freshest ingredients to a nicely planned out itinerary of activities, I would very highly recommend this trip to anyone because of the perfect balance of luxury, adventure, and of course, wildlife!

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