Tailor-Made

Lemurs, Whales & Family Safari

A unique way for you and your family to explore the incredible island of Madagascar. The accommodations and areas in which you shall visit have been specifically chosen because of the activities available to ensure that you and your children get the most out of your trip.

Duration 14 days
Price From $4,970
When Jul - Sep
Destination Madagascar

Safari Overview

This tailor-made family safari offers a thorough exploration of Madagascar taking in some of the true wildlife and cultural highlights. From the cyanide-eating bamboo lemurs of Ranomafana and the stunning scenery of Isalo to the morning calls of the Indri through the mist shrouded forests of Andasibe you will be astounded by the exciting sightings along the way. Up close and personal encounters with the lemurs of Palmarium and breathtaking whale watching and pristine beach relaxation of Princesse Bora Lodge really top this safari off.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Watch your children searching through Ranomafana for the cyanide eating bamboo lemurs.
  • Wake to the calls of the indri through the morning mist.
  • Watch humpback whales from Ile Sainte Marie .
  • Enjoy snorkelling, diving, swimming and beach relaxation at the stunning Princesse Bora Lodge, plenty to keep the children busy!

This is a wonderful way to explore this unique island with the family.

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Day by day

Day 1

Antananarivo

Upon arrival in Antananarivo (often abbreviated to Tana), you will be met by your driver and driven to your hotel for the night. Settle in and attempt to have a good night's sleep (although we know how hard it is for everyone to sleep when they are excited!) to ensure you are ready to begin creating incredible memories.

Overnight: Pavillon de L'Emyrne D

Day 2

Antananarivo - Ranomafana National Park

Today you will all set off on your journey southwards and to the National Park of Ranomafana. This park protects a large tract of rainforest in the east of the island where if you are lucky you will see the rare golden bamboo lemur! Rano is Malagasy for water; mafana is Malagasy for hot. About a hundred years ago a Malagasy discovered hot springs down in the valley, and the French created a spa around them. This has now become the town of Ranomafana.

Day 3

Ranomafana National Park

Today is spent exploring Ranomafana. This National Park covers an area of 41 000 hectares and has dense rainforest of medium altitude with waterfalls and rapids. It is home to 12 species of Lemur including the golden bamboo. Lemurs are not the only attraction however with the park boasting an impressive 118 species of bird! A variety of trails and footpaths lead you through this dense jungle but it's the sheer majesty of the forest itself that makes the Park so beautiful. A variety of orchids, tree palms and ferns and a huge variety of geckos, chameleons and beautiful little coloured frogs make this a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Day 4

Ranomafana - Isalo National Park

Today your family will venture southwards, driving through a mixture of dense forests and dramatic open plains and hillsides. An eye opening experience for all ages to see the devastation that has affected these once beautiful forests. As you approach Isalo over the open plains, the distant rock massif on the horizon slowly grows bigger and the diversity and magic of this island soon becomes apparent.

Overnight: Relais de la Reine B, L, D

Day 5

Isalo National Park

Today you have the fantastic opportunity for some trekking through impressive canyons and along dramatic bluffs; Isalo's topography has been sculpted over the years by wind and water and now lends itself to some quite fanciful shapes! A classic walk is along the Massif affording dramatic views and arriving late in the afternoon at "La Piscine Naturelle", a natural swimming pool formed in the rocks fringed by palm trees and forever topped up by a flowing waterfall. You will also have the option of visiting a variety of natural canyons in the area and horse riding trips.

Overnight: Relais de la Reine B, L, D

Day 6

Isalo - Antananarivo

Today your journey continues onwards and south towards the coastal town of Tulear for a short flight back to Antananarivo where you will spend the night.

Day 7

Antananarivo - Andasibe

In the morning you set off in the direction of Andasibe Reserve passing through highland scenery and rice paddies. After a delicious lunch and settling into your lodge for the next couple of nights; you and your family can enjoy a guided afternoon walk through the reserve in search of the lemurs and other wildlife.

Overnight: Vakona Forest Lodge B, L, D

Day 8

Andasibe National Park

Enjoy exploring Andasibe/Perinet National Park with your local wildlife guide. A montane forest park offering the chance to spot a variety of lemurs, reptiles and birds. One of its most famous inhabitants is the Indri; this is the largest of all lemurs with a teddy bear like appearance. You hear the Indri before you see them and it is best to leave early morning to be near the Indri when they make their distinctive morning group communication calls. Other lemurs which can be seen here are the red-bellied lemur, brown lemur, lesser bamboo lemur, with nocturnal lemurs - brown mouse lemur, greater dwarf lemur, Eastern woolly lemur, sportive lemur, aye-aye.

Overnight: Vakona Forest Lodge B, L, D

Day 9

Andasibe - Palmarium

This morning you will all set off east towards the Pangalanes Canals on the east coast. This is a series of lakes that were linked together to form a safe passage up the east coast. After a 45 minute boat trip you will arrive at the private reserve of Palmarium. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to relax and enjoy the lemurs that live in the trees around the lodge.

Overnight: Palmarium Lodge B, L, D

Day 10

Palmarium

Enjoy a walk through the forest with one of the lodge guides; they will help both you and your children to spot as many animals as possible, and you may even be able to touch some of them! Here it is possible to see a family of indri, Coquerel’s sifakas, black lemurs, crowned lemurs, black and white ruffed lemurs and red lemurs. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Overnight: Palmarium Lodge B, L, D

Day 11

Palmarium - Ile Sainte Marie

Today you take a 2 hour boat trip up the canals past villages, fishing traps, pirogues, barges and children swimming before arriving at Tamatave in time for your flight to Ile Sainte Marie. This is a fantastic location for some beach relaxation and exploration. Located in a palm grove along a white sandy beach this is the perfect place to relax and reminisce after the last 10 days of adventure.

Overnight: Princesse Bora Lodge B, L, D

Days 12-13

Ile Sainte Marie

Relax for the next few days in this idyllic setting. A variety of activities are possible including diving (PADI lessons are available), snorkelling and relaxing by the pool. A highlight of your stay here is the opportunity to go whale watching; during the months of June – September hundreds of humpback whales come to this are for breeding. Up to 15 metres in length, this is a spectacular opportunity to experiences these mammals up close and personal as you visit them with the research team and help them to collect vital research data. Breeching whales is an experience not to be missed!

Overnight: Princesse Bora Lodge B, L, D

Day 14

Ile Sainte Marie - Antananarivo

Today you depart this idyllic paradise and fly back to Antananarivo (Tana) for your international flight back home.

Trip Details

Trip information

This itinerary is tailor-made, so can be edited and changed to meet you and your family’s specific requirements, including budget and time of travel. Accommodation has been chosen due to its proximity to the wildlife and suitability for families, it is all of a very good standard throughout your journey.

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