Tailored from £22,700 per family excl. flights
13 days Antananarivo, Andasibe, Mandrare, Manafiafy
13 days Antananarivo, Andasibe, Mandrare, Manafiafy
Our Family Wildlife Tour in Madagascar takes you and your loved ones on a two-week adventure through the most exciting corners of the country. You’ll meet adorable lemurs, spot rare and endemic wildlife, learn about fascinating cultural traditions, and explore natural wonders, all while staying in luxury family-friendly lodges and camps.
Your holiday will begin in the capital city of Antananarivo (known locally as ‘Tana’), where you can relax after the flight at your hotel pool or explore the city’s fascinating architecture.
Next, you’ll head to Andasibe, where you’ll find a protected rainforest park filled with lemurs, including the indri, the largest lemur species in the world. You'll enjoy thrilling night walks to see nocturnal creatures, and enjoy family picnics next to stunning waterfalls, before moving on to Mandrare, where you’ll stay in a luxury tent overlooking the beautiful Mandrare River.
Surrounded by an enchanting forest filled with a diverse abundance of wildlife, you’ll enjoy forest walks to spot endemic species, and a visit to a sacred forest where you'll find the ancestral tombs of the Antandroy tribe.
You’ll end your holiday in Manafiafy, with white sandy beaches, forested mountains and mangroves filled with diverse wildlife. You’ll explore the last untouched section of coastal rainforest in southern Madagascar, explore the mangroves by boat, visit local villages and markets, and see the Flying Fox, Madagascar’s largest bat.
With luxury family suites and activities to thrill both adults and children alike, this enriching Family Wildlife Tour in Madagascar will be an unforgettable experience you’ll talk about for many years to come.
You’ll fly into Ivato International Airport in Antananarivo, where you’ll be greeted by an English-speaking guide who will accompany you to Maison Gallieni, your hotel in the upper town of Antananarivo, locally known as ‘Tana’.
Maison Gallieni is a restored colonial mansion with an elegant mix of modern and traditional décor. Take a dip in the pool and enjoy the lovely views over the city, or head out to explore the traditional architecture and distinct Indonesian influence of Tana.
After breakfast, you’ll meet your guide who will take you east to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, a beautiful rainforest park, about four hours’ drive from Antananarivo. The park consists of two protected areas including the Perinet Special Reserve and Mantadia National Park, famous for their population of indri lemurs, the largest living lemur species on earth.
The journey to Andasibe offers first time visitors to Madagascar a great insight into rural life with rice fields, redbrick houses and roadside stalls selling seasonal fruits and vegetables lining the route.
You’ll arrive at Mantadia Lodge in time for lunch (you’ll stay at the lodge on a full-board basis), and this afternoon you’ll visit Lemur Island, Vakona Lodge’s private reserve that protects a population of habituated lemurs. There are four species to see including the bamboo lemur, black and white ruffed lemur, brown lemur and one diademed sifaka. This evening, you can choose to go on a thrilling night walk with your local guide.
After breakfast, you’ll make the 1.5 hour drive to Mantadia National Park for a day of adventure and a picnic lunch. Keep your eyes peeled for lemurs in this stunning park including the indri lemur, diademed sifaka, grey bamboo lemur, red-bellied lemur and white ruffed lemur.
While the trails are slightly more difficult, the rewards are great as the forest is taller, wilder and less crowded than Perinet. It’s a naturalist's goldmine with many rare species of mammals, reptiles and birds, and an abundance of birds including the scaly ground roller, pitta-like ground roller and breasted coua.
Enjoy a family picnic by the Rianasoa Waterfall before hiking back to the vehicle and returning to the lodge. You’ll have the chance to head out on a night walk with a local guide this evening to explore the forest surrounding the reserve. You’ll get to see a variety of nocturnal lemurs including mouse lemurs, white footed sportive lemur, fat-tailed dwarf lemur, and the woolly lemur.
Enjoy an early breakfast before meeting your local guide and heading out to the 180-hectare Perinet Reserve in search of the indri lemur. With a barely visible tail, black and white markings and a surprised teddy bear face, this lemur is one of the few animals in the world that cannot survive in captivity.
There are another 11 species of lemur to spot as you walk through the rainforest, and you may also find a troop of grey bamboo lemurs, common brown lemur, diademed sifaka and the black and white ruffed lemur.
Birdwatchers should look out for the velvet asity, blue coua, Nuthatch vanga and many more endemic species. Perinet Reserve is also home to scores of reptiles, invertebrates, and some of Madagascar’s orchid species. After lunch in Andasibe, you’ll drive back to Antananarivo, where you’ll check in to Maison Gallieni for the night.
After breakfast, you’ll board your scheduled charter flight to Ifotaka. The flight takes two to three hours, and on arrival you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to Mandrare River Camp. This afternoon, settle into your Luxury Tent and marvel at the stunning views over the Mandrare River.
This evening, you’ll depart for an exciting night walk in the Forest of Zenavo. This is a fantastic way to see diurnal lemurs bedding down, and nocturnal lemurs beginning to wake in the eerie and prehistoric Spiny Forest. You’ll spot sifakas and sleeping white-footed sportive lemurs, and once the sun has set, you can find two mouse lemur species, sleeping birds, chameleons, owls and nocturnal sportive lemurs.
Enjoy breakfast before heading out to the Sacred Gallery Forest, located to the south of the camp. Depending on the river’s water levels, you’ll walk or take a boat across the Mandrare River to reach this magnificent forest. The highlights of this adventure are inquisitive groups of ring-tailed lemurs and the entertaining Verreaux sifaka.
You’ll return to the camp for lunch and a relaxing dip in the pool. In the evening, you’ll head out for a walk through the Sacred Spiny Forest, where you'll find the ancestral tombs of the local Antandroy tribe, as well as an incredible array of flora and fauna that can only be found in the Sacred Spiny Forest.
Your English speaking guide and a tracker from the local community will give you an introduction to Antandroy culture and customs, and you’ll finish the excursion with refreshing sundowners on the Mandrare River banks.
This morning you’ll rise early for a sunrise walk through the Sacred Spiny Forest. It’s an extraordinary experience to witness the sunlight cracking through the octopus trees, as the wildlife begin to wake up. Keep your eyes peeled for the many endemic birds including the crested coua, running coua and a variety of vangas. After your walk you’ll return to camp for a delicious breakfast, followed by a visit to the local market (open on Thursdays and Saturdays), or the local village to meet the Antandroy tribe.
You’ll enjoy lunch at the camp and a relaxing afternoon watching life along the Mandrare River from your private tent terrace. In the evening, you’ll head out for sundowners among the baobabs, and you’ll have the magical experience of watching the sunset and moonrise over these ancient trees.
This evening, you may be treated to a wonderful performance of traditional dancing, singing and music by the local village. Song and dance is at the heart of Antandroy culture and is used in all major rituals and life events.
Enjoy breakfast before departing on a day trip the beautiful Lac Anony, a salt water lake that is separated from the Indian Ocean by rolling sand dunes. Located a two-hour drive from the camp, the lake is home to Greater Flamingos and a myriad of salt water birds.
You’ll walk along the lake shore to a gorgeous picnic spot, where you can enjoy a family lunch, before scaling the 70-foot high sand dunes for a stunning view of the region. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake before returning to the camp in time for dinner.
Enjoy an early breakfast before taking a short 25-minute flight to Fort Dauphin, where you’ll be met by your guide for the three-hour drive to Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge. Manafiafy, also known as Sainte Luce, is a stunning sandy bay, lined with forested mountains and rich mangroves teeming with wildlife.
On arrival at Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge, you’ll settle into your bungalow and head out in the evening for a night walk in the Coastal Rainforest. You’ll get to explore the last untouched section of coastal rainforest in southern Madagascar, where you can find some of the five species and three sub-species of lemur, over 80 bird species (over half of which are endemic), and a myriad of chameleons, geckos and other forest reptiles.
Keep your eyes peeled for nocturnal lemurs leaping through the trees, satanic leaf-tailed geckos, Madagascar Scops Owl, and other masters of camouflage. After your walk, you'll return to the lodge for a family dinner.
You’ll stay at Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge on an all inclusive basis, including a continental breakfast of fresh fruit, pastries, bread, eggs and cereals served each day. After breakfast today, you’ll visit the Stitch project and local woodworking shop to meet the local Antanosy community.
Stitch was created by Azafady, a UK-based charity working with a Malagasy NGO in southern Madagascar. It provides local women with sustainable livelihoods by training them in English, business and embroidery, a traditional Malagasy skill used to make beautiful belts, purses and other items.
You’ll enjoy a delicious three-course lunch before heading to the nearby mangrove network, which you’ll explore by motorboat. The mangrove network stretches for 40km from Manafiafy to Fort Dauphin, with the towering Anosy mountain range in the background. It’s a stunning spot for photography and there are plenty of endemic birds to spot including Madagascar kingfisher species, the Blue Coua, the Madagascar Harrier Hawk and the Madagascar Crested Ibis.
You’ll head out early this morning for a sunrise walk in the coastal rainforest. It’s a magical time of the day to see wildlife in action, and you’ll see groups of red-collared lemur foraging for food as they swing through the rainforest canopy.
The red-collared lemur is endemic to south-eastern Madagascar, and commonly lives in groups of up to 20 individuals, which are largely active at dawn and dusk. It’s also a great time for birdwatching, so keep your eyes peeled for Vasa parrots, Hook-billed Vanga, and the Crested and Giant Coua.
You’ll return to the lodge for a well-earned breakfast, then spend the afternoon relaxing in your luxury bungalow or exploring the lodge surroundings. In the evening, you’ll venture out to see the Flying Fox, Madagascar’s largest bat. The bats roosts in a nearby community forest and fill the sky at dusk as they fly off in search of food.
Enjoy breakfast and spend the morning at your leisure. You may like to take a walk along the pristine white sandy beach for a dip in the ocean, or head out on a whale watching (available from 15th June to 15th Nov) or deep sea fishing trip (both available at an extra cost).
After lunch, you’ll head to the Antanosy village in Manafiafy, where you’ll find traditional wooden houses lining the beachfront. You’ll meet the fishermen and their families and learn more about the local customs. You’ll end your day with a relaxing sundowner overlooking the Manafiafy bay, with beautiful views of the region as the sun sinks below the horizon.
After an early breakfast, you'll meet for your guide for the three-hour drive back to Fort Dauphin airport, where you’ll board your three-hour flight to Antananarivo. From there, you’ll be met by a staff member who will assist you to check in for your international return flight home.
Although your incredible Family Wildlife Tour in Madagascar has come to an end, we’re sure you’ll leave with many special photos and stories to share back home, and plenty of wonderful memories to treasure as a family.