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Madagascar Family - Land of the Lemurs

12 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Antananarivo
Welcome to the island paradise of Madagascar, a beautiful setting nicknamed the land of the lemurs after the cuddly primates that are only found here. A leisurely day to stroll through the city, exploring its sights and delights, or simply relax by the hotel pool.

Days 2/3
Follow in the footsteps of Malagasy royalty with a visit to the Ambohimanga Palace. Admire the sweeping views across rice fields and the lush green countryside and be amazed by the colourful moves of a traditional Hira Gasy dance show. Get a taste of Madagascar’s stunning landscape on the drive to Andasibe National Park where it’s time to don a head torch and set off on a night walk in search of lemurs. With different species to be discovered, spend the next morning experiencing the thrill of gently trying to creep up on these delightful creatures to observe them in action. Head to Lemur Island in the afternoon to meet the four species who call that reserve home.

Day 4 Antsirabe
From countryside to culture, head into the hills for an insight into the country’s industrially important heartlands. Stop off at an aluminium pot factory on the way to Antsirabe and, for an unusually sweet treat, explore the buzzing city on the back of a traditional rickshaw before watching something delicious being made at a local candy factory.

Days 5/6 Ranomafana
Having rested travel-weary limbs in the swimming pool, wake to the sound of the forest coming to life. Get an insider’s view into lemur behavior thanks to the experts at the ValBio Research Centre. Check off the lemur species spotted while exploring the jungle setting and teach the kids about the importance of reforestation while planting saplings with local school children.

Days 7/8 Ranohira/Isalo National Park
An interesting day travelling cross-country towards Isalo National Park’s majestic mountain setting, stopping at local villages and a sapphire mine along the way. Walk through Madagascar’s version of the Grand Canyon and be inspired by the incredible scenery that acts as a backdrop to the park’s extraordinary bounty of flora and fauna. Take the plunge and head to one of the park’s many natural pools.

Days 9/10 Tulear/Ifaty beach
Before making tracks for the coast, explore the tremendous range of trees preserved in the Antsokay arboretum and find out more about their natural medicinal properties. With no further ado, it’s beach time with the choice of making the next few days as leisurely or active as each family would like. For those keen to make the most of the sea, snorkelling and fishing can be arranged locally, while eagle eyes should look out for the migrating whales which pass nearby in July and August.

Day 11 Ifaty Beach/Antananarivo
Today is your farewell to the beach and ocean as you take a domestic flight back to Antananarivo. This is your last chance to buy your special souvenirs, or you may unwind and chill in the garden by the pool.

Day 12 Antananarivo
Grab a window seat for bird’s eye views across the island on the way back to the capital – a fitting farewell to this amazing animal adventure.
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800-680-2858 800-680-2858 All This Included
Few creatures can match the mini-monkey cuteness of the lemur and these small but perfectly formed primates are only found on the enchanting island of Madagascar. This fantastic holiday allows families to be immersed in Madagascar’s fascinating traditions whilst also heading out in to the rainforest in search of these adorable animals. For an African safari experience with a difference, children and adults alike will love getting so close to nature before discovering hot springs and hitting the beach.
  • 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cycle rickshaw, Plane, Private Bus
  • Alluminium pot factory visit, Ambohimanga Palace, Anja Community Reserve, Antsokay Arboretum, Hira Gasy show, Isalo NP Walk, Night walk rainforest, Paper factory tour, Rainforest guided walk, Rickshaw local tour, Sapphire mine Tour, Sweet factory visit, Valbio centre day trip
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Highlights
  • Enjoy a warm welcome from the Malagasy people
  • Experience nature’s nightlife on a nocturnal walk
  • Explore the former royal retreat of Ambohimanga Palace
  • Plant a tree to help the endangered forest creatures
  • Search for local birds and resident reptiles
  • Spot as many of Madagascar’s 30 lemurs as possible
  • Take a rickshaw to the sweet factory
  • Watch out for passing whales at the beach
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Accommodations
Hotel (5 nts)
Lodge (4 nts)
Ranchstay (2 nts)
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Notes
  • Group size: Min 4.
  • Minimum age for children in this trip is 7 years old.
  • A discount of 20% applies on this trip to children 11 or younger at the time of travel.
  • Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location.
  • This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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