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14 days Family tour Madagascar

Whale migration, pirate island & lemurs

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This Family trip through Madagascar is offered during the Whale season from July till September. A unique trip designed for adventurous children with a tropical end on the pirate island of St Marie to see the Humpback whales.

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Lemur spotting in Andasibe N.P. 
  • Canal de Pangalanes and Whale tracking on St Marie Island
  • Family rooms
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Day by Day: 14 days Family tour Madagascar St Marie

Day 1: Welcome to Madagascar!

On arrival at the airport of Antananarivo your driver/guide will pick you up from the airport and take you to a cozy guesthouse on the outskirts of town. Susie’s Place recently opened and in a quiet neighborhood nearby the airport. 

Journey Time 15 minutes from airport
Accommodation        Susie's place
Meal Plan No meals inclusive today
 
 

Day 2: To Antsirabe

A long but scenic drive will take you to the colorful town of Antsirabe. On the way you will see the scenery changing to farm lands where primarily rice is grown by the local people. You will have the possibility to pay a short visit to one of the best duck liver producers in the country, and taste this delicacy.

In Antsirabe you will see more of the Malagasy way of life. You can enjoy a ride through the town on a pousse-pousse. The pousse-pousse (translated literally “push push”) are the local bikes for Antsirabe. You can also enjoy a drink on one of the local terraces. You will spend the night in Antsirabe town. There are plenty of good restaurants in town to enjoy the local cuisine.

Journey Time 4 hours
Accommodation Couleur Cafe
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 3: To Ranomafana N.P.

After breakfast you will travel to Ranomafana National Park. This park is without doubt the most popular national park of Madgascar.

In the afternoon you can enjoy the pool filled with hot water from the nearby hot springs or go to the spa. You will sleep in the comfortable en-suite rooms of Centrest Hotel. The hotel is located 30 minutes drive from the starting point for tomorrow’s activities.

Journey Time 6 hours
Accommodation Centrest Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast
 
 

Day 4: Ranomafana N.P.

Ranomafana national park became a national park after the discovery of a new Lemur species called the Golden Bamboo Lemur which is critically endangered. The rainforest has unique flora and fauna with 12 species of Lemurs, 118 bird species of which 30 only exist in Ranomafana national park.

The name literally translates in the local Malagasy language to “warm water“, there are several hot water springs in the national park! This park is famous for its 12 different species of Lemurs which you will be able to spot. You will also be able to see the Milne Edward Sifaka and many different chameleons and geckos.

 

Today you will have all the time to spot different species of lemurs. There are 5 different tracks that you can explore with a professional guide. The walks start early morning and depending on your fitness you can choose the track which is right for you.

Don’t miss the evening night walk in along the park to see the nocturnal animals, like the mouse lemur, chameleon, gecko and the Treefrog.

Journey Time depending on the track
Accommodation Centrest Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 5: Antsirabe town

After a good night sleep and an early breakfast you will start your journey back to Antsirabe.

Can your Mum or Dad push the “Pousse Pousse”?

In the afternoon you will go for a beautiful Crater Lake hike. Your guide will explain all about the mystical history of Lake Tritriva. 

Journey Time 8 hours
Accommodation Couleur Cafe
Meal Plan Breakfast
 
 

Day 6: To Andasibe N.P.

After a good night sleep and a good breakfast you will start your journey Eastwards. The drive will take about 8 hours. On the way you will have the possibility to have a picnic stop and pay a visit to Peyrieras Reptile Reserve. This reptile farm has a large collection of Chameleons, Geckos and Frogs species. Here you will be able to see most of the reptiles that you will look for in the forests during the rest of your tour and take good pictures of them. 

 

 

After this visit you will continue to Andasibe National park. The coming night you will sleep in Feon ny’ Ala Hotel which is child friendly with a fun playground! 

Journey Time 4 hours
Accommodation Feon ny' Ala Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 7: Andasibe N.P.

Andasibe national park is the habitat of the biggest lemur in the world, the Indri-Indri. You will take an exciting walk in the national park with a professional guide looking for these very special creatures. You will be amazed by the impressive sound the Indri Indri make to communicate with each other. You will probably also see the Bamboo Lemur, Brown lemur and the largest chameleon, the Parsons Chameleon.

In the evening you can go for an nocturnal walk around the forest to spot the nocturnal animals, like the Mouse lemur and the Sportive lemur and different species of Chameleons and Frogs.

Journey Time Depending on the walk
Accommodation Feon ny’ Ala Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast
 
 

Day 8 & 9: Canal de Pangalanes

After 3 hours drive you will say goodbye to you driver/guide for two days and continue by boat on the Canal de Pangalanes. The Pangalanes is formed by a chain of hundreds of kilometers of lakes, lagoons and creeks. In colonial times this area was used for transporting crops from the south to the harbour of Tamatave, but nowadays the water is to shallow.   

 

You will be brought to Palamarium or Akanin’ny Nofy which means “Place of dreams”. This says enough! You will spend two night in a bungalow camp overlooking the lake with a small reserve in the backyard, where you can find more lemurspecies. The lemurs are actually hanging around the lodge all the time.

You will also go for an fantastic Aye Aye tracking in the early evening, where you will be able to spot these very special creatures on a special island.  The island is full of animals and you will also have access to a beach on the lake. This is a great adventurous place for children.

Journey Time Depending on the walk
Accommodation Palmarium 
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 10: To Tamatave

In the morning you will board the boat again to complete the final stretch of 4 hours on Canals de Pangalanes. The end point is the largest harbor of Madagascar, Tamatave also known as Taomasina!

You will stay in Palm resort in one of the standard rooms with en-suite bathroom. This resort has a swimming pool as well. From here you will depart tomorrow for your flight to Ile Saint Marie!

Journey Time 4 hours
Accommodation Palm Resort                      
Meal Plan Breakfast
 
 

Day 11: To St Marie Island

A domestic flight will take you to Ile saint Marie island or Nosy Boraha. Traditionally known as “Island of the pirates”. It is separated from mainland Madagascar by a narrow channel and remains a small green paradise preserved from mass tourism. This island was used as a hide-out for pirates in the 18th century. You will still be able to see some remains of that time through a small museum and the pirate cemetery. Now it is a tropical hide-out and the perfect beach location.

 

 

The coming 3 nights you will spend in the comfortable Libertalia Hotel. This is the best hotel to spot the whale migration in July, August & September.

Journey Time 3 hours
Accommodation Libertalia Hotel    
Meal Plan Breakfast & Dinner

Day 12 & 13: Whale watching!

The real reason for coming to St Marie Island is to spot the Humpback whales!  Big groups of whales migrate from the Southpole to this place to give birth and raise their young ones. St Marie has ideal circumstances for the whales and it is a great spot to see them from up close. You will go on a half a day whale watching excursion on day 12 or day 13 which is inclusive of your tour! This will be an unforgettable experience.  

Journey Time depending on activity
Accommodation Libertalia Hotel    
Meal Plan Breakfast & Dinner
 
 

Day 14: Domestic flight to Antananarivo

Today is unfortunately the last day with Matoke tours in Madagascar. A transfer to the airport of St Marie and a domestic flight will take you back to the capital Antananarivo.

Depending on your international departure it is possible to book a day room at a nice mid-range guesthouse nearby the airport. Please contact: info@matoketours.com for more information.

This is the end of hopefully a wonderful tour in Madagascar. 

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