Southern Madagascar family holiday, wild country & whales

“Budding explorers will love this two-week tailor-made family holiday to Madagascar. With weird and wonderful wildlife, beach time and no minimum age requirement.”

Highlights

Antananarivo | Antsirabe | Ranomafana National Park | Lemurs | Fianarantsoa | Ambavalao | Anja Reserve | Tsarasoa | Isalo National Park | Ifaty | Beach options include: Whale watching, snorkelling, fishing

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Southern Madagascar family holiday, wild country & whales

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

By supporting the conservation of the rainforest, we can encourage the authorities to recognise the potential of wildlife tourism and photographic safaris, ensuring the protection of this unique environment. You will be issued with instructions as to how you can help to preserve the environment and we hope that you will follow our advice to help make a difference.

Following on from an ongoing commitment to reforestation in Madagascar, in 2011 we launched a long term reforestation project in Tsarasoa. This year we are investing in a new long term project, the official project was launched in May 2011.

We have set up a tree nursery and orchard for a local school. We have already started building the fencing (350-400m) and are in the process of planting a well designed/equipped 100 tree orchard as well as 100 luguminous and 100 moringa Oleifera (nutrional plants) on a piece of land we have bought for the school.

After the first couple of years this will produce 200 young fruit trees saplings (to be planted on student's family land) + 1800 leguminous trees (to be planted on community land).

The plan is that the first harvest of Ananambo nutritional leaves will be ready by 2013/14 to supplement the daily diet of students. Once the trees start growing and with the first seeds (papayas, passiflores, moringa, etc, ...) a small poultry operation will be launched, providing eggs and occasional meat for special school events.

The association of poultry and fruit trees is extremely beneficial for both and is a long long time old practice in Madagascar. After 5-6 years, daily fruit distribution for students will be possible.

We employ one permanent gardener to maintain and direct student's works and are able to implement this with the support of our clients travelling to Madagascar with us (approximately 2% of the trip cost is donated to this project) and our local partner who is extremely active in reforestation of this area.

Community

Our local staff accompanying this expedition will give you a real sense of Madagascan culture. We only use Malagasy guides, pay all staff fair wages and treat everybody on the trip, including staff, with equal respect and we expect you to do the same. It is principally wildlife tourism that brings people to Madagascar and by using local businesses and services we can inject much needed capital into the local economy. On this expedition we are following a responsible camping procedure which leaves no negative evidence of our presence. We stay in small towns and villages interacting with the locals.

We have set up a tree nursery and orchard for a local school in Italavina. We are now in the process of planting (and nurturing) a well designed/equipped 100 tree orchard as well as 100 luguminous and 100 moringa Oleifera (nutrional plants) on a piece of land we have bought for the school. We plan for the first harvest of Ananambo nutritional leaves will be ready by 2014/2015 to supplement the daily diet of students. Once the trees start growing and with the first seeds (papayas, passiflores, moringa, etc.) a small poultry operation will be launched, providing eggs and occasional meat for special school events.
We employ one permanent gardener to maintain and direct student's works and are able to implement this with the support of our clients travelling to Madagascar with us (approximately 2% of the trip cost is donated to this project) and our local partner who is extremely active in reforestation of this area.

During this trip we will stay in hotels, lodges and Camp. E.G. Camp Catta. Locals runs these accommodations.

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Reviewed on 01 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the animals - often close up

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for the poverty and how this might impact on you. also know that there are many stray domestic animals. it appears that life is very cheap - both
for humans and animals .

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It probably benefited local people who were employed in hotels or the parks but otherwise not. Our guide was aware of the importance of conservation and
emphasised this. A couple of community based projects gave us some hope for the future of the animals. The local people did tell us they wanted tourists to
come to make the world more aware of what was going on in Madagascar and maybe force the Govt into being more honest and pro- active.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Madagascar has been on my "bucket list" for many years so i am thrilled to have seen even a little bit of this amazing country. I may go back and explore
further in the years to come. it was a great but sobering holiday in many aspects!! The tour was well organised with a great leader and excellent
accommodation given the overall state of the country. A main factor in our choice of this trip was the fact it only had 2 1 night stopovers - an important
consideration for us knwoing the state of the roads!!

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The walk around Isalo with our fantastic guide Ronald. The national park has a stark and breathtaking beauty which the guide enhanced with stories about the culture that has developed there and the amazing flora and fauna that thrives there.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go now!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I was happy to find that everywhere we went there were local guides involved in our excursions around the national parks. The parks are generally well maintained with good pathways and ambitious staff which takes the conservation very seriously. We owe them much thanks for dedicating their lives to their protection.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I was totally blown away by Madagascar, the wildlife, the vegetation, the people. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

Read the operator's response here:

We are so pleased you had a great time. Madagascar really is a fantastic country, We are so happy to have been able to organise this holiday for you. All the best Laurenne

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