Family Fun in Madagascar and Mauritius

Andasibe, Madagascar and Mauritius

From $3200 in low season
From $3800 in high season

based on 10 nights

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Full Board

Price based on two adults and two children under the age of 12.

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At a Glance

  • Trek through Andasibe-Mantadia National Park in search for Madagascar’s largest species of lemur – the Indri.

  • Keep your eyes peeled for adorable mouse lemurs and vibrant chameleons on a night walk through the forest.

  • You’ll have your very own expert guide leading you through the rainforests, passing on his niche knowledge.

  • Explore the wild south of Mauritius on a bicycle, passing tea plantations and soaking up the tropical ocean breeze.

  • Choose a family villa at Shanti Maurice which are incredibly spacious and have a fabulous private pool.

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For travel to Madagascar, any time of year is fine for a visit except from January to March, when heavy rainfall in many areas can make some roads all but impassable, and when there’s a high risk of cyclones in the east and northeast. In general, the best time to travel in most areas is April and October/November. The coolest time to travel anywhere is during the dry season (May to October).

Mauritius enjoys a typically tropical climate with year-round warmth, although the south-east trade winds help keep things fresh. The summer months are from December to April, when it can be humid. The winter runs from May to November, and while cooler and drier, is best described as akin to a perfect English summer.

The best months to visit Mauritius are May to early December. January and February are the wettest months. Cyclones rarely hit Mauritius but cyclones way out at sea can bring days of squally rain. Coastal temperatures range between 25°C and 33°C in summer and between 18°C and 24°C in winter. On the high central plateau it will be some 5°C cooler. The highlands are also the wettest part of the island and it can rain here at any time of year. When the winds are at their strongest in July and August it can feel cooler on the east coast. These conditions make Mauritius one of the world most popular kitesurfing destinations. For calmer waters and lighter winds, head to the west coast during this period.  

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

Let us take your family on a journey through the Indian Ocean. In Madagascar, you’ll encounter the bizarre and wonderful wildlife that this island is so famed for before immersing yourself in the culture of the capital city. We’ll then fly you to Mauritius where you can enjoy the untouched south of the island, surrounded by tea plantations and azure water. We’ve hand picked hotels that keep family fun and comfort in mind and thrown in some unforgettable experiences along the way.

  1. Days 1-1: Fly to Antananarivo

  2. Days 1-2: Antananarivo, Central Madagascar, Madagascar

    On arrival into Madagascar’s capital city, Antananarivo, you’ll bet met by your private driver and transferred into the city, passing evergreen countryside and villages. As you enter the city the energy changes as you drive through chaotic roads brimming with street vendors, clusters of wooden houses and carts pulled by zebu cattle. Although fascinating to see this contrasting way of life, you’ll be pleased to arrive at Maison Gallieni guesthouse, located in the heart of old town. With a courtyard and tranquil gardens to relax in, this is wonderful place to unwind after your flight.

    Accommodation: Maison Gallieni (1 night)

  3. Days 2-5: Central Madagascar

    Your adventure through wild Madagascar begins. Your private guide will pick you up from your hotel and will be accompanying you over the next few days. Leaving the capital, you’ll set off on a four-hour drive east, passing local, village life and paddy fields.  You’ll arrive at the rainforest reserve of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park and your base for the next three nights is Vakona Lodge. You will stay in one of the family bungalows that are scattered amongst the gardens and rainforest. 
    On your first full day you will hike into the secondary forests of Andasibe. One of the most extraordinary experiences of this trip will be when you hear the eerie, call of the Indri and observe this lemur effortlessly propelling between branches. Tonight, head out in search for the nocturnal species of animals, spotting colorful chameleons, geckos and adorable mouse lemurs.
    The following day you’ll trek through the lush, dense, primary rainforest of the Mantadia region of the park. As you and your guide scan the thick vegetation, you’ll be lucky enough to see a diverse array of wildlife, from amphibians, to reptiles, lemurs and insects. A particularly exciting species to spot is the giraffe weevil, a bizarre red insect deriving its name from an extended neck - much like that of a giraffe!

    Accommodation: Vakona Forest Lodge (3 nights)

  4. Days 5-6: Antananarivo, Central Madagascar, Madagascar

    Today you’ll be transferred back to the capital to spend the night before flying to Mauritius in the morning. This afternoon we can arrange for your private guide to take you to the UNESCO word heritage sight of Ambohimanga, a royal city and burial site that has a strong spiritual atmosphere.

    Accommodation: Maison Gallieni (1 night)

  5. Days 6-11: Mauritius

    Beach bliss awaits you. This morning you’ll catch a flight over the Indian Ocean and descend on the breathtakingly beautiful island of Mauritius. After being met at the airport, which is encased by rolling, lush hills, you’ll be driven to the wild south of the island to check in at Shanti Maurice. Ask one of our consultants about booking you a villa; incredibly spacious and with an inviting private pool, it’s the ideal set up for a family who want to spend quality time together and still have some privacy. At Shanti Maurice you can really immerse yourself in the experiences on offer for families, perhaps cycling through this untouched, wild region of the island. Or tantalise your taste buds with a traditional cookery class, led by an expert chef.

    Accommodation: Shanti Maurice (5 nights)

  6. Fly home

Location

Andasibe, Madagascar and Mauritius

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