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Tsarabanjina is an idyllic island located in the Mitseo archipelago, about an hour and a half north of Nosy Be. This is barefoot luxury at its best; sand soft as icing sugar and sea water clear and warm. The diving is exceptional, you can walk or snorkel around the island, go deep sea fishing, play tennis on the beach, or enjoy boat trips and sailing. Perfect for a very different relax and recharge.
Week to 10 days
Vakona Lodge is a short drive east of Antananarivo in the heart of Andasibe (Perinet) National Park. While the park is famous for its variety of diurnal and nocturnal species, it is probably best known for the Indri Indri – the largest member of the lemur family. Exploring the park on foot offers a great chance to see these charismatic animals while a visit to Vakona’s private island – home to some habituated individuals – offers wonderful photo opportunities. For more lemur activity, head to Bush House which enjoys a super position overlooking one of the big lakes on the Pangalanes Canal, with big dunes in the distance. Explore the beautiful, unspoilt surroundings on foot or by boat, or walk in the nearby private reserve to see crowned, red-bellied, ring-tailed, and black and white ruffled lemurs as well as chameleons and radiated tortoises. These two properties combine very well with Princesse Bora on Ile Sainte Marie, where there is good diving and snorkelling and where the whale watching (between July and September) is excellent.
Two week trip
Mandrare River Camp sits in a grove of old tamarind trees on the banks of the Mandrare River, in southern Madagascar. This private area is great for day and night walks to experience the wildlife, including four different types of lemur and countless birds. It’s also fantastic for local culture and varied habitats. This combines beautifully with Manafiafy which is on a sheltered, forest fringed bay with azure blue seas, lush verdant forests and distant mountains. There are five species of lemur here, boat trips, open sea fishing, kayaking and whale watching. To end with some time at Anjajavy would allow for relaxation as well as diving, snorkelling, kayaking, Hobie Cat sailing, lemur viewing, mountain biking, walks, boat trips and so on.
We would be delighted to help you plan a safari holiday in Madagascar. Our team of experts has travelled widely throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean and can offer expert advice on every type of safari from family and beach holidays to riding and primate safaris. Do get in touch – chatting to people by phone or email is what we do best. We listen, we explain, we answer all sorts of questions even those you didn’t know to ask, and finally we make suggestions. If this is your first time to Africa or your twenty first, we have a team standing by to help make the planning easy and the journey the best ever. Please get in touch whatever stage you’re at.