East to West Madagascar in 8 days with kids

Tripoto
22nd Jul 2017
Photo of East to West Madagascar in 8 days with kids by OliviaCopsey
Day 1

Landed in Ivato International Airport Antananarivo where we met Christian (phone number) and his minivan. Straight to dump our stuff at Sakamanga Hotel in Tana... such a fab hotel!

Afternoon visit to the Queen palace

Day 2

First some shopping... then we are off to find lemurs and chameleons in Andasibe... 3-4 hr drive

Stayed at Rico Lodges - fantastic knowledgeable host and great, rustic and authentic accommodation

Night time forest walk

Night time walk looking for chameleons

Photo of Mitsinjo Community Reserve, Moramanga, Toamasina Province, Madagascar by OliviaCopsey
Day 3

Looking for Indri in the Mitsinjo Reserve

Indri in Mitsinjo Reserve

Photo of Mitsinjo Community Reserve, Moramanga, Toamasina Province, Madagascar by OliviaCopsey

Afternoon tree climbing and zip lining (not for the faint hearted but great fun for the older kids)

Day 4

Long drive to Antsirabe - stop for lunch at Ambatolampy - 8 hours

Arrive at Villa des Thermes Airbnb Antsirabe (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/16633339?location=Antsirabe%2C%20Antananarivo%20Province%2C%20Madagascar&s=U3dfSwY7). A beautiful fire in this stunning house makes up for the long drive. We did a quick shop at Shopright nearby and made supper at home.

Day 5

After a chilled start and a lovely breakfast made for us at the Airbnb we set off for Miandrivaso - 4.5 hr drive

We met a tour operator at the Princesse Tsiribihina Hotel who offered to take us towards Morondava by boat the next day... with camping on the way - who could say no! Maybe it's possible to book this in advance or organise through the hotel...?

Day 6

Drive to pick up point on the Tsiribihina River (remember to take lots of biscuits, and pencils and paper to give to the kids in the villages on the way!). Once there we said goodbye to our driver Christian who carried on to Morondava to meet us the next day...

Tsiribihina River pick up point

Photo of Miandrivazo, Toliara Province, Madagascar by OliviaCopsey
Day 7

Boarded a boat and headed down the Tsiribihina River... lunch on board and late afternoon stop at a waterfall...

The waterfall on the Tsiribihina River

Photo of Anosinampela, Belon'i Tsiribihina, Toliara Province, Madagascar by OliviaCopsey

Camping that night on the river bank - joined by some musicians and dancers from Begidro village across the river.

Continued on river before dawn arrived in a village at 10 am and boarded some ox carts - 1.5 hrs

Travelling by Ox Cart

Photo of Begidro, Madagascar by OliviaCopsey
Day 8

Arrived at another village and met some 4x4's - phew! 4 hr drive to the Baobabs...

Allee des Baobabs

Photo of Allée des Baobabs, Menabe, Toliara Province, Madagascar by OliviaCopsey

Further 1 hr to Morondava airbnb 'The Gite at the Clubhouse Nofybe' (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5907688?location=Morondava)

The Gite at the Clubh

Photo of NOFY BE, Morondava, Toliara Province, Madagascar by OliviaCopsey
Day 9

Early start and long long drive back to the Airbnb at Antsirabe - 8hrs - Remember to buy lots of loaves of bread in Morondava to give to the kids mending the roads on the way...

Stop at the Princesse Tsiribihina in Miandrivazo for lunch and arrive back in Antsirabe in time to cook dinner for fun last evening in Madagascar!

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