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Madagascar

Our verdict:

Madagascar is surely one of the most exciting and unique family holiday destinations. Imagine setting out on foot for close encounters with wild lemurs or taking a night walk in search of chameleons. There are fabulous things to do on the coast too, from snorkelling and sea kayaking to whale watching and visiting a pirate graveyard.

Recommended tour operator: Natural World Safaris

Friendly lemursMasoala Peninsular - photo by Richard DenyerLemur spotting in MadagascarLeaf Tailed Gecko - photo by Richard Denyer

Natural World Safaris says

Madagascar is a destination that will definitely capture the imagination of young minds. It offers a unique combination of quirky, weird and fantastical.

  • great for teens
  • perfect in summer
  • wildlife

Your children can spend the morning coming face to face with adorable fluffy lemurs and the afternoon exploring a real pirate cemetery.

Madagascar offers a very interactive experience – the resident animals are no threat to humans so it is safe to explore on foot and the wildlife is very accessible.

In the Andasibe National Park, you can encounter the world’s largest lemur, the Indri, and hear its haunting cry before searching for the world’s smallest lemur, the mouse lemur.

Children love our night walks – head out after dark with a head torch lighting your way as you look for nocturnal creatures and ghostly white chameleons that lose their colour after sunset.

Head out with researchers on a whale-watching trip off the coast of Ile Sainte-Marie and help them identify whales and learn about the work they are doing.

Burn off some energy on an adventure day, kayaking through mangroves to a remote beach lodge, see Ifotaka (traditional stick-fighting), explore the sacred forest and learn about ancient folklore.

The Pirates Graveyard sits high on a palm-shrouded hill on the island of Ile Sainte-Marie – search for the skull and crossbones on the crumbling headstones in the world’s only genuine pirate cemetery.

We have crafted have tailor-made trips to Madagascar from around £1,200 per person (excluding flights). Check out this seven day lemur tracking safari for example. For a longer holiday, take a look at our two week Lemurs, Whales and Beaches family safari.

Madagascar is only two hours ahead of the UK so jet lag isn’t an issue, making it an option for a half-term holiday as well as the longer holidays. The destination works year-round but June to December are the best months.

Find out more about our holidays in Madagascar and download our free guide.

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