Madagascar family adventure vacation, canoes & camping

“Take the family on an unforgettable exploration of Madagascar, filling up on wildlife and wild fun, with lemur spotting and two days on the river.”


Antananarivo | Ambatolampy | optional: visit Lake Tritriva | Antsirabe | Ambositra| Sahambavy | visit tea plantations | Ranomafana National Park | rafting on the Namorana River | Ambalavao | Manantanana River kayaking and rafting for two days | Antsakaviro | Ambalavao | Anja Park | Tsaranoro Valley | visit reforestation project

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

As part of our commitment to responsible travel and in conjunction with your local partners, we finance a tree nursery and orchard in Italavina – which is a long term reforestation project.

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 continue to invest in a new long term project, the official project being launched in May 2011.

For this trip a part of the payment will directly go to the reforestation project, because for every client booked, we finance one tree per day per client. All our clients are helping to fund a reforestation project in Italavina.

The Impacts of this Trip

Together with our local agent on this trip, Gilles, and his team will give you a personal and knowledgeable insight of the region. Gilles is very active in reforestation and since 2008 has raised funds for over 1/2 million trees to be planted. 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 traveling 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.


2 Reviews of Madagascar family adventure vacation, canoes & camping

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2017 by

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

There was just so much more to see and hear than we imagined. Tsingy National Park: Such a unique and bizarre landscape. Chameleons and birds: Without the guides we doubt we would have seen so many but the number and variety was astonishing. Whale watching and snorkeling with the turtles and Angle Fish camping on the riverside and the meal prepared that night after the canoe trip.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

1. Change local money at the airport. Take mainly local currency. Few places accepted Euros and it is difficult to find places along the route to change more
2. Avoid the porters at Tana airport. They are aggressive and demand payment.
3. The pack list provided suggested taking snacks. We strongly advise this! Often nothing is provided from breakfast (sometimes 6am) until lunch (1 or
2pm) and you expend a lot of energy in the national parks.
4. Electricity is rationed so in most cases expect cold showers and no air conditioning. Internet is rarely available ( except on Nosey Be)
5. Be prepared for some long drives on very poor roads

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

Difficult to say. Clearly supported employment in a country that is desperately so that is positive. Use of local facilities and lodges also contributed. Little chance to spend money with local people however.

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

Fantastic experience in a special country. Planning the trip so that we had two weeks of national parks, hiking, camping and canoeing and then allowing ourselves 4 days 'relaxing' on the beaches afterwards was definitely the right thing to do. Traveling is slow and tiring in a country with very poor infrastructure.
Flora and fauna was outstanding. Local guides superb.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you very much for your comments and we are really glad you enjoyed the trip.
Definately good tips for future travelers - we do include most of these on our practical information - but we might look to improve them further.

I appreciate your comments on how the trip benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation - our reforestation project is in the South so on the Northern trip this isn't seen. We definately support the country in that we employ local partners, guides, lodges (most of the time). We buy food locally, for example on your canoe trip. Apart from handicraft markets, there is little opportunity to spend money with local people - it is such a poor country and we don't recommend street food, and clothes etc tend to be second hand.

I will be back in the North this November so will look to see if there is more we can do specifically in the North.

Thanks again - your feedback is much appreciated

Reviewed on 02 Jul 2017 by

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

The interaction with the people and nature that surrounded us.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be very careful with the food you eat.

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

Yes it did. We used the local resources as much as we could.

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

Great expedition destination.

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