Family friendly adventures with added lemurs
Loveable lemurs, scrambles over rock formations, kayaking, hiking, camping and beaches. It's all here on a tailor made Madagascar family holiday.
Madagascar is a great destination for active families who want to get out and explore, since all the activities are ‘out of the vehicle’ and focus on exploring the natural world up close and personal. When it comes to wildlife, Madagascar seems to have it all, including the lovable lemurs who you’ll find all over the country. Don’t miss a visit to Lemur Island where you can feed them bananas from a boat. The animals on Madagascar pose no threat to humans, so it’s safe to independently explore on foot with the family, unlike in many other African countries. Whale watching can also be included on a luxury Madagascar family tour.
For more active teenagers, there’s fund to be had scrambling around the unusual ‘tsingy’ rock formations using rope bridges and iron ladders, as well as hiking, camping and kayaking for a unique perspective of the island
There are numerous family-friendly hotels, some with pools which are perfect for cooling off in the hot afternoons. Or if you’re staying on the coast relaxing on some of the superb beaches, the shore-based snorkelling in many parts of the island is safe for children to splash around and have fun.
There are endless options to choose from, whether you want a fortnight of wildlife and interesting culture or you’re just looking to tick a few lemurs off the list before heading to relax on a beach. Either way, thanks to the incredible amount of unusual fauna and flora, the kids can’t say they have seen it before!
Have a look at The RN7 itinerary for a full-on two weeks exploring the South of the Island, or for less time on the road and more days at the beach, perhaps our Wildlife and Beach Express is the trip for you.
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When to go to Madagascar
Find out the best time to visit Madagascar with our month by month guide.
The cyclone season in Madagascar is between January and March, which means it's hot and wet and isn't the best time of year to travel. The east coast is generally wetter than the west or south.
February is the wettest month, with heavy downpours and the risk of cyclones making travel difficult, and wildlife hard to spot.
March remains hot and wet, with high humidity making travel uncomfortable. The south is generally a bit drier and the roads more manageable than the north.
There are still heavy rain showers during April, May and June, but they don't disrupt too many activities, and the sun often shines in between. Parks are now open to visitors and it's a great time to visit Andasibe and Berenty, with the greenery lush and the wildlife coming out of hiding.
The rains have left the landscapes looking green and lush, and now is a great time to try and spot the famous lemurs. The tourists haven't yet arrived en-masse so accommodation is cheaper and easier to find. There are still a few rain showers, but sun prevails, making May an excellent overall choice for travel.
With the rain finally subsiding, the air becomes fresh and cool, with sunshine and just a few showers punctuating the day. It's a great time to travel across much of the country, and still outside of peak season it's easier to find accommodation at good prices.
July is the beginning of the peak season, with dry weather and lower temperatures meaning this is a great time to go trekking or explore the rainforests. Lemurs and other forest dwellers have come out of hiding, and humpback whales gather to calve offshore, with sightings frequent between now and September. July is one of the best times to visit Madagascar.
August is similar to July, with comfortably cool temperatures and sunny skies. It's another good month for whale watching, and for exploring Madagascar's many regions.
Want to see a baby lemur? Now is the time to visit, when lemurs give birth. The cooler weather is at an end, and temperatures begin to rise, bringing with them a few showers in anticipation of the approaching rainy season. It's quieter than July and August, and therefore an ideal month to visit Madagascar. Whale watching is still on the cards too.
Baby lemurs are still hopping around during October, and the warmer weather means it's an excellent time for the beaches and snorkelling in the turquoise ocean. Keep an eye out for the blooming purple jacarandas, and see if you can spot fossas in the western forests.
Increasing temperatures around Madagascar mean hot days, but the arrival of short rain showers helps cool things down. Wildlife is very active during November, so it's a great time for lemur spotting, as well as birds during their breeding season.
December is the start of the wet season in Madagascar, with high temperatures (the hottest of the year) and short, sharp rain showers. It's a bit cooler and drier in the south west of the island. It's a quieter time to travel, and if you visit at the beginning of the month, the beaches will still be glorious.