7 Days – From £945 per person
Did you always want to visit Madagascar, but wonder if it is a good place to travel with toddlers? We have put together a nice program which you can do with smaller travellers. Nosy Be is a suitable place to spend a relaxing holiday with babies. In case you would like to visit a bit the island, we have also included some nearby activities. The hotel offers the services of a nanny, so you can always arrange small escapes around the island. The good thing about Nosy Be is that it is accessible directly on several international connections from Johannesburg, Addis-Ababa and even Europe (seasonally), therefore you skip the hassle of travelling with a baby via Antananarivo.
International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to Madagascar start from £700 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year. There are direct services to Nosy Be from JNB, ADD, from several airports in Italy and also seasonal flights from Eastern Europe. If you have to fly via Antananarivo, the capital city, we can tailor this trip according to your arrival and departure times.
This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor the itinerary to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added and different hotels can be chosen according to your preferences and needs.
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Day 1 – Tongasoa! Welcome to Nosy Be
Today you will arrive to Nosy Be. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. You will stay at Vanila Hotel, a nice family-friendly hotel. The rooms are spacious and well equipped, including an AC. The hotel has 2 restaurants, 2 swimming pools, and a huge garden with kids’ areas. The spa is also great to experience. They are located in front of Nosy Sakatia with a very calm sea in front of it. They are far from any village but not isolated thanks to the local tuk-tuk and the hotel vehicles. Toddlers stay free of charge and children under from 2 to 12 have a discount. Overnight at Vanila Hotel & Spa.
Day 2 – Nosy Be Island Tour
Today explore Nosy Be. Start with visiting Andoany – a melting pot of cultures. Mosques, churches and the sacred trees represent many beliefs. You will see the impressive 200 years old Sacred Banyan Tree, the historic Marodoka village and the botanical garden Lemuria Land, located in the middle of an ylang ylang plantation. There is a museum and a distillery of essential oils and rum. Don’t miss Andilana, the most beautiful beach of Nosy-Be with turquoise waters. Finish with a splendid sunset at Mont Passot and the views over the sacred lakes. The legend says that spirits of the Sakalava royal family live in the lakes. Overnight at Vanila Hotel & Spa.
Day 3 – Lokobe Nature Reserve
Today spend some time away from the beach and discover the reserve of Lokobe, a protected forest located in the south-east of Nosy-Be. This reserve shelters a dense primitive forest of about 600ha. In Lokobe, you will discover more about Madagascar’s wildlife. The tropical humid climate has created conditions for the magnificent trees sheltering lemurs, orchids and smaller cute reptiles. Hike in the forest with your guide to meet the famous black lemurs ‘macaco’ and see the local endemic flora and fauna. On your return to the hotel, spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Vanila Hotel & Spa.
Day 4 – Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely
Today visit two smaller islands, Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely. Start with Nosy Komba, the island with a lush tropical forest. Visit the small lemur park and the local community who are the masters of embroidery. Later on take a 1-hour boat ride to Nosy Tanikely, a protected marine reserve with a spectacular marine life. The island is a true aquarium with a very rich ecosystem of marine life. When you feel that it is time to refresh, a seafood lunch will be prepared for you on the island. Don’t miss the lighthouse at the top of the hill with 360° panoramic views over the region. In the evening return to Nosy Be. Balance the evening at leisure. Overnight at Vanila Hotel & Spa.
Day 5 – Nosy Sakatia
At Vanila Hotel they can provide a nanny so you can enjoy a great escape with the scientists to Nosy Sakatia, just in front of the hotel. After breakfast embark on a boat to visit the tiny island of Sakatia. This place is full of local history and traditions. Take a great expedition with passionate local scientists to swim with dolphins, shark-whales or turtles. It is a shared excursion, but all the staff on board speak both English and French, so there will be no communication issues. On the island visit of local village, relax on the beach and go snorkelling as much as you want. Upon arrival back on Nosy Be, balance the evening at leisure. Overnight at Vanila Hotel & Spa.
Day 6 – Day at leisure
Enjoy a relaxing day on the beach. Alternatively, if you would wish to pumper up, visit the spa in the hotel for a body treatment or relax in the jacuzzi. The experienced team are using locally grown Malagasy ingredients such as coconut oil, ginger, lemon grass, jojoba, katrafay, vetiver, vanilla, rosemary and other essential oils for massage which offer great relaxation. You will smell like heaven 🙂 If interested you can also do a longer trip further south to Nosy Iranja, but it might not be a suitable activity to do with the baby because of the length of the trip. Overnight at Vanila Hotel & Spa.
Day 7 – Departure
According to your flight’s schedule, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight home. If you have to pass via Antananarivo in order to connect to your international flight, we can add additional nights at the beginning and end of the trip in order to tailor the trip up to your needs, making sure your flight connections fit well into the schedule.