How to have a magical Madagascan honeymoon on a luxe for less budget…
If you’re looking for a honeymoon experience unlike any other, then Madagascar might just be the place for you. A red jewel in the Indian Ocean, its home to some of the world’s most unusual wildlife and unique landscapes. Whether you’re on a budget or planning to splash the cash, Marc Harris from Africa Odyssey shares his tips on planning your perfect Madagascan adventure…
Luxe for less
Despite its luxury paradise surroundings, it’s certainly possible to enjoy Madagascar’s highlights without the hefty price tag. Start on Nosy Komba island for an idyllic post-wedding wind-down. We recommend Tsara Komba Lodge, with its beautiful beaches, exceptional swimming, mountain-side private suites and outstanding food. In the nearby nature park, the local lemurs are so used to people that they literally fall out of the trees and sit on your head, creating some awesome photo opportunities!
From here, head to the exclusively private lodge of Tsarabanjina. This paradise island is packed with sugar-white beaches, rainbow-coloured birdlife and fabulous snorkelling. Go spear fishing, follow secret pathways to rocky coves or, if the timing is right, take a baby turtle for a swim! Many guests return here time and again.
Finally, head east to the gorgeous Andasibe Hotel, which boasts its own private rainforest and easy access to both the Perinet Special Reserve – the best place to see the indri lemur – and Mantadia National Park.
If your budget is a little more forgiving, add to your itinerary with a trip to one of Madagascar’s strangest and most awe-inspiring sights – the Tsingy. This UNESCO-protected limestone forest is home to the endangered and endearing Decken’s sifakas and truly awe-inspiring views, on foot or by helicopter.
From here, the choice is yours. Head to Manafiafy for a mix of beach, rainforest, mangroves and wetlands with abundant wildlife, including humpback whales between June and November. Or visit Mandrare River Camp for an authentic, wild Madagascan experience and unique access to the island’s spiny forests, where roughly 95% of the original flora is indigenous. The forest is also home to the Antandroy tribe, with whom the camp has developed excellent friendships, and who will gladly treat you to local rituals such as tribal dancing by firelight.
For help booking your perfect Madagascan honeymoon, contact Marc at Africa Odyssey.