Cathy from MummyTravels with a lemur on her head in Madagascar
Family travel, Travel Timehop

#TravelTimehop series edition #9 with MummyTravels

Hello travel fans! Welcome to another Travel Timehop sharing special memories of trips from years gone by. This week feels like an extra special treat as my guest is one of the first family travel bloggers I came across when I began shaping my own corner of the internet.

Cathy from MummyTravels has been on some amazing adventures, proving that travel is most definitely possible with a kid in tow. She’s also an incredible writer and can transport you from a cold and wintery UK to the balmy Caribbean in the space of a few paragraphs. Here’s her Travel Timehop:

When are we time-hopping to?

This photo was taken in May 2011, around a year before my daughter was born and one of my last ‘big’ trips before I was pregnant.

Where in the world?

At Vakona Forest Lodge in Andasibe, Madagascar – a few hours east of the capital Antananarivo.

MummyTravels’ timehop moment

I have always loved lemurs – they’re incredibly cute but also fascinating creatures, so I was hugely excited about the chance to see them in the wild when I visited Madagascar. I hadn’t guessed just how close I might get though.

On our first full day, we headed straight out towards Andasibe where the Vakona Forest Lodge hotel has rescue lemurs living semi-wild on an island in the lake. They’re less fearful of humans than wild lemurs, but they’re certainly not pets so there’s no guarantee you’ll see them up close. But as soon as we arrived, I knew we were being watched by dozens of inquisitive eyes: tiny cautious little bamboo lemurs gazing out from the trees and some of their bigger cousins, including a very laid-back black and white ruffed lemur hanging from a branch by one foot, and a golden ‘dancing lemur’ – properly known as Verraux’s sifaka – prancing elegantly along the path.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a sudden flurry of movement. And as I turned, a brown lemur landed squarely on my shoulder, pouncing on the piece of banana I was holding before making himself comfortable on top of my head. Once he’d finished his snack, he wrapped his tail around my neck like a furry tickly scarf and started playing with the sunglasses on top of my head: pushing them down onto my nose and generally enjoying himself.

It had been a tricky start to the trip. The airline had lost my luggage, we hadn’t had much sleep that night as a result of leaving the airport so late, and Madagascar’s roads meant a bumpy journey, but I just couldn’t stop grinning. It was the first of many lemur encounters for me on Madagascar: with the rare indri in one forest, with wild lemurs hooting and calling at dusk as we left another, on isolated islands where we snorkelled as tiny paws rustled the trees above us.

But this first moment meeting the lemurs is still one of the most magical. I loved my two weeks discovering some of this incredible island, but shot captures one of my favourite travel experiences ever. And still makes me grin today.

Having recently seen some lemurs up close, I share Cathy’s excitement about this moment – they are super cute! Thank so much for sharing this with me Cathy. If you’d like to read more from MummyTravels check out the blog, and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin’ and YouTube.

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Cathy from MummyTravels with a lemur on her head in Madagascar

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