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Number of Reviews: 11 Overall score: *****
Ring-tailed lemurs, babies on their mother's back, Madagascar
Review posted by Patricia Brown
***** Written

Madagascan Discoverer

I enjoyed the variety of scenery and the wildlife, particularly the lemurs. The group was quite small (9 of us) and we seemed to gel well with one another. I enjoyed the food which was more adventurous than that I had in Borneo last year with another company.
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Ring-tailed lemurs, babies on their mother's back, Madagascar
***** Written

MADAGASCAN DISCOVERER

This was an amazing trip using a variety of transport through a culturally diverse country with varied landscapes and incredible flora and fauna much of which is endemic to Madagascar. This is far more than a wildlife spotting trip, it is an active trip with early starts and most days were packed full-every day was an adventure.
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Ring-tailed lemurs, babies on their mother's back, Madagascar
***** Written

MADAGASCAN DISCOVERER

A varied trip with excellent scenery and loads of lemurs. You learn a lot about the people and culture of this island. I was a little nervous because of the journey times but very pleased I went. You'll see no other country like it.
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Ring-tailed lemurs, babies on their mother's back, Madagascar
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MADAGASCAN DISCOVERER

What a wonderfully all encompassing tour of Madagascar taking in a great selection of the fantastic countryside including lovely beaches on the shores of the Indian ocean, the all important lemurs and other fauna and flora, the people and the culture that makes Madagascar such a diverse interesting place to visit.
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Ring-tailed lemurs, babies on their mother's back, Madagascar
***** Written

MADAGASCAN DISCOVERER

an all-round fantastic trip, with plenty of opportunities to see wildlife, stunning countryside, explore local markets, go hiking & swimming - be prepared for some bumpy rides and dusty roads, that's part of the fun!
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Ring-tailed lemurs, babies on their mother's back, Madagascar
***** Written

Too much time in transit

Veteran ecotourists will be disappointed.  Most of the time spent on this trip was in transit, and always on vehicles without air conditioning (in a hot climate).  The lack of government oversight has resulted in a degredation of the National Parks through neglect, slash and burn agriculture, and illegal logging.  The remaining slivers of protected areas are more like outdoor zoos rather than wild areas.  Many of the good photos you might see from this trip are taken from a captive reptile farm and a lemur sanctuary.  Most hotels lacked screens on the windows or air conditioning, which made for very uncomfortable sleeping.  There is very little walking on this trip.  The large group size (16) meant that only people in the front of the group were able to see birds and snakes before they departed.  The capital city is not safe day or night.  It is difficult and time consuming to obtain any money after leaving the airport, which did not always give correct amounts when changing money.  Since you must pay for all your own meals, this quickly became a problem for some of our group.   The guides were excellent on this trip, but it is sad the government of Madagascar is not adequately protecting the last remaining vestiges of natural habitat.  If you have been on prior wildlife viewing holidays you will be disappointed with this trip.  People with breathing problems such as asthma should never attempt this trip, as the slash and burn smoke sometimes does not abate for days.
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Ring-tailed lemurs, babies on their mother's back, Madagascar
***** Written

MADAGASCAN DISCOVERER

It was an interesting trip, with rather a lot of travelling on poor roads though we saw some interesting sights, a wonderful town market, where we were perfectly safe, and a village which thrived on illegal stills. To an extent the hotels were better than I expected in a poor African country.  I liked the food, particularly the Zebu steak, and the sea food. Plenty of lemurs being charming. Too large a group for the nature walks. It seems a shame that the State seems to be going down hill. Rather too much of a security problem in Tana to walk about. Some lovely craft work to buy, particularly the marquetry. The leader Solo was excellent.
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