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Madagascan Discoverer (2016)

Madagascan Discoverer

5
This was my second trip to Madagascar, I wanted to go somewhere that I have not been before so I thought that going to the west of Madagascar would be a good idea and I was not disappointed. The Tsingy was amazing with stunning views and the "Alley of Baobabs" at dusk was stunning.
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Madagascan Discoverer (2016)

MADAGASCAR DISCOVERER

5
Although an awful lot of driving -- plus two internal flights -- it was a "Discoverer" trip and we certainly did see -- and do -- a lot and, OMG, having been on many trips/tours, Madagascar was more "In the Past" than I have been on before but, while extremely poor, peoples seemed well-fed and were invariably pleasant and always putting forth their best effort to keep things neat and clean (where dirt and dust was everywhere)
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Madagascan Discoverer (2016)

An Adventure for the Determined Traveller

3
Madagascar, in spite of its well-known-about environmental depredations, is full of beauty and interest, and is the least modernised (and spoilt) third-world country I've yet visited. The rural areas, with their wonderful mud-brick and thatched buildings and Zebu-drawn carts and ploughs are barely touched by time, and the people welcoming and friendly. But this tour is geared more for the wildlife enthusiast (and Lemur-lover) than the pictorial photographer, and the relatively primitive conditions, the extremes of temperature, the unavoidable of gastro-intestinal infections, and the very long journeys, constantly on the move from place to place by cramped coach on very bad roads, make this one for the tough and determined traveller.
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Madagascan Discoverer (2016)

Madagascar Discoverer

5
What a sensational trip! Broad in extent; deep in experiences in this fascinating country. Covering an amazing and surprising diversity of landscapes, wildlife, plant life, cultures and endless moments of 'what's next around the corner to amaze the senses?' Just immerse yourself and be deeply rewarded!
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Madagascan Discoverer (2016)

Discovering Madagascar

5
This is a fantastic trip! The scenery is quite breathtaking at times, and the wildlife encounters were better than I expected. You get to see a lot of what is a very big island, and you can get a peek into Malagasy culture.
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Madagascan Discoverer (2016)

Madagascar Discoverer

4
I loved this trip and would even rate it as excellent, but future travelers need to understand that Madagascar is a third, possibly 4th world country. So there are, as some others have said, days of long drives on bad roads and heavy dust, and days with limited electricity, but it is all worth it to discover the beauty of Madagascar and its wildlife and people. This is a fascinating place, albeit being slowly destroyed, and my hope is that her future can be secured by people interested enough to tour there.
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Madagascan Discoverer (2016)

Trip of a lifetime

5
We enjoy travelling to endangered places and Madagascar is certainly one of these! The wealth of indigenous fauna and flora is quite incredible. Added to this the beauty of the island with its hugely varied landscape and delightful people makes it a truly incredible destination. The organised visit takes in so much of what the island has to offer that we felt we developed a good understanding of the many facets of island life in the 2 week stay.
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Madagascan Discoverer (2016)

Magical Madagascar

5
My wife and I have had Madagascar at the top of our "must go" list (which is a pretty long list!) for many years so it was really exciting to eventually book this trip and then hope that we hadn't set our expectations of this far away island too high. Before we left the UK, we were a little daunted at the amount that was being included in the itinerary but once we arrived, we recognised that all of this was expertly organised and that we really were going to see the maximum number of highlights in a two week period. But the "glue" holding the itinerary together was our marvellous guide, Solofo (Sol), who calmly and efficiently made sure that we got from place to place, seeing all the key sights and experiencing the real Madagascar. There is something for everyone on this trip - the variety of landscape, wildlife and activity shows off Madagascar at its best. I've only had a little exposure to travel in the African continent but this unique island seems somehow different. I really felt that we were explorers seeing the island as it opens up to tourism but also struggles with tough ecological challenges. The welcome we received wherever we went was warm and genuine and that connection to both the people and the island has really remained with me since returning home. I can't recommend this tour highly enough.
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Madagascan Discoverer (2016)

Discovering Madagascar

5
This is an exciting adventure trip that enables you to take in the sights and sounds of this unique island. We were lucky enough to have Sol as our Tour Leader and we felt that we were treated like VIPs throughout the trip. Sol always went the extra mile to ensure our comfort and enjoyment at all times, even when things didn't quite go to plan. He was lots of fun and we enjoyed listening to his knowledge of the history and wildlife of Madagascar. We were challenged by the Air Madagascar strike which meant that some of our trip had to be slightly altered. However, we felt that both Exodus and Sol did their very best to minimise disruption to our trip and hey, we got to see an extra 1000km of Madagascar at grass roots level that we weren't expecting to see (thank you to Nerina for expert driving). It goes without saying that this is an underdeveloped country where the roads are poor/non-existent so flexibility and understanding is key. There are lots of benefits to this though as we were able to have plenty of opportunity to meet the local villagers and enjoy the children who at most wanted 'bonbons' but usually just wanted their picture to be taken. In all the national parks we were lucky enough to see lemurs and other wildlife. We saw 12 different species of lemur, fossas, reptiles, birds and insects, all in their own habitat. One of our highlights was trekking and climbing in Grand Tsingy which is achievable for anyone who is physically fit and doesn't have a fear of heights. The view from the top of the limestone pinnacles is absolutely spectacular. We were impressed with the food which although centred around chicken, fish, zebu or vegetarian, was always well presented, tasty and quite creative. We certainly never went hungry with a 3 course meal on offer for lunch and dinner every day, even for our picnic in Isalo National Park. Our accommodation was also of a good standard, always clean and the rooms were large. I especially liked the forest lodges near Andasibe, Grand Tsingy, and in Morondava and Ifaty, both right on the beach. In many places we were often the only group there so great to have the place to ourselves (although sad to see that tourism is a little on the quiet side for Madagascans). There are a few long journeys and always early starts so worth taking some cereal bars or snacks for the journey, although Sol always made sure we had stops for water and snacks where possible. In summary this trip is not a holiday but rather a fantastic adventure to an interesting and inspiring island. See it before it changes too much!
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