Is there a lot of driving around Madagascar?
There are a couple of days that are fairly long - the distance is not that great, but the roads can be slow & winding. However, the beautiful & ever changing countryside more than make up for this. The drive up to Bekopaka is also lengthy, but again, the scenery, the ferry boat trip & the reward of the amazing Tsingy Bemaraha NP at the end makes you forget the bumpy journey!
Aurelija Selvestraviciute - Customer Operations
Tips from staff who have been to Madagascar
Personally I would say you definitely should take them. There aren't swarms of mozzies but they are present and malaria is much more likely in Africa rather than other places. I took Malarone but some people on the trip had Larium (very strong) or Doxycycline (milder). I didn't feel any side effects but I appreciate it's different for everyone.
Yes, there are lemurs everywhere and lots of different species - don't worry about that!
I found it safe and as long as you use the same common sense you would at home, you shouldn't have any problems. In saying that, there were riots when I was there so the city tour got cancelled for everyone! I did a mini version with the leader in a car, didn't get out and walk around much, but where we did felt completely safe (and saw no rioting either!).
Binoculars are worthwhile, if they are a decent pair. Our leader had good ones though which we passed around.
Food and drink
Food and drink were generally cheaper than the UK. The only thing I recall being pricey was wine, as it's imported from South Africa. I ate all the local food and had no problems. A couple of people did get a bad stomach for a day or so but nothing serious and fairly common when eating in a new enviroment.
We do mention in the trip notes that Tsingy isn't suitable for those with vertigo and claustrophobia. Some people were slightly worried by that but it was also the highlight for a lot of people, myself included. You don't have to be majorly fit, just willing to push yourself a little and won't have any problems. Everyone in our group did it and had no problems. There is nothing that is dangerous, as I say, you just need to be willing to push yourself a little!
Lyndal Montgomery - Sales
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