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  • Reviewed September 2014
    Kay Roantree

    Highlights of Madagascar

    There were only six of us on the trip so this was a real bonus. It meant that we had lots of room in the minibus and when being guided around we could spend a long time viewing the wildlife. Saw more than was mentioned in the trip notes and spent longer in the national parks as being a small group we all agreed on what we wanted.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing lemurs in their natural environoment. Snorkelling on Nosy Ve

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The holiday was really well organised by our tour leader Armel. He even worked on days when he really did not have to as when we had free time he still guided us around the towns. He was enthusiastic about finding lemurs and making sure we could all get a good view of them. Great tour leader enthusiasic and knowledgeable about the country and wildlife. He spoke excellent English and always wanted to make our holiday as enjoyable as possible.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There is a lot of driving but the days are broken up with visits to national parks, so not as onerous as it sounds in the notes. However the last few days from leaving the beach to arriving home is very tiring and for a couple of days there was not much to see in Tulear and Antananarivo

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go while there is still things to see
  • Reviewed September 2014
    Nancy nancy

    Marvellous Madagascar!

    A really varied trip with the opportunity to see several different areas of Madagascar; the gorgeous beaches, some beautiful national parks and delightful lemurs and chameleons!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The range of lemur species that we were privileged to see interacting in the wild and swinging in the trees! I was surprised how close they came to us, allowing for some fantastic photo opportunities!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was a native Madagascan so was able to give us a real insight into his country. He was also very eager to ensure that everyone had a positive experience and nothing was ever too much trouble... Having received the groups details before the trip began he'd even arranged some birthday surprises (a band and a cake) for one of the group members.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It was colder than I expected in the north, particularly at night - pack plenty of warm clothes for this part of the trip. And be prepared for crowds/chaos when you arrive - no one seems to queue for their entry visa!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was struck by how poor the Madagascan people were, even compared to other African countries I'd visited. If I were to visit again I would take more T-shirts etc that I could give away when I'd finished with them or perhaps try to support a local organisation through something like the stuff your rucksack website.
  • Reviewed December 2013
    Anonymous .

    HIGHLIGHTS OF MADAGASCAR

    Amazing variety of scenery and more wild life than I'd expected from reading other reviews of trips to Madagascar. We saw several different species of lemurs and a fantastic variety of chameleons! The trip requires some very early starts to see the wildlife when its most active, but its well worth it. There are some long bus journeys but the roads were in better condition than I expected from the description in the tour notes, and for me personally, the inspiring scenery and interesting street life in towns helped pass the time. Towards the end of the trip there are 3 days at a beach resort, which for me was too long. Once we'd visited the Spiny Forest nearby there wasn't much to do. Even if you like sunbathing (I don't) this is made impossible by the strong winds that develop every afternoon, which pick up the sand - if you tried staying on the beach you'd be sand-blasted, and similarly, the wind churns up the waves and makes snorkelling impossible. I liked every other place we stayed at so ideally I would shorten the time at the beach and have another night in one of the other national parks  waves and makes snorkelling impossible.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing such a variety of chameleons, both in the wild and at a fantastic sanctuary we visitedLemurs, especially the very tame (but wild) ring-tailed lemursAwesome landscapes!The spiny forest national park right down southWaking up to the sound of Indri calling in the jungle before dawn, also hearing a family chorus when we were watching them - I will never forget!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tahianna, our leader, went out of his way to make sure we were all happy and comfortable. He gave us a lot of information about Madagascar, including personal insights and experiences that really enhanced my understanding of the country. At one point, about 2/3s of us were taken ill (a hazard of travelling in less developed countries and nothing to do with the trip) - he came to each of our rooms over the next 24 hours to check we were ok, made sure we had water and whatever else we needed, and even rearranged the itinerary when it was obvious that the group weren't up to going to a national park. I would give him 11 out of 10 for his tireless care and consideration of our needs.We had a different guide, Roger, for the last 36 hours (the guides change when you fly back from Tolear). I wasn't too impressed by him, it felt like we were a load of boring tourists to him!   

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You will witness extreme poverty so be prepared, especially if you're not used to travelling in less developed countries. On the positive side, your tourism is bringing much needed income and creating an incentive to protect the rapidly disappearing rainforests.You need to be reasonably agile on some of the walks (the trip notes say reasonably fit, but its not just about distances). At times we were clambering over rocks or walking on very uneven paths.Be aware, especially in Tana, of the risk of petty crime (snatch and run). This is nothing to worry about so long as you know it could happen. After learning that one of our group had a necklace snatched on her first day there I took off my (very small) gold St Christopher that's been with me on extensive travels over 20 years... if I'd realised that even this small item would be a temptation I would have just left it at home.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was really impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of local guides in the national parks.I paid for an extra night's accommodation, as the group flight home was full. My booking, and 2 other bookings, was stuffed up by Exodus, as the hotel we had written confirmation we would be staying in was full. This meant transferring to somewhere nearby - the 2nd hotel had our bookings no problem and was nicer - but it was still annoying as I lost half a day of the time I'd set aside to do some independent sight-seeing in Tana after the rest of the group had gone home.Related to the above, and various hassles with invoices before my trip, I don't rate Exodus admin that highly! Having said that, this trip was fabulous and I couldn't have seen everything that I did without either joining a group or spending a fortune, so I'm glad I did it. I would recommend this trip to anyone with a curiosity to get out and about and see this fabulous country!  
  • Reviewed November 2013
    Anonymous .

    HIGHLIGHTS OF MADAGASCAR

    A great trip with more wildlife than expected. Slightly longer beach stay than most exodus trips.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    When one if the wild ring tailed lemurs jumped right over my head as I stood in the boggy rain forest.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Armel was an accomplished leader and good at managing expectations. He like to make revelations so only told us the next bit of info.
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