2 independent reviews for Madagascar rafting expedition

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review 16 Jun 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

A great experience all round but the most memorable part was the river experience. We canoed for two days, negotiated rapids and camped at night on the sandy banks beside the river. The locals were intrigued by these strange foreigners who chose to sleep in tents rather than a hotel but readily came to our rescue when our cooking pots sank to the bottom of the river!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take waterproof bags to put all your clothes and equipment into for the canoe trip. No need to take pillows or sleeping mats as these are provided by the local company. Make sure you have a good torch as electricity supplies in hotels are unpredictable. No need for water purifying tablets as bottled water is available everywhere even in the back of beyond!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, we bought local handicrafts at every opportunity. We visited a wonderful children’s orphanage just outside Tana and learnt about the opportunities that the children have there to improve their education and learn a trade in safe surroundings. We were able to support this work with a donation and plan to spread the word in the UK as it is entirely self supporting.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent experience with real opportunities to interact with the local people and understand more about their culture and to see something of the unique wildlife in the country.

review 23 Mar 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Most obviously just the many people we met. Everybody says it but it really is true, what a lovely lovely bunch of people to have had the privilege to meet. On the wildlife front, I think the spitting cobra trumped even the komodo dragons! Oh and I don't think I have ever seen so many marvellous shades of green.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take a polypropylene (spelling?) or other similar quick drying top and some gloves for paddling.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, we feel we did just a little to help. Re the environment, excuse me being direct but I can't understand why the bog roll didn't get burned. Also, we were shocked by the amount of plastic rubbish on the beaches and in the sea. I don't know if there's much point, or if there's room, or anywhere to dispose of it correctly but I'd have happily spent an hour on each beach we visited picking up rubbish. As I said, there's so much I'm not sure it would make any difference!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Bloody marvellous. The rubbish was the only downside really.

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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