Eastern Madagascar trekking & rafting holiday
Description of Eastern Madagascar trekking & rafting holiday
This two week Madagascar trekking holiday takes you to the east of the island where steep slopes, dark forests and rugged mountains, cascading with waterfalls, await.
Aside from trekking in Madagascar youíll also be treated to a couple of days of paddling as you navigate the fabulous Mananjary River by canoe and get to appreciate the stunning surrounding scenery from a whole new angle.
Madagascar trekking holidays are the best way to get to grips with the country at ground level with an array of unique flora and fauna adding to an envious blend of mountains and mangroves within close proximity to the equator.
This sort of tropical climate inspires deserts, rainforests and endless Madagascar trekking trails that lead you through the undergrowth and onwards to views that more than make up for the extra effort on the legs, as youíll soon discover.
PlanetWe, together with our local agent on this trip, Gilles, and his team will give you a personal and knowledgeable insight of the region. Gilles is very active in reforestation and since 2008 has raised funds for over 1/2 million trees to be planted. For every client booked on any Madagascar trips, we finance one tree per day per client with Wood En Stock. Our clients are helping to fund a reforestation project in Italavina.
By supporting the conservation of the rainforest, we can encourage the authorities to recognise the potential of wildlife tourism and photographic safaris, ensuring the protection of this unique environment. You will be issued with instructions as to how you can help to preserve the environment and we hope that you will follow our advice to help make a difference.
During this trip we will stay in different types of accommodations from camps to hotel. All runs by locals
PeopleOur local staff accompanying this expedition will give you a real sense of Madagascan culture. We only use Malagasy guides, pay all staff fair wages and treat everybody on the trip, including staff, with equal respect and we expect you to do the same. It is principally wildlife tourism that brings people to Madagascar and by using local businesses and services we can inject much needed capital into the local economy. On this expedition we are following a responsible camping procedure which leaves no negative evidence of our presence. We stay in small towns and villages interacting with the locals.
We have set up a tree nursery and orchard for a local school in Italavina. We are now in the process of planting (and nurturing) a well designed/equipped 100 tree orchard as well as 100 luguminous and 100 moringa Oleifera (nutrional plants) on a piece of land we have bought for the school. We plan for the first harvest of Ananambo nutritional leaves will be ready by 2014/2015 to supplement the daily diet of students. Once the trees start growing and with the first seeds (papayas, passiflores, moringa, etc.) a small poultry operation will be launched, providing eggs and occasional meat for special school events.
We employ one permanent gardener to maintain and direct student's works and are able to implement this with the support of our clients travelling to Madagascar with us (approximately 2% of the trip cost is donated to this project) and our local partner who is extremely active in reforestation of this area.
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