Madagascar tour, small group

“Join a small group for an overland tour of Madagascar featuring rainforest treks, cultural sightseeing and 3 nights on the tropical island of Sainte-Marie.”

Highlights

Ambositra | Ranomafana National Park | Isalo National Park | Zombitse National Park | Fianarantsoa | Antsirabe | Andasibe National Park | Foulpointe | Île Sainte-Marie | optional island activities include: snorkelling, scuba diving, hiking and cycling |

Description of Madagascar tour, small group

This 16 day small group tour takes travellers overland from the centrally-located capital city of Antananarivo to the shores of Île Sainte-Marie via some of Madagascar’s unmissable mountain slopes, tropical rainforests and arid savannah plains dotted with Baobab trees.

Madagascar’s national parks offer an amazing opportunity to observe indigenous plants and animals in their natural environment with lemurs, civets and numerous types of brightly coloured orchids always worth keeping an eye out for amongst the foliage.

Exploring Ranomafana, Isalo and Zombitse national parks in the company of a local guide is the best way to experience Madagascar at ground level with visits to local villages, such as Manandriana, providing insight into the traditional lifestyles of rural rainforest communities.

Don’t forget sensible footwear as there will be some trekking (nothing too challenging) as well as city sightseeing around the markets and narrow lanes of Fianarantsoa and the European architecture of Antsirabe - 'pousse-pousse' rickshaws are also an option for tired feet.

Rickshaw rides aside, there’s no better way to complete a tour of Madagascar other than on the luscious green hillsides and sandy coves and beaches of Île Sainte-Marie where you’ll be treated to three blissful days exploring above and below the Indian Ocean waves before finally departing for home.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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2018: 3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov
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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Madagascar tour, small group

The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.

To explore Madagascar is to immerse yourself into one of the most unique ecosystems on earth. Nowhere else on this planet saw the evolution of the region’s most captivating resident, the lemur and there is a wealth of flora also unique to this African island. It is vital therefore that our groups tread carefully when visiting this precious ecological region and our tour around the island has been designed with this at the forefront of our minds.

We encourage all our travellers to be socially and culturally aware of our responsibilities when travelling. On a tour level, this involves our use of locally owned hotels and lodges as we endeavour to the keep the money our visit generates within the local communities. It involves us eating in smaller, locally owned restaurants and cafes that source their produce locally and often specialise in regional specialities, and it involves the recruitment of your professional group leader and experienced driver from the regions we visit. All of these steps, not only help the region financially, but they also contribute towards a fantastic trip experience for our travellers. It means you’ll often eat where the locals eat, stay in places reflective of the region and get to see a side of the country other visitors miss out on.

Your group leader will encourage group members looking for souvenirs to purchase them from smaller operators and artisans, again supporting local enterprise and encouraging the continuation of traditional skills. Opportunities for this will arise particularly during your visit Fianarantsoa known for its markets and handicrafts, or on your village visit to Ambositra when you stop by one of the traditional workshops specialising in printmaking or wood carving.

We visit a number of national parks on this itinerary where the fees from our admittance contribute directly to the conservation of these fragile and endangered habitats. We will be discovering the parks on foot with a naturalist guide, and request that all travellers treat these parks with respect, listening to your guides’ instructions and staying on the marked trails so as not to unintentionally damage the habitat we are exploring.

Maintaining this fragile environment is the responsibility of every traveller to the region, and your group leader will also be on hand throughout the trip to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish, recycling wherever possible and we encourage all our travellers to use refillable water bottles with purification tablets rather than contributing to the rapidly escalating problem caused by the copious number of plastic bottles discarded globally on a daily basis.

In addition to cutting down on our waste on tour, we also look to reduce carbon emissions where ever possible. As a company we operate a carbon neutral policy; offsetting the ground emissions of all our passengers on all our trips. On this particular adventure through Madagascar that equates to 1,200kgs of carbon offset per passenger, per departure

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


The wildlife

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


Check the validity of any discounts advertised first, because they were rather misleading. Also, be aware that although this trip was described as a wildlife trip, there were relatively few days in national parks compared with the total number of days on the trip. Also, getting back to the capital from Ile Sainte Marie at the end of the trip can be very difficult.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

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


Good - but be sure to read the trip notes very carefully for all the extra costs, which can be significant

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