Madagascar tailor made tour

“This 12 day tour criss-crosses the island, taking you from rugged national parks to lemur filled forests to the turquoise waters and beautiful reefs.”


Amber Mountain National Park | Red Tsingy | Ankarana National Park | Nosy Komba | Nosy Be | Domaine Florette | Analamazaotra Reserve | Tamatave | Antananarivo

Description of Madagascar tailor made tour

Madagascar is a dream destination for nature and outdoor lovers and this tailor made Madagascar tour introduces you to the country’s diverse flora and fauna, around some 80 percent of which are found nowhere else in the world. It will take you from the dazzling Indian Ocean to tropical forest to the spiny desert, as well as giving you the chance to view some of Madagascar’s diverse wildlife and visit remote communities.

Highlights of the trip include exploring the waterfalls and crater lakes of Amber Mountain National Park and visiting the otherworldly Red Tsingy sandstone formations. You’ll also view Indri lemurs in their natural habitat at the Analamazaotra Reserve, dive or snorkel in the turquoise waters and beautiful reefs around the island of Nosy Be, and explore Ankarana National Park, a vast plateau of tree studded grassy savannah with a 300m high limestone monolith at its centre. For big city kicks, lively Tamatave and capital city Antananarivo are also on the agenda.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Having travelled extensively ourselves and witnessed first-hand how tourism can have either positive or negative effects on local communities and the environment, we always endeavour to leave a positive mark on all places we send clients and promote awareness of the local environment.

• Where we stay: As a boutique travel company we strive to offer unique and authentic travel experiences in line with sustainable accommodation. Many of the resorts and operators we work with are eco-friendly and run their businesses in a more environmentally friendly manner. For instance, guests are offered free drinking water refills to minimise wastage of plastic bottles. While in remote areas, we carry rubbish with us and ensure we do not disturb anything in the natural environment.

• While we are there: We ensure that our clients are given the correct guidance while visiting protected areas and/or heritage sites in order to minimise impacts on the environment and respect the natural wonders of the area. We collaborate with guides who are local to the area and have been trained, bettering their communities.

This particular Madagascar tour allows travellers to visit several reserves and parks with a high biological significance. However, we know how Madagascar has suffered critically with environmental degradation, so it’s vital to conserve all that remains. Places such as the Amber Mountain National Park, Red Tsingy and the National Park of Ankarana represent a precious natural heritage hosting thousands of species and rock formations millions of years old that can only be found in Madagascar.

Visiting these parks is already a valuable contribution to crucial conservation and research projects designed to ensure the long term well-being of the wildlife that lives here. Moreover, we issue guidelines aimed to teach visitors on how to leave these parks as they are and take all litter out when they leave. Additionally, this tour also includes Indri Indri Lemurs watching and Nosy Be, one of the last most wild and pristine site in Madagascar. Preserving this spot is indeed an important cause to us therefore, guides and/or dive instructors as well as accommodation owners work following specific guidelines in order to minimise environmental impacts.

• As a company: We strive to operate as a paperless company as far as possible, and recycle wherever facilities are available. We use toxic-free fair trade products whenever we can.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our tours are designed with the intention of maximising the benefits that our guests can have on the host community. This is the reason why we endeavour to follow responsible guidelines and teach guests about responsible tourism in order to encourage them to be mindful of the environment and respectful of local people and culture. With all our tailor-made trips we enjoy offering new routes and encourage travel to areas that are not on the main tourist trails and which further support smaller, local communities.

• As A Company: We believe in the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs and try to emphasis this in the way our tours are arranged. Where possible we aim to create a bond between staff and traveller so our clients gain insight into the real life of local communities. We endeavour to keep our groups small, minimising the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination. Through travel with us, we aim to help meet an important local need by contributing to the area’s economy, creating jobs and by eating locally sourced food and using locally sourced products.

• Where we stay: As a boutique travel company we search for authenticity and uniqueness from the local suppliers and whenever possible, encourage our travellers to stay in privately owned accommodation. We believe that working with hotel/accommodation owners who source staff, products, services and produce from within the community gives the local people an opportunity to gain from the increase in tourism to the area.

• While we are there: As previously mentioned, we work in partnership with locally employed guides who having been professionally trained, better their communities and provide insight into the local culture. We encourage interaction with local communities, however we keep our group sizes small and provide advice during the trip to ensure our impact on the indigenous way of life is minimised. Typically these areas also ask for a fee to appreciate the protected area, which go to aid conservation, employment and infrastructure efforts directly supporting the community and surroundings. We also encourage our clients to support the livelihood of the local community by purchasing locally produced crafts wherever possible.

Several communities and tribes live in Madagascar. Although, the country is a renewed tourist destination worldwide, we do promote less touristic routes and places which can limit the tourism impacts and also creating a more balanced spread of the financial tourism turnover.

The trip involves visits to some villages in Madagascar such as Mahamasina, Andrafiamena and Jofreville. We want our travellers to get involved with locals with the intention of creating a more human and respectful bond but nevertheless, we carefully manage these visits in order to avoid a possible violation of locals’ personal space and everyday life. Additionally, due to local communities’ diversity in terms of cultural, religious and educational background, guests are also invited to adapt to customs and traditions if necessary.


3 Reviews of Madagascar tailor made tour

3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2019 by

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

Seeing the Indri for the first time after hearing its calls for several days.

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

Be specific about what you're looking for with the booking agent. I felt they designed a trip that greatly helped me experience Madagascar while getting to see and experience everything I was hoping to see during my visit.

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

I definitely felt it benefited local people. Guides were almost always locals from the area, so it felt like the holiday/agency supported the local communities.

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

A wonderful and enlightening experience. I felt I learned so much about the country through the driver and guides. They were all patient with questions
and happy to talk about their culture. However, there were a couple points where I felt there could've been more to do. For example, the first day back from
Ile Sainte Marie felt rather empty (just a drive back to Toamasina and a quick tour by car of Toamasina which all finished by around early afternoon). This is
not to say there were huge amounts of downtime on the trip. Just a few times where more suggestions about ways to pass an hour or two would have been
nice. However, overall it was an extremely rewarding experience and I would love to visit Madagascar again to see more of what the country has to offer!

Read the operator's response here:

I am glad you had a great time in Madagascar and enjoyed everything the country had to offer.

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2018 by

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

Watching the river crossing of wildebeest in Tanzania

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

Look closely at the itinerary as locals don’t always follow what is on the itinerary. Be prepared for jeeps to break or sails and air conditioning to also break.

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

Not really. Only in Madagascar we received a card saying the agency was supporting a local charity.

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

Amiee Hasson our travel agent was really great! She followed through to her best ability.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your feedback. It is truly appreciated!
We use local guides and drivers and small locally operated accommodation to ensure that our travel will help to promote the local community. This ensures that the money you’re paying benefits locals directly.
We like our customers to interact with locals and receive a truly local experience with the expertise of our knowledgeable local guides. Thank you again for your feedback and we are glad you enjoyed your trip and made some great memories.

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2016 by

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

Very difficult to say. Spotting lemurs in the forest is certainly memorable but is that any better than the unique rock formations of the Grand Tsingy or the sheer pleasure of watching country life as you drive between reserves? The whole fortnight was memorable.

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

Be prepared to start early in the morning when the lemurs are more active. We did so and saw much more than some other groups in our hotels who set off later and came back disappointed.
You need a reasonable level of fitness. Be prepared for some moderate hiking- nothing extreme but walking boots are essential. Also you need to squeeze through some narrow gaps in the Grand Tsingy, where in places you also need to be clipped onto safety wires during some ascents/descents.

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

Yes, the proceeds from some of the reserves go back into the community to help fund schools. The gives the local communities buy-in into the benefits of tourism.

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

Top class. Well organised itinerary; high quality drivers and guides; hotels and food were better than we expected. I feel a bit mean giving it only 4 stars (4.5 stars is a better evaluation) but it has tough competition from other wonderful holidays in the past so I can't declare it the best ever.

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