Trekking and rafting expedition in Madagascar
Maximum group size 10 Beach Extension: £600pp
Description of Trekking and rafting expedition in Madagascar
Madagascar is a one-off; there is no other place like it. Near the equator with an astonishing range of habitats, from rainforests to deserts to mountains to mangrove swamps, it’s one of the world’s most important countries for biodiversity.
This trekking and rafting expedition in Madagascar is a unique tour exploring the little visited regions in the east of the country. It combines the best that Madagascar has to offer - trekking and camping in remote rainforest, rafting a little-knownundocumented river and surfing on the beautiful east coast. During this adventurous trip, you’ll also get the opportunity to see amazing Madagascan animals, reptiles and birds.
The trek begins at the Perinet Nature Reserve. You’ll trek around 50km through remote rainforest over four days, camping overnight in clearings, before reaching the Sahatandra river, where you’ll spend the next few days riding the rapids. Each day you’ll encounter new landscapes and exotic flora, and see much of the endemic wildlife including lemur, reptiles and birds.
The last few days are spent relaxing by the beach at the small coastal town of Mahambo, where you can take advantage of the local surf school, if you’re feeling energetic.
Although there are a few days trekking over steep terrain, no more than a basic level of fitness is required. It’s possible to opt out of some of the longer treks, and there’s a full team of porters so you only have to carry a day pack. No previous rafting experience is necessary as full training will be given.
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3 Reviews of Trekking and rafting expedition in Madagascar
Reviewed on 24 Nov 2015 by Catherine NursawThere were too many wonderful experiences to pick out just one as the most memorable or exciting! Some of the many highlights for me included: seeing so many different kinds of lemurs and chameleons; the extraordinary limestone Tsingy...... Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Nov 2012 by Kerry AbbissExcellent... witnessing the Indri lemurs calling to each other in the trees in front of us and rafting the river rapids were probably my top two memories Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Nov 2011 by David PhillipsEverything, perhaps taking the freight train at 2am alongside mountains of bananas. From the point of landing to our sad farewells it was an unforgettable adventure...Unforgettable. Read full review
PlanetOur local agent on this trip, Gilles will give you a personal and knowledgeable insight of the region, where he has lived for many years. He is very active in reforestation and in 2008 raised funds for 230,000 trees to be planted. Giles works with local NGO Wood En Stock (which is actively replanting trees in Madagascar). For every client booked on any Madagascar trips, we finance one tree per day per client with Wood En Stock. We have just received our certificate that in 2010 our trips (many of these through rt.com) funded the planting of 400 trees.
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. 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.
PeopleOur local staff accompanying this expedition will give you a real sense of Madagascan culture. We 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.