3 independent reviews for Madagascar tailor made tour

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review 27 Aug 2019

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.

review 17 Oct 2018

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 donít 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 youíre 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.

review 24 Oct 2016

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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