5 independent reviews for Madagascar holidays, The lost continent

Reviews for Madagascar holidays, The lost continent

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review 24 Nov 2013

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

Visiting the rain forests! Breath taking in the early morning mist, the haunting lament of the Indri echoing across the hill side. The ever smiling children and vibrant colours at the local market places.

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

It is not an 'easy' tour, lots of very early starts, long hauls over less than smooth roads and you will get a funny tummy! But it's worth every dawn wake up and trip to the WC!

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

Yes, I believe it did!

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

A once in a lifetime experience to a country of extremes that will change rapidly and much of the wildlife and unique plants is about to disappear for good! Go while it's still there!

review 23 Nov 2013

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

Seeing lemurs, chameleons, birds, other creatures, the landscape - rainforest /though I didn't do walkings because of my broken foot/, desert, rice terraces, daily life of the malagasses,

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

I highly recommend Madagascar as a holiday destination, perhaps include some national parks in the north and west of the country

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

Yes, I think it did.

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

Because of my broken foot I couldn't see the highlights of the trip so is difficult for me to give any rate.

review 25 Sep 2012

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

Seeing a lemur defecate on my husband whilst he was standing under it to take a photo - he had been warned. Otherwise, just the whole experience. The leader was fantastic, an enthusiastic, knowledgeable man with great people skills. He had a love of his country that shone through. I have been on many holidays both with this operator and other companies. I am convinced - as is my husband, that Rivo is quite the best we have met by far. He is simply outstanding.

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

The first 3 days are chilly and wet in the rainforest so bring waterproofs and something warm. The rest of the holiday was hot. Bring walking stick or poles as very useful where some paths are a bit difficult. Be tolerant of those begging, but don't give to them. Contributing to the local economy by buying local goods, even if you later give them away - they are very, very cheap by our standards - helps far more.

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

Yes. The leader was very much in favour of education for local people and showed how tourisim, when not intrusive, was a very good way of getting across that there were other ways to make money than by cutting down the forest.

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

It was educational and I enjoyed it very much. Whilst Rivo was the best leader we have ever had we did find local guides also excellent. The driver and his assistant were also friendly and very helpful. We had a different leader for 2 days towards the end of the holiday. He was also very good, though as we had bonded with Rivo we were very glad when he was able to rejoin us for the last day or so.

review 2 Dec 2011

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

Seeing the lemurs and all the other wildlife and swimming in the natural rock pool. The speedboat ride to Anakao. Having a rescued lemur jump on my shoulder and lick my nose-such beautiful gentle creatures and so many more. The Malagasy guide Claude and Fi Fi and Damar the drivers couldn't have been more friendly, knowledgeable and hard working.

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

Take plenty of suncream and deet. Some of the terrain was bit tricky in the heat and some of the older members of the group struggled at times-perhaps the activity level should be moved up one star.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

I hope so. Our tips kitty was a good idea as the tips were allocate by Claude, so the porters, local guides and hotel staff all received a reasonable amount. I believe the tour operator supports the local community where we had our homestay.

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

I had a great time. The guide and drivers were fantastic and the group great. The accommodation was superb, much better than I expected.

review 14 Nov 2011

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

Crossing the High Atlas, walking in the valley of the Todra Gorge, the souqs of Fes Medina, the Djemma-El-Fna in Marrakesh's Medina, dawn camel ride in Erg Chebbi and watching the sun set on the ramparts of Essaouria.

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

Arrive a day early in Casablanca to visit the Hassan II Mosque.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Both our tour leader Ali and driver Ahmed were locals (they were both excellent) and we visited various local cooperatives/workshops and ate in local restaurants, so yes, I would say that the holiday benefited the Maghrebians. Our impact on the environment was possibly the least possible, considering that it wasn't possible to use public transport due to the distances we covered and the amount of time we did it in.

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

The holiday was excellent. Maghreb is a beautiful country and there were some magnificent views on our travels. I had glimpses of the local culture as we walked in the various medinas and towns; and our tour leader was a fount of information on everything Maghrebi.

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