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Madagascar Trip
Madagascar Trip
loved their trip to Madagascar

Started in Anatanarivo and spent a night before driving to Ansirabe where we spent two nights visiting the city, hiking the highlands and seeing handicrafts. Drove to Ranamofana and spent two nights and hiked the rainforest seeing the lemurs- which was was personal favourite part of the trip. We added an additional night hike to see the mouse lemurs which I would recommend. Drove to Isalo stopping in Anja to see the ring-tailed lemurs. In Isalo we spet two nights and an entire day hiking the subdesert and seeing the oases- my boyfriend's personal favourite part of the trip. Drove to Ifaty where we spent 4 nights (our customization ) where we snorkeled and visited the spiny forest. This was a great way to unwind after many day of sweating and hiking. Flew back to Tana and toured the royal palace before spending a night then flying home.
Trip Details
As a couple
22 September 2018
Trip type

Trip customised with a local travel agent in the destination

Madagascar Trip
Madagascar Trip
6 October 2018
Best parts:
We did the Extraordinary South Tour (with some personal customization) and everything was pretty close to flawless- from the communication with our local guide Eric, to airport pick up, transition between hotels and hikes in the parks. Our driver Oni was exceptional. He was aware how much my boyfriend and I were excited to see wildlife and made a point to pull over whenever he saw any birds, or beautiful landscapes. He made special suggestions to our park guides so that we saw the most on our hikes and even suggested some additional activities not booked in our package that we very much enjoyed (night hike in Ranamofana to see the mouse lemurs and Spiny Forest in Ifaty). Despite the long drives between locations (sometimes 4+ hours), Oni kept us entertained with facts about the county, history or friendly conversation. Breaks were pre-planned in areas of interest (lookouts, handicrafts, lunch) so we never felt we were sitting too long. The hotel staff and park guides were all friendly, handicraft demonstrations were interesting and the wildlife/landscapes were incredible. We had a blast in every national park and we saw much more than we anticipated. My boyfriend and I are avid hikers and we were more than happy to hike for an entire day (9am-4 or 5 pm) walking, and we were well prepared with water, hats and sunscreen. If you're a big hiker this trip is definitely for you! We saw everything from dense rainforest, sub-desert, canyons and hidden oases. We were up close to many endemic species of lemurs and birds. I highly recommend this trip anyone who is fond of nature, hikes and ready to get our of your comfort zone. Brush up on your French before you leave, some of the hotel staff's English is limited.
Worst parts:
Our hotel in Ranamofana (Chez Gaspard) was unaware that our breakfast was included and we were charged, we had to remind them the second day. The hotel in Ifaty (Le Paradisier) had may mosquitoes, some getting in the room because the bungalow roof did not meet the walls in order to have low-energy temp control. The bug net worked just fine to keep bugs out, but relaxing elsewhere in the bungalow was a bit buggy. Our hotel in Ansirabe (Flower Palace) was right in the city centre and very loud due to a political concert/gathering that went late into the night. We had ear plugs so slept well, but others complained of the noise.
Agency's comment
Hi Jen, Thank you very much for your feedback. I am pleased to know you have enjoyed the trip at its best! Don't hesitate to recommend Evaneos to your friends and family who would like to discover M...Hi Jen, Thank you very much for your feedback. I am pleased to know you have enjoyed the trip at its best! Don't hesitate to recommend Evaneos to your friends and family who would like to discover Madagascar as you did, we are always here to welcome them! Warm regards from hot Madagascar, EricSee more
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