Holiday review by Tim S

Name: Tim S

Date of trip: 21/04/2017

Number of people: 2

Our highlight has to be the night trip to watch the amazing eye eye while we were staying at Palmarium. The tame lemurs at Palmarium were also incredible to spend time with, entirely on their terms but they loved to interact with people.

  • tamboho Hotel and lake

     

  • The beach at Les Dunes DIfaty –alt=The

     

  • Relax in the lounge at Les Dunes DIfaty

     

  • Les Dunes DIfaty

     

  • Bedroom at Les Dunes DIfaty –alt=Bedroom

     

  • Isalo Rock Lodge

     

  • View from the restaurant at Isalo Rock Lodge

     

  • Lemur near Isalo Rock Lodge

     

  • Isalo Rock Lodge pool

     

  • Chalet at Setam Lodge

     

  • Setam Lodge accommodation

     

  • The view from Setam Lodge

     

  • Explore Ranomafana from Setam Lodge

     

  • Cottages at Le Couleur Cafe

     

  • Couleur Cafe accommodation

     

  • Dining room at Couleur Cafe

     

  • Cottage terrace at Couleur Cafe

     

  • The Palmarium by the lake

     

  • The Palmarium borders the Pangalanes Canal

     

  • Balcony view at Vakona Forest Lodge

     

  • Vakona Forest Lodge restaurant

     

  • Cool off with a swim at Vakona Forest Lodge

     

  • Bedroom at Vakona Forest Lodge

     

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Tribes Overall:

Mostly excellent but Masoala was very disappointing. We encountered an incredible mix on our trip - of scenery, poverty/wealth. Madagascar seems to run on second hand cars, clothes, shoes ...
We were very well looked after by our excellent driver / guide who always thought of us first as our itinerary was changed.

Tribes Service:

Our itinerary was a bit lacking in detail for some days.

Guides:

We had excellent guides at most locations, but at 2 national parks our guides seemed to lack experience.

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

Generally there was good local support for eco tourism, but in Masaola NP it was desperately sad to hear that hunters and villagers had betrayed those in the eco tourism industry and since Easter had decimated the population of both lemurs and turtles.


The places you stayed

tamboho Hotel and lake

Tamboho Hotel

Madagascar

Typical large city hotel, in a safe area.


Lounge at Les Dunes dIfaty

Les Dunes dIfaty

Madagascar

Nice chalets with beach locations


Isalo Rock Lodge

Isalo Rock Lodge

Madagascar

Fab hotel in wonderful location


Chalet at Setam Lodge

Setam Lodge

Madagascar

Getting tired


Cottages at Le Couleur Cafe

Couleur Cafe

Madagascar

Lovely grounds and nice chalet.


The Palmarium by the lake

The Palmarium

Madagascar

We were in a lovely refurbished chalet, with electricity and hot water. Good central bar/restaurant area, with lemurs to help eat breakfast


Balcony view at Vakona Forest Lodge

Vakona Forest Lodge

Madagascar

Amazing central building set by a lake and good individual chalets. Very nice food.