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 bar at Les Dunes d'Ifaty, Madagascar © ToutMada

    The bar at Les Dunes d'Ifaty, Madagascar

  • Aerial view of Isalo Rock Lodge, Isalo, Madagascar © Pierre Koval

    Aerial view of Isalo Rock Lodge, Isalo, Madagascar

  • 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

     

  • Black-and-white-ruffed lemur, Madagascar © AGMarks

    Black-and-white-ruffed lemur, Madagascar

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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.


The bar at Les Dunes d'Ifaty, Madagascar © ToutMada

Les Dunes d’Ifaty

Ifaty, west coast

Nice chalets with beach locations


Aerial view of Isalo Rock Lodge, Isalo, Madagascar © Pierre Koval

Isalo Rock Lodge

Isalo National Park

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


Black-and-white-ruffed lemur, Madagascar © AGMarks

Vakona Forest Lodge

Andasibe

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