This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Madagascar tailor made tour
Having travelled extensively ourselves and witnessed first-hand how tourism can have either positive or negative effects on local communities and the environment, we always endeavour to leave a positive mark on all places we send clients and promote awareness of the local environment.
• Where we stay: As a boutique travel company we strive to offer unique and authentic travel experiences in line with sustainable accommodation. Many of the resorts and operators we work with are eco-friendly and run their businesses in a more environmentally friendly manner. For instance, guests are offered free drinking water refills to minimise wastage of plastic bottles. While in remote areas, we carry rubbish with us and ensure we do not disturb anything in the natural environment.
• While we are there: We ensure that our clients are given the correct guidance while visiting protected areas and/or heritage sites in order to minimise impacts on the environment and respect the natural wonders of the area. We collaborate with guides who are local to the area and have been trained, bettering their communities.
This particular Madagascar tour allows travelers to visit several reserves and parks with a high biological significance. However, we know how Madagascar has suffered critically with environmental degradation, so it’s vital to conserve all that remains. Places such as the Amber Mountain National Park, Red Tsingy and the National Park of Ankarana represent a precious natural heritage hosting thousands of species and rock formations millions of years old that can only be found in Madagascar.
Visiting these parks is already a valuable contribution to crucial conservation and research projects designed to ensure the long term well-being of the wildlife that lives here. Moreover, we issue guidelines aimed to teach visitors on how to leave these parks as they are and take all litter out when they leave. Additionally, this tour also includes Indri Indri Lemurs watching and Nosy Be, one of the last most wild and pristine site in Madagascar. Preserving this spot is indeed an important cause to us therefore, guides and/or dive instructors as well as accommodation owners work following specific guidelines in order to minimise environmental impacts.
• As a company: We strive to operate as a paperless company as far as possible, and recycle wherever facilities are available. We use toxic-free fair trade products whenever we can.
Our tours are designed with the intention of maximising the benefits that our guests can have on the host community. This is the reason why we endeavour to follow responsible guidelines and teach guests about responsible tourism in order to encourage them to be mindful of the environment and respectful of local people and culture. With all our tailor-made trips we enjoy offering new routes and encourage travel to areas that are not on the main tourist trails and which further support smaller, local communities.
• As A Company: We believe in the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs and try to emphasis this in the way our tours are arranged. Where possible we aim to create a bond between staff and traveler so our clients gain insight into the real life of local communities. We endeavour to keep our groups small, minimising the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination. Through travel with us, we aim to help meet an important local need by contributing to the area’s economy, creating jobs and by eating locally sourced food and using locally sourced products.
• Where we stay: As a boutique travel company we search for authenticity and uniqueness from the local suppliers and whenever possible, encourage our travelers to stay in privately owned accommodation. We believe that working with hotel/accommodation owners who source staff, products, services and produce from within the community gives the local people an opportunity to gain from the increase in tourism to the area.
• While we are there: As previously mentioned, we work in partnership with locally employed guides who having been professionally trained, better their communities and provide insight into the local culture. We encourage interaction with local communities, however we keep our group sizes small and provide advice during the trip to ensure our impact on the indigenous way of life is minimised. Typically these areas also ask for a fee to appreciate the protected area, which go to aid conservation, employment and infrastructure efforts directly supporting the community and surroundings. We also encourage our clients to support the livelihood of the local community by purchasing locally produced crafts wherever possible.
Several communities and tribes live in Madagascar. Although, the country is a renewed tourist destination worldwide, we do promote less touristic routes and places which can limit the tourism impacts and also creating a more balanced spread of the financial tourism turnover.
The trip involves visits to some villages in Madagascar such as Mahamasina, Andrafiamena and Jofreville. We want our travelers to get involved with locals with the intention of creating a more human and respectful bond but nevertheless, we carefully manage these visits in order to avoid a possible violation of locals’ personal space and everyday life. Additionally, due to local communities’ diversity in terms of cultural, religious and educational background, guests are also invited to adapt to customs and traditions if necessary.
Reviews of Madagascar tailor made tour
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 24 Oct 2016 by Stephen Osgerby
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
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 travelers booking this vacation?
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 vacation 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 vacation 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 vacations in the past so I can't declare it the best ever.