Madagascar vacation, overland adventure
Take routes less travelled to discover Madagascar's magical miscellany of breathtaking wildlife, memorable landscapes and fascinating culture.
Tana River Tsiribihina Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park Isalo NP Kirindy Mitea NP Anja NP Andringitra NP Ranomafana NP Morondava Tulear Myriad local community encounters Antsirabe and Zafimaniry crafts
US $6163ToUS $6244 excluding flights
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip and as tour operators, it is something we are careful to promote. Your guide on this trip will have been trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas.
We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients around this island can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive - after all, there are also many good things that the traveler can bring.
By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some delicate ecosystems.
This trips eschews domestic flights, in favour of exploring at a slower pace and in greater depth by minibus, riverboat, and on foot, cutting down carbon emissions.
PeopleIn Madagascar we use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism.
We also recognise the importance of supporting, respecting and engaging with local culture, particularly amongst the smaller communities. On day 20 of our tour you will visit the Zafimaniry, masters of wood carving, whose art has been recognised by UNESCO and whose elaborately decorated wooden huts are a beautiful sight to behold.
In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can directly channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities.