Northern Madagascar private tour
£3980 including UK flights
Description of Northern Madagascar private tour
Tailor made: Available all year where everything is tweak-able, giving you the freedom to build a unique and personal trip for your chosen date. Upgrade your accommodation for all - or just part - of your trip, slow down the pace with few extra nights here and there or add a few more active adventures along the way.
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.
PlanetThe environment and sustainability is high on our list of concerns. We take pride in the achievement of a healthy balance between environment, local people and YOU, the tourist.
We do not encourage or promote any unethical business or wildlife activities. As an example, Madagascar is a place where people may want to visit places where people can touch lemurs – we never include this in any of the tours we offer as we learned that these lemurs are not always treated well and that they will never be released into the wild. Moreover, their babies will also remain captive for their whole lives. We tell our clients that they should not touch animals as it is not ethical practice.
Our wildlife safaris or tours are run by experienced locals who rely on the National Parks for their livelihoods, and operate in the respect of local and international wildlife standards. Visits to nature reserves and national parks are popular among vacationmakers to Madagascar. We give instructions to both our clients and guides on how to minimise impact on environment disturbance to the wildlife. You will visit: Lokobe Reserve, Nosy Tanikely Marine National Park, Ankarana National Park, Red Tsingy,
We ask people to travel light and not to take plastic material with them if possible. We also encourage them to eat at least once a day outside their hotel in order to support local businesses.
We ensure that the hotels that we choosing for our vacations are doing something good for the environment, from recycling through growing their own fruits and vegetables to using solar power.
To ensure environmental awareness of our clients we provide them with detailed environmental information about places they visit, and how they can help.
PeopleMy promise to support my community:
Responsible tourism satisfies these social needs through contact with local people, and takes us further up the ladder to self-actualisation and realisation through creative activities, knowledge and exploration.
Our mission is to bring tourists closer to local people, their traditions, customs and beliefs. We provide many opportunities for our clients to experience what is the ‘real’ country.
We encourage and include many local projects in our itineraries. For example, in Madagascar we offer the chance to be part of a locally run project to stay in the village with locals and help them with their everyday activities.
As James Beard once said “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” Therefore, we encourage our clients to try to learn how to cook local dishes by interacting with local people. While touring, we suggest to them that they can visit local art museums, see local performances and respect local people and they beliefs.
Here are also 2 more examples, where you will contribute during this tour:
1. Visit to village of Andrafiamena for an eco tourism village experience. In Domaine Florette you will experience true taste and smells of this tropical island. There are many paths where you can discover the secrets of Madagascar’s plants with an impressive variety of trees, fruit and flowers. During your walk, your guide will introduce you to various medicinal leaves, roots and barks. You will walk or trek to discover the floral plantations, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and bamboos. In the afternoon you experience traditional Malagasy food. After lunch you will have an opportunity to participate to collect of flowers and fruits. And then visit of the site where is the alembic distilling ylang- ylang flowers which introduce you to the manufacturing of essential oils.
This become a vital example of how community management of natural resources can both effectively protect the area and benefit the community.
2. Mitsinjo Reserve (Madagascar) belongs to the Andasibe - Analamazaotra National Park. It is a community-run conservation organization work with the local communities to protect the nature and wildlife in sustainable way.
Association Mitsinjo was formed in 1999 by residents of the village Andasibe in east-central Madagascar. Interested to work as guides for the growing number of tourists visiting the region, their project eventually grew into much more. In 2003 it gained management of Analamazaotra Forest Station and in 2005 the Torotorofotsy Ramsar Site, which are now their main focal areas for conservation, research and sustainable development initiatives.
Today the organization is composed of more than 50 members from the local community.