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Madagascar

Dave and Mary
Dave and Mary
loved their trip to Madagascar

Arriving in Tana, we then went east to the Andasibe area, stopping (thankfully) along the bumpy road to visit a park with many of the local animals. We then connected with guide Dominque who was great at telling and showing us the unique plants and animals of that area. We had lemurs on our shoulders in a park and fed an Indri in the wilds! Next we returned to Tana and flew north to Diago, where we met our excellent guide Sheilo who explained so much--plants, animals, customs, religion,history, culture in good English. We toured Amber Mountain, the red and gray Tsingy, some villages where we were invited to see a home and meet Sheilo's relatives. Finally to NoseBe for several days with a great village immersion, home-cooked meal, interacting with the children, getting wonderful photos, then return to Tana for a final tour of handicraft market and queen's palace.
Trip Details
Traveled
As a couple
Travel dates
May 12, 2019
Trip type
Classic

Trip customized with a local travel agent in the destination

Dave and Mary
Dave and Mary
May 26, 2019
Best parts:
We loved the following: The personal service--with our own guide and drivers, help with luggage, very kind people everywhere. We loved the unusual animals and plants--which we could see up close, both in zoos and in the wild. We loved hearing about the culture, religion, practices, history from some very good guides including Shelio (Diego area) and Dominique (Andasibe area), and several others. We loved the fresh fruit--and most of the food. We loved walking thru the villages, seeing the shops, and interacting with the beautiful children and adults--all very friendly even though we could speak none of the language. Lodging was very comfortable with one exception which was still ok. We loved the organization and communication by our travel agent, Sariaka, who was always an email or phone call away. There was very little that we did not like about this trip--except--see below
Worst parts:
The roads are terrible and very slow. Thanks to Evaneos for providing the most comfortable vehicle possible. Thanks to the drivers who really worked hard to minimize the bumps. We loved the lodges, with one exception--but even that one was ok and the food and service was great. We had one miscommunication on the itinerary when two days were switched and we didn't know it. Otherwise communication was excellent. Tana was very smokey and a bit crowded, but certain areas were very interesting.
Sariaka
Agency's response
Sariaka
Salama Mary and Dave, It is a real pleasure for me to read your comments and to see these photos you have shared on the site. I appreciate that you send this feedback as we may improve our services ...Salama Mary and Dave, It is a real pleasure for me to read your comments and to see these photos you have shared on the site. I appreciate that you send this feedback as we may improve our services from now. I would apologize for the switched excursions in Nosy Be and the hotel in Ankarana. I hope one day you will come back to discover other regions. It would be a pleasure for me to arrange your second tour in my lovely country! Thank you so much for your trust. Best regards from Madagascar :) SariakaSee more
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