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The Lost Continent MD

Visiting: Madagascar
Trip Duration 15 Days
 

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The Lost ContinentScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 67 reviews
(9 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Very interesting trip, made especially good by the fabulous tour leader, Armand who was extremely dedicated to the group, making sure we all learned as much as possible about Malagassy culture as well as the unique flora and fauna. It is quite a full-on trip which is good because we didn't feel we were wasting time - alternating days involving long-distance travel with days with a high level of activity (walks) gave enough time to relax, and to learn things on the trip. 15 people is far too many for most of the rainforest walks but for several of these we were split into two subgroups which made it much better both for us and for the animals. The local guides and animal spotters were by and large also excellent, especially Theo (the "bird nerd", who appeared with David Attenborough in his recent documentary on Madagascar) who knows almost everything there is to know about the local birds and other fauna. Some of the accommodation was quite basic (especially the dormitory with shared accommodation, no hot water or showers, and the hotel in Toliara, which is below par even though it did have hot water) but overall it was adequate, even excellent in some places. In all an excellent trip.
Confirmed traveller: 01 September 2017
Published on: 18 September 2017
(10 out of 10)

Julie

Chatham Green
This trip is one of the old style Explore adventures and rates as one of the best trips taken with your company. The wildlife, particularly the Lemurs were amazing to watch in their local habitat. I agree it is unlike a safari due to the physical exercise required some days however, the rewards are huge. The trip also includes less strenuous days featuring excellent lemur spotting. It is full on however, you can opt out of activities if you wish. Madagascar as a country was fascinating and we learnt so much about it. The few long (and necessary) drives were full of interesting views and encounters.
It was the general contentious of the group that Armand our tour leader was the best ever! He is why this trip rates as one of my favourites and I will be nominating him for the EXPLORE TOUR LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD. Armand was knowledgeable on all aspects of his country which he dearly loves and yet honest of the problems Madagascar is facing. He was highly organised (making our lives easy-no easy job in Africa) so we always knew what we were doing and mealtimes were a pleasure. Armand showed he cared about his country, the crew he worked alongside (whom he had great rapport with), the numerous individuals we met and each of us (members of the group faced different challenges along the way and he was always there offering support). He went way beyond the call of duty. I personally will never forget him.
Top Tips: Please go with an open mind to fully enjoy this adventure. The hotels we stayed at were lovely however the community experience is more basic. But our stay was great fun and provides vital financial contributions to so many worthwhile projects.
I was very grateful I found space for decent walking boots in my case. Waterproof trousers and a waterproof case for your camera are also recommended. It does get cold at night so warmer layers are useful. Take wet wipes, tissues, hand sanitizer, a full medical kit with Imodium, re-hydration sachets and a good amount of mosquito spray. Changing money along the way is not easy so we changed the recommended amount at the airport to save future headaches (it also provided the best exchange rate). A decent size money belt or storage for the large denominations is a good idea. A local SIM card was easy to buy at the airport (about £15 for 2Gb) which provided good internet for our trip. Safes were available in most hotels. Lastly it was sad to learn that education must be paid for in Madagascar so it is worthwhile to contribute in any way to the supplies given to a local community. We took items with us but there are opportunities to buy along the way.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 01 September 2017
Published on: 11 September 2017
(9 out of 10)

Michelle

Cornwall
It was amazing to see how diverse the country is, one day you're soaked in the rainforest then a few days later relaxing on a beautiful beach. The accommodation and food really exceeded my expectations, beautiful hotels and food. The tour leader also couldn't do enough to make sure everyone was well looked after. Would highly recommend, as long as people appreciate Madagascar is a large place so they need to expect lots of travelling.
Confirmed traveller: 18 August 2017
Published on: 30 August 2017
(9 out of 10)

Kathleen

Southampton
Exceeded expectations! An amazing country and great variety of habitat and lemurs.
Confirmed traveller: 18 August 2017
Published on: 25 August 2017
(10 out of 10)

J

Mt Vernon Washington US
Great group of people,wonderful leader and many adventures.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 04 June 2017
Published on: 12 June 2017
(8 out of 10)

Colin

Gloucestershire, UK
I was amazed by the great variety that our leader had devised for this trip, ranging from the forms of transport supplied (from rickshaws to a plane flight) and the local enterprises and primary school that we visited. All this was supplemented by the information along the way, supplied to us by our exceptionally knowledgable leader, who was always friendly, thoughtful and supportive.
Confirmed traveller: 02 June 2017
Published on: 22 July 2017
(10 out of 10)

Hilary

Westerham
A wonderfully varied trip which visited an array of differing habitats. The trip was enhanced by our tour guide who was one of the best I've ever travelled with. Early starts every day but with the chance to recoup on the two days spent on a stunningly beautiful beach largely devoid of other tourists. Some long periods of bus travel which is only to be expected in such a huge country & there was always something to see from the bus windows as we travelled from rain forest to arid desert. The local people are more than happy to be photographed with or without bonbons as an inducement. The Lemurs are everything I'd hoped for & were easier to view than I'd expected. I wish I'd taken the time to learn more about the religious traditions before travelling as they are complicated but form such an integral part of life in Madagascar.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 31 March 2017
Published on: 02 April 2017
(8 out of 10)

Jacqueline

Elsenham
Mainly good, please see my other questionnaire answers
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 24 March 2017
Published on: 17 May 2017
(5 out of 10)

Maureen

Sevenoaks
I should have done this type of trip when I was 20 to 30 years younger. The worst thing about it was the tour bus. Broke down 2 on second day, airconditoning did not work, neither did the microphone( could not hear tour leader). long bus journeys were hot, uncomfortable, because of design of window, could not see well, one day I thought I was going to pass out. High lights did see lemurs, birds wild flowers. Local people friendly, need to check bills in hotel, for overcharging. My worst time, was when it was my birthday, please check, if guests want their birthday celebrated! I did not! As another guest had a birthday on tour, and it went quietly, (she put wine on the table), I was unprepared, distressed, angry, when in the largest, best hotel on the tour,with other guest, including a film crew, the lights went out, staff sang happy birthday, and a huge cake with firework came in. I never celebrate my birthday in such a public way. My husband should have been asked if it was Ok. I did not appreciate being on public display! At 71. I was furious. Some religions, do not celebrate birthdays others celebrate on their saints name day. Do not assume this practice is acceptable. Especially after a 10 mile hike. In general I found the holiday, overpriced, and under organized. On the last day we had a decent bus, too late. Please take my email, address,& other details off your system I am unlikely to wish to travel with you again.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 24 March 2017
Published on: 28 March 2017

Thank you for your feedback Maureen, I’m sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the trip and no longer wish to travel with us again. Our local agent has advised that the A/C on the bus is in working order, but it will only be switched on if requested by the group – as most of our groups like to take photos on the way, the A/C can only be on when all the windows are closed. I’m also sorry that you were upset with the celebration for your birthday, as it brought unwanted attention – most of our agents/leaders will do something to recognise the occasion, but if you would prefer a low-key event or not celebrate it at all, please let us know and we would be happy to oblige.