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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Madagascar Advice Request


My wife, 13 yo daughter and I will be visiting Madagascar in the middle of July for about 19 days. We are planning to hire a guide for a custom trip. We are really fond of wildlife (including birds) and want to experience as much diversity as possible. So far this is our rough plan is the following. Any advice on what we may not be considering and what we may want to avoid would be greatly appreciated.

Day1 Sun.16.07 Arrival in Tana at 14.30, Transfer to the hotel.
Day2 Mo.17.07 Fly to Tuléar with MD712/11.30 - 12.40. Visit of the arboretum then drive to Ifaty. Hotel Solidaire
Day3 Tue.18.07 Visit of Reniala reserve. Hotel Solidaire.
Day4 Wed.19.07 Drive to Ranohira, Zombitse NP. Isalo Ranch.
Day5 Thu.20.07 Isalo NP. Isalo Ranch.
Day6 Fr.21.07 Isalo NP. Isalo Ranch.
Day7 Sa.22.07 Route to Tsarnoro Valley, visitof Anja private park. Tsara Camp.
Day8 Sun.23.07 Tsaranoro Valley. Tsara Camp.
Day9 Mo.24.07 Continuation to Ranomafana. Nocturnal walk. Setam Lodge.
Day10 Tue.25.07 Ranomafana NP. Setam Lodge.
Day11 Wed.26.07 Drive to Antsirabe. Couleur Café. www.couleurcafeantsirabe.com
Day12 Thu.27.07 Visit of tritriva lake, then off to Andasibe. Vakona Lodge.
Day13 Fr.28.07 Andasibe NP. Vakona Lodge.
Day14 Sa.29.07 Andasibe NP. Vakona Lodge.
Day15 Sun.30.07 Drive to Manambato, boat to Akanin'ny Nofy. Bushhouse.
Day16 Mo. 31.07 Palmarium reserve, nocturnal visit to the Aye-Aye Island. Bushhouse.
Day17 Tue.01.08 day free in Akanin'ny Nofy. Bushhouse.
Day18 Wed.02.08 Transfer back to Manambato, drive back to Tana. La Résidence Lapasoa.
Day19 Thu.03.08 City tour, Ambohimanga palace, transfer for your exit flight


Thanks
Doug



Feb 04, 2017 at 06:56 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Madagascar Advice Request


Sounds like a spectacular trip. My wife and I are traveling to Madagascar in August. Please report back on your trip as soon as you return. We also have a private guide and could modify our trip on the fly based on your experiences.


Mar 13, 2017 at 12:51 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Madagascar Advice Request


Where are you both finding private guides? We're considering going with Pangolin who provides private guides from a local company, but are certainly open to suggestions!

Thanks,
Bob



Mar 14, 2017 at 10:48 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Madagascar Advice Request


For guides I had one recommendation and then found others referenced on traveladvisor.com

Guides I considered were:

Boogie Pilgrim
Madagascar Touring
Michel Stephane
Dodi's Lemur Tours
Asisten-Travel
Madagascar Green Tours
Gassitours



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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Madagascar Advice Request


Thanks, who did you chose ultimately? Why them?


Mar 15, 2017 at 07:57 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Madagascar Advice Request


I chose Green Tours. Very responsive and accommodating, excellent reviews on traveladvisor and good pricing.


Mar 20, 2017 at 06:56 AM
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Thanks, looking forward to a trip report!


Mar 20, 2017 at 11:12 PM







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