What we encountered was amazing landscapes and friendly people.
It's an island that is definitely worth the effort it takes to get there, but it isn't for the casual traveler.
It's the wonderful endemic wildlife and plants that you should go for.
We set our custom tour up with a local Malagasy agency. That cut out several "middlemen" and let us keep the costs down. We e-mailed them and told them what our interests were; they sent us a proposed itinerary; we reviewed it and "fine tuned it", and then we went, still not knowing exactly what we were in for...
One thing you might find confusing in trying to research an itinerary is that some towns and national parks in Madagascar have both French names and Malagasy names which are sometimes used interchangeably.... The French names are still widely used, but I'll try to include both where that is most apt to occur to try and help you out.
The vast majority of Malagasy people speak French as well as Malagasy. English is becoming more widely spoken, but don't count on it. The people really respond enthusiastically if you try a few words in Malagasy. We never got beyond hello, good-bye and thank you, but it was enough. Remember I've told you not to worry about this foreign language stuff. Learn a few words, smile a lot and go for it.
So let me tell you about the areas we visited. I'm going to put destinations on separate linked pages for organizational purposes, and you can even check our real itinerary so you can see what worked pretty well for us. So follow along to...
Our itinerary was 18 days. That gave us time to see this southern part of the island pretty well. We didn't have the time to get to the northern part where there are completely different species of lemurs and a little more beach activity. We'll add these pages as fast as we can. We hope this will help you plan your own trip to Madagascar. It's a beautiful island that can use the help and money that good ecotourism brings in... so go for it!
Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark
Africa Dream List Mountain Gorillas
Return from Madagascar - Land of Endemics to MouseToursTravels Home Page
New! CommentsHave your say about what you just read! Did it help with your travel planning and preparation? Eager to leave on that next vacation? Please leave your tips or comments in the box below.
How about a website of your own...
... work for yourself ... or...
Exercise your brain in retirement.
Follow Your Passion
Who knows where it will take you?
(Look around at where it's taken us!)
Click below to start your own journey
Like Our Site Top Left
Like Our Fanpage Below