Madagascar, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,425 (land only) - from $2,985 (land only)
By: Naomi Bold, Manchester, UK
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and have already recommended this trip to my work colleagues and would recommend this trip to others. Another excellent trip with KE and their local partners. All crew members and local guides/ porters/ cooks were fantastic. They would go the extra mile to help. Local guides were extremely knowledgeable. I am always amazed at how the cooks on trek can prepare such awesome food with such lack of facilities. Reevu (I'salo), Martin and Fiddy (Andringitra)the trek guides were fantastic, professional, knowledgeable, polite and I trusted them with my life. The spotters and guide (Hairy) in Ranomafana were excellent at finding many species of lemur and other wildlife. All local guides were very professional and experts in their field. The KE trip leader always gave us choices and was very flexible with how we wanted each day to run and where to stop/ eat when travelling from place to place. The KE trek leader was always keen to receive feedback about all aspects of the trip especially the accommodation which has been changed in light of previous comments from other groups. The new hotel we tried just outside Perinet National Park was very unique (almost glamping!)and a pleasure to stay in. The tents used were roomy and good quality hard wearing and in excellent condition. The trip was varied and packed full to utilise the time to its maximum which is what always attracts me to these trips- when you only have a few short days to see a place you want to see as much as is possible without being exhausted within a tight time frame. Excellently paced as always. The KE trip leader was always willing to answer any questions we had about all aspects of life in Madagascar and has a passion for being an ambassador for his country. His relaxed and approachable nature makes the t rip run smoothly without any stress or worry. Temperatures were much warmer and variable than expected/ advised from KE office. I'salo was 34 degrees in the shade and Andringitra was about 14 degrees at night. I know that these temperatures vary depending on the time of year. However, KE office staff are always happy to try to answer all questions and queries and always get back to you (by email) in a swift and timely manner. Trip dossier is comprehensive as always and includes the essential kit list which is a lifesaver. Thank you. The driver, Harry was a star. He worked hard with long drives as part of this tour and always had a smile. He was a safe and careful driver. The tour bus and four by four vehicles were in good condition. The change of vehicles was well planned and efficiently carried out. Other than dealing with the KE trip leader and the driver we had no direct contact with the local agent, but both the KE trip leader and the driver were professional and really made the trip fun and relaxed. The trip leader went over and above to make sure the group were looked after. He is clearly passionate about his home country. His relaxed, organised and friendly countance made sure everything ran smoothly. He even adapted some of the trekking for a member who had an injury. He even tries to educate the local children with regard to environmental issues and concerns which is much needed given the low rates of school attendance by children all over Madagascar. I think initially as a trip leader I have now made a new friend- a real long standing cultural exchange!I have travelled with KE before and find your trips, action packed, well paced, well arranged and organised. I like that all meals and most costs are included up front to make the trip more relaxed. The pre-trip dossier info is always excellent and the kit list proves to be invaluable and comprehensive. The local agents are professional and well prepared and arranged. A thoroughly great trip as expected, thank you KE.
By: L. Ann Davis, Hertfordshire, UK
We went to Madagascar to see the lemurs and we saw 9 different types but in the end the real fun was meeting all the different people. The porters singing in harmony around the camp fire will be an experience I will never forget - absolutely fantastic. We most enjoyed the walking and the camping. The interaction with the guides and the local people and the singing.
The visit to the Chameleon sanctuary and the greater bamboo lemur sitting calmly on a branch a few feet away eating his bamboo breakfast and finally the family of Indri Indri nearly deafening me as they called out from the trees just above my head.
By: Esther Herdeg, USA
A fantastic trip, well organized, appropriate accommodations, very adequate food, and of course all in an interesting part of the world. I most enjoyed overall planning, pacing, accommodations and of course the scenery and sights. My 8th KE trip and looking forward to a 9th!
By: William Tacon, Cheshire
The hotel accommodation was far better than I could ever expect, some quite stunning. Tents great, nice that they were erected by the crew. Excellent mess tent and facilities. Food magnificent too, great in hotels and wonderful while camping. The crew was great, the driver very calm and safe, crew on trek friendly and helpful and Niri the trip leader was superb, very knowledgeable, efficient, friendly, patient and great English. Also, he is a very nice person. The walking was really good, longish days but plenty of time for wildlife spotting etc. The transfers were absolutely necessary in view of the distances involved between parks, but the vehicle was excellent and the journeys themselves were full of interest in terms of scenery, people and seeing Madagascar. They were in the main completed in the day in question and did not in any way compromise the trip.
By: Janet Dickinson, Manchester,UK
I enjoyed most of it - except some of the inevitably long days of travelling, but that had to be done in order to see and do what we did and I liked the way theses days were broken up with good stops for eating, craft demonstrations and markets etc.
I loved the lemur spotting and was glad we had chosen this time of the year to go when there were not too many mossies or insects, not too hot or uncomfortable. I was a bit disappointed we did not see more baobab trees or orchids but recognise that we were not in the right areas or time of visiting.
Overall I thought it was a very good mix of wild country walking, seeing day to day aspects and sights of daily living and a mix of ecological and geographic regions.
I Came back exhausted (always the sign of an intense 'holiday' experience! Lots of adventures and tales to tell - and we had a good crowd to travel with - 10 was a good number.
This was my first KE adventure trip and although classed at the low /moderate end of the scale for walking - I found it to be challenging enough. I went because my husband has had good experiences of travelling with KE. Out of all the companies offering a similar trip yours was the best mix of activities offered along with the the best value in the inclusion of all meals which on the whole were excellent and especially when camping.
What was nice was a traditional wallet 'present' we were given with our details, along with map of Madagascar and a few postcards.
By: Jay Ramji, Welwyn, UK
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It met my expectations (in fact exceeded them).
Our trip leader (Niry) and all the support staff (camp crew, local park guides, both on the main trip and the extension) were excellent. My most enjoyed parts of the trip were the trek up to Pk Boby, Ranomafana and Perinet National Parks. Wildlife (lemurs, chameleons and a range of interesting insects)was plentiful and exciting to observe.