Madagascar, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,425 (land only) - from $2,985 (land only)
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.
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: 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: 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: 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.