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My 16 year old son and I have just finished the Cradle Mountains & Walls of Jerusalem walk and, while driving home, we were reflecting on why it was so rewarding and so much fun.
We expected spectacular scenery and plant life, and they were spectacular. We expected challenging terrain and weather, and they were challenging. We didn't expect such exceptional guides and that is why I am writing to you.
Tim is obviously a very experienced, capable and knowlegeable guide and I probably can't tell you anything you don't already know about him. He is a thorough professional. We always felt safe but challenged. I was impressed with his efforts in finding us interesting things to see and do in the Walls when the weather didn't allow us to visit the usual places. I also thought he handled the stop-over in Mole Creek due to flooding with a good combination of leadership and humour and it turned out to be a trip highlight!
So, the thing is, the environment we visited was every bit as spectacular, challenging and rewar ding as we had hoped for. What made this holiday exceptional was your wonderful guides.My son and I have thanked them, but we wanted to let you know as well.
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From national parks and lush rainforests to coral beaches and craggy coastlines, below is our top adventures to experience the ecological and biodiversity hotspot.
A COMPLETE EXPLORATION From walking across grassy plateaus, crossing starkly eroded hills and climbing up amongst moonscape rock formations, this trip offers an immersive exploration of the island. Travellers will discover natural swimming pools and remote rivers, take night walks to spot nocturnal fauna, search for ‘fosa’ (the island’s largest carnivore) and traverse the iconic ‘Baobab Alley’.
Madagascar Adventure (21 days) departs April-September
TROPICAL BEACHES AND EXOTIC AROMAS This itinerary provides an insight into the northern coast, a little-visited section of the island. With white coral beaches and clear blue waters combined with rainforests teeming with wildlife, a craggy coastline, and the lakes and waterfalls of the forested hinterland, it’s an adventure like no other.
Madagascar Reef and Rainforests (8 days) departs March-November
GETTING OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Setting off from the dry Central Highlands, travellers pass through lush verdant landscapes and small village communities where tropical fruits and terraced fields set the scene. In the rainforest, travellers can take both day and night walks in the forest to view colorful chameleons and lemurs before travelling by boat on a series of lakes and along narrow canals en route to coastal fishing villages.
Culture & Wildlife of Madagascar (7 days) departs March-November
A SHORT AND SWEET INTRODUCTION This trip explores the spectacular collection of the island’s top national parks, taking in the full diversity of the land and animals. For its unique flare, the itinerary also includes visits to the woodcarving capital Ambositra, the city of Antsirabe, known for its high concentration of ‘pousse-pousse’ (pulled rickshaws), as well as the colourful town of Ambalavao, whose local craftspeople manufacture ‘antaimoro’ paper from the bark of ahova trees.
Unique Madagascar (11 days) departs March-October