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Stu & Tess02 - Sep - 2008
Benjamin, we’d just like to say thank you again for organizing a wonderful trip for us. All of the people involved were very friendly and professional. Charles drove us around very safely and Toavina was an excellent guide, with extensive knowledge of Madagascar and South Africa, which made very interesting conversation all through the trip. We had a super time in Andasibe where we saw Indri calling as well as sifaka and many interesting birds and chameleons and geckos (and even a snake). We enjoyed Vakona tremendoulsy because we could get so close to the lemurs and they jumped all over us - this was a wonderful afternoon. Lac Montosoa was enjoyable - a good, relaxing place to overnight and good that is was closer to Tana. The whole trip was better than we were expecting and we had a wonderful time. We hope to visit Madagascar again and will definitely keep you in mind if we do come back again. Thanks again for a very professional trip Regards Stu and Tess

Susanne, Emilie29 - Aug - 2008
Thank you Benjamin for 3 wonderful weeks in Madagascar this July! We enjoyed a well organized tour to various parts of your beautiful country. Your team of guides and drivers made our holiday a very exciting and adventures one. We felt comfortable and good taken care of all the way. We warmly recommend your tours to anyone planning on going to Madagascar, a country so rich in unique fauna and flora! All the best from three happy explorers from Asker, Norway

Laura & Jordi21 - Aug - 2008
Hello Benjamin! We are Laura and Jordi from Spain. We came back last week from Madagascar and we just wanted to tell you that everything was perfect. Everybody, especially the guide, Augustin, and the driver, Baba, were extremely professional and charming. We enjoyed a lot your country. Thank you very much for everything. Laura & Jordi

Andrew Satow & Alistair Hill14 - Aug - 2008
Bonjour Ben ! Since we have come home, we have not stopped talking about our 47 day visit to Mada. Before we left, we knew nothing about your country but now, thanks to you, we have not only 801 photographs but memories that will last forever. It was very naughty of you to tell us only when we were leaving that this was the most complex and longest tour you had organised but we would never have known ! Your understanding of what we wanted, from months of e-mails between us was remarkable as was the seamless organisation you put behind our tour of two thirds of the country. In a word, everything was perfect. You went out of your way to recover our lost suitcase, allowing us to continue with our itinerary as planned,to our astonishment finding it seven days later in the back of the Land Cruiser that had come to collect us, on the bank of the Tsiribihina River in the middle of nowhere after our three day pirogue ride with Luc & Richard. Service beyond the call of duty. Your drivers Charles, Franck and Antonio along with guides Luc, Tahiry, Ilderic and Vohangy made sure we wanted for nothing. It was a trumphant piece of organisation for which we thank you most sincerely and a great credit to Visit Mada Tours, which we would certainly reccommend to anyone thinking of visiting Mada.

Kate & Kees09 - May - 2008
Hi Benjamin, Well, after our long journey home we are back safe and sound and wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for the fantastic trip! We really had an amazing time in your beautiful country and can highly recommend Visit Mada Tours. Everything was perfectly organised and exactly tailored to our wishes. Please pass on our thanks to Roland for being a great driver and a really nice person to travel around with. It was nice to see you in Anakao too! Misaotra. All the best, Kate and Kees.

Manuela Lubbers09 - May - 2008
Onze rondreis op Madagascar. Ik ben samen met mijn dochter van bijna 7 naar Madagascar afgereist en heb de rondtour door Benjamin laten verzorgen. Via internet kwam ik op zijn homepage en na direct antwoorden op mijn vragen van hem ontvangen te hebben (hij is zeer accuraat) hebben we de knoop doorgehakt, de tickets gekocht bij en de easttour geboekt bij Benjamin met de luxere hotels. De eerste dag zijn we ?s ochtends opgehaald na de nacht in het mooie Fischerhaus te hebben doorgebracht door onze chauffeur Charles en door onze gids Tahiry. 2 hele fijne mensen die ons veilig hebben rondgeleid en geholpen waar het maar kon. De bescheidenheid zelve, allebei. Tahiry sprak goed Engels, dus dat was helemaal goed. Via het vlinder-insecten-kameleonnenreservaatje gingen we naar Vakona lodge. Paradijselijk! Pascalle heeft er heerlijk gezwommen in het zwembad. Mooie lodge. Dag erna naar Lemureiland van Vakona. De lemuren gevoerd en op onze schouders gehad. Zo schattig! Vervolgens naar het Vakona reservaat met krokodillen, Fosa?s, schildpadden etc. Daarna naar de kust, Toamasin. Lange autorit, maar heel veel indrukken gekregen van het land en de mensen. Wat een cultuur en natuur! In Toamasin verbleven we in hotel Sharon. Wederom heeft Pascalle daar heerlijk in het zwembad gezwommen. Fijn hotel. Via Violin Zoo door naar Hotel Mamba Beach op het strand van Foulpointe. Wederom Paradijs. Fort Mamba bezocht en heerlijk gezont en gezwommen. Daar verbleven we 2 nachten. Toen terug naar Vakona Lodge. Uuuuuren in de auto, over de rivier waar de brug door de laatste cycloon Ivan is weggespoeld, dus de auto met een vlot en wij via de pontonbrug naar de overkant. Wat een belevenis. Op Vakona Lodge weer heerlijk van de uitzichten en de mooie lodge genoten. De laatste nacht verbleven we in hotel Feon’ y ala, wat primitief was, maar hierdoor kregen we wel een indruk van hoe het wonen in de Malagasysche huisjes moet zijn. Op de badkamer na dan...die hebben zij natuurlijk niet. Op de laatste dag gingen we terug naar Tana en zijn eerst op het uitzichtspunt mooie foto?s van de stad wezen maken. Wat een enorme stad met veel verschillende gezichten. Daarna wezen lunchen bij een populair frans eetcafe. Voor onze gids (die er vlakbij woonde) de eerste keer dat hij daar binnen kwam, omdat wij dit wilden. Voor hen niet te betalen. Charles voelde zich zelfs niet goed genoeg om mee te komen, bleef bij de auto (zoals bijna de hele tour). Vervolgens naar Fischerhaus om heerlijk nog even bij te komen, te rusten, te douchen en te eten, alvoren Charles ons weer op kwam halen om naar het vliegveld te brengen. Die middag viel het afscheid van Charles en Tahiry best zwaar, na zo?n intense week van vertrouwen op hen. We gingen heen voor de lemuren en die hebben we ook in grote getallen gezien, geaaid en gevoeld, maar daarbuiten heeft de natuur, de mensen en de leeftgewoontes een enorm diepe indruk op ons gemaakt. WAT EEN EILAND!!! Benjamin, greets from Holland and thanks for the good arranged tour! It was hard for us to say goodbye to Charles en Tahiry after an intense week spend with them. Will you give our greetings to them? Greets for you too offcourse, from Manuela en Pascalle.

Rosy27 - Feb - 2008
I travelled with Benjamin’s company in January, 2008, for five days. My tour guide, Andri and driver, Charles were excellent. Andri knew so much and could share part of his country with me and I felt very safe with Charles’driving. My trip was the East 3 day Indri tour to Andisibe and an extra day in Antananrivo. I thoroughly enjoyed driving through the countryside and learning so much from Andri about the Malagasy way of life.Everything was well planned and I saw so much in a very short time. I was initially a little worried about booking a trip over the internet as I was a woman travelling alone but with my experiences I would recommend this company. The creatures special to Madagascar were amazing - from tiny frogs to enormous moths, snakes, chameleons and of course the lemur and indri. A night time walk and a five hour walk in the forest for one whole morning were highlights - actually, there were many highlights, too many to mention. The airline lost my pack so I had no luggage for my time there. Andri took charge at the airport and dealt with the form filling and next morning I was taken to a shopping centre to get essentials. Benjamin and Andri both contacted the airport later,( I don’t speak French) on my behalf, to try to find my pack. Thank you all so much for a wonderful holiday.

Kerry & Sebastian Zuccolo18 - Jan - 2008
Dear Benjamin, Sorry its taken so long for me to write to you, we have had problems with our internet for 4 months! We did the river trip by dugout canoe in Aug/Sept 2007 and just wanted to say what a fantastic time we had!. It was such a peaceful and beautiful trip and exceeded all our expectations. The canoe was very comfortable and the food which prepared for us each day was delicious, we were particularly impressed with his standards of hygiene and cleanliness. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your company to anyone else visiting Madagascar, and we’d encourage anyone to visit Madagascar soon! Your organisation, planning and your communications before our trip all showed a dedication to customer service which is rare. So thankyou again, it was a very memorable honeymoon! Kerry & Sebastian Zuccolo

Mariana and Chris04 - Dec - 2007
We booked a car with a driver through Visit Mada tours for a 6-day drive from Tana to Tulear. We had an amazing trip in Madagascar and our driver, Luva, had a great deal to do with it. We do not speak French, so having an English-speaking driver was a huge help. In fact, he was more than a driver and helped us out a lot; finding english-speaking guides for national parks, giving advice on getting the best deals, telling us about Malagasy culture and customs... He was always on time and always ready to help. We were initially going to book a tour with another agency, but found them too expensive and not accomodating (e.g. the route is not possible, you can’t stay at budget hotels, etc). When we asked Benjamin about the same route, he said "anything’s possible". We were very glad we booked a car with a driver, as we had more flexibility. I would recommend booking with Benjamin’s company if you are thinking of driving around Madagascar (ask for Luva to be your driver, if possible). Thank you Benjamin and Luva for helping make our holiday amazing!

Lesley Wooller & Ken May08 - Oct - 2007
Hi, Benjamin Thought I’d drop you a line to let you know that we got home ok, although the Air Madagascar flight going via Milan meant that we missed our flights from Paris to the UK and had to buy seats on a later flight. Thank you for waiting around at Tana airport to make sure that we got away safely and thank you for arranging a brilliant holiday. To anyone thinking of travelling to Madagascar, particularly if you are horrified by the prices charged by European agencies, I would unhesitatingly recommend Visit Mada tours. Our time was limited and needed to accommodate my interest in scenery and wildlife, Ken’s interest in diving and our joint enjoyment of "offbeat" experiences. We therefore did the trip to Andasibe (Perinet), the pirogue trip down the Tsiribihina and on to Morondava and then a few days on Ile Sainte Marie with a final day’s sightseeing in Tana before the flights home. All the arrangements worked perfectly, we saw everything without feeling rushed, all the accommodation (including the tent) was good and Benjamin, John, the boat crew and drivers all looked after us really well. The highlight was probably the boat trip; lying out on the sandbanks at night, looking up at the stars, watching the sunrise and being treated to an impromptu display of dancing one lunch time. Being jumped on by lemurs in Andasibe was pretty good, too. The only disappointment was that the last whales had left Sainte Marie the day we arrived, but you can’t have everything!