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We have 162 References in our guestbook

Jonathan and Sophie Manson02 - october - 2009
Dear Benjamin Thank you again very much indeed for the trip of a lifetime! We very much appreciated your organisation and professionalism that went into making our south tour of Madagascar truly wonderful. Our guide and driver, Baba, was very helpful and arranged the best guides for us in the national parks too - we learnt so much and especially enjoyed our days in Ranomafana and Isalo. The accomodation and food was very good and we were able to really enjoy and relax on our holiday without having to worry about anything. Thank you also for your kindness and patience in helping us to find the ravitoto - my mother was delighted and cooked loads for us. We really appreciated you going out of your way to help us find it. Thank you again for everything, we highly recommend visit mada tours and hope to come to Madagascar again. Kind regards Jonathan and Sophie

Bo Antberg30 - August - 2009
Thank you Ben for a very well arranged tour in Madagascar the 19th of July to the 10th of August 2009. We planned this tour together with you since October 2008 and you helped us very professional with the preparations. During the trip the timeschedule was almost perfect and all the accomodations was well-chosen. Perhaps the most impressive part of the arrangements was the the very charming and knowlegdeable guides Prosper during the trip to Ankarafantsika and Andasibe and Claudio during our time in Maroantsetra, Nosy Mangabe and Cap Masoala. Still the swedish government don´t recommend swedish people to travel to Madagascar. During our 22 days on the island we never felt any anxiety about the political situation. Instead we highly recommend every person interested in biological diversity to visit Madagascar to admire the outstanding endemic flora and fauna. Especially now it is important to help the country to conserve the very special fauna and flora. If your next journey goes to Madagascar we will recommend Visit Mada Tours to help you with the arrangements. Bo, Daniella, Martin, Linn and Felicia

Frank and Michelle 14 - May - 2009
Dear Benjamin Thank you so much for making our holiday exceptional. We don't usually post comments on websites, but were so happy with your service, we felt compelled to write. For anyone who wants to travel around Madagascar hassle free - we highly recommend Mada tours. Logistically, travelling around Madagascar independently can be difficult to organise, time consuming and may involve long uncomfortable journeys, so we are so very glad we chose Mada Tours to organise everything. All the domestic transport (planes, cars, 4WD, boats) and accommodation (lodges, campsites, hotels) were arranged so professionally, it allowed us to concentrate on having a relaxing, stress free, amazing holiday. Because Mada tours made everything so easy, we could fully experience the amazing wildlife,spectacular scenery,good food, and friendly local Malagasy. We did not experience a single delay- everything went according to the tour plan and yet you always allowed us flexibility, nothing was too rigidly scheduled. All your drivers were excellent; friendly, knowledgeable, very responsible and good English speakers. We made good friends with most and will miss them! Especially Lova. From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty-, perfect transfers, good clean comfortable cars (no crammed taxi- brousses!), great hotels, good food, friendly, honest and very hospitable people. You organised everything so expertly, a consistently punctual, helpful,reliable and affordable service (much better value than the international tour companies). Your recommendations for the best park guides were very well informed- each one was the best in the park and very well respected by the other guides. Your first-hand knowledge and extensive experience of the internal flight system, road conditions, boat trips, beautiful locations and all lodges/camps and hotels was extremely useful and saved us a lot of time. We really appreciate all your hard work, your organisational skills are simply outstandingly professional and subsequently, our holiday was a fantastic success. Thank you! It is so unfortunate that the recent political change in Madagascar has affected tourism, because despite travelling all over Madagascar over our 6 week holiday- we only ever encountered very peaceful, polite and friendly people, who provided good, reliable services and deserve far more.We hope tourists don't believe the vastly exaggerated, inacurate media articles; otherwise they will miss out on a holiday of a lifetime. We are already looking forward to coming back. Please don't hesitate to refer people to us for an accurate first hand account;we found Madagascar extremely safe and the hospitality and honesty of the people will always be remembered. E-mail: PH: 07 40 39 12 18. We would be happy to dispel the myths!! Madagascar is an extremely beautiful and unique place, and the Malagasy people really impressed us, genuine people with good values and an ever cheerful outlook on life. Thanks again for taking such good care of us, we never expected to be so well looked after. Mada Tours exceeded our expectations by miles. We hope to show you the same warm hospitality whenever you get a chance to visit us here in Cairns. All the very best Frank and Michelle Queensland, Australia. PS: We took over 7,000 photos and will send you the best ones soon as we have sorted them out! Frank and Michelle

Stephen J. Koundakjian13 - Apr - 2009
Thanks again, Benjamin. Those three days were among the best in our entire trip. I don’t know how you found a guide who is as interested in botany as I am, but I was amazed at how much he knew about the local flora. Beyond that, he was very responsive to our needs, and often sensed them before we said anything. I only wish I could have pronounced his name. We were able to pronounce the driver’s name; Charles. He was also a very nice guy, and very helpful. Bottom line; We will certainly return to Madagascar, and we will definitely use your services again. Sara and I can’t wait. Our best to you.

Francisco Merle29 - Mars - 2009
I was reading all your excellent and well designed website because I am planning my next vacation to Madagaskar. I congratulate them kindly show me many things for the trip, with great pleasure I hope your visit to my website. Merle Francisco

Barbara13 - Feb - 2009
Hi Ben, I have been reading the comments made here by others, and would like to add our voice of thanks to you and your staff for our memorable trip. It is clear that you know this beautiful country, well. The itinerary you personalized for us was perfectly organized, perfect for our capabilities, and surpassed all our expectations for wildlife viewing. Our accommodations were set in spectacular surroundings, with romantic dining rooms and delicious food. However, it is the people of Madagascar that make this country an amazing, welcoming destination! Our reliable guides, drivers, and hospitality staff were professional in every way, simply...the BEST! Thank you again for wonderful memories. With warmest wishes, Barbara and Dwight, Canada ( ) One month trip; November, 2008

Lisa11 - Jan - 2009
Dear Ben Thank you for a fabulous trip, EVERYTHING, and I do mean everything, was so well organised! We were expecting much worse and were pleasantly surprised at every turn. Your trip and Madagascar exceeded our expectations and we will definitely recommend your services to anyone traveling to Madagascar. Thank you for a wonderful holiday and so many great memories, Lisa and Stefan

monica rees16 - Dec - 2008
Dear Benjamin, Apologies for not writing sooner but on our return from Madagascar the rhythm of real life soon took over from the rhythm of vacations! First and foremost I want to thank you and your team for all the effort you put into making our holiday in Madagascar a great success. Our main guide,Hery was exceptionally attentive to our needs and to our security. We were impressed by his knowledge and dedication to service; he constantly did his best to ensure everything went smoothly. We were equally pleased with our "piroguiers" who worked very hard not only on the river but preparing our daily camp and food. We were constantly surprised but the quality and variety, whereas we saw tourists in other groups being given sandwiches at lunchtime, we received a full meal served in the best locations (I sure thanks to Eerie who made sure we got there before anyone else!). Boots was particularly enthusiastic and prepared delicious meals with a smile. Before our trip commenced, I was concerned about the reliability of the vehicles and drivers we would have. I need not have worried. We felt safe and secure and would especially like to thank Coco who, even after a major delay on the ferry (it got stuck on a sandbank!), managed to get us to the "all�es de baobabs" in time for the unforgettable experience! Working in the travel industry I am only too aware of how difficult it is to meet people’s holiday expectations. Having travelled extensively myself, I am not an easy customer to please and I realize that on our arrival I gave you a hard time when you announced some changes in the hotels! I was, at the time, unappreciative of the real difficulties in communications within certain parts of Madagascar (e.g. Belo sur Mer!). You remained calm and reassured us that the changes were for the better. You were right and I apologize for giving you a hard time! Benjamin, please feel free to use any or all of these comments in your testimonials. I have no hesitation in recommending your tour company and guides to others. I have passed on your details not only to friends and family, but also to my colleagues in the travel industry. We loved Madagascar and were delighted with the quality of your service. We will be back!! Kind regards, Monica �and Jean, Emily, Laura and Oliver

Joan15 - Sep - 2008
Hola a todos. Durante el mes de Agosto estuvimos en Madagascar y contratamos los servicios a trav�s de Benjamin. Tenemos que decir que todo fu� perfecto, el coche en bu�n estado, conductor muy profesional y el gu�a m�s de lo mismo. La planificaci�n pr�via que hicimos, se cumpli� sin ning�n problema. Os los recomendamos con todas las garantias. Si necesitais alg�n consejo, no dudeis en contactarme. Saludos. Joan

Gil and Wyn04 - Sep - 2008
It is hard to add anything more to all the good reports about Mr Benjamin and Mada Tours. We agree with all the compliments written by previous contributors. We had some initial doubts about organising a trip in a far-off country from another far-off country (New Zealand), but from the very first email Mr Benjamin responded to all our queries, payment arrangements and plans promptly and efficiently. There is nothing we would change. Right from our first meeting with Mr Benjamin, our guide Prosper and our first driver Charles who all came to meet us at our village Ambohidratrimo, north of Tana we relaxed and enjoyed a trip of a lifetime. The pirogue river and Tsingy trip was the highlight of our travels in Madagascar, and being somewhat older than most adventurers we did not find it too arduous at all as we were so well looked over by our guide, Prosper and boatman Boto. Sleeping on an isolated sandbank at full moon was magic. This certainly was a far better option than a motorised boat trip with several people. Even the bad roads to the Tsingy did not concern us as we felt safe with the careful driving of Lita. Baobabs at sunset is a sight of a lifetime to be imprinted in our memories forever. Chez Maggie was all one could wish for in a resort hotel, laid back atmosphere, beach on the doorstep and great food. A lovely place to end the trip. We flew back to Tana from Morandava and were met by Mr Benjamin at Ivato and taken back to our hotel in Tana. A nice touch and good way to be eased back into reality. Well done Benjamin and your team. We had a fantastic time and thank you for arranging such a seamless and memorable holiday for us. Gil and Wyn (New Zealand, June 2008)