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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 ( barbneufeld@bmts.com ) 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 sunset..an 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 monica.rees@aa.com jean.vanweydeveld@waterloo.eu

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)

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.