What’s the weather like in July?
Expect daytime temperatures of 10 to 20°C (50 – 68° Fahrenheit). It rains an average of 10 days in July so it’s a good idea to bring a rain jacket.
I’m a solo traveller. Can I still do this trip?
Absolutely. Our trips are based on double accommodation. We can try to put you with another solo traveller of the same sex. Alternatively, you can choose to have your own room for an additional charge of $650.
How many other people be on my tour?
There will be a maximum of 14 other travellers, not including the guides.
How long is this tour?
It’s 12 days but you need to arrive the day before the tour starts.
When is this tour offered?
This trip is only offered July 1st to 12th, 2019. Be sure to take our Madagascar Quiz to stay notified of updates.
What if I’m not available those dates?
Email us at email@example.com to enquire about a custom tour.
Is this tour confirmed? Can I go ahead and book my flights?
We’ll let you know as soon as we have enough people confirmed that the trip is 100% on. At the absolute latest, we’ll let you know 65 days in advance. As it’s such a unique tour we’re optimistic that it will run.
I really want to interact with lemurs. Can I hug a lemur?
Our tours are thoughtfully designed to be eco-friendly and conscious and to generate a conservation-oriented mindset that allows for responsible and mindful interactions with wildlife. That means on this tour, you won’t be hugging, touching, and/or feeding lemurs (or any other Malagasy wildlife).
We strongly discourage visiting and supporting businesses that allow or encourage these types of interactions. The individual lemurs that you often see at various hotels, eco-lodges, and restaurants have often been illegally captured from the wild.
Infant and young lemurs are targeted for the trade and typically have high mortality rates, thus this practice is unsustainable.
Lemurs are the most endangered group of mammals in the world, 94% of species are threatened with extinction. The illegal pet trade of lemurs within Madagascar is of growing concern.
From 2010-2013, 28,000 lemurs were negatively impacted by this trade. Furthermore, owning a pet lemur is illegal in Madagascar; however, the laws are not regularly enforced.
According to Dr Tara Clarke, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, and the Director of Outreach at Lemur Love, “education and outreach with local people, local businesses (hotels, tour companies), and tourists, alike, regarding the illegal pet trade of lemurs within Madagascar is crucial to creating awareness and positive behavioral changes that will lead to more responsible interactions with endemic wildlife.”
But you will be able to take hands-off selfies. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to observe lemurs up-close in a way that doesn’t interfere with their natural behaviour.
How much should I budget for meals that aren’t included?
Plan to spend ~$12 USD for a main course and drink. A full menu including an appetizer, main course, dessert and drink can cost up to $23 USD.
What type of food will I eating and what if I have a food allergy or preference, i.e. vegetarian or vegan?
Traditional Malagasy cuisine usually consists of one main dish of meat, poultry, fish with a side of vegetables and a bowl of herbed rice. Most of the restaurants also serve international food dishes. We can accommodate vegetarians and gluten-free diets. It’s also possible to accommodate vegan diets but at some restaurants, there may only be one dish that you can eat.
Will language will the tour be conducted in
All guiding is in English.
Is Madagascar safe?
Yes, but you do need to be careful keep an eye on your belongings as there are pickpockets, especially in the larger centers. We will also provide further safety recommendations to participants on the tour.
According to the Government of Canada, as of October 14th, 2017, There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Madagascar. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution the high crime rate and the potential for political instability. Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/madagascar.
Check this site (or the one for your country) regularly for updates. We recommend having travel insurance on your belongings and trip cancellation insurance for this reason.
Do I need to take any immunizations or special medication?
Yes. Please refer to the recommended immunizations and malaria medication recommended by the Centers for Disease Controle and Prevention: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/clinician/none/madagascar, or check with your local or travel doctor.
Is this tour suitable for children?
No. This tour is restricted to adults. If you’d like to do a family tour, please contact us about a custom tour that is child-friendly.
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