For nature lovers and for hiking lovers
Madagascar is a wonderland of opportunity

           
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- Trip to MADAGASCAR -

It will be a great pleasure for me to organize a wonderful trip for you in Madagascar, my country. Tour Guide & Tour Organizer in my country since ... 1993, I will give you useful advice with my more than 25 years of experiences through all Madagascar's National Parks and Reserves and through all Madagascar areas. To provide you all kind of travel arrangements. Please feel free to contact me for a customized itinerary ( for individual tours, for groups, for essential road trips, for treks and adventurous trips, for specialized trips such as birdwatching ; at luxury hotels, or at moderate hotels, or at tents in bivouac ). To prove my sincerity these are below some tourists testimonies, some of them have become friends after their trip in Madagascar because of their satisfaction.

 

Madagascar for nature lovers and for hiking lovers - by Ravo.Madagascar
Madagascar for nature lovers and for hiking lovers - by Ravo.Madagascar

Madagascar : the famous Tsingy, a Black & white ruffed lemur, a Baobab A. Grandidieri

             

 

 

 

Clients' Testimonies after their trips in Madagascar :

                 

A testimony in « LinkedIn » :
If you want to discover Madagascar, Ravo is your man to organise your trip from A to Z. Thanks to his deep knowledge and boundless enthusiasm we had a truly first class visit of this wonderful island. Without a doubt, I do recommend, wholeheartedly.
Erik Segers, Belgium

 

Another person has said, always in « LinkedIn » :
Ravo is an all-round tour guide and entirely devoted to his clients. Ravo will take care of everything, methodically and professionally. It’s with immense pleasure that we will ask him once more to guide us through his magnificent island, Madagascar.
Emmanuel & Isabelle Leborgne, Canada


                 
                 

Ravo is a real professional guide, in a country where professionalism is sometimes lacking. He is good at planning a trip, and always seizes an opportunity when there is one. An example : once our small group of eight made a short train journey, just to get the feel of train travel in Mada - as the locals call Madagascar -. It was interesting to see how the arrival of the train shook up the quiet lives of the villagers who came to the station to sell their goods and to watch and be part of the conundrum. After the train journey our two drivers with their SUVs were to come and pick us up. As it happened, they were not there when we got out of the train. Flat tyre ? engine trouble ? out of petrol ? Who knows. To make good use of the time we had to wait, Ravo took us to a nearby health centre. We could see with our own eyes how this centre was lacking in even basic medical equipment. Ravo also seized the opportunity to explain us how heath care works ( or doesn't work ) in Mada, and what the different levels of health care consist of. Ravo is a very congenial man who is always friendly and who never loses his temper. I can recommend him to any possible visitor of the splendid Isle of Madagascar.
René Weemaels, Belgium

 

With 8 friends we toured for 3 weeks Madagascar from west to east. Ravo had organised the trip from A to Z and considering all the imponderables of travelling in Africa, it all turned out just great. What we particularly appreciated : his good humour and his resourcefulness under any circumstance. Just one example, the 8 of us being of unequal fitness, he always managed to find us several guides to walk us on different tracks through the various National Parks ( Tsingy, Isalo, Andringitra ) such that all of us would equally enjoy the journey, and we did. What to say more : try out Ravo, you won’t regret it, on the contrary, you’ll have not only a lifetime memory of a stunning country but a new ‘friend’.
Colette Billiard, Belgium

 

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I am a Tour Guide in my country since ... 1993 till now. So I've a lot of experiences to organize your trip.

I love my country, Madagascar. I love nature.
I love people. I love friendship. I love trips.

These passions are what makes me good at my job. Thomas Peters said: « Success at work depends on passion ». I have passionate interest in tourism. And it's a pleasure for me to invite you to visit my wonderful country : Madagascar thank you.

For more details thank you to contact me at :


a customized trip in Madagascar with ToursByLocals, British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

 

 

Ravo.Madagascar webmaster of Christian thought and professional Tour Guide in Madagascar since 1993

Ravo, webmaster of this web site in the middle

 

Other tourists' Testimonies
Tourists from ToursByLocals
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

                 

• Joanna & Kamil Kulis, USA & Poland
Ravo was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable, honest and fully dedicated. You can tell that he loves his country and puts his whole heart in what he is doing. Whatever complication happened during the trip he could solve it with an ease. He was able to take us to all the places from our wishlist and where other guides said that it was impossible for Ravo was possible. He has a great sense of humor. We can easily say that he became our friend. He is the best because he really loves what he is doing.

 

• Vasili Mladinov, Ukraine
It was great tour. Two weeks 4000 Km. I did see everything that I wanted and ... even more. The waterfall in North was one of the best I ever saw ( Betsiboka red river & Betsiboka red warefalls ). Thank you Ravo for perfect organization of my tour.

 

• Richard & Laura Moore, Canada
We have just returned to Canada after our 16 days tour with Ravo. To be expected, this trip was exhausting given the fact that both of us were over 80 years of age, the itinerary was modified to some extent. Ravo was a very accommodating guide, looking after our concern, and providing us with plenty of information about the country. We would recommend him to any person(s) visiting Madagascar. Thanks Ravo -NB : it was a true birdwatching tour-

 

• Kara Beattie, New Zealand
I couldn't have been more pleased with my tour. Ravo and Johary ( our driver ) were excellent. When I first contacted Ravo, I told him about my interest in plants, especially palms and he organised places for me to visit. I mentioned also that I like music and he put together a collection of Malagasy songs. They both have a wonderful sense of as well as knowing their country very well. I can't recommend them highly enough. Absolutely deserve 5 out of 5 And more

 

• Ruth Haley & Stephen, USA
My husband and I were accompanied by Ravo for 10 days in Madagascar. Ravo arranged our itinerary, transportation, and accommodations at our request. When we wished to make adjustments along the way he responded promptly and made changes to suit our preferences. The country was beautiful, the lemurs a delight and the places we stayed were lovely. We took the train ride and had a highly authentic experience. We are very pleased and can highly recommend Ravo - but try to stay longer !!!

 

• Heidi Brandstadt family ( 3 persons ), Canada
Ravo was excellent from the moment we started booking our Madagascar trip until he dropped us off at the airport in Tana ( Antananarivo ). He was prompt with his emails while we were trying to book the trip and was attentive, informative, funny and kind while we were travelling. We jam packed a lot of travel for 2 weeks but he was able to set up an itinerary and take care of our needs without any issues. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and were enthralled with the culture and beauty of Madagascar, all thanks to Ravo

 

• Sally Abbott Smith, Australia
Ravo is a very conscientious and serious guide. His English was adequate and his organising skills very good. Ravo was always very concerned for our welfare and the very local guides he used were very knowledgable about the fauna and flora of their area. We had a very interesting and enjoyable tour of the Southern part of Madagascar. G'day Ravo, I do hope you are still taking tours, and that you can relax. Your English is very good and your country amazing. I wish you well and thank you for all your considerations, and I hope you can be less anxious. Kind regards

                 

 

 

  • Madagascar, the Flora
  • Madagascar, the Fauna

Below you can admire some pictures © of Madagascar's Fauna and Flora
To show you what kind of animals you can observe in a trip in Madagascar
Looking forward to see you and to guide you soon, all best to you

 

a Common brown lemur, Madagascar, a wonderland for nature lovers and for trekking lovers, Photo Ravo.Madagascar, travel and trip in Madagascar
Brown lemur in the Tsingy of Bemaraha - Indri Indri ©

a Panther chameleon, Madagascar, a wonderland for nature lovers and for trekking lovers, Photo Ravo.Madagascar, travel and trip in Madagascar
Panther chameleon - Parson s chameleon ©

a Sanford s brown lemur, Madagascar, a wonderland for nature lovers and for trekking lovers, Photo Ravo.Madagascar, travel and trip in Madagascar
Sanford's brown lemur - Madagascar fish eagle ©

a Fosa Cryptoprocta ferox, Madagascar, a wonderland for nature lovers and for trekking lovers, Photo Ravo.Madagascar, travel and trip in Madagascar
Fosa, Kirindy forest - Ravo in the Manambolo-Tsingy ©

a Sifaka lemur, Madagascar, a wonderland for nature lovers and for trekking lovers, Photo Ravo.Madagascar, travel and trip in Madagascar
Decken's sifaka lemur - The famous Avenue of Baobabs ©

 

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Other tourists' Testimonies
Tourists from ToursByLocals

 

                 

• Preslav Bobev, Bulgaria
Ravo is an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. Added to his extremely friendly and easy going personality it makes for the best experience. He had a well prepared plan for my trip and didn't mind to modify by my last minute request. Very punctual and professional, he will make sure that you have nothing to think about, but to enjoy your trip and adventure. He made sure that I will see all major attractions within the geographical range my time could cover and of course the budget I had. Thank you !

 

• Brian & Linda Jones, Australia
The tour all went smoothly and as planned. Ravo was very clear about expenses and there were no nasty surprises. He also gave us, prior to our arrival, an accurate estimation of extra costs. He always put our wishes first, and ensured that we were well looked after everywhere we stayed. All in all a wonderful experience.

 

• Gail & Robert Orenstein, United Kingdom
Ravo was perfect. He did not just give us a package tour, he took the time to learn about us and what we wanted and liked and created the perfect tour for us. We wanted to see local culture and he took us to « Famadihana » ( a cultural event, a funeral Malagasy ceremony ). Ravo was able to make for us the perfect holiday that we had dreamed of. We saw so much of the true like of the wonderful people. He is much much more than just a normal guide, he is a 'fantasy' maker. He turned Madagascar in to Fantasy Island for us. He was perfect ! -NB : it was a true cultural funeral tour-

 

• Lynette Lewis family ( 3 persons ), USA
Highly recommended. Flawless trip. Ravo is a friendly and very knowledgeable guide ... great communication from our initial contact through trip planning to discussing our daily itinerary. We couldn't be happier and we can't wait to go back.

 

• Susan Wake & Mark Locquat, New Zealand
Dear Ravo. Thank you so much. The tour has been really excellent. Your knowledge is fantastic and thanks for your patience and help with our requested focus on plants - you have really found great guides. Thanks for sharing 3 weeks on the road, a long time and lots of adventures but very rewarding and lots of fun ! We have learnt so much about the people, landscapes, plants and animals of Madagascar. Thanks for this wonderful itinerary.

 

• Terri Evans, Canada
Ravo was an incredible guide and a genuinely nice person. My arrival was not without hiccups as my bag did not arrive with me, but Ravo was most helpful and knowledgeable about how the airport system works that I did not concern myself with it. We had a schedule and I left the airport bagless, but unconcerned. I picked it up on my way out of the country a week later. There was nothing that Ravo did not think of as we traveled and my list of experiences was completely met ! 100%. I highly recommend Ravo !

 

• Haiyong Liu ( alias Bryan ) - 4 persons, China
Ravo is a nice person and can be trusted, we have a lot of fun with him. Thank you Ravo. -NB : it was a tour combined with a birdwatching tour-

                 

 

 

 

         

- MADAGASCAR, the island -

Largest of the Indian Ocean Islands ( the world's fourth-biggest island which stretches 1590 Km from North to South and reaches 590 Km at its widest point : 587 000 sq Km ), Madagascar is a land rich in diversity, both with regards to its natural wonders and endemic wild plant life species, as well as the rich cultural background of its people. It has been relatively isolated from the outside world. Consequently it has not been exploited by the effects of mass tourism, thus remaining one of the world's great undeveloped and undiscovered eco-tourism adventure destinations. About 200 million years ago this land began to break up into the present day continents of Asia, Australasia, South America, Antarctica & Africa. Madagascar broke away from Africa about 165 million years ago. As the island drifted eastwards into the Indian Ocean, it took with it a large variety of plant and animal stowaways. Free from predators, these flourished & evolved into many different species, most of which are endemic to the island. So, Madagascar is a wonderland for the botanist & the island invites further exploration of animal, plant and birdlife, the species found nowhere else in the world.

         

 

 

 

             

Trip to Madagascar, Tour in Madagascar, Ravo.Madagascar and the Baobabs of Andavadoaka

Andavadoaka - on the picture : Ravo
West coast of Madagascar :
Pierrette, Jenny, Ravo

         

About the different habitats in Madagascar. There are 7 types of habitats :


1- Eastern Madagascar evergreen humid rainforest :

With 3 categories :
a- Lowland rainforest : below 600 m, where trees are often very tall ( up to 50 m ) and epiphytes ( especially ferns & orchids ) are very abundant. You can find : Scaly Ground-roller, Bernier's & Helmet Vangas, Red-tailed Newtonia, Red-breasted Coua, etc. This area includes Masoala Peninsula National Park.
b- Mid-altitude forest : between 600 to 1600 m, where trees become smaller ( 20 - 30 m ), epiphytes & Pandanus trees always abundant. You can find : Cryptic Warbler, Rand's Warbler, Grey-crowned Greenbul, Rufous-headed Ground-roller, Crossley's Babbler, Madagascar Magpie-Robin, Common Jeries, Hook-billed & White-headed Vangas, etc. This area includes Mantadia National Park & Andasibe Special Reserve, Ranomafana National Park and Amber Mountain National Park.
a- Montane forest : above 1600 m, where canopy is rarely more than 7 m and with very heavy moss growth, where bamboo, palms & tree-ferns are locally common.

       
       

2- Western Madagascar deciduous forest :

Occurs on sandy, calcareous or lateritic soils over the entire west of Madagascar. Canopy at between 8 to 20 m, always many epiphytes ( orchids & lianas ). You will find there a lot of bottle-trunked trees, the best known being the baobabs. Kind of birds : Red-capped , Coquerel's & Giant Coua, Van Dam's Vanga, White-breasted Mesite, Sakalava Weaver, Appert's Greenbul, etc. This area includes Kirindy Forest, Zombitse-Vohibiasa National Park.

3- Southern Madagascar dry spiny forest :

Is particular with its cactus-like trees : the endemic Didieraceae family ( Didiera sp. & Alluaudia sp. ). A 5 - 15 m high forest where you can find Running & Verreaux's Coua, Subdesert Brush-Warbler, Subdesert Mesite, Littoral Rock Thrush, Red-shouldered Vanga, Long-tailed Ground-roller, etc. Example : Berenty Private Reserve.

4- Madagascar coastal habitats :

The west coast is much richer and more diverse than the east one ; with vast mangroves, saltpans, sandy beaches, sandbars, estuaries & offshore islands, both rocky & sandy. Sometimes with coral reef islands with breeding seabirds, example a colony of Red-tailed Tropicbirds on Nosy Ve near Anakao-Toliara. You can find in interesting estuaries ( such as Mahavavy, Betsiboka, Belo sur Tsiribihina ) migrant Crab Plovers, wintering Palearctic waders, Curlew Sandpiper, Greater Sand Plover, Madagascar white Ibis, Sacred Ibis, Madagascar Teal, etc. You can find too in some islands ( such as Nosy Be, Nosy Mitsio ) Common & Lesser Noddies, Roseate Terns, Greater & Lesser Frigatebirds, Crested & Sooty Terns ; and large populations of Flamingos & migrant waders in some lakes & estuaries.

5- Eastern Madagascar wetlands :

Occur in the form of lakes, rivers & marshes. Examples Alaotra lake ( the biggest lake in Madagascar ), Pangalanes canal, Vohiparara marshes near Ranomafana National Park, Torotorofotsy & Didy marshes. There are there colonies of African Spoonbills, species of Heron, Yellow-billed Storks. And near rivers : Meller's Ducks, Madagascar Rail, Grey Emutail, etc. The vegetation is often up to 3 m tall.

6- Western Madagascar wetlands :

Occur too as lakes, rivers & marshes, but include the banks and waters of the larger rivers ( Betsiboka, Tsiribihina, Mahavavy ), the salt lake of Tsimanampetsotsa & Ihotry. Several species of waterbird are found nowhere else but in these wetlands, such as the Sakalava Rail, Madagascar Teal, Great-billed & Humblot's Herons.

7- Madagascar savannas :

Are dominated by alien grass, with vast areas of sterile landscape colonised by fire-resistant native trees such as the endemic palm Bismarckia nobilis & the Tapia tree Uapaca bojeri ( near Isalo National Park & Fianarantsoa ). The most frequent birds that you can find are Madagascar Cisticola, Madagascar Bush Lark, Madagascar Partridge, Hoopoe, Sandgrouse, Buttonquail, Namaqua Dove & Helmeted Guineafowl. Stripe-throated Jery too is very common.

       

 

Madagascar, a wonderland for general naturalist and for nature lovers
Madagascar, a wonderland for general naturalist and for nature lovers
Madagascar, a wonderland for general naturalist and for nature lovers

 

       

Madagascar, the People :

Humans have come from Malaysia, Polynesia & Africa and they, themselves, evolved into many different cultures. After the Malay-Polynesians have come new arrivals ( African slaves, Arab, Portuguese traders & French colonials ), they have formed the 18 official tribes which inhabit the island today. The Afro-Asian origin of the Malagasy has produced a people who practice fascinating customs. Each tribe has its own territory, customs & traditions. The most common language is Malagasy, of which there are several dialects. No one who visits the island is left unaffected by the warmth & hospitality of the Malagasy people.

If you are the sort of traveller who craves something different and isn't put off by a bit of discomfort, Madagascar is for you.

       

 

 

 

 

An example of a Madagascar trip proposition
A shore excursion of 4 days in Nosy Be area : Lokobe forest and Nosy Iranja

 

- Wildlife, lemurs, snorkelling and beautiful islets in the North part -

A wildlife walking tour through 3 wonderful places :

The coastal tropical rainforest of Lokobe NP,

Nosy Iranja,

And snorkeling at Nosy Tanihely marine Park.

With a lot of animals such as lemurs ( both day lemurs and nocturnal lemurs ), chameleons, birds, lizards, frogs, snakes. Through 2 wonderful National Parks : Lokobe forest NP and Nosy Tanihely marine Park. Snorkeling in Nosy Tanihely marine Park to see wonderful coral, coral reefs and a lot of colorful fishes. And with a chance : dolphins and-or turtles. It's better, if you can, to take with you your own masks, flippers and snorkels.

Because of mangroves and mud in Lokobe, take with you sandals, a towel to clean your feet and trousers with a zip so you can take off and put again the bottom part. Take too walking shoes for the walk and trousers and insects-spray for mosquitos. Sun cream, sun glasses and cap or hat. It's warm or hot in Lokobe forest.

The tour can be customized for your number of people

D1: Nosy Be - Lokobe
Welcome at Nosy Be airport, or from your hotel or from a location convenient for you. Transfer to Lokobe by car and by typical dug-out canoe

D2: Lokobe National Park (NP) for wildlife in the morning. Picnic lunch on the beach included. Free swimming on a beautiful beach p.m.

D3: Lokobe - Nosy Iranja
Cruise to Nosy Iranja by a private speed little motorboat. Swimming on an idyllic beach. Visit of a typical village and visit of the lighthouse for viewing point. Wonderful sunset on the beach. Your bungalow is directly on the beach

D4: Nosy Iranja - Nosy Be
Cruise back with snorkeling at Nosy Tanihely amazing marine Park on the way. Picnic lunch on the beach included. Transfer to your hotel in town ( in Hell Ville )

I guarantee you an unforgetable wonderful trip

 

Price : 1600 Euros for 2 Persons, from Nosy Be to Nosy Be ( not from Antananarivo )

Not included all your flights and your meals ( except in Nosy Iranja )

 

TAKE WITH YOU :

Anti-mosquito spray and cream, pocket torch and spare batteries, head torch if possible, light clothes as well as clothes to keep you warm ( for the nights ), cameras, small good padlocks for your luggage, your personal medicines ( current antibiotics, antidiarrhoea, antiseptics, Betadine, compresses and cotton, purifying tablets, ointment for sprains, lip salve and other personal medicines, protect yourself against malaria, e.g. follow a treatment ) sun cream, sun glasses, walking shoes or closed sports shoes, sandals to walk through rivers, binoculars, swiss knife, k-way or windcheater, hat or cap, big plastic bags to protect your rucksack against the rain AND cash money = euros.

 

Canoeing on the Manambolo river, Ravo.Madagascar pictures Madagascar, Makay Evrard Wendenbaum s map, NaturEvolution Masoala National Park area and the Madagascar Malachite Kingfisher

Canoeing on the Manambolo river

Evrard Wendenbaum's map : NaturEvolution
Tournesol LLB comics ( Rollover image )

Masoala National Park area and the Malachite Kingfisher

 

 

 

 

Another example of a Madagascar trip :
an exhausting adventure-and-hiking-through-nature
in Makay massif, Isalo NP and Ranomafana NP areas

 

An 8-nights-7-days-trip in bivouac under tent with 9 days and half long hiking in 4 Parks
Only available from May till October because of rainy season

 

Makay, a hiking through a nearly unexplored area
Makay to discover a treasure of biodiversity
Makay to discover the beauties of the nature
Makay can be next time a « Natural Monument »
Makay : « to discover ... the last Eden »

 

An adventure tour with exhausting hikes in 4 Parks ( 3 wonderful National Parks -NP- whose one has been discovered by just very few people : the amazing massif of Makay and of Isalo, Ranomafana tropical rainforest, and Anjà granit rocks lemurs forest ).

In this tour you must love nature, adventure and hiking with basic conditions : simple food, toilets and shower in nature in the sand when you are in biwak. We have porters for our heavy luggages ( bags, kitchen utensil, rice, vegetables, oil, sugar, etc. ).

Hotels are in extra cost. Carry with you your own tent, your own thin mattresses and your own sleeping bags for Makay-biwak. No need of tent pegs. I guarantee you an unforgetable wonderful trip if you are hiking-lovers.

The tour can be customized for your number of people.

PS: I will book your hotels ; just you have to pay them directly in EXTRA COST when you will be in Madagascar

D1: Antananarivo (Tana)
D2: Tana-Ranomafana

D3: Ranomafana NP
Full day trekking

D4: Ranomafana-Isalo
D5: Isalo-Makay

D6 till D12
One week and six nights in bivouac in Makay massif

D13: Makay-Isalo

D14: Isalo NP
Full day trekking with swimming at natural pools

D15: Isalo-Fianarantsoa
p.m. trekking-visit of Anjà lemurs forest

D16: Fianarantsoa-Antsirabe
D17: Antsirabe-Tana

 

Price : 4100 Euros for 2 Persons, hotels & meals ( except in Makay ) & your flights are not included

Not included too your tent, your thin mattresses, your sleeping bags for Makay-biwak ( for 8 nights )

 

TAKE WITH YOU :

Anti-mosquito spray and cream, pocket torch and spare batteries, head torch if possible, light clothes as well as clothes to keep you warm ( for the nights ), cameras, small good padlocks for your luggage, your personal medicines ( current antibiotics, antidiarrhoea, antiseptics, Betadine, compresses and cotton, purifying tablets, ointment for sprains, lip salve and other personal medicines, protect yourself against malaria, e.g. follow a treatment ) sun cream, sun glasses, walking shoes or closed sports shoes, sandals to walk through rivers, binoculars, swiss knife, k-way or windcheater, hat or cap, big plastic bags to protect your rucksack against the rain, toilet papers, towel, dry fruits good for walking, walking sticks, sleeping bags, thin mattresses, your own tent with solid pegs AND cash money = euros.

 

 

Trip to Madagascar, Tour in Madagascar, Photo of Makay by Ravo.Madagascar Trip to Madagascar, Tour in Madagascar, Photo of Makay by Ravo.Madagascar
Trip to Madagascar, Tour in Madagascar, Photo of Makay by Ravo.Madagascar Trip to Madagascar, Tour in Madagascar, Photo of Makay by Ravo.Madagascar
Makay massif - Ravo.Madagascar's pictures 2012 ©

 

 

 

 

A 3rd proposition of a very original trip in Madagascar
With the rare and old Micheline-Train

A trip with the Micheline :
What is a Micheline ? It's an old mini-train who arrived in Madagascar in 1932 then in 1952. The Micheline is a train whose tires are similar as van vehicle tires, a mini-train of about 18 seats that you can hire for only you or for only your group if you have a lot of money. Of course you can be just a couple or 4 persons or more ; it depends only on how much you can pay ;-)

An unforgetable trip with the Micheline :
With this old mini-train who has the comfort of the years 1930-1950 I can guarantee you a wonderful and ... unforgetable trip. I've done it one time in September 2000 with just 5 French tourists from ACCOR TOUR ( but I've done many many times the ordinary train in Madagascar : TCE & FCE railways ).

The only problem of this trip is that sometimes the Micheline works and sometimes not. It's ... Madagascar. The solution ? Just you have to ask me about one month before your trip or more, and I will inform you and I will organise this wonderful & unforgetable trip if the Micheline works.

History of the Micheline :
André MICHELIN has presented the first Micheline on the 26th of January 1931. And this bus-train arrived in Madagascar on the 17th of December 1932. It ran from the port of Toamasina to Antananarivo. Then other bus-trains arrived later in 1952-1953. Nowadays, you can appreciate only in Madagascar the last Micheline in the world who continue to work. Their names are VIKO VIKO and TSIKIRITY ( names of rare birds in Madagascar ). It depends on who will work at the time of your booking : VIKO VIKO or TSIKIRITY, that means it depends if you can do a half-day-trip or one-full-day-trip, and on the TCE railway ( to the East coast of Madagascar ) or on the FCE railway ( to the South-East coast of Madagascar ). But you will be ... ALONE on this mini-train, of course with me as your tour guide and tour organizer and with the staff.

A trip with the Micheline :
Through the typical highlands ( architecture and landscapes ), through valley and hills, through evergreen rainforest, through tea plantation and other plantations, through bridges with beautiful rivers and wonderfull waterfall, through very typical Malagasy villages and their ordinary life and ... through some tunnels.

To experience something NEW !
To experience something UNFORGETABLE !

Thank you for your trust ! Ravo.Madagascar

the Micheline-train a trip in Madagascar, a wonderful unforgetable trip
The « Viko Viko » Micheline on TCE railway

 

the Micheline-train a trip in Madagascar, a wonderful unforgetable trip
In rollover : an ordinary train on FCE railway
Ravo.Madagascar 2005 picture ©

 

 

 

Let's end by final tourists' Testimonies
Always tourists from ToursByLocals

 

                 

Mark Langston, USA
Ravo did a terrific job tailoring an enjoyable city tour ( Antananarivo ) to my personal interests. His knowledge of Madagascar history is excellent, and he gave me a great opportunity to experience the « life of a local » through traditional food and interesting street markets. Highly recommended !

 

• Christopher Erkmann, USA
My guide was Rav. I cannot imagine a better way to utilize a day in Tana ( Antananarivo ) than by allowing Rav to walk with you through the town he has known and loved for many years. I wasn't interested in animals or tree. I wanted to learn the culture. We saw markets, the palace on the hill, ate at a Malagasy restaurant ... could not have been better constructed. Don't wander around like a tourist ... get Rav to teach you all about his Tana !

 

• Chris Julson & Mike Franke, USA
Our trip with Ravo was excellent throughout the planning process & all through the trip. We researched tours so we knew where & what we wanted to do & see. Ravo worked with us so we got the tour we wanted. We were also happy with the additions we made based on his suggestions. Ravo was very knowledgeable & personable. We were very pleased with our driver Dede. We always felt safe riding with Dede. He is an excellent driver & also very personable.

                 

 

 

Madagascar for nature lovers and for hiking lovers - Ravo.Madagascar webmaster of Christian thought
Ravo.Madagascar's pictures © : the Highlands & Andringitra NP

 

 

 

 

Your prayer will draw your way and
your faith will help you to run over it
( François Gervais )

 

 
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08 RAVO (Résumé)
09 FAITH
10 PRAYER
11 GOD
12 JESUS CHRIST
13 FEELING COMMUNION
14 Evangelical MISSION

01 The Deep South 1
02 The Micheline (Bus-Train)
03 The West part (wonderful landscapes)
04 The Pangalanes Canal
05 The Extreme North (Diego Suarez)
06 Sainte Marie Island (Whales)
07 Nosy Be (Beach resort - Dive)
08 Antananarivo (the Capital)
09 From Higlands to South-West
10 Anakao (Fishermen village)
11 The Lemurs of Madagascar
12 Madagascar Ramsar Site
13 The Baobabs (West areas)
14 The Indri Indri (lemur : biggest)
15 The Mouse lemur (smallest)
16 The Sifaka (the dancer lemur)
17 The Aye Aye (archaic lemur)
18 Masoala evergreen rainforest

 

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