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Fernando D. - Australia – June 2012

Sorry about the delay, I got back and had to go to work almost straight away. I've been flat out trying to make up for my holiday so I haven't had a chance to respond.

Just wanted to say thank you again for everything, I had an unreal, incredible time and I've been telling all my family and friends about it. I also plan to write to Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor as well as Smart Traveller to mention Cactus Tours and what a great job you did, and also to try to get the Australian government to try to see that Madagascar is not as dangerous as they seem to think it is. I will forward you the information I send through to them when I get the chance (hopefully in the next week or two).

Hope everything's going well in Tana! Tell Njara and Fe that I miss them and hope they're doing well

From the start to finish, it was great.

Madagascar est incroyable et je veux y retourner. C'est en particulier à cause de mes guides et à cause de l'itinéraire. When I remember Madagascar, I will remember Fe and the amazing people, the incredible animals and the culture and history.


Yvonne & Brett – Dubai/USA – May 2012
Thank you for your welcome message. Yes indeed, we had a fabulous time in Madagascar. Please give our regards to Faly who organised a great trip and to Ludo, Hery and Michel, who looked after us so nicely.

From the start right until the end, everything was arranged for and very well organised. We enjoyed the accommodation booked, the endless green scenery and landscape with its friendly people. The roads and river crossing made the trip especially adventurous and climbing through Tsingy Nat park was a sure highlight of our journey.

The 3-day pirogue trip down stream was as relaxing as wonderfully wild in a very calm way. We enjoyed every minute of it. Ludo and his helping hands provided great meals along the trip and the brand new camping equipment was most comfortable.

Experiencing the ancient and huge Baobabs along the avenue at sunset and at sunrise was magnificent. Our holiday came to a slow and relaxing end at Belo sur mer with snorkeling and enjoying fresh fish for our meals.

Thank you again for a organizing a memorable holiday for us. We certain will recommend your services to our friends.

Best wishes - Yvonne & Brett

Carl and Carlanne H. - USA - March 2012

The arrangements were very good. We were able to see and do what we wanted.
Ranomafana were the highlights of the trip. We enjoyed Anja and Zombitse very much. Yes, we will recommend you to other people as everything went well, and staff were very friendly and helpful.

Thank you
Carl and Carlanne

Scott Family – December 2011 – USA

The arrangements are very well done. Good communications. Responsive staff.
All the hotels were excellent. Dinner should have been included at La Vanille (as there were no choice) as well as in Anakao. We experienced that all hotels were clean and the hotel staff were helpful. We appreciated the itinerary you designed and willingness to accommodate our specific interests.

Dorique was flexible, knowledgeable, upbeat, patience and always on time. He made us feel cared for. He was obviously well liked and trusted by everyone we met.
Some advices on tiing would be most helpful.
In particular, we I would like to thank Manda and Dabe for recovering my purse in Tulear. Also honesty at hotel was very appreciated – money in clothing return etc.

GREAT TRIP! Thank you.

Daatland Family - Azerbaijan - September 2011

Dear Ms. Charlie,
We are back safe and sound in Azerbaijan and would like to thank you for a terrific holiday! We enjoyed ourselves and without your careful organization this could not have been possible.

Thank you again, warm regards: Zita

Chris T. - Austrlia - September 2011

Charlie was excellent, very responsive and helpful!!! Great job!
All the hotels: La Varangue - a very good place and excellent food (5/5), Satrana Lodge (5/5) a fantastic place, - Boucanier (4/5) nice place and helpful staff.
Guides: Rhodin: great job, helpful & knowledgeable - Zeze: fantastic job, very enthusiastic & went extra miles!
Of COURSE!! We highly recommend Cactus!
It is our first experience with Cactus, very positively surprised. THANKS A LOT!!

Sebastian M. - Germany - August 2011

We were really lucky to have such a friendly and qualified operator for planning our vacation. We booked mid range hotels but they were sometimes above better than we expected. They were always clean and had a good location.

We weren't sure what to see in Madagascar or expect to what to see. But in the end we are sure to saw everything which is worth to see.
Our guide has eagle-eyes. He can see chameleon passing them by car. Friendly and competent guide. He told us a lot about Madagascar and the habits and the traditions of the Malagasy.

Nicolas did a great job. He drove us hundreds of kilometers. He is one of the nicest Malagasy we met. Tell him "Ho ela Velona" (have a long life). We will defenitely recommend Cactus Tours.

Thank you Manda for all the arrangements and everything. Good value for money.


Savidan - UK - August 2011

We enjoyed our stay in Madagascar and found, mostly the people very friendly. The arrangements with Charlie went well and we were happy with our pickup at "chez Aina".
Vakona Forest lodge was excellent and provide good room services and food.
We are both very happy with our driver/guide. He is an excellent driver and found him most helpful, thoughtful and very likeable. The car was comfortable and kept clean. Thank you so much.

Mike & Stan G. - Canada - July 2011

The staff at Cactus was professional and waiting for us at every stop, which was great. It’s always a worry that when you’re in a foreign country you’ll get stranded somewhere.

The tour and plan was exactly what we asked for. I just wish we could have spent more time in your interesting country. The vehicles were very nice and the drivers were safe. We’d definitely recommend Cactus tours to others


Rands A. - UK - July 2011
Thank you for arranging an excellent visit to Madagascar; We had an excellent time. We saw as much as possible in two weeks. We had a splendid holiday.

Dr. Tam, Paul - Singapore - July 2011

On the whole, this is a well-organized trip.
Regarding the hotels, Anjimarango is by far the best. The owners welcome the guests personnaly. The rest were all very good as well.

About the itinerary, the Red Tsingy is very very impressive.
Our guides Leonardo and Zeze are the best bes pari. Zeze is very very good. We will definitely recommend Cactus Tours.

I find the country beautiful and the people friendly. I sincerely hope that you can develop tourism as you have the potential and natural scenery. You just need to improve the roads, train up guides in the national parks and do more advertising. I wish your country and its people the very best.
Dr & Mrs Paul T.

Helen C. and Helen V. - July 2011 - Birding tour

Overall, the tour worked very well. Thank you.
All the hotels were good and many were excellent. We particularly like La Varangue, Jardin du Roy, le Paradisier, Anakao Ocean Lodge and Mananara Lodge. The itinerary was excellent - lots of nice places and different habitats for birds. We would have liked one more night in Isalo - perhaps one less night in Andasibe ?

We loved Madagascar - we enjoyed the people, the places, the landscapes, the birds the hotels, the lemurs and the cold climate in July ! Both drivers were excellent - friendly, knowledgeable + courteous, careful and safe. Most of the tour guides were also excellent.

We certainly will recommend your company. We may also visit again ourselves + with use of Cactus Tours.

We have enjoyed this holiday and we will recommend Madagascar and Cactus Tours to our friends! We will also write to the Bradt Guide to qsk them to included Cactus Tours in their next edition. Please pass special thanks to Dorique and Parany. We saw 101 species of birds on our trip.
Thank you for a lovely holiday.
Helen + Helen.

Hajee Family - Singapore - July 2011

We are very happy witht the arrangements. The hotels are also very nice. The trip was intense but good. Planned very well. We are very pleased with the points of interests covered by the itinerary.

Of course, we will recommend you.

Richard R. Australia - June 2011

We felt we were very well looked after and that Cactus was keen to give us a great Madagascar experience. We were very happy with the itinerary and Faly's input when were planning it. We were shown a wide variety of different things and had the opportunity to modify the program a little bit as we went along in order to cater for our special interests.
All of our tour guide and drivers were good. Frank and Nassar in the north were very good. Vola is a good guide who brought a woman's touch to the job. Ludo and Jose were exceptionnally good - especially on the road to the Tsingy.
The two of them worked well together as a great team.

Jennifer C. and Simon D. - UK - June/July 2011

The arrangement was excellent. Charlie was very helpful, efficient and prompt. The airport transfer was goo and all the initial meetings. Generally, all hotels were good. We particularly enjoyed the Lac Hotel. Le Grenat was a friendly place.

This trip gave us a good introduction to Madagascar and covered the main habitats and cultural highlights.
All the guides and drivers were pleasant and professional.
The car was spacious and comfortable. Certainly, we will recommend Cactus Tours. Thanks you so much.

Ralston and Carolyn B. - UK - June 2011

Very good arrangements. Meet-and-greet was prompt. Guide was prompt at required times.
Our guide was excellent, attentive, helpful and informative during the Western Baobab Safari tour. We do recommend Cactus Tours especially for those that like adventure travel.

Elain S. - May - UK

We had a great trip and will recommend Cactus Tours to our friends. Please pass on our warm regards to your team!

Antony P. - April 2011 - Australia

I had the most amazing time, and it was with a heavy heart that i has to leave, Thanking you and all your colleagues for your organisation and assistance prior and during my stay to have made it so wonderful. The arrangements were very professional and efficiently handled. The itinerary was also excellent. The timing was good considering my constraints and the delays with the domestic flights.

My driver and tour guide Njara was excellent! friendly, knowledgeable and extremely a good driver. The car was always immaculate & comfortable.

Most definitely, will be doing all I can to pass business your way. Fantastic time, want to come back and see more. A special thanks again to all who were personally involved for making my trip so wonderful.


Gorman and Faie F. - April 2011 - USA

I just wanted to tell you again how much Faie and I enjoyed our adventure in Madagascar. Cactus Tours are certainly the professionals when it comes to organizing adventure holidays in your magical island nation. All of our arrangements were handled with great care and all of the Cactus people who guided us along were wonderful. We miss them all. Thank you again, Mr. Faly for taking such good care of us and seeing that all of our requests were handled professionally and responsibly. A client could not ask for more.
I might mention that I have mentioned Cactus Tours to others who are also interested in organizing a holiday in Madagascar. Most notably, Mr. Peter M. and his wife will likely contact you. I know they have already checked out your web site and are impressed with what they saw. That along with our recommendation will probably bring you two new clients. I sure hope so as Madagascar is not to be missed. i know that others are also interested in contacting you.
Once again thank you for everything.

John and Yvonne G. - June 2011 Australia

Wow we enjoyed Madagascar!!!! What a wonderful place.

Just want to thank you enormously for the most wonderful experience Yvonne and I have ever had. Madagascar is incredible. What a fantastic, beautiful country Madagascar is. Our experience was made all the more outstanding by your incredible staff. Everyone from Cactus was outstanding. They are a great credit to your company.Von and I are telling all of our friends and just about anyone who will listen how good Madagascar is and how wonderful Cactus Tours is. We are urging people to go to Madagascar and to contact Cactus. Please feel free to use Von and I as referees in anything you do. We will be delighted to tell people how good your company and your country is.

Tania & Alex - March 2011 - Spain and Italy

The arrangements were good from the beginning.
All the hotels were appropriate especially Sous le Soleil de Mada.
The itinerary was really good. Nice people, different landscapes and the canoe thing was really exciting.
The timing was perfect. In two weeks, we got to see many things: We could follow the program without any inconvenient.
Mamy was a wonderful guide, respectful and full of knowledge. We got to love him. The two canoe men were also really helpful.

Vonjy was a great guide and driver. he knew perfectly how to transmit his knowledge and his love for his country, through him we to love Madagascar. He was also really patient with us, everything we needed he tried to make it happen. Your team was really professional and at the same time they made us feel like at home. We do not have enough words to thank them everything they did for us. Keep doing so well. We loved the organisation, the tour and the activities. We will recommend your company to our network.

Thanks so much!!

Claire and Stefano - Honeymoon- January 2011- Italy

Overall, we are 110% satisfied with our trip!
Absolutely amazing,the personnal touch were unexpected but extremely appreciated! Charlie handle us the whole way through: dreaming up a vacation, meeting us at the airport and working at the back-office to make everything run smoothly. If we can manage another tirp of this size not only we will use Cactus Tours, but we will try to come back to further explore this beautiful country.

We will definetely recommend you. In heartbeat! You can definitely use as a reference contact.

MacGlame. - October 2010 - Canada

We were extremely impressed by the services at Cactus Tours. Everything were arranged perfectly and we were taken care of very well. Everything was far better that expected. We saw all we wanted and northing was missed. We were also supprised with good condition of the vehicles!

Woodwards.- October 2010 - Canada

MADA and the people were fabulous. Cactus Tours did an amazing job organizing and executing our trip. As we requested many different things in little time - the itinearary was very well done!
Our main interests: Culture, plants and animals. Dispite mostly researching the genetic uniquness of MADA, th people are what I enjoy the most, and I will remember most!

Richards - October 2010 - Canada

I am so impressed by the level of professionalism show by all involved. We had a wonderful trip that would not have been as good if we had not used your company. I expected to have a few problems, but there were nothing. The guides were excellent and made the trip so much more interesting by being able to provide history, etc. that we would not have otherwise known.
All personnel involved exceeed expectations.l Thank you to all and please extend our thanks to all guides and drivers.

Linda & Chris - United Kingdom - September 2010 - Australia

Madagascar surprised us!
The people were really friendly; the food was excellent; the hotels, lodges and camps we stayed at were great; the scenery was amazing; As we were particularly interested in the fauna and the scenery, our interests were catered for perfectly. We were fortunate enough to see all the animals we wished to see, and to see some fantastic scenery
We could change timings to suit our interests – meaning that evening walks could be fitted in when required, and we could leave early to get to places we particularly wanted to visit.
We had a brilliant trip – thanks for all your help with it.

Maureen - September 2010 - Australia
I was very hapy and feel that Cactus Tours takes good care of its clients and provides little touches that made me fee like the needs of the traveller are well understood. Other tour groups were envious of us at times. The guides were thinking ahead, helpful, knowledgeablea and thoughful. Thanks guys.

Henning and Bente Thogersen - September 2010 - Denmark

We have been very pleased with the whole arrangement and we think that Cactus' team has done an excellent job. The drivers and tour guides did marvellous job as well. We really enjoyed our tour. Nature and culture has been our focus, and we got it! Thanks and good luck.

Bart and Ilona - May / June 2010 - Holland

The hotels were extremely good. Our itinerary had no remains. We made our own itinerary and for us, it was perfect. For birding, May is not a good month but it was our own choice. The guide was very knowledgable about nature and culture and was very caring. His english was very good and he was flexible (following our needs). The landrover we use was also very good and necesimages on some roads.
Although the travel was not cheap, it was more than worth it. Our expectations were more than fulfilled. Thank you very much for everything. We will never forget this great trip to this fantastic Island. We defenitely recommend Cactus Tours!!

Mel and Goeff - May 2010 - New Zealand

The arrangements were very good and we are happy with all the aspect of our tour.
The itinerary was excellent but we need more time I guess … to shop. We were very interested in lemurs, birds, people and culture. Also history. The car were excellent. The tour guides were GREAT as well!
We are very grateful to Cactus Tours for making our honeymoon so memorable and we look forward to another trip to Madagascar!

Gabrielle - April 2010 - Australia

We appreciated the flexibility and the ability to change arrangements.
Thank you for a wonderful trip. We wish had some more time to enjoy the country.

Betros - April 2010 - Australia

Arrangements: 10/10 – wonderful organization. Really appreciate to re-arrange the itinerary at the latest moment. Itinerary 10/10 – Interests on Madagascar 10/10 – Hotels 9/10 – Tour guide 9/10. We will absolutely recommend you other people.
The trekking in Masoala was great also. The porters and cooks were excellent. Great holiday!

Peter - April 2010 - Australia

The arrangements were very good. In short time we had, I think we did the most we could do and all of the major attractions in the area. You also made a fantastic choice of the hotels. Most of the guides, Vola, Emil, Frank, Alain were FANTASTIC!! Parany was also good.
The 4x4 cars in Ankarana were great and most of the mini vans as well.
Yes, we will definitely recommend you.
All arrangements were great. Many thanks to Manda for the efforts he put in changing our itinerary numerous times. Much appreciated.
Very glad we used Cactus Tours for our quick introduction to the amazing things Madagascar has to offer !!

Nils - January 2010 - Denmark

My trip was very very well organized. Very good choice of the parks and sites to see. Everything was perfect in particular the Tsingy in this rainy season. Cactus used the right equipments like the landcruiser II and especially the mountain bikes were very useful for the last part before arriving to Bekopaka. My main interests were the everyday life of people, geology, politics and arts. I was very well informed on these subjects.

Cactus organized a very very good and professional tour. Many thanks to the team.

16 days journey: Antananarivo - Ranomafana - Tulear - Morondava - Tsingy - Andasibe - Palmarium.

Wagner M. Tour leader - November 2009- United Kingdom

What can I say? How do I start to tell you how successful the trip was and what a surprise Madagascar and its people were to me? I write books for pleasure so I could very easily write 100,000 words about my experiences with Cactus and the island but, there is no time for that and you want, in the fewest words possible, my impressions!

We loved it.

I now know that you can offer every level of travel in Madagascar. We have been telling people here that Madagascar is a 'must see' before they die and that we have the right contact for them to work through and we hope that this will encourage some, at least, to go and see for themselves.

We were lucky to have Laza as our driver. He was a real asset and was soon much loved by the group. As for the staff that you do have control over; all I can say is that if they are a representation of the quality available to you then Madagascar has got something very right, it was quite refreshing. Parany was a delight, all the way through and really deserved far more than he earns. We don't know how much, of course, but he was terrific and taught me a lot about dealing with groups, I usually just shout at them and tell them to hurry up and get on with it! Too many school trips I guess. John, in Tana, Zeze up north, and all the local guides in each Park ....... all were a wonderful asset to Madagascar and its people and we cannot speak too highly of them. I still dream of Rhum, ginger and vanilla! I have two bottles in the cupboard soaking until we have our group reunion party in February. Soa ny Fiarahantsika !

Sara L - USA - November 2009

I searched around the internet last week for a Malagasy tour operator, and found one that looked very promising – Cactus Tours. Manda, the head honcho, got back to me within 24 hours, and we arranged everything through phone and email.

Vola and my driver picked me up at my hotel at 08:00. We drove off through the beautiful red-and-green rural landscapes around Tana. Winding through the rice paddies that have turned into brick-manufacturing sites, Vola explained that the population of Tana had exploded so rapidly that a lot of the arable land had been taken over by people spreading from the centre, and the lowlands had been mainly inhabited by poorer people.

In the hills, we passed a grouping of small houses where the homeless of Tana had been relocated a couple of years ago; it’s now a community managed by a religious organisation. The homeless, who now have homes, are taught various income-generating skills like weaving and carving. And when they have enough money to be independent they can move out on their own. It’s an interesting concept, and one that I would like to look into more.>> Read more

Thompson - November 2009- United Kingdom

The arrangements worked very well. Didn’t quite know what to expect. Very nice greetings in Nosy be with Garland of orchids! The car is very modern and the tour guide and driver are excellent. I was most interested in wildlife, crafts, agricultural, food, fruits and plants.

To see such poverty in towns and countryside and yet see happy smiling people despite their hardships was incredible to me. In the West, we have other frightful problems, we might have “better” run countries but the natural sweetness and family life of people getting on their ploys was an absolutely redeeming element (for me in contrasting my life with yours).

Pullar - October 2009- United Kingdom

The arrangements are well coordinated. The itinerary is comprehensive and illuminating. The timing is excellent. How you managed it all, I do not know, but WELL DONE! Most enjoyable and informative visit to an island. People who are inventive, pleasant and smiling.

We will definitely recommend you.

Frances T. October 2009- United Kingdom

Well done Cactus, Manda and Co. You did us proud. Enjoyed your company and meeting your family Manda. What a magnificent country and people have made a last impression. We will definitely recommend you to other people.

Wilson - October 2009 - United Kingdom

All the hotels were up to our expectations. We were especially interested in the people, in the conservation its unique flora and fauna, in the beauty of its country, in its diversity and in its beaches. Our two guides were both excellent. They could not have done more to make the holiday the pleasurable experience it has been.
Madagascar is a wonderful country. Its people were almost always welcoming and friendly. Its countryside and beaching are stunning. I was very impressed with the National Parks services and quality of its guides.

The fact it is so backward and poor. Was in many ways a pleasurable experience for us. But the country will have to develop but I hope that will not destroy its unique character, as has been the case in so many further parts of the world.

Elisabeth- October 2009 - United Kingdom

Elisabeth S. / UK – October 2009

Well done Cactus for an excellent trip. I enjoyed all ones stops and observing the artisans at work. Our picnic were great – both sorts what a treat to drive road such a beautiful country. The friendliness of all the people came across was daylight.

Thank you for having us.

Larsen- October 2009 - Denmark

All the arrangements were very good. Our accommodation also. The programme was very full and covered everything we wanted to see. Very good. Excellent timing, some very full days and some leisurely ones.

We love being in Madagascar. We loved meeting the people. The beautiful country side and wildlife were excellent and better hat we had ever dreamt of. Thank you for giving us a wonderful holiday.

Jana K. September 2009 - Germany

All the arrangements – very well organized; all points of the program as described. Concerning the hotels, Sakamanaga was very nice but we enjoyed nearly all. The guides were kind and have high knowledge about nature, history, culture and language. Level A guides for Bernis and Gege. As you know, we have already recommended Cactus Tours to people and we will continue. We had a very great time here and wish your company lots of nice clients.

Tsi mafoi Madagascar – Veloma ! (we cannot forget Madagascar – good-bye).

Keitel J. - August 2009 - Australia

We would like to come back and see more. Naturally, enjoyed the lemurs but mostly loved meeting with the peple, the children in villages. Our guide/driver was excellent and always very respectful to his passengers. The car is also perfect for the type of road.

The itinerary covered so many different areas of Madagascar, many if not all the interests were covered. Thank you for showing us a diverse and wonderful country.

Bellas A. - July 2009 - Australia

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Madagascar and and travelling with Cactus Tours made everything very easy. I would love to return some time + would not hesitate to use Cactus Tours again.

Our guide was excellent and attentive to our needs. All the guides in the National Parks were also excellent. I also liked our hotels and most of them are higher standard than I expected.

Thank you for your hospitality and for your help.

Tove A. - July 2009 - Denmark

I owe you and Your company a very large THANK YOU for the most wonderful holiday I ever have had. Now I have been i Copenhagen for one week and I haven't found my own feet jet. More than 600 photos has to be arranged and many of them will be put into a power point show, so I can force my friends to watch and hear about wonderful and interesting Madagascar!!!

I send You my warmest thank for all your help under my stay in Madagascar.

Barry B. - July 2009 - USA

Cactus was very helpful. The arrangements were made based on our requests and we appreciated the suggestions of the train ride. Our best hotels were Jardin du Roy and Hotel Paradisier.

Gaetan was excellent. I would not imagine a better driver or a better companion. The Best. The vehicle was also very adequate. The timing between stops was well-planned and the itinerary worked out very well.

It is a great time to visit Madagascar. The limited number of people one meets in the parks makes the scenery all the more special.

Jodil and Angenys - June 2009 - Denmark

Smiling and beautiful people in most the most fantastic nature but save the rest of the forest! Our driver was driving safely. The guide was helpful and mostly very clever. The arrangement was also very good but hard for normal tourists (as we are not).

We will recommend you as many as possible.

Hope to see your some of your team in Denmark some day.

Veronica - April 2009 - Spain

Thank you for helping us out so many times. Your guides and drivers were very professional. A smaller car would do. The hotels were all very nice.

Overall, very impressive and we will definitely come back again for another tour.

Garry - April 2009 - USA

I and Jenny had a wonderful time in Madagascar and would really like to return in the future. Well done Cactus tours for organizing this part of our trip.

Donna and Paul H. / USA- Aug 2008
We came to see birds and lemurs.  We saw all endemic bird families and lots of lemurs plus camilliones.  The city tour in Tana with Vola was informative, interesting and enjoyable.  She was most helpful in getting money changed and mailing our post cards.  All bird guides were great.  They worked very hard to find us the birds we wanted to see.  I especially enjoyed Hari's narratives of Malagasy culture and history.  Danny's trip to the winery was a speical treat we did not expect.  ANJA was a special place we really enjoyed - a mixture of history and nature.  The paper making demo and shop were a highlight of our trip. All three drivers were pleasant men who spoke good English to get by.  Hasina was especially enjoyable.  His English was so good that he could converse with us and joke around with my husband who has a great sense of humor. We got so much more from our time with him because we could understand all that he said and because he would tell us so much about his country.  Both cars were comfortable and more than adequate. 
We most certainly will recommend you to other people.  We were very happy with Cactus tours
We found Madagascar to be a very friendly, safe and easy country to visit.  People were helpful when we needed it, especially with our language barrier.  I wish I had taken my French dictionary to help us read the menus.  There was little begging, other than the bag men at the airports who could be relentless.  We needed more small change at all times.   Bottled water was cheap and easy to get.  I did miss my diet coke which I could not find anywhere.  Weather was as cool as I was warned, but I still was not prepared.  Jeans and a fleece would have been better than my shorts.
Thanks so much for making this a memorable trip for us and for all your help and concern.  We always felt well cared for and safe.  Best wishes to you and all your wonderful staff.   Paul and Donna H. MI USA  PS  We enjoyed watching the Malagasy march in to the Olympics in China.

Kathleen R. and Mekaela W. - Germany- Apr/May 2008
Everything was well organised. The itinerary was well planned with good relaxation at the end. Madagascar has lots to see and to learn. We were impressed by the always friendly and helpful people. Got good impression of different ways living of Malagasy people.

Our tour guide was funy, well informed, skillful and safe driver - good company who made us feel very comfortable in this beautiful country. The car was also very good, ideal for difficult terrain. We will definetely recommend you.

Keep up the good work. We felt very well looked after and left as Guest and not as tourists in your country. MERCI BEAUCOUP. Misaotra BE. A BIG THANK TO YOU!!!

Madeleine G. - Canaris Island /Spain- Apr 2008
Cactus was very quick to answer to our emails and offers good answers and solutions to our questions.
Since we had requested mid-range hotels, the selection of our hotels corresponded to our choice.
The itinerary was also pefect for a first time in Madagascar.
We found that April was a very appropriate time weatherwise.
We will certainly recommend your travel agency to all the friends who want to come to Madagascar.
I had no expectation before coming to Madagascar and was pleasantly impressed by people's gentleness and politness.
Thank you, Madeleine. G.

Neil - Erica - Suzan and David /Australia
Last year Neil & I with Susan & David joined one of your trips to Madagascar. On our return Neil was asked to present our pictures and give a lecture on Madagascar to a Cultural Society. Many people were very moved by what they saw and heard and recently we met a lady who has booked a Cactus tour for later this year. So I thought that I would contact you to say what a wonderful experience of Madagascar you gave us and to let you know that it some small way it has returned you some more business.
Best wishes to all the great guides and staff of Cactus tours.

Carole B. - Canada/Thailand - Apr 2008
All the arrangments were prompt and well-organized and our correspondence was clear/concise.
There were a variety of hotels and different levels of comfort and services. The classic RN7-going south which was perfect for a first time trip to Madagascar.
Bary, our drive was super in all respects. Yes, we will recommend you to friends who want to travel in Midrange lever and have some soft adventure.

Madagascar is a fascinating country with so much to offer but also with so many challenges to face.
Many thoughts questions were raised during my time here e.g can tourism develop without a negative impact on the environment; can the population's living standard equally improve without damaging the unique fragile environment; can the destroyed/compromised environment be regenerated ?

A. Hajee - Tanzania - Mar 2008
As I mentioned at our brief chat at the Palissandre, we had an absolutely fantastic stay in Madagascar.
YHow to Book, vehicles and driver/guides were all great….Parany was exceptional. Please do him our best regards.
We would love to come back to Madagascar with your company and will certainly recommend yHow to Book to any/all of our friends who want to visit Madagascar.
Keep well and ahsante sana for a great trip

G. Clark - United Kingdom - Nov 2007
Here we are back in is dark, dreary and cold...wish I was back in Madagascar!
We had a really good time and some fabulous memories of our trip (it certainly was unique!)....thank you again for all your organisation and effort. It all went very quickly...I can't believe I have to go back to work tomorrow.
We hope to return one day and rest assured we shall be in contact with you at that time. If any of our friends decide to visit I will refer them to you.

Fontanini - Australia - Sept 2007
We have finally arrived back in Australia safely after 4 weeks in South Africa. . No time to talk now but our Madagascar trip was magic. Thank you and your trustworthy and helpful team. Cheers Fontanini.

Nesova group - Russia - August 2007
We were very happy traveling with Cactus Tour Company and would like to thank everybody who worked with us for all the efforts that made our holidays an unforgettable experience. Dear Manda perfectly planned the itinerary and we must thank him for amazing assistance and control of every our steps and wishes during the trip. We had excellent and very professional driver and no problem with the car while long and difficult journey! Our driver/tour guide was like mother caring her children, always attentive to our requests, very corn pone and pleasant. It is special recommendation for long drive trip! The guides throughout the various places we visited, were prompt, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to spend our time with. We would like to recommend Cactus Tour Company highly to anybody who are going to travel to Madagascar.
Once again, many thanks for everything you and CTM did for us. It was just amazing and we loved every minute of it! We have great memory from the warmest island Madagascar.
I don't mean climate but feelings that fulfil the heart while thinking about our last trip. Thankfully Yours.

Francesc Costa - April 2007 - Spain
About one year ago, I decided to make a trip to Madagascar.
I sent several emails to some Madagascar Tour Operators to make me a proposal for an individual tour.
I received several offers but Cactus Tours was the only one that, from the beginning, understood that I was looking for something made just for me and not the standard tours every tour operator has. We made many changes to the first proposal because I did not need to spend my time on the beach as we have in Spain very good ones, I wanted the best hotels available outside Tana, I was not interested in trekking, spending the night in a tent etc. and finally we found an itinerary we both felt comfortable with.
And the only thing I can say is that everything went as planned and was really perfect with no surprises or problems.
Cactus Tours is not a big Tour Operator and I guess that this is a big advantage because they can still treat the customer as a friend and not as one of the many people they are moving around the country.
Madagascar is in Africa and I guess you know that everything can happen, the weather can always be a problem and life is never as we expect but I was very lucky and I hope you too.
If you want, you can contact me at fcos.sun _at_
Good luck. Francesc Costa

Pr. Gylys - Lithuania - July 2007
Trip to Madagascar was very interesting and very impressive, Thank you and your team very much for that. Our return to Lithuania was successful as well. Actually we missed our plane to Frankfurt due to late arrival from Antananarivo to Johannesburg. As a compensation for delay we spent one day more in South Africa (in very good hotel for free) and returned to Frankfurt as the business class passengers (instead of economy). So, all was O. K. Thanks you once more. Best wishes to you all from my wife and me.   Best regards

Daryl - March 2007 - United Kingdom
We used Cactus Tours to arrange our honeymoon.  We spent 3 weeks in the country, travelling by car with a driver from Antananarivo to Tulear, then on to Anakao and finally flying on to Anjajavy in the North. Cactus Tours arranged accommodation, transfers by boat and air and provided our driver and car. 

The accommodation was all of a good standard, with friendly helpful staff and the food was fantastic. Our driver was also great.  He spoke English - which is unusual in Madagascar - was really trustworthy, helpful, knowledgeable about all aspects of the country and everything is done in your own time. When we trekked through Ranomafana and Isalo the guides that Cactus Tours provided were amazingly knowledgeable - we would highly recommend either tour. Most importantly, Cactus Tours were more than happy to work with us to create the honeymoon we wanted. We were able to tailor our itinerary to suit our needs, and their advice was invaluable in enabling us to do this. Nothing was too much to ask of any of anyone we encountered.  Manda, the owner, even came and collected us personally when we arrived in the middle of the night! - We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Madagascar and would highly recommend visiting the country with Cactus Tours.

The Sims' - United Kingdom - March 2007
I would like to thank you for all your work to make our Honeymoon perfect.
Martin's Guest house was beautiful in Tana and a great place to stay, a perfect host after a long journey. All the other hotels were just as great. We seemed to have the best room everywhere we stayed and nicole loved her flowers at every meal.
Danny was an excellent driver and very knowledgeable about Madagascar and the people, very easy to spend time with on long journeys. Narindra was also very helpful taking us to the Ambohimanga site.

If you require any references for any english travellers please let me know. The Sims'.

Aina- Norway - November 2006
We would like to thank for a very nice and interesting tour in your beautiful and very special country. We enjoyed every minute even it was pretty hard sometimes mostly because of the heat and maybe because of my age although I travel a lot and feel very strong. If any of my friends wants to go to Madagascar I will recommend your company. Best regards Aina K.

Comottos' - Italy - August 2006
Thank you very much for the beautiful holiday you arranged for us. We really appreciated your hospitality and professionality in organizing everything. We found your team very efficient and professional. With our warmest regards

A & T. Comotto.

Meurer's - Germany - Nov 2005
We often remember the beautifull days in mada and talk about it with friends, but meanwhile the can´t hear it anymore, but I think, it is a pure envy.
I´m sure, that we are comming back to madagascar. Not next year, but we´ll come !!!!

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