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Serious question. We have some post-covid (although it’s not really “post” yet is it?) funding from the government of Madagascar and the World Bank through a program called Mandrisika, to analyse our existing products (we are a travel company based here in Madagascar) and to develop some new products. 

We’ve done plenty of tours with palm lovers but not really a specific “palms” tour where checking species off a bucket-list of must-sees was the goal. And, very few people have more than 2 or 3 weeks, so, a palm-hunting tour always has to be narrowed down and prioritised, you can’t see it all in the time most people have. Another thing that we know is that most folks underestimate the size of Madagascar and the complexity of getting to some locations and therefore overestimate what can be achieved in the time available. 

So my question is, if you were coming to Madagascar and you knew you couldn’t see all the palm hot spots here but had to pick some key locations or key species that you simply had to see, what would be your choices? Either must-see species or must-see locations… Thanks in advance to all who reply it’ll be really helpful to us and might mean we can have some off-the-shelf palm tours on our website next year. 

If you have already been here, it would also be useful to hear about tours that you have done in Madagascar, where you went, what you liked, and what you didn’t like. 

Thanks very much. Moderator, if soliciting information like this is not allowed, thanks to kindly delete my post. 



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Ill try to speak with Dr Balasky...who has made 20-30 trips to Mad

. For those interested there is a instagram & facebook group  Teach for Madagascar which grew from our projects building schools in rural villages

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Jeff Searle

Been there twice. Marojejy Mtns. were  unbelievable! All the way up to Camp Level #3. Also down to Monronsetra to Camp Tampolo. Spent a total of 7 weeks on both trips. In all my travels all over the world, Madagascar and Sarawak were the best.

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Romanafana and isalo.  Just because 

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Thanks to those of you replied, it’s appreciated. I’ve not given up on this project…

So far we have:

  1. Masoala
  2. Marojejya
  3. Isalo
  4. Ranomafana

I’d like to expand a bit on my question. Would people be interested to camp at all, if it meant visiting a site like Tsitongambarika, as described in Palms Vol. 56(4) 2012? This is now an organized campsite with established tents and no equipment required. 

Thanks in advance to anyone who responds.



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BS Man about Palms

@Len Any input?

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