(Antananarivo, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Antsirabe, Ranomafana, Fianarantsoa, Isalo National Park, The Masoala National Park)
Embark on an epic journey through a bizarrely beautiful land of leaping lemurs, baobab trees, carnivorous plants, tropical rainforests and beyond perfect beaches. Discover Madagascar’s incredible biodiversity which has earned it the nickname of “The Eighth Continent” on this in-depth small group tour led by primatologist, Travis Steffens.
Guided by Steffens, head deep into the heart of Madagascar’s rainforests in search of elusive lemurs on walking and boat safaris. Whether it’s by day or night, there is no one better able to share the forest’s secrets as you spot the rare skittish fosa, golden bamboo lemur, and the tiny mouse lemur. Having worked, lived, and studied primates in Madagascar, Travis has an in-depth knowledge of not only the wildlife, but also the country’s culture and traditions. Learn about his charity, Planet Madagascar, which is focused on informing locals of the dangers that lemurs face and how conservation is key to help protect these bizarre creatures while still encouraging tourism. Thomas Carlyle said, “A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge,” which rings true throughout this incredible journey. Contribute to local development – from environmental restoration, malaria education, and the maintenance of a primary school with heart pulling visits to a collection of special projects. Watch the magic of the admirable Malagasy people come to life as you explore ancient anthropological sites, visit villages, dine with locals, and watch a traditional Betsimisaraka show. From safaris through Ranomafana’s rainforest, the biodiversity of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park the hustle and bustle of Antsirabe, and culturally packed Fianarantsoa, to the otherworldly landscapes of Isalo National Park, legacies of French colonialism in Antananarivo, and Madagascar’s final frontier Masoala, adventure and life changing experiences await round every bend.
This tour brings you all that Madagascar has to offer, and to top it all off, concludes with stays at an eco-lodge tucked away deep in the rainforest-covered northeast coast. Accessible only by boat, this jungle hideaway relies on solar and battery power, making for a truly immersive stay. Time here is spent giving back to the local villages and getting to know Madagascar on an even more intimate level as you kayak, snorkel, hike, and swim through this unspoiled peninsula.
Price is $9650 per person based on double occupancy. Tour departs June 1st 2014.
Minimum group size 6, maximum group size 16. Please note departures are not guaranteed until 120 days before travel, and we advise you do not book international air until the tour has been confirmed. Deposit is due upon booking, and refundable up until 120 days before travel. At 120 days before travel, and upon departure guarantee, final payment is due. Minimum traveler age is 18.
Your host, Travis Steffens, is a primatologist with a passion for conservation. He has dedicated his life and research to community development efforts, environmental education, eco-tourism projects, and international awareness in Madagascar. Considered an expert in the field, his current research is on the impact of habitat loss and threat of extinction posed to lemurs, a primate with 100 different species (many of which are endangered) endemic to the isolated African country.
In addition, this 21st century explorer founded Lambas for Lemurs, a conservation education program seeking to inform local Malagasy people of the dangers lemurs face, promote the protection of these primates, encourage sustainable living and help locals understand how conservation efforts can help attract tourism. While not living in Madagascar, Travis brings travelers to remote wilds in Africa, Central America, and the Canadian Rockies. Travis holds a BSc and MA in Primatology and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto.
Meet your in-country representative at the airport before setting out on this unique Malagasy adventure! Transfer between the airport and your hotel.
This evening is at leisure, settle in and prepare to begin your adventure through Madagascar.
Lokanga Boutique Hotel is an original Malagasy townhouse which has been furnished throughout with antiques and family souvenirs, inviting guests to journey back to the early twentieth century. Lokanga Boutique Hotel offers only 6 comfortable and exclusive rooms, each with breathtaking views over the capital, a desk, a private bathroom, individually styled and decorated with family antiques and full comforts: WIFI, mini-bar, heating during winter. After a day in the bustle of Antananarivo, guests can relax on the tea terrace and enjoy the breathtaking view out over the old city centre.
Begin this Madagascar adventure by exploring the capital and largest city in Madagascar, Antananarivo. Discover the colonial history of this ancient city, and find out the reason why Antananarivo was once named "the city of a thousand." Marvel at the goings on and the daily routines of these Malagasy people. Highlights of this tour include a visit to the Old City, and the palace of the Queen, which will introduce you to the architecture and urbanism of this dynamic African city. No tour of the town is complete without a moment's pause on one of the hills to take in the view over the city. Finally, we stop at the Tsimbazaza Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
Dinner tonight is included. Take this opportunity to meet your fellow travellers, and get acquainted with your host Travis Steffens.
Depart from the Madagascar capital, Antananarivo, and travel along the hillside twisty roads towards the Eastern part of the island. The first scheduled stop will be at the Pereyras reserve for the first glimpse of Madagascar’s unique biodiversity and fantastic Chameleon Sanctuary. Continue along to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, where you will start a discovery tour of the nocturnal animals and primates that inhabit this unique and distinctive National Park.
The Lemur is a strepsirrhine primate endemic to the island of Madagascar. The actually word "lemur" derives from the word lemures (ghosts or spirits) from Roman mythology, and was first used to describe the nocturnal habits and slow pace of certain creatures, which applied perfectly to the habitual primates of Madagascar. Shortly after humans arrived on the island of Madagascar some 2,000 years ago, there were some lemurs as large as a gorilla. Today, there are nearly 100 species of lemurs, and most of those species have been discovered or promoted to full species status since the 90's.
Dinner is included.
The Vakona Forest Lodge has been designed in an authentic, traditional Malagasy manner, boasting the architectural characteristics on the local buildings. Each of the 28 bungalows which have been built in a Madagascan style and has its own terrace. The dining room also offers a spectacular view of the forest as wells a cozy, warming fireplace. There is a pool and sun deck and a number of paths and sign-posted trails lead you to the middle of the primary forest.
Begin the day with a hike through the rainforest to discover the natural Malagasy flora and fauna, as well as the famous Indri lemurs. The Indri lemur is one of the largest in size and has a lovely thick black and white coat. The Indri is well known for its loud, distinctive songs this helps you locate them within the forest. Other lemurs which can be seen in this area are the red-bellied lemur, brown lemur, and lesser bamboo lemur. The park is also a place to spot the nocturnal lemurs - brown mouse lemur, greater dwarf lemur, eastern woolly lemur, sportive lemur and if you are lucky, you might see the elusive nocturnal Aye Aye. Along the way stop for some relaxation at a picturesque waterfall. This day of touring is filled with beautiful landscapes and a variety of wildlife.
Almost half of the world’s chameleon’s population (60 different species) are found only in Madagascar. They are known for their ability to change color as these reptiles can alter their appearance in response to changes in temperature, light, and mood. By rotating each eye independently, chameleons are able to see all sides and directions without moving their heads, making meals out of flies instantaneously!
Today, depart towards Andasibe, making route to Tana and then drive southwards to Antsirabe. We will cross the highlands via the famous national RN7, which leads to the South of Madagascar. A lunch-stop is scheduled in Ambatolampy where the opportunity presents itself to meet the passionate villagers who make handmade pots and other frequently used household items. In the afternoon, we will reach the town of Antsirabe, known as the "Vichy Malgache" and famous for its thermal waters and rickshaws. This highland crossing continues into the region of Betsileo, for a stop in the town of Ambositra, famous for its workshops and Zafimaniry Wood Carvings.
Lunch is included.
Couleur Café is located in Antsirable the beautiful city of the highlands of Madagascar. It is made of bricks, tiles and wood in a green setting. The ten brick bungalows are located in a pleasant garden area and the main building has a communal lounge and restaurant. There is also a small shop, where you can buy souvenirs. The rooms have high ceilings and are light and airy. Each has an en-suite bathroom with a shower and there is also a fire place, which is very welcome in the colder winter months.
Today, before you depart for Ranomafana you will enjoy a morning lemur trek. Your journey today will take a full day, and will include multiple stops en route.
The Setam Lodge is set above river valley, in a heavily forested area just inside the boundaries of the Ranomafana National Park. Each of the 10 bungalows provides scenic views from there perched hilltop location of the dense rainforest and river below. Each of the 20 chalet rooms is located within the 10 bungalows.
Today you will visit the Ranomafana forest, which is known for its 4 species of bamboo lemur. The most common is the lesser bamboo lemur which can also be seen in Andasibe. The greater bamboo lemur is very rare and only known for 2 locations, you may find them by hearing the crack of big bamboo stems as they feed. The star of Ranomafana is the golden bamboo lemur "Hapalemuraureus" which was only discovered in 1986 whilst researchers were trying to find the greater bamboo lemur. The Park was created soon after this discovery. The largest lemur in the park is the elusive Milne-Edwards sifaka, often spotted high up in the forest canopy. You should also look out for red bellied lemur, who live in couples with their offspring, and red fronted brown lemurs which live in large groups. Ranomafana is a birding hotspot but finding birds in the dense forest can be very tricky - an early morning start is essential.
In real life, the island of Madagascar has no lions, giraffes, zebras, or hippos, unlike the animated movie! The fossil record shows that hippos once lived on the island, but scientists think they went extinct about 1,000 years ago. These hippos, known as pygmy hippos, were much smaller than their African relatives. The largest mammal-carnivore on the island of Madagascar is the Fossa, a close relative of the mongoose. Often compared in size to a small cougar, the Fossa feature semi-retractable claws and flexible ankles allowing it to climb and descend trees head-first.
Start the day off bright and early as you head out on a hike through the forest for a day of exploration. Set out on foot, accompanied by a local tracker and an expert park ranger, to the deep regions of the National Park of Ranomafana. The park’s star attraction is the golden bamboo lemur, often found grazing amongst the bamboo thickets. Marvel at the colorful bird-life and uniquely beautiful flora and fauna of this rich natural habitat. Return back to the hotel for lunch before heading out to explore the old town of Fianarantsoa, perched high on the scenic hillside. This unique location reflects the different stages of colonization which have taken place during the history of Madagascar.
The Villa Sylvestre is located in the heart of Fianarantsoa, enjoy the large beauty of the capital Betsileo. This hotel features preserved heritage of three generations, this charming residence built in 1920 holds the traditional style and architecture of the Malagasy. The rooms are all decorated for your comfort combining both modern and traditional style. The staff at the Villa Sylvestre, are sure to make your stay memorable and as enjoyable as possible.
This adventure continues as you depart the highlands area and travel further South towards the semi-dry landscapes of this truly diverse island country. The first scheduled stop of the day is in the small town of Ambalavao, one of the cultural hubs of the country, boasting a variety of architectural treasures and quaint houses. Enjoy a visit to the entirely natural Paper Factory in Antemoro. Here, inlaid paper is created from plants and flowers which will be exported all over the globe to create some of the world's most famous and beautiful greeting cards. The day’s journey is completed upon your arrival into Ranohira, the main town outside Isalo National Park. Isalo National Park is home to some of Madagascar’s most stunning scenery, with barren landscapes, twisted rock formations and extraordinary plant life.
A trip to the Anja community reserve furthers your cultural learning as you visit ancient anthropological sites and tombs important to Malagasy culture. Countless lemurs call Anja home and can be spotted playing around as you help contribute to local development – from environmental restoration, malaria education, and the maintenance of a primary school – visits to this reserve assist countless local efforts while bringing you up close to spectacular wildlife.
The Isalo Rock Lodge is a modern and stunning 60 Room Retreat, positioned high in the Sandstone Mountains, overlooking the Isalo National Park in south western Madagascar, providing guest with some breathtaking views. Whilst luxury abounds in the hotel with all modern amenities, Isalo is home to many species of flora and fauna, including, the Giant Chameleon and the renowned Lemurs.
Spend the day exploring the almost lunar landscapes of the Isalo National Park. Travel through the deep canyons of this stellar location. Visit the wonderful waterfalls and natural pools as they pass, providing an ideal opportunity for a refreshing swim or some memorable photos. Your day comes to end as you enjoy viewing the natural beauty of the sun-setting below the horizon of this stunning national park.
The Tenrec is considered one of the first mammals to arrive on Madagascar. Although it looks very similar to hedgehogs, or otters, they are not closely related to any of them, their closest relatives are some other African, insectivorous mammals such as golden moles and elephant shrews. When scared, these little dynamos curl up in a ball and extend their spiky hairs to protect themselves from predators.
Depart this morning bright and early on a coastal drive to the city of Toliara. En-route you will hear an explanation about the numerous villages that have been formed during the period of the sapphire rush. Also make a pit stop at Antsokay Arboretum. The Arboretum has a collection of over 900 plant species from the southwest of Madagascar, 90% are endemic to the region and 80% have medicinal properties. Many of these species are recognized as endangered.
The Petignat family has dedicated itself to the conservation of the island's endangered plants since 1980. Today, the Antsokay Arboretum offers an overview of the regional vegetation with 900 species, 90% of which are endemic, including the famed Baobab. The centre offers guided tours which are highly informative for tourists and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
Enjoy your flight from Toliara to Antananarivo - the flight will take roughly 1 hour. Transfer on arrival to your hotel.
The Tamboho Hotel boasts an exceptional setting created by a combination of traditional African authenticity and modern upscale amenities. The hotel is located near a lot of Antananarivo Tana city area highlights including the Zoma, the Independence Avenue, the Queen's Palace Ranavalona, Tsimbazaza Zoo, the riches of nature and the Malagasy lemurs, Ambohimanga and his palace, and a variety of marketplaces boasting crafts, basketry, wood carvings, semi precious and precious stones. This 30 roomed hotel offers a restaurant boasting European cuisine and flavors of the islands, heated swimming pool and a la carte spa treatments. Enjoy the reception area design, its cozy atmosphere and quality services in an atmosphere Malagasy. With free WIFI connection, available throughout the building, Tamboho is one of the best hotels in Antananarivo Madagascar.
This morning you will transfer back to the airport, and relax during your flight from Antananarivo to Maroantsetra. The approximate flight time is 3.5 hours.
Nature lovers will be in paradise at Masoala Forest Lodge. The primary rainforest is home to the gorgeous Red-ruffed Lemur – one of the planet’s most dazzling mammals! White-fronted Brown Lemurs are common in the coastal forest and Dwarf, Mouse, and Woolly Lemurs are regularly seen on night walks. Madagascar is known for its Chameleons and some of the most impressive examples are found at Masoala. Brightly coloured Panther Chameleons are regularly seen whilst it will probably be one of the sharp eyed guides who points out the tiny Stump-tailed Chameleons. Barely a few centimetres in size these diminutive dwellers of the leaf litter compare dramatically to the enormous Parson’s Chameleon – the planet’s largest chameleon. The spectacular rainforest at Masoala is one of Madagascar’s best birding spots. Sightings of the incredible Scaly and Short-legged Ground-Rollers are regular. Mixed species flocks can contain an incredible diversity of Vangas – the islands most celebrated bird family. The unbelievable Helmet Vanga being the star of this show whilst the much scarcer Bernier’s Vanga is a tantalizing possibility. The Masoala rainforest is also home to many valuable timber trees, such as Ebony and Rosewood, and rare palm species, including the biggest palm in Madagascar, the “Red-ruffed lemur palm”.
A transfer is provided between Maroantsetra and the Masoala Forest Lodge.
The spectacular rainforest covered peninsula on Madagascar's northeast coast forms the backdrop for the Masoala Forest Lodge. Accessible only by foot or by sea, with a maximum capacity of just 12 guests, the lodge is a haven of tranquility. A luxurious outpost lost in time and nature, a place to relax, explore and connect with the natural world in its entire primordial splendor.
Guests at the Masoala Forest Lodge are treated to an eco-inspired array of activities.
For those looking for further adventure, various exploratory excursions by boat, foot, or kayak are made available to some truly amazing locations including the Antalavia River or the islands of Cap Masoala.
Guest can head out into the sea on various aquatic adventures. From the sheer spectacle of whales purging the seascape to the thrill of reeling in a truly "Big-One", Masoala Forest Lodge offers the very best in water based entertainment.
A huge diversity of life dwells below the warm waters of Antongil Bay. Snorkelling the reefs in front of the lodge will produce a colourful selection of hard and soft corals, reef fishes and other marine life. Green Turtles, Bottlenose Dolphins and Hump-backed Whales have all been sighted when in season.
The warm, coral rich water of the Tampolo Marine Reserve offers exciting snorkeling right off the beach.
The in-house sea kayaks are ideal for exploring the islands, reefs, rivers and deserted beaches of the dynamic, sheltered coastline. They can also be used to simply enjoy a picturesque sunset over the forested mountain ranges along the water.
As the camp terrain is level, dry and well kept many easy and safe walking trails surround the facility. Enjoy an afternoon of relaxing, or get out and enjoy the surrounding habitat.
Tonight will be your last chance to enjoy the company of both your fellow travellers, as well as Travis. Enjoy one last meal together, in this natural paradise.
A transfer will be provided between the Masoala Forest Lodge and Maroantsetra.
Relax during your flight from Maroantsetra to Antananarivo today. The approximate flight time is 3.5 hours.
Transfer to the Antananarivo International Airport for your onward flight home.
November 08, 2012
"I am a world traveller and this was one of my Top 3 vacations ever! Kensington Tours did a great job with EVERY little detail, from the planning to being met and catered to every step of the way. Our favorite lodges were Tau Pan in the Kalahari, Botswana & Moon Mountain in Sossusvlei, Namibia. We especially loved the Batswana people and all the animals we saw at Camp Moremi on the Okavanga River. The highlight of our trip was actually our stay in Swakopmund when we stayed on the South Atlantic & went for an exciting boat ride to see all the sealife up close and personal (like a seal coming onboard the boat!), a rollar coaster dune ride in a 4 X 4!! the balloon ride over the red sand dunes over Namibia and several champagne brunches in the middle of the desert. Also, will never forget all the sundowmer game drives which ended with our favorite cocktail, watching the sunset with wildlife close at hand!
Unforgettable. Thanks Ivona for planning it all!"
October 26, 2012
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Re: Steven Weru Kinyua, Kenya tour guide
We recently returned from a wonderful 8 day tour of Kenya with Steven, he is an exceptional individual. But one example: As we returned to the Samburu lodge from our first game drive, Steven pointed out a young, sick-looking lion in the shade of a tree. We observed it momentarily and soon returned to the lodge for dinner.
The next day Steven mentioned he had reported the weak young lion to the local Samburu ranger. Steven explained that due to the arrival of a new alpha male in his pride the young lion had likely been chased out before he was able to hunt for himself. He further explained that the young lion would be welcome back in a week or two, if he were alive. I pursued the full story w/Steven. The ranger Steven had reported the weak lion to had been unresponsive, indicating he would do nothing. Steven, unsatisfied w/that response told the ranger to report it to the Head Park Ranger, or he would. The Head Ranger agreed with Steven's analysis of the situation; bought 10 kilos of meat for the young lion; and directed his staff to feed it appropriately.
Steven understood the workings of that lion pride, and has an exceptional knowledge of all the wild animals of Kenya. Furthermore he has a passion for their well-being. He would not accept a lazy, disinterested response from the local ranger. During our trip in Kenya I had occasion to speak to groups of secondary school students. I related Steven's actions as an excellent example of a Kenyan's knowledge, passion and commitment.
One day Steven pointed out a cheetah. We saw the cheetah w/a young impala in its mouth. After the cheetah had choked the young impala, Steven explained the mother cheetah was calling her cubs --it was thrilling to see the 3 cubs come tearing across the plain creating a mini-dust storm in their wake. The mother gave the kill to her cubs. Steven explained they had to learn to open it up. Shortly she sent them off the kill, twenty paces or so, then froze, looking westerly. A lion, smelling the kill Steven explained, was moving off to the north about a 1000 yards away. Intent on the lion the mother cheetah remained frozen in place (as we're the cubs, mimicking their mother). After the lion passed the mother called the cubs back to the kill. Not 15 minutes later the lion came back, followed by yapping jackels, this time moving off to the east of the cheetahs. As soon as the lion appeared, the mother cheetah repeated her previous actions, sending off the cubs and freezing over the kill, intently watching the lion. Steven explained that the jackels were distracting the lion from the kill, knowing if the lion found the kill, nothing would be left for them. Again the lion passed off to the southeast, never able to find the cheetah kill.
This summary highlights events that played out over a 90 minute period. In that time several tourist rovers and vans came, took pictures of the cheetahs, and left. None of those tourists had a complete explanation of the scene that was playing out before us. Game-viewing w/Steven is a rich experience, a clear cut above the average.
In our time w/Steven we had lengthy conversations about the pluses and minuses of grass-burning, the challenges of maintaining wildlife corridors, park encroachment by locals, roadway underpasses for big game, etc. in addition we discussed ukabila and other political challenges facing Kenya. Steven Kinyua is an exceptional Kenyan guide. He has a wonderful sense of humor, and made our Kenya safari a wonderful learning experience we will cherish for years.
Mark Masterson, Ed.D."
October 18, 2013
"I am so happy that I used Kensington Tours to help with my dream trip to Cape Town South Africa. I was looking for a well respected tour company that planned private guided tours that was not going to cause me my leg, lol. I begin searching companies by reputation and value. I narrowed it down to Kensington Tours because of the quality and value. I felt taken care of prior to my departure due to the detailed itinerary.
From the time of got off the plane to the time I headed back to the states, I was in excellent hands. The service was EXCELLENT! I will definitely use Kensington again. Certainly, a trip of a lifetime!"
October 29, 2013
"My husband and I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Egypt. The sites were amazing and overwhelming. Everything was as promised. We had the most amazing pyramid view and Nile view from our hotels. Our itinerary included the most magnificent sites and we were accompanied by the most informative and friendly people. I highly recommend visiting Egypt. It is totally safe. Thank you to everyone at Kensington for this experience. It was so beyond our expectations!"
October 31, 2013
"From our greeter, who whisked us through customs in Johannesburg, to all our excellent drivers, guides and associates in Lions Sands, Cape Town and the wine country, everyone was highly professional, well dressed, well mannered, and well informed. Overall our tour worked like a superbly designed, technically perfect Swiss watch. An experience for the ages. Bravo!"
October 29, 2013
"This was a trip of a life time for me and I was never disappointed. Sylvia listen to me and give me exactly what I wanted in the way of a photo Safari as well as full tour of Cape Town and the wine country. I never had to wait one minute for a guide or any of the transportation provided. The people I dealt with along the way could not have been more courteous and friendly. I just cannot say enough about my experience with Kensington Tours, it was fabulous! "
Hanne Jones ,
October 24, 2013
"I have travelled all my life. I've combed much of Europe, from The arctic north in Norway to the streets of Seville in Spain, the beaches of Cannes and Nice in France and the medieval heart of Bologna in Italy. I've been on two African safaris (one tented, one not), both "luxurious." I've been on more than a dozen jaunts to India, some guided, others not. Over the years I have discovered that I had rather be lost and disoriented in a foreign country than submit once again to the unbending schedule of a guided tour. Hence I had given up tours of any kind, until Molly Kelly, an American Express travel agent, suggested I might want simply to list the places my friends and I wished to see in Morocco then let Kensington Tours make accessing them in an orderly way not only possible but thoroughly enjoyable as well. And this Kensington Tours did. They pulled our disparate destinations together and designed a far, far better route than we could ever have done on our own. They satisfied all our requests and threw in delicious additions, areas of interest we had never considered or even heard of. Our accommodations were well within our means and wonderful. Our guide and driver, not to mention our Mercedes SUV, could not have pleased us more. In other words, thanks to Molly and her recommending Kensington Tours, we had a sensational holiday. "
Anthoula Korina ,
September 05, 2013
"Africa had always been a myth in mind since I was child that was up until a week ago. I just returned from an epic safari adventure! Kenya, Tanzania and the Maasai are sorely missed.
Words cannot fully express the magic of this ever-flowing journey. It was awe-inspiring, breathtaking, free and powerful. My mind keeps playing tricks on me; thinking rather hoping that I'm going to see a giraffe cross a busy NYC street :)
The memories will resonate for a lifetime. To boot, I went on this trip solo; female traveler. Not sure any of it would have been possible w/out Kensington Tours!!! Thank you..."
July 12, 2013
"I had a wonderful trip visiting the mountain gorillas in Uganda. We were able to get really close to the gorillas and watched their interactions with each other. The local people are so gracious and made every minute a delight. The accomodations were great. I loved waking up in the morning to the sounds of the forest. The added luxury of a massage was a great way to end the trip!"
July 26, 2013
"Our family of 6 traveled to Morocco for a 9 day Imperial cities discovery, I was absolutely amazing. Our guide Lahcen Zaaim was the best guide we have EVER had and we have traveled to many countries. There was not one subject that he was not knowledgeable about. He made the trip sooooo memorable. He was so flexible and when he picked us up in the mornings to head out, he was talking nonstop to tell us soo much about everything we were seeing. There was soooo much to see in Morocco and he made sure we saw it all.. He truly has a gift in the touring business, you feel as if your leaving your best friend when the trip is over. When we got to the airport in casablanca, he spotted us before we saw him and of course, we asked him, how did you recognize us? He even went as far as to get the King of Moroccos artist to meet us at our riad the night before we left to return home late to do our names in moroccan arabic to frame, They were beautiful, He showed us a picture of the Kings Face he had done for the Palace! Lily Baffour from Kensington planned our trip and she was amazing, planning everything as she thought we would like based on what I told her. She did an Outstanding job and literally sent our Iteniaries by next day air in a beautifully done spiral bound personally book for each family that was going on the trip, SOOOOOO IMPRESSED and she even got the guide we requested!!!! I cant say enough about this trip and Kensington, we will definitely use again!!! We experienced a VERY different culture in going to Morocco and thats what we wanted, a Very different exotic trip and thats what we got!!!! Again our accomodations we Top Notch, staying in the TRuly authenic Riads, they were SOOOOO Luxurious, Plan on taking another suitcase or buying one there because you will buy more things to bring home than any other trip because of all the Handicrafts there, especially in Fes!!!
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