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Isalo National Park is a huge area to explore and we only had one day. Our lovely guide Roxy explained about the zebu cattle, the burial customs and the plants for their healing properties as we wandered along the pathway to the huge sandstone formation...More
Isalo NP is offering a wide range of different hikes. We chose to trek up to the "Black Pool" what is a round tour through open plains,up and down the rock formations, opposed to burning sun, into dense forest narrow gorges until reaching the Black...More
My partner and I visited the park a little nervous as he is on crutches. Thankfully we had an amazing guide to slowly do the shortest hike with us. Because of the pace, our guide Santatra was able to offer us sooo much rich and...More
Our guide William, chosen by our excellent tour agent Encounter Madagascar, was brilliant. He was knowledgable and enthusiastic and we found all sorts of insects hiding in the bushes. The camp site was a mass a tourists and we were off season so it must...More
We are a friends of 4 persons and had 11days trip in Madagascar, where we visited 3 different national parks, all of them has their own unique highlight and worth to visit. Our guide suggested us to put this natinal park in our list to...More
Give yourself at least a day to explore this interesting area. Hire a local guide to explain the features and point out all the wonderful insect camouflages that Madagascar is so famous for. There some interesting endemic plants there too.
Wear covered footwear, bring plenty...More
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Each national park in Madagascar has its own registered guides (e.g. in Isalo they are around 60 I think) that you have to hire to go in. Even if you go with an agency, they will have to book one of these guides for each... More
Each national park in Madagascar has its own registered guides (e.g. in Isalo they are around 60 I think) that you have to hire to go in. Even if you go with an agency, they will have to book one of these guides for each specific park you go. Which means that, for example, you cannot use the same guide for e.g. Isalo and Andasibe- Mantadia.
For the national parks, we booked all our guides on the spot and I would say we had generally very good ones (especially in Andasibe-Mantadia!). However, we had good help from our driver, who would call the guides he knew and they would suggest other ones. What we generally tried to do is to go to the park entrance the day before, where the guide office is, to find a guide there and discuss the itinerary etc with them. The park office also has posted outside the prices for the guides depending on the hike duration so you do not have to bargain. Also, it has a list with all the names of all the registered guides and their phone numbers. So, I would just advise you to go outside the park the day before and arrange it there. You can also check on the threads here for good reviews of guides and call that ones - you will find their names there! Also, Lonely Planet gives the names (and phones) of a few good guides per park. You do not have to book anything in advance! Just go there :)