About a Charter Holiday in MadagascarWhat is a - Charter Holiday
The greatest advantage of a charter holiday is that you do not have to pay extra for meals, excursions and activities; you are able to visit and experience far more than if you were land based and that you have exclusive use and privacy wherever you go.
A charter means that you are not restricted to the area in and around your lodge but that you are free to move away, to the more deserted reefs and beaches.
A charter means you and your group have exclusive use of the catamaran you have chartered. You will have a crew of three – a skipper, chef and deckhand.
Each night you will sleep in a different place – always a safe, sheltered anchorage where you will enjoy peace, quiet, calm water and chilled sundowners on deck – another night; another island.
A charter includes all meals prepared by a local chef, all activities such as fishing, snorkelling, kayaking, sailing as well as all excursions to Tanikely Marine Reserve, Nosy Komba Lemur Park and Lokobe National Park.
All at no extra expense!
The only real exclusions from the price of a charter holiday are your drinks and crew tips. You will eat well – fresh fish, local dishes, crab, prawns, calamari, local fruit and veg and wicked desserts!
Not only the oldest but also the fourth largest island on our planet, Madagascar is an unwrapped birthday gift. The greatest part of her is undiscovered and unexplored; zoologists and botanists are discovering new animal and plant species almost every day and the magnificent menagerie that live here are almost all endemic.
"Most of Madagascar's wildlife exists nowhere else in the world. The entire island is a hot spot of biological diversity, a treasure house of natural riches that is one of the most significant on earth.
Each species has adapted in its own way to the extremes of climate and landscape. But many of them are under threat from loss of habitat, from climate change and from hunting. They are the same perils that face so much of the world’s wildlife. But here they are especially poignant. Madagascar is an unrepeatable experiment; a set of unique animals and plants evolving in isolation for over 60 million years. We are still trying to unravel its mysteries. How tragic it would be if we lost it before we even understood it."
Sir David Attenborough.
Or, as a potential client has just put it: “I’ve been receiving your newsletters for a few years now, and think it is time to go to Madagascar on a sunny trip as my 11-yr old daughter is convinced there won’t be any lemurs left soon!” Nicola Nel.
She is right – 91% of Madagascar’s lemurs are facing extinction. The lemur is the most endangered of the world’s primates.
Tourism CAN help. Tourism is the cash injection the Malagasy economy desperately needs to boost the infrastructure; to offer a viable alternative to deforestation and to the devastating ‘slash and burn policy’ used by the locals to grow their precious rice.
Mike and Harriet Joao first visited Madagascar and Nosy Be in 2006 and spent 7 wonderful days on charter with friends. Within the year they returned a further four times this time chartering another boat.
“Each time we fell in love further with Madagascar and her people. Seeing a gap in the charter market and coming across Gecko by chance in Cape Town we put the two together, recruited a great crew, kitted Gecko out with everything we, as clients, either missed or enjoyed and set sail for Nosy Be.
From this charter business grew a much bigger operation and MadagasCaT Charters & Travel was created. In the years since our first visit we have returned more than 40 times between us. We have explored almost every corner of this remarkable island - and have developed a unique relationship with the lodges, drivers and guides across the country and pass this experience, knowledge and passion onto our clients.