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Tours by local organisations

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Tours by local organisations

We are considering a tour either by Za tours or Island Continent tours.

Does anyone have experience of using either of these organisations?

Has anyone booked a local tour before arriving in Madagascar and needed to pay a deposit? I understand Credit Cards can only be used if you are there in person. Can anyone suggest a safer way of paying than a bank transfer?

Thank you for taking the time to reply

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11. Re: Tours by local organisations

My husband and I just returned from 8 days in Madagascar. We had a guide from ZA Tours and he was great. I would not hesitate to recommend the company. Madagascar is a fascinating country and the people are the true treasure. I can also highly recommend La Croix du Sud in Fort Dauphin, Le Pavillion d L'Emyrne in Tana and Berenty Reserve and Vakona Forest Lodge for accommodations,

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12. Re: Tours by local organisations

Taking a local tour guide is working with local manner : Mostly, agency ask to pay /to wire the entire amount when you confirm while local tour guide will ask for a small amount of 50Euros or 100USD for cushion. At your arrival, you will meet at the airport and make a contract at your hotel the day after. Before the departure, you will be invited to pay 80% including the cushion. You pay the remaining 20% at the end of the trip. It is safer.

You may ask how would you do to travel with cash? - No! Local tours doesn't take in charge your international flight. You travel with a very small amount that they charge you. You can hide it well as the currency is in Euro or USD with "big banknote" ex. 50, 100 or 500, etc.

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13. Re: Tours by local organisations

In order to prevent issues or falling in the trap of rogue guides, it is very advisable to book the services of a guide through a professional and liable tour operator.

Tour guides are not allowed by law to sell tours. You may only book a tour from an accredited tour operator. More details can be found here: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293808-c192064/Madag…

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