Good reasons to choose us
After all, if we cannot be passionate about what we do, how can we expect our clients to be? Plus within every aspect of our entire holiday collection, we spend an inordinate amount of time on painstaking research, examining the tiniest detail, constantly evolving what we do and adding so many subtle touches. Making sure flight times are as convenient as they can be and accommodation are as good as possible within their categories, we aim to create genuine pleasure, education and entertainment.
We offer you an unforgettable journey through time and culture, breaking through any obvious ‘veneer’ to the real destination beyond. Of course, you see the classic ‘sights’, many with guided tours, but you also visit fascinating, probably more intimate places, perhaps less known but often even more intriguing. Your included and substantial range of hugely informative tours It allows you to explore much more - so you learn and appreciate fully the country through which you journey.
Our simple, honest approach illustrates with great clarity why many are choosing us. We realise we can never achieve perfection – but it will never stop us trying!, and the harder we continually try the more we will always exceed our clients’ expectations!
Safety and reiability
High standards of safety and quality control, combined with practical field-knowledge and reliable logistic infrastructure, are critical for traveling in and around Madagascar. Our service standards, well-studied logistic network, well-trained staff allow us to maintain real-time control over all aspects of tour operation so you can relax and enjoy a safe and reliable Madagascar experience.
24 hour on-call support
Madagascar is a safe country, however, Your safety comes before anything else. We monitor events developments in the country. Before you travel with us we ensure you are equipped with our 24-hour emergency telephone number, in the unlikely event that you may need it.
100% financial protection
Every holiday we sell is protected by our insurer Company Malagasy Insurance and Reinsurance "Ny Havana", whose headquarters is located in Antananarivo Building NY HAVANA 67 HA – B.P. 3881: in the unlikely event of our insolvency, will ensure you are not stranded abroad and will refund any money you have paid to us for an advanced booking.
A PASSION FOR QUALITY – NO COMPROMISE
When you travel on a NDAO-i-Travel holiday, you can be completely sure that all aspects of it will have been worked on with passion, to obtain the best quality result. With many companies, even some household names, this may not always be the case – especially if they simply ‘badge’ a tour already operated by a local company in your chosen destination. This often results in disjointed multilingual commentaries, or an itinerary that isn’t as tailored as you’d expected. We personally select every single element of our holidays - from hotels and suppliers, to local guides and visits - so they’re exactly right for our clientele, with absolutely no compromise. All of our tours are managed by our own tours leaders, who have been trained. Plus you’ll have 24 hour, emergency telephone help if required, for complete peace of mind.
THE UNIQUE NDAO-I-TRAVEL STYLE
Finally, our clients often tell us we have a style unique in tour operating - a real family ambience; we have been told by clients ‘it was like travelling with family’ and ‘it was like coming home’. This is exactly what we set out to achieve: most importantly treating our clients as individuals, tailoring our service to be flexible and catering for all needs.
There is simply no substitute to creating the very best possible holidays and offering the very best value for money. There’s so much to see and experience on our holidays and if you want to take part in everything that’s fine, but if not, that’s fine too. If you want to see the sights on your own, no one will put any pressure on you not to. This is something our clients really appreciate – the freedom to explore. We hope you enjoy learning about our superb, carefully selected destinations as much as we’ve enjoyed creating them and genuinely hope to be of service to you and share our passion for travel!
PERSONALISED TRAVEL SERVICES
With highly personalized individual travel documentation, and a dedicated consultant to supervise every stage of your booking, the level of service we offer is second to none in Madagascar. On the ground you will be met and greeted at the airport of your arrival, and thereafter looked after every step of the way by personnel for whom your needs and wishes are the absolute priority. However, before you even get to that stage, we positively relish the challenge of helping you design your perfect itinerary – to create the journey of a lifetime!
Our regular clients constantly tell us our staff, truly are outstanding. Selected for their extensive knowledge, being multilingual with a naturally caring disposition, and having outstanding organizational ability plus exceptional people skills, they are then thoroughly trained by us. All our holidays are managed by our Tour Managers. Caring, professional and reliable in the event of any problem, our clients say that being with them is like being with a trusted friend who clearly love the destinations: it’s a passion, not just a job! You’ll learn far more from our staff than you would from many guidebooks – and their enthusiasm and intimate knowledge brings your holiday to life.
Together we aim to build a tourism industry that brings pleasure to all those who travel with it, a future to the places and people that provide it and value and responsibility to all of us involved in supplying it.
Wildlife tourism has become a highly significant source of income in many developing countries, and we have seen a steady increase in the number of people travelling to enjoy wildlife in its natural habitat. Yet without control, rapid development has the potential to endanger wildlife and its environment.
We are proud that our business serves an important role as a positive economic driver providing commercial benefit and financial impetus to the communities and areas we operate in.
Whilst recognizing the importance and need for this economic benefit, we are also sensitively aware of the ecological and social impact of our activities on these communities and local environments. As a result it is always our endeavor to evolve and balance our operations in a manner that maximizes the positives while reducing any potential impact.
NDAO-i-Travel specializes in experiential, active Madagascar tours and destination management services, offering packaged and tailor-made adventure, wildlife holidays, ecotourism, trekking in the rainforest and explore the Massive Makay, this the last Edem, the Lost World, honeymoon and luxury tours across Madagascar for families, small groups, independent travellers, professionals and amateurs in the field of botany, biology and photography.
With an elaborate network of ground logistics, preferred-access partnerships with hotels and resorts, national parks and private reserves across Madagascar, NDAO-i-Travel offers complete end-to-end destination services that include: itinerary planning and research, full-service arrangements including hotel and travel reservations, trained multi-language guides and support staff, transportation, boats, motorboats and catamarans, quality quad and camping gear, obtaining regulatory permissions and clearances for professional expeditions.
Our experience of inbound tour operator, niche adventure expertise, innovative products and quality of service are well-established and recognized by our guests, in particularly from Hong Kong, the USA, Germany, Holland and Russia.
Our catalogue of programs range from soft and moderate trekking, quad raids in the north, east and west Madagascar to more skilled and high-altitude activities across the Andringitra National Park and the massive Makay in the Highlands, or tropical rainforests in the Masoala National Park and Marojejy National Park in northeastern Madagascar. These include moderate to challenging trekking programs and specialist experiential adventures for families, small groups and independent travellers. Or programs range from simple but fascinating study Andasibe & Mantadia National Park and Palmarium to budget vacation on beaches. We offering our programs taking into account any of your passion, desire and budget.
INDEPENDENT CHOICE, UNBIASED ADVICE
We are 100% of the Malagasy company. As more and more small so-called ‘specialist’ travel companies disappear into large organizations, we are fiercely protective and proud of remaining completely independent and totally owner operated, which means we decide exactly what to offer you, and why. We don't own any lodges, nor do we own any ground agents or transfer companies. We simply choose the best lodges and guides for what you want to do.
We’re passionate about being an independent company - not part of a large, multinational, often impersonal organization. And people mean we’re free to create the very best holidays, whilst providing the best value for money. All our staff undergo based annual training, building unrivalled knowledge so they can advise you personally about your holiday, based on their own invaluable experience. This passion and commitment to quality, thoughtfulness and value are our guaranteed hallmarks. With NDAO-i-Travel, helpfulness with a smile comes as standard – we care about your holiday as much as you do!
OUR PRICE PROMISE – NO HIDDEN COSTS OR SURCHARGE
Our holidays offer outstanding value for money; you miss nothing of importance and our fully comprehensive itineraries include the ‘must see’ sights and experiences, plus a whole host of less famous visits you will just love. However many companies sell some of these as ‘optionals’ adding to your overall cost. Our pricing is transparent and clear. It includes essentials like taxes, “fuel” supplements, transfers, outings, and visits to national parks and private reserves and there are no hidden extras. We’re proud that since our inception, we’ve never levied a surcharge – even when currency, fuel and more recently tax movements were excessive. Our ‘no surcharge’ guarantee means that whatever happens after booking, the price will not increase.
Equally, we do not artificially inflate our initial prices to offer ‘early’ or ‘late’ booking discounts which merely mislead as to the true cost of your holiday. Plus such actions leave a nasty taste in the mouth of our most loyal customers, those who travel with us often and book when they are ready. And our policy saves you the trouble of shopping around trying find your holiday cheaper elsewhere – you won’t. Some may call us old fashioned, but to us it’s just being ‘moral’. We have never discounted, never will and have been told many times just how much this is appreciated by our clients. This is just another factor in what makes us different.
HOW WE ARE WORKING
NDAO-i-Travel specializes in tours to the Madagascar, with unrivalled knowledge and experience we are committed to bringing you the finest adventures available. No other region on earth offers the diversity you'll discover in the Madagascar; spectacular natural sights, challenging and rewarding activities and encounters with some of the world's most rare plants and wildlife. The possibilities are endless.
WILDLIFE TRAVEL EXPERT
Our team has travelled the country, has been wildlife guides, ornithologist guides and tour leaders, and has years of experience in the travel industry. We continually research, explore wilderness areas around the country to update our expertise and to consistently arrange outstanding trips for our travelers. We offer you a safe, enjoyable and educational wildlife adventure, put together by people who have ‘been there and done it’.
We offer the widest range tours in Madagascar, along with adventures through the Highlands and the Deep South, as well as a little studied Northeast. With a large number of exciting itineraries, you can experience epic journeys through the national parks of the west and Northwest, relaxing on the beaches of the coast or the small islands, delve into the traditional life of the Malagasy, walk in the massive Makay or raft the Manambolo river or Tsiribihina river to Tsingy de Bemaraha National park.
We really excel at tailor-making your trip to your needs. You may want to see certain species or visit particular parks, reserves or lodges. You may want a private plane or helicopter and high class car, or need to travel at a certain time of year. Tailor-making works whether you are an experienced traveler or trying out a wildlife holiday for the first time, wanting to enjoy a wildlife experiences as part of an occasion like a birthday, honeymoon or anniversary, or a busy executive in search of a short wildlife fix.
You can enjoy complete flexibility in planning and booking on all our tours for a truly customized Madagascar holiday that is in your budget and personal style. Traveling around a theme or exploring something in particular? Our tailor-made holiday experts are eager to assist in planning an experience that fits your requirements putting you in complete control of your next Madagascar holiday..
TOURS TO SUIT YOU
Most of our tours include a mix of activities, culture, wildlife and sightseeing, so you get a little bit of everything, but we also offer a range of dedicated tours for those who want to focus on a particular activity. Specialist tour types include walking (trekking), birdwatching, whalewatching, photography tours, gastronomy tours, fishing, luxury tours, and more. You can also choose the comfort level for you, so it's up to you whether you'd prefer to camp in the great outdoors or sleep with a roof over your head.