My 14-day Small Group Madagascar Safari
It was an old dream of mine, to see Madagascar and lemurs. At age 71 I realised that there was not much time left, so I shopped around on the internet and ended up on the NWS site. A small group safari seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. What did I expect? A well planned and organised tour with a good guide, accommodation of at least good tourist class and reasonably good food. What scared me a little was the possibility of being an old single man slowing down three much younger couples. That could have happened, but the actual truth is that we were five singles and a pair of friends. I was neither the oldest nor the weakest part of the group. To answer the obvious question; even in my age it wasn’t too physically demanding. If you can walk for five miles and take the stairs to the fifth floor, you are fit enough. I had with me a pair of collapsible walking sticks, I used one of them once but I would have managed without two. A couple of times our walks were on very uneven terrain in the jungle and I did feel tired at the end but never really exhausted. Usually the day after one could recover in the bus while travelling to our next stop.