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A travel to Madagaskar sound adventurously – and adventure is what our guests expect from us. Every tour is special and unique. Our main goal is to have satsified, happy guests, who return back home healthy and with lots of amazing new experiences. In the following testimonials, our guests tell you their experience, write critics and praises.




Dear Mr Negro,

I would like to give you some feedback about our holiday in Madagascar. The holiday was really unique, we saw so much, animals, landscape and people and were very impressed. Of course José as our guide made a significant contribution to this. I think we couldn’t have gotten a better guide. He also helped me intensively with photography, I learned a lot there. In addition to his extensive knowledge about the animals and the country, the different ethnic groups and their customs and much more, which he gladly passed on to us, José also suited us very well with his calm but open-minded nature. A really very pleasant and nice person. We felt in the best of hands. Also Mamy, the driver, was very nice and always available for fun. We also had the impression that we had the best guides on site. José said that we had also had a lot of luck with the animal observations. Almost all lemurs already had young ones, I hadn’t expected that, that was beautiful. I also improved my poor language skills in Malagasy and at least haggled a little with the souvenirs. That was a lot of fun.

Now our everyday life is slowly returning, but my thoughts are vehemently resisting and constantly remembering Madagascar, I think this is a good sign. At least the editing of my photos and the creation of a photo book will often remind me of this beautiful time. Thank you very much for the great trip!


Yours sincerely
Franz Bonzelett








Dear Thorsten,

We wanted to report from our trip and give you all great praise. Two thumbs up! 👍🏻👍🏻 Tanalahorizon can only be recommended!!

Everything was perfectly planned. José and Mamy couldn’t have been better travel companions for us. Both extremely likeable and very helpful and always at our side. We saw a lot of the country, learned a lot and laughed a lot. José told us a lot about the different regions and customs of the local people and was a wonderful guide in the rainforest. He also helped us out a lot when we didn’t get good and sharp pictures ourselves. José was also great with the animals and he is lightning fast in catching snakes (we saw a snake while driving by – he jumped out of the car and caught it to tell us what kind of snake it was). 🙂 Mamy is an excellent driver and has driven us everywhere safely. The car we had was very good.
The landscapes (from west to east) were totally interesting, the people in Madagascar unique. Always happy and friendly despite the great poverty. We were fascinated by how people live and how houses are built differently in different regions depending on what the country has to offer. We wish we could have brought the people in Madagascar things they could use for their daily life there. We had some things to share for the kids but we would also have liked to give the adults something useful. The accommodation in the hotels was simple and good.


The wildlife was great. We’ve seen everything that crawls and leaps through the woods. We hiked across country and through the forest in search of lemurs or chameleons etc. We have taken thousands of pictures and have to work through them first. There are some really great shots.


Thank you again for this beautiful adventure! It was better than we imagined.



Greetings from Arizona
Sabine & Charles Dalluge












Dear Thorsten,

three months after having joined your team on a personalised herping tour to Madagascar, Leonard and myself are both still talking about the great moments we had with your fantastic team, namely José and Mamisoa, our guide and driver respectively.

José is a marvel when it comes to finding animals, be it Snake, Chameleon or Frog. The number of species we managed to photograph superseded our expectations by far. Just amazing. Jose not only helped with finding the animals, he also helped in their photography, helping out with the flash and other technicalities. A job well done.


Mamisoa turned out to be a real expert driver. Not one single hitch or mishap came our way, thanks to his attentiveness and professionalism, but what we remember most about him is his sense of humour and patience when it came to us wanting to stop here and there for a photo or simply to enjoy the view.
As a matter of fact, we both feel we now have a couple of true friends in Madagascar, which by the way happened to have been on our bucket list for some time.


We must also mention the fact that having met your good self, more members of your team, like Dimby and also some of your other great guests, enhanced our experience. The evenings always turned out to be one of the highlights of the day when we could exchange the day’s observations and experiences.
And of course we are still stunned by the variety of wonderful species we managed to photograph. Most if not all reptiles encountered are lifers for us, as most of the fauna is endemic. We will never forget the Madagascan Tree Boa, the Leaf-nosed Snake, Giant Madagascan Hognose, the various species of Day Geckos, the Satanic Leaf-tailed Geckos, Panther Chameleon, Parson’s Chameleon, Leaf Chameleons and so many more species. And of course there is also the amazing Lemurs, like living Teddy Bears.
The list is never ending, but the amazing thing is that there are so many species to see that it will take more than one trip to really get to know the wildlife of this amazing place.

We both believe, after having experienced it for ourselves, that the only way to really get to know and enjoy Madagascar and it’s wildlife is with TANALAHORIZON, and Thorsten’s team of experts. Thank you.

Guido and Leonard









Dear Tanalahorizon team,

An unforgettable journey now lies behind us and we will talk a long time about this unique country with all its inhabitants and revel in memories.


The “Magic of the East Coast” has truly captivated us. The trip was perfect for us, just as it was. Because we were always at one destination for several days, you could really enjoy, discover something new every day and process what you had experienced. And thanks to our top guide José we have found so many different animals of all kinds. Even the night excursions, which I had some reservations about from a photographic point of view at the beginning, were so great that I find the pictures taken at night almost better than those taken during the day!


So a huge praise and thanks to José, who organized everything so well on site, took care of everything and answered and explained all our questions. We could really rely on him blindly and hope to hear a lot more from him. An equally big thank you to Mamisoa, our great driver, who took us safely everywhere. Always laughing and joking. Thanks to all the great local guides, who know exactly what we want and take all the time in the world and make the effort just to get these unique encounters paired with extraordinary pictures. Thanks to Dimby, who spent the last two days with us and made it even harder to say goodbye. Thanks to Thorsten for the top support and handling in advance. Your little “tourist manual” is really worth its weight in gold!


Many thanks to everyone involved for this wonderful journey with unforgettable moments, experiences, impressions and memories in this incredible country. It’s not out of the question that we’ll be back!



Best wishes
Lisa and Alex









Dear Tanalahorizon team,

Thank you for the fantastic impressions we received from Madagascar thanks to you. The care and service you have given us, especially the knowledge about the animals and how best to capture them on a photo, have far exceeded our expectations. For us it is certain that March 2018 was the first, but certainly not the last time that we traveled with you to Madagascar. There is still much for us to discover in this beautiful country.

Best wishes
Lars and Jutta Dwinger











Moin Thorsten,

we always wanted to contact you again and this is a good opportunity now because I’m traveling by train at the moment. We really liked our travel, it was a great experience and I think the kids had remarkable impressions, too.

The route with a mixture of culture, nature and animal kingdom was perfect for us. Inbetween I thought that the trip to St. Marie could be redundant since I’m not a friend of beach holidays and I thought the efforts linked with this part of the travel (long drive, ferry, expensive domestic flight with annoying weight restrictions) might be too much. I’ve never been so completely wrong. It was the crowning glory of the travel! Not only due to the unbelievable many humpback whales, but also due to the great accomodation, the lively conservations during diner at the long table andandand.

In the end, the travel team is the linchpin of such a travel. Mamy excellently chauffeured us as a considerate, circumspect driver who always was in a good mood. He has our fullest confidence and I looked over his shoulder to gain some knowledge about driving in Malagasy traffic (maybe I need it somewhen!). It is still a mystery to me how he managed to detect when exactly Anke took her camera during driving, because exactly then he slowed down the car to ensure better pictures.

José was definitely a lucky choice. This young guy also was on very good terms with our children. I’ve never heard our youngest boy talk so much English as when I heard those two discussing tv series, movies or games. I’m sure José had also fun while our happy animal watchings or during pirogue driving or snorkeling.

Of course, with this travel we somehow bought the pig in a poke, you never know before with whom you will have to hang around and how the accomodations will be. But trusting you really paid off and we felt completely well cared for. The travel was really worth the money! Anke and I can imagine to join one of the other travels, too. But first we have to work on progressing all the pictures from this trip.


Much obliged,
Ulrik and Anke Neupert





Baobabs




Hello Mr. Negro,

it’s been a while now since we came back from our travel, so it’s time for a feedback.


On behalf of the group I want to thank you most sincerely for the great planning and realization of the travel – everything went exceptionally well. We want to thank you especially for choosing Dimby as our guide – he was a perfect match for us. He is a prudent, humorous guide who always cared well for us. May it be the non-arriving luggage at our arrival day (unfortunately, we had such a delay coming from Vienna that we managed to reach the flight from Paris to Antananarivo, but our luggage didn’t), the quality of our rooms or wishes concerning lunch, drinks or shopping. He made it possible for us to visit a winery (although it was more an adventure than a degustation, but very interesting 😉 ), bought and tried with us all kind of ripe fruits and was responsible for our culinary highlight (Mad Zebu!!!).
Dimby has an outstanding knowledge about animals and plants, and always chose amazing local guides (especially in Ranomafana and Isalo). He is an excellent photographer and helped us to get a lot of great animal pictures.

Even our driver, Ayna, was very thoughtful and met all challenges (among others a flat tire) very professionally. We never felt unsafe.


Well, everything was exactly as you had advertised it: An amazing travel with many highlights. I did not want to miss any little part of it. Dimby made us even appetite for more – but for teachers, it is not so easy to travel for a long time at other interesting times (mating time of chameleons, bird watching). But maybe if I’m in retirement, of course with Dimby again!


In any case, we will for sure recommend Tanalahorizon!


Warm regards from Vienna
Gabriele Andre








Hello and good evening,

I just wanted to send a short feedback to you:
Mika, (our great chameleon finder) chauffeured us perfectly around the island. Everything went perfectly, no breakdowns, everyone was punctual, the car was always clean (we already wanted to pull off our shoes before getting in), the food (with few exceptions and breakfast in Madagascar in general) on the island is really outstanding – we did not expect everything like this and we are also not used to it from Africa. But, this of course was the other Africa. Even the domestic flight was punctual to the minute! 🙂 Probably we were just favoured by fortune. In Raphia hotel, we learned to know Swedish people, who had booked a car including driver via Europcar – they had nothing but trouble. Another confirmation that we did everything right with Tanalahorizon!

Anyway, we have seen and experienced a lot. And we hope for the island, that the incredible gentle and friendly people there learn how important it is to retain and rebuild their nature, the forests and the habitats – for the animals and in the end, for the people. I had imagined the island and also the highlands being much lusher. It is quite alarming how much land is burned to gain acre and charcoal… But this is a global topic, too, in the southern hemisphere. So long and many, many thanks for the perfect organisation. If I ever – and this is rather probable – want to visit the island again, I will get in touch with you.

Greetings from freezing cold Munich,
Gabi Grötzbach-Fischer










Due to our hobby, herpetology, Madagascar and its animal kingdom has been our dream for a long time. But we always refrained from a travel on our own, because we were worried about bad infrastructure, lacking tourism and thus bad hotels. That we both do not speak French was only the icing on the cake. By accident, we heard from a friend who traveled with Thorsten and Tanalahorizon some years ago. She allayed all our concerns and strongly recommeded to go. Originally planned for 2015, we finally made it in 2016 to the island and joined Herpeto Research Expedition Part II.

Our bottom line: WOW! The island has casted a spell over us! We had never thought that we would get up willingly at 5 a.m. with joy, walk sweating around at temperatures felt like 40°C and take cold showers for three weeks without a murmur. We had incredible much fun to look for and photograph animals, especially reptiles. The lemurs were another absolute highlight. This was only possible with great local guides inside the national parks and the members of Tanalahorizon team, that found animals with their experienced eyes we would walked by without noticing. Generally, we had a lot of fun traveling in a group. It was amazing to photograph together and support each other, talk shops and identify all creatures in our pictures in the evening together. This tour arised friendships we do not want to miss anymore.


A big thank you to the local team! We learned to know fantastic people, that accompagnied us as driver, guide, tour leader, cooker etc. Everyone mastered his task with flying colours, but as a team, they were unbeatable. As guests, we always felt welcome and after a short period of time, we didn’t even feel as guests, but as part of the family. With Mika as driver, we felt safe all the time and learned a lot about local life. Dimby and José cared for all our questions and problems, always with high spirits, and Eric and Andry pampered us during camping with really good meals.


At the end of the tour, we already knew: We will come back! There is so much more to see and discover, and there are so many places we want to travel to. We are already planning our tour for 2017, and we are looking forward to another travel with Tanalahorizon with huge joy. All that is left to say is: Veloma and see you soon!
Stefan & Stefanie Leber





Ines Teilnehmerstimmen












Ready for adventure – for a various and often bizarre animal kingdom, dragons and spirits of the forests – breath taking landscapes, that couldn’t be more contrastful between north and south and heavenly beaches? Then you’ve come to the right men with Thorsten and his team Tanalahorizon.

Since I watched my first photo presentation about Madagascar, I was fascinated by this far away country. Now, this is 15 years ago, and it was not before this year that I could realize my big dream. Seven weeks full of indescribable beautiful impressions and experiences are over – seven weeks, in which I learnt to love a country and its people, and since no day passes without me thinking of it. With all my heart, thank you Thorsten and your team!

In 2016, I joined Herpeto Research Expedition Part I and II. During the first tour, we were accompagnied by Christian (our bus driver) and Rapha. On the second tour, we were on the road with 4×4 and I had a real sunshine with Mika as driver. The fascinating animals of the national parks Ranomafana, Ankarafantsika, Amber Mountain and many others casted a magic spell over me. Never before, in none of my many travels, I had seen so many different and fascinating animal species. The experienced national park guides made us draw attention to every hidden and even the smallest animals – and those weren’t only a few – I only say Uroplatus and Brookesia. My goal was to see lemurs in Madagascar. But Madagascar exceeded all my expectations. Not in my wildest dreams I would have imagined such a species-rich nature.



The beaches of Ankify, Nosy Nato, Nosy Tanikely and Nosy Hara were our recovery from all the adventures. But also there I yielded my desire to explore and soon I was walking around with my camera, everywhere one could discover animals. At the beaches, the team came up with something really special: We had BBQ at the beach two times and it left nothing to be desired for gourmets. Everything fresh from the sea and cooked with love – simply unforgettable experiences. Two folklore evenings created a great atmosphere and quickly we turned them into German-Malagasy folklore evenings… :).


Dimby:
I know that tour coordinator is really understated for what he does. Dimby is the man for all situations – he is the sunshine of the Tanalahorizon group! He is guide, driver, animal spotter and outstanding nature expert, and anticipated us every wish. He was there when someone needed a phone card or if hotel staff told us with Malagasy serenity that there was no booked room. Even a cyclone coming closer couldn’t shock Dimby – three phone calls and he had organized people bringing us back from the island onshore. Questions about photography, about the camera or even when my camera felt in the sand and he helped me to free it from sand with a toothpick: Dimby is just always on the spot.


José:
He’s in education to become tour coordinator, and what can I say, one doesn’t recognize he’s still in training. José was always there, no matter if one needed help with translations or when ordering food or if there were other questions. José can also excel with his German skills.


Eric & Andry:
Two top cooks that have no equals. They surprised and pampered us during the second tour each day with tasty meals of the Malagasy kitchen. In Ankify, they even took over the hotel kitchen and conjured an amazing buffet. We honoured them as a group with two GaulMillau stars.


Christian & Rapha:
Christian chauffeured us safely with his bus through Madagascar. Even with pot holes as big as a truck, the bus cleared every hurdle. And even while driving, no animal was safe from Christian and Rapha – they discovered everything. One eye on the street and one eye looking for animals. It was just unbelievable, because they saw chameleons where I could only see bushes. 🙂


Mika:
His driving skills excited me already when driving along the beach in northern direction, needing 9 and a half hour for 140 km. With coolness he chauffeured us through felt millions of water holes, and safely guided us over all ferries. He even wasn’t shocked by the steep road to the Tsingy rouge – I moreover had the feeling that he had fun driving this rough terrain, and this joy was carried to us. He, too, always had one eye on the street, the other scanned the environment for chameleons. Simply unbelievable what he already discovered while driving!


Alex:
I always admired her knowledge about animals. Alex is a gold coin in knowledge! She is a very competent contact person, no matter if you have questions about animals or the country. In the evenings, we searched the field guide together to write down all the animals we had discovered before – and that were a lot. Small accidents, for example as I stepped into a sea urchin, couldn’t shock Alex – she was on the spot with her scalpel. Even my new friends – the leeches – weren’t safe from her. 🙂


Thorsten:
He’s the chief of the team and he brings all the threads together. Thorsten is open for every fun and also contact person for questions about animals and country. His 20 years experience in Madagascar are of benefit for the whole group. He knows the best local guides in national parks, and I think, he knows almost each animal personally. 🙂 For me, he mainly was my person concerning photography. He showed me how to put animals in the dense rainforest or during night walks in the limelight. Also during our milky way shooting on the island of Nosy Nato, he provided advice and assistance. Thanks to him, I have fantastic pictures of the Malagasy starlit sky.


In summary, I can say that my travel was a giant adventure, that you really need to have experienced once in your lifetime. No two days were the same, and this kind of traveling thrilled me – so you can find me next year’s spring on the “Return to the island of dragons” with Thorsten. This country is so big and there is so much more to discover – and you do it at best with TANALAHORIZON !!!!!


A very special thank you I want to say to the whole team of Tanalahorizon, who made such indescribable amazing holidays come true for me.


Misaotra betsaka!
Ines









Madagascar…

I don’t know anymore how long I’ve been wishing to once travel this country. Chameleons, day geckos, lemurs… it was my dream to experience all these animals in their homeland. Due to my hobby – I keep and breed some species of geckos -, I already knew Tanalhorizon from some internet forums. For years, I have been fascinated by images of different chameleons and travelogues.

In the end of 2015, I was ready and booked a seat for Herepto Research Expedition in east Madagascar. From the first e-mail on, contact with Thorsten was completely uncomplicated. All my questions (and I had a lot) were answered promptly, he booked the flights and gave me advice concerning equipment. I felt that I’ve been in good hands.

And then finally it was time to go! March 2016! I met Thorsten and Alex as well as two other guests at the airport in Paris, this was from where Thorsten had booked the flights. Of course, I had asked me in advance if a group travel would be the right thing for me? Being at the airport, I could answer this question straight away with “yes”. From the first moment, there was a great atmosphere – although we just learned to know each other then. The next day, we finitely arrived in our destination and from here, I try to be briefer and avoid going beyond my scope here.

Our travel led us to Ranomafana, Andasibe, Ankanin’ny Nofy, Ambodiriana and for relaxation to the island of Nosy Nato. Whether by bus or 4×4, our guides and drivers cared for us perfectly. I also want to mention Dimby (the local tour coordinator), this guy is worth a mint!!! If there was any communication problem, Dimby was always there to help!!! About the chosen accomodations, I can only say this: Far better than I had imagined. Everywhere we had nice hosts, a good kitchen and enough cold drinks… The forests, the landscape, the animals, simply everything was an unforgettable experience for me. About the variety of species, I felt like there was no prospect of an end. Concerning lemurs, geckos, snakes and of course chameleons – our guides always had an experienced eye to find them.

For a longer time, I’ve been around “snapping” pictures as a hobby, so I also booked a photo workshop with Thorsten. The first he said then was: “Switch off the automatic mode!” Still today, I follow this advice. Actually, the work shop ran the whole time, Thorsten looks over your shoulder, gives tipps and hints about aperture, ISO, exposure time and whoosh, snapping became photographing. As I looked at my pictures at home, I immediately noticed the difference. The pictures before the first work shop day were simply snapped, and then everything changed with the backgrounds, perspectives etc. I’m very thankful for this.

I’ve been back at home for three months now, and I think no day passed yet without thinking about this time. Fellow travelers became friends and what should I say… I’m with Tanalahorizon in April 2017 again! “Return to the island of dragons”, the name says it all.

My overall judgement of this travel: ABSOLUTELY recommendable!!!
Many thanks to Alex, Thorsten, Dimby and the whole Tanalahorizon team.
Markus Bartels







Hello Thorsten,

Hallo Thorsten,

Our travel “The eighth continent” took place with a mini group: Andrea and me as well as Dimby and Mamy from Tanalahorizon. Together we had fantastic, breath taking, funny and eventful holidays. We will surely become repeat offenders, too. And with that actually everything is sad; at least in short version.

At arrival in Tana, Dimby was already waiting for us. After welcoming he helped us to change money and buying a prepaid card for our mobile phone. Since Andrea already lost her glasses the second day, Dimby took her camera in some cases. What should I add about this guy, that has not been mentioned by many other travelers? Maybe this: Dimby proudly presented us his knowledge of German – “Alles fit im Schritt?” has pleased us so much that now even the manager of Palmarium knows this sentence. As already mentioned, there was also Mamy. With Mamy’s driving style, we always felt secure and he was a great addition to Dimby. Together we laughed a lot and had a lot of fun. Moreover, Mamy could recognize every cat without a problem – but that’s another long story Mamy can surely tell you another time.

Our accomodations were without exeption great; staff was very friendly and helpful. The food was also well, sometimes even too much with breakfast, lunch and diner. 😀 Well, and we’ve seen a lot. Everything we had intended to see long before the travel was there. And then many other things we had never thought of before, but Dimby pointed to. We always had plenty of time for everything; at eacht stop (no matter for what reasons) we continued only after us saying “Let’s go!”. But I also need to mention that we were very depressed about the people’s poverty. On the other hand, we admired how this people deals with it. Our biggest respect for this. We were already touched if a bag of jelly bears was rewarded with a heartly smile. Or like they were happy about us sharing some t-shirts. We were so glad that these people were so happy.

This wasn’t our last travel with Tanalahorizon.
We’ll meet again, Thorsten, Dimby and Mamy!
Best wishes from Andrea and Rainer Stratmann



Hi everyone,

we just turned up again in our everday life. The Madagascar tour was simply divine, Dimby as tour guide a real piece of gold! This guy appreared to be a two-legged chameleon: One eye watching the road as driver, the other eye watching nature and finding one or another chameleon. We got to see sooooo much of the flora and fauna, it exceeded our expectations by far, just amazing. Dimby and the guides always had a helping hand for us “old fools”, when a section of our track was a little more exhausting. When photographing, I always had an enthusiatic supporter in Dimby.


The arrangement of the driving routes, the chosen landscapes/national parks, the accomodations (we were glad to have geckos and lastly even Phelsuma n our room in two plaves – wonderful adult and young animals!)… everything was really great. We will never want to miss any second of this travel! So cordial thanks for the outstanding organisation and greetings to Dimby.
Keep it up, best wishes
Horst Juscka and Gloria Jansen




Dear Thorsten,

many thanks to you for this awesome organized Madagascar travel. We got more in front of our camera lens than expected and everything worked very well. Dimby was simply great. He often saw more than the local guides and always knew more about the animals and nature. As well it was a lot of fun to travel with him.
Again thank you so much with kind regards from Namibia,
Telse and Dirk Blumenberg






Dear Thorsten,

many thanks for the organisation, everything worked out really well. The accommodations were without exception good or very good, the guides of the national parks were all very friendly and knowledgeable, and even Air Madagascar surprised us positively with kindness and timeliness.


We want to particularly thank Dimby. We could not have wished any better guide for us. He was always there for uns and made the travel and unforgettable experience.


A travel to Madagascar was the childhood dream of my mother and became – thanks to your well preparation and care – the travel of her life. Many thanks to all the team, we will gladly recommend you!


With kind regards from Vienna
Birgit and Gerlinde Weidenauer








Dear Thorsten,

It has been a while since our fantastic photo travel “Return to the island of dragons” in the northwestern part of the fourth biggest island of the World. And there has been no week that I did not think of this paradise with its unique and spectacular “inhabitants”.


Since my childhood I hardly missed an animal documentary on tv, especially if it showed flora and fauna of Madagascar. But experiencing this world of dreams from one day to the next in reality and be eyeball to eyeball with colourful chameleons, wonderful geckos, impressing snakes, fascinating frogs, bizarre insects, bouncy lemurs as well as hundreds of other outstanding creatures, was an ABSOLUTE HIGHLIGHT for me as an animal lover!


I was not only impressed by animals, plants and great landscapes, but the travel in total. The whole Tanalahorizon team cared for us guests devotedly for as long as three weeks, they indeed anticipated us every wish. For example, they cooked for us excellently during camping, chauffeured us through the country in comfortable, as new jeeps, very experienced guides draw our attention to (camouflaged) animals in the rainforests and the team gave us helpful tipps and suggestions for photography, and much more. Moreover, mood was always cheerful and the team members were always ready for a good joke.


Again my heartfelt thanks, Thorsten, for this amazing and really successfull travel. My expectations were not only fulfilled, but ABSOLUTELY EXCEEDED! I will gladly recommend you for Madagascar travels.


Misaotra sy mandra pihaona!
Simone Hodgers







Treasure island found!

Madagascar, alone the name cries for unknown and mysterious discoveries. And indeed. Never before I stepped on a stretch of land on Earth with such an unbelievable colourful diversity of animals, plants and landscapes. Never before I met such a simpley lifestyle of people and at the same time saw so much satisfaction in their eyes. A country of extremes, and I mean it in its positive sense.


Thorsten and his local crew let me immerse into the wonderful, but also threatened world of Madagascar. His cooperation and working with local people has deeply impressed me. Also while looking for and watching animals, I always felt the travel crew had a lot of respect for nature, which spread to me, too. At any moment, the travel appealed very relaxed, had a certain ease, we laughed a lot in the grup, Thorsten’s humour is contagious – always at the back of his mind what it means to do a travel in such a country – simply professional.

I was on tour the second time with Thorsten and his crew, this year at “return to the island of dragons”, it was a pleasure!


Thank you Thorsten, Dimby, Patrick, José, Alex and Crew!
Frank Meile







Salama to all,

Since we rubbed down the dirt, our thoughts are in Madagascar every day. The experiences were dreamlike, gorgeous, adventurous, funny, but also gave food for thoughts.

Of cause the many lemurs, sifakas and drooly mouse lemurs are unforgettable. It was amazing to be able to watch them in such a close distance. Well, and let alone those fantastic chameleons, from the smallest of the world to the colourful panther chameleons! It was unbelievable to discover so many different primordial beings. The night walks were breath taking, we never knew how many animals are active at night. A nice variety was hiking to colourful Ambalabongo canyon and red Tsingys, a real treat for the eyes.

Our biggest thank you to you, Thorsten, and the complete team! The travel and all accommodations were chosen at best. We liked most the camping. It was amazing to be so close to nature! You all steadily tried to implement our wishes. And it was always enough time to discover everything in detail. All the guides were top!!! It often inconceivable for us what they discover in the rainforest. We’re really blind! We also noticed that they really had fun looking for the animals. The drivers are very skilled and mighty artists to manoeuvre the jeeps through metre deep potholes. The offroad drive was genious! Also the cookers were great. Our diners in the rainforest were four stars rating suspicious – totally delicious! A big thanks to you all, that we could learn to know this wonderful, but also very poor country, so intensively. Thank you!


Keep up the good work, best wishes
Petra and André Hengst







Hello Tanala and team,

It is astonishing how the Madagascan greeting – Salama – conveys conjures a big smile into the faces of the Madagascan people. And as big as this or even bigger was our smile and our joy during this gorgeous travel “return to the island of dragons”. Each stage, each destination had something special and was unique. The organization was top, the cookers excellent, the drivers of the all terrain vehicles experienced. This travel is absolutely recommendable! We are now at home again for more than one week and no day passes without us talking about this fantastic travel. We learned a lot about Madagascar’s fauna and flora, but also about photography, of cause.

Many thanks to Thorsten and his super team for this well-made travel!
For us the best tour operator for Madagascar.


Best regards
Guido and Silke Schelenz








Salama!

Three weeks full of new impressions and experiences are over. The travel exceeded my expectations concerning cool photo motives by far. Madagascar’s animal kingdom is unbelievable rich in variety, the different landscapes simply breath taking. I have learned extremely much new especially in macro photography and photographing with flash. The probably best local guides inside the national parks and our extraordinary nature experts in the team enables us the best motives, beginning from colourful chameleons, well camouflaged geckos and other reptiles to rare birds and different lemurs. With our convoy consisting of four jeeps, we were perfectly equipped for the poor road conditions and driving was very comfortable and funny. Our local drivers were fabulous, always humorous and in good mood. But at the same time very professional, reliable and always with an eye for interesting animal sights, especially in chameleons. Despite my former opinion, I now know that a flash of certain power is usable even in 10-15 m distance, but does not disturb the animals if used sensibly.

With this cognition and more technical information concerning photography, many new impressions of a country from another world and many new gained friends, I want to cordially thank Thorsten and his whole team for this unforgettable adventure at the island of dragons and lemurs.


Misaotra!
Thomas Fuhrmann








Dear Mister Negro,

in the aftermath of our travel we would like to thank you for the extraordinary guides (Patrick and Daddy). Both are pronouncedly competent concerning Madagascar as a country as well as flora and fauna (including scientifical species names). We found them very congenial on a human level and courteous, which is quite important if one spent two weeks together without knowing each other before. This was supported by their good English skills, which made it easy to talk with them about very various topics. They organized the travel very well and covered any from time to time needed improvisation (due to uncertainties of Madagascar or due to surprising wishes from us) with much flexibility and always after consulting us.

It was especially conspicious for us how well Patrick is interconnected with hotels and local guides to ensure always the best travel experience for us – indeed in contrast to guides of other travel groups, who where on the road parallely to us. Last but not least we realized how much both cared to keep the car eminently clean and in very well condition, despite the adverse circumstances. It is our aim to recommend both as guides for other travel groups of you strongly.


Beste regards
Simone Schiffner-Backhaus and Norbert Backhaus







Hello Mister Negro,

now we are back from our Madagascar travel and still full of impressions! First of all, cordially thank you for your good tips in advance and also for the assembly of this great travel. From our point of view, it was a perfect mixture of nature, culture and “leave all your cares behind”. We’re deeply impressed by the country and its people. Unbelievable impressive, everything there. This indeed whets my appetite for more ;o).

We were very satisfied with our guide and driver, we really felt comfortable about ourselves with them and had the privilege to get and experience informations and local attitudes at first hand. Awesome! Also concerning organization, everything went perfectly.


Best regards from the deeply impressed
Elke Cosanne








Hello Thorsten,

I wanted to cordially thank you for the well-made round trip highlands-eastcoast.


The individual and familial concept of Tanalahorizon together with the Madagascan openness and hospitality made this country grow dear to our hearts. We especially liked to see the differences between central highlands, rural and suburban areas, the national parks with adjacent population, the are to the West in direction of Ampefy with people celebration the national day as well as the life at the coast and Nosy Nato, with eager soccers, too. The highlight for my 15 years old son was the nest of dreams, where we could experience lemurs and other animals at close distance with their different characters. For me, it was fascinating how well we could watch the lemurs, chameleons and even the Aye-aye thanks to our guides. Many thanks to Dimby, who was a great help in photographing for me. A very various travel.

My son will not eat rice for one year now. But I would like to with you to Madagascar again, especially in photo travels.


Beste regards and thank you again!
Jacqueline Mudra








Dear Thorsten,

I would like to give you a feedback to this travel.


Madagascar was “hot”, in the truest sense of the word. To experience one of the world’s hot spots of species diversity was not only fascinating, that would be far too less. No, it was overwhelming for me!

Watching and photographing a foreign animal and plant world at every turn – even the camera’s releaser run hot within a short time. And even on a Herpeto Research tour, interdisciplinary nature friends will get their money worth: Botanists, entomologists, ornithologists, mycologist – no matter how they might call themselves.

Furthermore, camaraderie and team spirit went hand in hand with extraordinary nature experiences – which was a crucial factor of such a travel for me. In attachement some photographic impressions, have fun watching them.


Best regards
Werner Bartsch









Hello Thorsten,

now it’s four years ago that I faced the decision to choose a photo travel. Brazil with its rainforests or Madagascar were available. I mainly wanted to watch animals and address myself to macro photography. I made a decision and with a thrill of anticipation, I traveled to Brazil in 2012. Well, the tour operator’s descriptions were strongly relativized by reality and it became a calm vacation, at least for my camera.

One year later the first contact to TANALAHORIZON. After all, the website looked good, the testimonials were all very positive. A certain Mister Negro was on the phone then. Professional photographer, tour operator and Madagascar lover from Duisburg. Wow, this man could talk! His passion for this country came literally crawling through the phone and infected me. After detailed, competent consultation, I decided to do the Herpeto Research Expedition Part II. In my deepest mind, I was still a little sceptically whether the travel would be even to some extent like told before. But it was time for traveling. Our first destination, Andasibe, uncovered the whole truth. Without any exaggeration, we’ve seen there in one day more animals than during a complete vacation in Brazil. And the travel continued like this. Supported by your photo tricks, my memory cards glew during the whole travel and left a flood of several thousand pictures of people, animals and landscapes on my home screen.


My special thanks to the local crew, who really deserves the term “team” and made this gorgeous vacation possible. No matter who, cookers, drivers, guides or tour leader – I always had the feeling to be welcome and in good hands. The travel organization was perfect. Madagascar and TANALAHORIZON are a strong combination and a real recommendation.


Best regards
Guido Prawda








Hello Thorsten, hello team Tanalahorizon,

with mixed feelings I started on this journey to Madagascar. Can I get along with the climate, am I fit enough for these holidays, will I get some pictures on the card in these difficult lightning conditions at all? Questions upon questions.

But know, hardly a week after return, I can say: It was the best decision to travel with you. All my doubts vanished into thin air. I met a great team, that organized the travel in all parts perfectly and brought us to beautiful places. The team around Thorsten gave us with the day trips in three weeks an insight into this wonderful nature and the people of Madagascar. Thanks to you, Thorsten, and your tricks, I could take home nice pictures. This travel became an unforgettable experience due to the great team spirit with nice talks and photographic assistance.


To get to know Madagascar, I can strongly recommend Thorsten and his team to every nature lover, who wants to get himself into an adventure.


Best regards
Silvia Heesen







Dear Mister Negro,

after our return from Madagascar, I want to cordially thank your for the successful travel. This was not least due to Mister Dimby’s high knowledgeable expertise and perfect organization.

With circumspection and sincere inner commitment he met his obligations.

I hope to fall back on your knowledge concerning classification of reptile and amphibian pictures later on.


Again thank you and veloma.
Dr. L. Gabriel and wife Ulrike







Hello,

I just wanted to say thank you with all my heart to you and your team!!!

This travel was the best I’ve ever experienced in my life! I could take so many great experiences with me, and pictures of cause. 😉 I will be grateful for this forever.

Now I have seen five of nine sifaka species, four species still lack – like other lemur species on my list. I hope you will take me on some more travels, since I don’t think I can see all lacking four sifaka species in only one travel. Again, 1000 thanks!


Best regards
Christian Maslowski








Hi Tanala + Team,

even one week after my return I have not recalled all impressions… not all photos seen… not all thoughts assorted.

The travel “return to the island of dragons” was for me as chameleon fan the ideal entrance to learn to know this juwel of the Indian Ocean called Madagascar. And Thorsten and his whole Tanalahorizon team did everything to make this travel an absolutely unforgettable experience.

This travel offers a various insight into different habitats of reptiles and amphibians, but lemur friends and insect lovers will get their money worth.

To make it short (because the single tours are described thoroughly on the website of Tanalahorizon): Who once fell prey to the magic of Madagascar and could discover the country with Thorsten and his professional team, will come back… for sure!



Misaotra & Veloma
Martin Knauf








Salama Thorsten,

since early childhood I have been dreaming of traveling to Madagascar. Sadly, this travel stayed a dream due to lack of tour operators, who offered exactly what I was looking for. My life should change dramatically as I found you in 2012. There was no need to talk a lot, you already had convinced me. Shortly afterwards, you sent me an offer and I booked the travel. One year passed until I could set forth on a journey; months of uncertainty what I’m actually expecting. Sadly I trusted the media, which made me rather fear the travel. But I hardly had time for thoughts as I sat in the airplane to Madagascar.


Arrived in Tana, the airplane’s door opened and for me a door into a new, unknown world. I was first beaten by Madagascar’s scent… a mixture of various tasty spices. I could not get rid of this scent during the whole travel, but I also couldn’t smell my fill. The days went by in a flash. It was not before weeks after that I could realized what I’ve experienced. I’ve seen so many animals, so many landscapes, learned to know new people and found new friends, but I also was often stretched to my limits, succeeded them and reached more than I ever dared to. I became addicted to the drug Madagascar. I wasn’t even home again, as it was clear for me that I need more, I need more Madagascar.

Since I’m in Germany again, I miss the island day after day, hour after hour, minute after minute. I consume every information about Madagascar I can get, but I need more. Thus I booked again for 2014. I’m looking forward to 2014, to the same island, my old friends and new ones. Thank you so much for the best three weeks of my life! Misaotra ary mandra-pihaona, Madagasikara!



Marko von der Osten







Hello Thorsten, Salama Tanala,

After three weeks Madagascar we want to say THANK YOU for the great organization and the beautiful time with Patrick and his son Fabian. Since we’ve been on the road in West Africa with our own vehicle for years, it was not easy for us to put ourselves in the hands of a tour operator. But this is absolutely recommendable for Madagascar. After few phone calls with Thorsten, we threw our cautions to the wind and entrusted ourselves to Thorsten and his team. We were not disappointed, it was the exactly right decision. No wish remained unfulfilled and Patrick tried everything to discover the most beautiful chameleons, snakes, frogs, geckos and so on for us. Patrick is a really nice, engaged and sympathetic tour guide. Our son is 11 years old and had a lot of fun together with Fabian during our holidays. A great idea from Patrick to bring his sonny! Both grew dear to our heart in these three weeks and became friends.

The travel itself was well organized, the car (a Toyota Landcruiser) was in a perfectly technical condition and Patrick was a very careful driver. Even the arrangement of activities and the chosen destinations and accommodations were irreproachably concerning quality and timeframe. Most accommodations were super locations, directly at the edge of the forest or at the beach. Each accommodation had something special. It was always enough time for animal encounters, photography and relaxation. Finally, Patrick had a surprise for us and did the transfer to the airport himself with his bright yellow Whillis Jeep. Thank you again and we wish you more beautiful moments in Madagascar! We’ll come back!


Veloma
Stefan, Birgit and Samuel Hartmann

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