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Join us on a refreshingly new Madagascar holiday taking in the best possible combination when it comes to mix of wildlife, coast and culture. Enjoy VIP attendance of a hugely successful music festival hosted annually on balmy Nosy Be island. Curated by a collective of people passionate about showcasing Malagasy culture and music combined with an international jazz event, the very successful Nosy Be Jazz Festival will run for the third time in April 2019. Driving the project are the founders of our superb Malagasy partners Za Tours, Nivo and Niry Ravelojaona. They've had more than 20 years’ experience in the Malagasy tourism and music arenas. For the festival, they combined forces with Solofo Rafenobolatiana of Sunny Music (Paris), which specialises in event management centered around African, Latin American and Jazz music. Aware of the venue’s appeal as a tourist destination, the Ravelojaonas set about creating a fun and fascinating tour to introduce culture enthusiasts to Madagascar. The festival opens on Friday 19 April and closes on Monday 22 April. Musicians come from as far afield as USA, France, Italy, Palestine and Germany, to participate alongside Malagasy acts. Aside from internationally established names, visitors can also enjoy performances of Malagasy musicians whose work spans a range of genres, from pure traditional Malagasy styles to the latest urban trends merging with Jazz. You’ll also get to know the local Sakalava womens’ group ‘Association Ravinala, from whom you can learn about culture and traditions of the region as well as music and culinary skills. As these remarkable ladies are also involved in environmental protection, you’ll learn from them about conservation in north-west Madagascar. What would a Madagascar tour be without an obligatory fix of lemurs and the rainforest experience? Well, the trip starts off with a stint to the country’s most popular protected rainforest, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, where you’ll get to know lemurs and other wildlife in exquisite surrounds. And up in the north-west, you'll see some more rare wildlife in Lokobe National Park. Additionally you can explore the marine environment around sumblime Nosy Tanikely. In the north-west, you’ll also visit Ambanja, near where cacao plantations are maintained around Domain Millot for the production of Fair Trade Malagasy chocolates. There will be a chocolate experience, (Sakalava) cooking lesson; village visits, a trip to Lokobe National Park and then of course the Festival events. Inbetween activities, you'll be able to enjoy beach and snorkelling time. Tour price per person sharing in twin or double room accommodation is £2,490 including return domestic Air Madagascar flights from Antananarivo to Nosy Be with air taxes (economy class seating); all transfers and land and motorised boat transportation, services of your dedicated, professional, experienced English-speaking Malagasy tour-leader/ guide; all accommodation as per itinerary with all meals; all excursions and activities as outlined; tickets for the festival events. Not included: international flights; visa (35 euro, issued on arrival); personal items (drinks, tips, phone calls, travel insurance).
Hey LA'ers! Thanks for joining this exciting dynamic, and unique Travel MeetUp Group. Crazy, I know, but I am based in London, U.K... so, I will be looking for people to help out as part of The Leadership Team. We will start with local MeetUp's in cafes, bars, restaurants, etc. in LA to get-to-know each other, and at every one of these MeetUp's I will be accessible, for a certain time at least, by Skype.. so we need to find places with good WiFi Internet Connection, and someone with a Laptop/Projector Screen where I can be with you virtually, from 'across the pond'. Please Message me if you would like to be part of the exciting Leadership Team that will span worldwide, i.e. Co-Organisers, Assistant Organisers, and/or Event Organisers? Feel Free to message me and RSVP here if you are interested in being part of The Leadership Team. Looking forward to hearing from you, Craig