How to get there? Madagascar has two access to get by Airlines. The International Airport of Antananarivo is the biggest one (Ivato -Airport) located 16 km northwest of the city center. To let you enjoy your trip, without a doubt, we recommend reading the little local Tour Guide information that you should know before coming to the country.
How to get there?
Madagascar has two access to get by Airlines. The International Airport of Antananarivo is the biggest one (Ivato -Airport) located 16 km northwest of the city center. But there are a variety of direct flights to get Madagascar such as Air Madagascar from Paris, Johannesburg and Bangkok; Air France from Paris; South African Airways and Airlink from Johannesburg; and Kenya Airways from Nairobi. Regional carriers Air Austral (Réunion), Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles, and Comoros Aviation are useful for widen the Indian Ocean travels.
In addition, French and Italian charter companies sometimes offer seasonal flights from Paris and Milan to Nosy Be island. Since a few years ago Madagascar receive also some cruise from the Northside, east Tamatave, Nosy island as international Tour operators promote Madagascar as a stopping place in extended cruise.
What to avoid?
In Madagascar, It’s illegal to take photos of military installations or wear military-style clothing, strict in every region around the country, don’t use or carry illegal drugs. The cultural custom that still practices with local people and someplace where you should not visit like « Fady » it means a forbidden place and very sacred and important for the locals. There are also strict laws around exporting protected plants or animals, gemstones, and vanilla.
How is the weather?
You should know that in Madagascar, the climate varies from one province to another. The weather is cool on the highland, and the sun is shining on the coasts between June and August. The north is hot and humid, the east is wetter, and the south is arid. The raining season is December, January, with cyclones in mid-March February, but outside of that month the best time to visit Madagascar depends on your itinerary. Our travel agency department office offers a Tour and excursions all year. All staff will communicate with you for the updated information about your travel itinerary, even you want to order the Air condition in your rental car, and in your private room.
How about Electricity?
Madagascar has one old electricity company belong to the government that provides electricity and row water around the island. It the only one, the power outages are quite common in some areas. For this reason, the majority of hotels use generators and solar panels to keep their area have light. The power plugs in Madagascar are the standard European standard 220V dual-pin power plugs. Everyone except mainland Europeans will have to bring a power adapter. We always recommend our customers to keep their (camera, laptop, cellphone) charged while having an opportunity.
How to get around?
Madagascar has a word to say Mora Mora as it means slowly – slowly. Here, after French colonization, not all people try to hurry, they make everything easy in their way. The majority of roads in Madagascar are unpaved, and many become impassable during the rainy season. Widely paved national roads connect the six largest regional cities to Antananarivo, and minor paved and unpaved roads providing access to other towns. Anyway, we can arrange a Private car rent as well with a professional driver depends on your size( 4wd, Cab, Bus, Train). While flying inside Madagascar was once very expensive, there is now a new local budget airline.
Air Madagascar has created a subsidiary just for an internal flight, and it is called Tsaradia.com (Air Madagascar + Air Austral + Ewa Air).
Our travel Business sells the average cost of a typical one hour flight from Tana to a regional city of around € 100-200 for a one-way trip. You might reconfirm your next flight at each opportunity (giving any available contact number) and check-in at least two hours before departure.
What to pack?
Every tour can lead to different regions and destinations. The main thing is that you should feel perfectly at ease to explore the Big Island with us.
First, we advise bringing walking boots that should make you feel comfortable, more concretely, this advice is aimed at hiking enthusiasts. It even applies when the activity involves visiting parks. Regarding accessories, the towel, mosquitos spry and the headlamp are to be included in the list of essentials. Large bag, soft suitcase or rigid suitcase? It is your responsibility to choose the model that best suits your needs. Everything will depend on the length of your stay and the number of cases you want to take with you.
How to get a Visa?
You can either apply for an eVisa which is a single-entry visa at www.evisamada.gov.mgor obtain a 30, 60, or 90-day tourist visa on arrival at the airport in cash, using US$, Euros, or Malagasy Ariary.
How about Health?
No vaccine is requested to come to Madagascar. However, we highly recommend people to come with up-to-date vaccines against B-hepatitis, Typhoid fever, and Polio. Anti-malaria treatment: Malaria is everywhere on the island and throughout the year. Therefore, an anti-malaria treatment should be taken before, during, and after your stay in Madagascar. You can not drink tap water in Madagascar, use bottled mineral water only, and don’t buy it from the restaurant as at the local shop it is cheaper.
How are networks and connections?
Madagascar represents differents network operators, Telma, Airtel, Orange, and all of them use 4G mobile connection and available in few cities like Antananarivo and Tamatave, Diego Suarez, Majunga, Fianarantsoa, and in smaller town a 3G/2G connection is available. And there as well some hotels who provide free wifi connections in some areas. Anyway, you can ask your private guide to get a local Sim card for a data connection as you can have it in every town.
How about the language?
Madagascar has 18 differents tribes with different origins and dialects, but the best side on that every people from different regions can understand each other. The main language in Madagascar is Malagasy and FrenchL is the second official language, but few people will understand you even you speak fluently french in the countryside far from the town. English is the 3rd possible language but very few people speak your language like (Spanish, Allemand, Chinese, Japan, and others) Whatever, we are here happy to help you navigate all communication problems while with us on tour.
How about the Meals?
The cuisine of Madagascar is one of the most interesting in the world and is influenced by French, Indian, African, and Arabic cultures. Rice is the mine food everywhere in Madagascar. It may mixte with a stew made from beef, fish, chicken or duck, or vegetables with a few spices for flavor and plain vegetables, boiled in water, will make a side dish. But the zebu beef stew or grille zebu steak is as delicious as traditional beef when cooked well. If you love to enjoy the fresh meat, plates of seafood, you are in a good place here.
How about vegetarian food?
For vegetarians fried rice with vegetables or noodles with vegetables are the most common dishes. But there is always a vegetable-based accompaniment to go with some rice and lots of eggs available, fresh fruits, so being a vegetarian in Madagascar isn’t a problem. We mean, vegetarian people will get more advantages here as Malagasy also eats a lot of vegetables and it easy to find in every village.
How about the Travel budget?
Madagascar can be done pretty cheaply if traveling on a budget, and we recommend hiring a private car with a local guide for your comfort and security. Also possible to be with public transportation if you want the cheapest way and to feel like a local, but you have to ask your Guide the best one.
Do you need more information about traveling to Madagascar?
Please, feel free to Contact your expert local tour guide at any time.