Isle of the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is 400 Km off the East of Africa, at the South of Equator. It is crossed by the Tropic of Capricorn at the south of Tulear city. Madagascar is the 4th biggest island in the world. The island is about 1 600 kilometers in length and 570 kilometers wide with a total area of 587 295 squares kilometers.
20 millions inhabitants divided into 18 ethnies.
80% are practising: catholic, protestant, muslim and islamic, but the traditional belief takes up a very important place in the malagasy people life.
Antananarivo, shortened by "TANA", located on the Highlands with 3 millions inhabitants.
Antsirabe (Highlands) - Ambositra (Highlands)
Toamasina (Tamatave), the first town with harbour facilities on the East Coast - Sainte Marie
Diego Suarez (Antsiranana) in the extreme North - Ambanja - Nosy Be Mahajanga (Majunga) in the North West - Anjajavy
Fianarantsoa, a town-gate towards the South-Ranomafana
Tulear (Toliara) in the South-West - Ifaty - Anakao
Fort-Dauphin (Tolagnaro) in the South-East
Different from a region to another.
From Nobember to March: rainy season
From April to October: the dry season
From May to October: the best season for discovering the island.
Temperatures: Antananarivo: 10° - 25° Celsius ; Provinces 26° - 30° Celsius
Citizens of all nationalities in transit or anxious to make a stay in the country have to be holder of a valid passport (06 months before expiring). The visa is issued beforhand by Malagasy Representatives abroad (Embassies or Consulates) or at the airport uppon arrival: free of charge for a stay not exceeding 30 days and Euro 25 or 31 $ for a stay between 1 and 3 months . Maximum stay extension of three months is possible on application at the Ministry of the Home Office.
Treatment against flu and malaria are highly recommended.
major of car-renters propose renting with driver. Minibus - 4FD - etc… according to the itineraries
Only the capital can offer a various accomodation choice from one to a five-star. The majority of hotels at the sea-side are bungalows made of local materials.
In the main cities, restaurants offer malagasy, french, chinese et italians dishes.
Speaking French, English, German, Italian
Parks & Reserves
The most visited are: Andasibe special reserve, Isalo/Ranomafana Fianarantsoa and Montagne d'Ambre Diégo parcs. A part from the entrance fee, a local guide is needed, one who knows throughly the region.
Means of transportation
Air Madagascar Company, as well as a few private companies, connects up with big cities and touristic places. Reconfirmation is compulsory 72 hours before departure.
The Malagasy Currency is the Ariary (100 Ariary ; 200 ariary ; 1000 ariary ; 2 000 ariary ; 5 000 ariary ; 10 000 ariary)
Only important Hotels and a few agencies can accept credit cards. Banks representing cards: VISA at the BMOI, MASTER CARD at the BFV, AMERICAN EXPRESS at Madagascar Airtours.
1 EUR = 12500 MGF = 2 800 ARIARY