MADGASCAR

“He could tell by the way the animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their own hearts that they walked to.” - Laura Adams Armer

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Evolution has occurred more or less in isolation on this remote island, located 400 kilometres off Africa’s east coast, with the result that much of its indigenous wildlife is found nowhere else on earth.

Madagascar’s menagerie of weird and wonderful creatures includes the world’s biggest and smallest chameleons and over 70 species of lemurs, long-tailed primates endemic to the island.

The Madagascan landscape is no less compelling than the resident wildlife, with terrain ranging from lush jungles and palm-fringed beaches to knife-edged karst tsingys of the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park’s ‘stone forests’. Madagascar is an otherworldly paradise where visitors are offered a unique glimpse into a fantastical, one-of-a-kind world.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

CLIMATE

The West and South-West get searingly hot during the summer, but the winter months in these regions are pleasant.
The best time to travel in most areas of Madagascar is during April, October, and November, with blue skies, cooler temperatures, and minimal rain.

The coolest time to travel is during the dry season (May to September), but during this time it can get cold and windy, with freezing showers.

CUISINE

The cuisine is traditionally based on rice, which is served with dressings, vegetables, meat, and spicy seasoning.
Malagasy enjoy very spicy food; therefore, many dishes are prepared with hot peppers or any other spices. The dishes are usually flavoured with garlic, ginger, onion, or curry, whereas desserts are flavoured with vanilla.

Tap water should be avoided. Guests should rather opt for bottled water to prevent any health or safety risks.

CURRENCY

Madgascar's currency is Malagasy Ariary (MGA).

The US dollar, Euros, British Pound, and South African Rand can easily be converted to Malagasy Ariary (MGA) at main commercial banks or foreign exchange bureaus.

DRESS

Lightweight, light-coloured cottons are preferable during the summer months.

Attention should be given to sun protection. Good-quality sunscreen, sun lotion, and polarised sunglasses are essential.

Warmer clothes are advisable during the evenings and winter in mountainous areas.

ELECTRICITY

The two-pronged plug and the European standard socket are the most used in Madagascar.
Travel plug adapters are essential for all appliances that do not match the shape of the two-pronged plug or the European standard socket.

INTERNET

Some hotels, lodges and guest houses offer internet access or WiFi (free or paid).
Internet access in more remote rural areas is often hard to come by. Guests should be prepared to disconnect when travelling out of urban centres.

TRANSPORT

Public transport in Madgascar is confined to main roads between major population centres.
Some roads in Madagascar are of poor quality, and travel time between areas might take longer than expected.

Internal flights are huge time savers but are quite expensive.

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Outdoor Africa was formed in 2009 by Hayden Elliott and Peter Kummerfeldt with the sole purpose of offering safaris of the same level of quality and authenticity that they experienced while growing up in Africa.

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