From the vast arid spaces of the south to the tropical forests of the north, Madagasikara as it is called here, offers an infinite palette of colours and adventures. Eighteen culturally very different peoples populate this island, which is the size of France and Belgium combined, revealing its history and influences from Asia, Europe and Africa. However, they all share their communicative smiles, their appreciation of a life at the Mora Mora rhythm, very slowly, and the importance of the present moment. And what a moment! At the back of a taxi, on a zebus cart or sliding on the water in the hollow of a pirogue, the red island will never cease to amaze you. Antananarivo or "Tana" the capital, is the heart of the country and the beginning of the journey. To the east, the tropical forests of Andasibe are home to a multitude of chameleons and lemurs, including the Indri indri, the largest of all. To the west, the century-old baobabs and Tsingy are timeless symbols of the most beautiful things nature has to offer. In the south, from Tulear to Fort Dauphin, vegetation is rare and life is becoming harsher, only nomadic fishermen and Antandroy villages have been able to adapt to extreme conditions, while in the north, Diego the indolent takes advantage of intense heat to wear orange and red colours that rival the blue of the ocean. On either side of the Big Island, the paradisiacal islands of Sainte-Marie and Nosy Be are timeless escapades where you will encounter many whales and whale sharks that linger there several months a year.

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When to go to Madagascar?

Enjoying pleasant temperatures all year round, Madagascar can be visited 365 days a year.

July and August are the tourist period par excellence. Airlines are then very busy, and fares are higher. If you are travelling at this time of year, it is advisable to book your return flight and domestic air travel as soon as possible. For accommodation, even if there is unfortunately not a lot of people these days, a reservation by e-mail or phone is preferable if you want to leave in complete serenity. October, the first fortnight of November (other customers), the end of year holidays and Easter holidays constitute the other pole of the tourist season.

The off-peak periods, on the other hand, can be summarized as February, and from late May to early July. In January, February and March, many travel agencies take the opportunity to review their equipment and some hotels close.

The off-season. The months of April, May, September, October and November are sought after because it is the dry period, and air fares correspond to the low season

How to go to Madagascar? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Many travellers offer excursions to Madagascar, either themed (hiking, river trips, animals, culture) or by geographical area (Tana and its surroundings, Diego and the northern tip, from Tana to Tuléar by the RN7). Impossible to see everything at once, unless you stay there for 6 months, and again.

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The adventurer will be able to travel alone in a bush taxi on most of the island. However, the journeys are very long, dented and in total promiscuity. However, they are the perfect opportunity to meet new people and observe the daily life of Malagasy people. However, it is advisable in some areas to use a car with a driver for safety or road traffic reasons. Always report your movements.

Overall, all journeys are possible in Madagascar, it will be enough to be patient. Malagasy roads are poorly maintained, dangerous and there is no signage, so very few agencies will agree to rent you a car without a driver. Often your driver will also be your guide and will allow a real exchange with the inhabitants. This is the most popular way to travel in the country. Luxury" bush taxis travel the territory and are a good compromise between time and cost.

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When to travel?

Enjoying pleasant temperatures all year round, Madagascar can be visited 365 days a year.

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Weather forecast

Given the configuration of the island, which is quite large in latitude, several climates coexist in Madagascar, with...
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Budget

Magadascar uses Ariary (MGA or Ar). The standard of living in Madagascar is very low. An adventurer will spend little...
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Formalities

Foreigners visiting Madagascar on a tourist visit must be in possession of a valid passport for at least 6 months at...
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Health

Madagascar has a health status that cannot be compared to that of a developed country. In the event of a major or eve...
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How to travel by yourself?

The adventurer will be able to travel alone in a bush taxi on most of the island. However, the journeys are very long...
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How to get organized?

Many travellers offer excursions to Madagascar, either themed (hiking, river trips, animals, culture) or by geographi...
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Getting around

Overall, all journeys are possible in Madagascar, it will be enough to be patient. Malagasy roads are poorly maintai...
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