Madagascar. Just the name conjures up pictures of a wild, tropical island that’s home to all sorts of unique wildlife, plants and flowers. And that’s exactly what you’ll find here. Journey around the island (the world’s fourth biggest) and you’ll come across soaring baobab trees, cheeky lemurs, curly-tailed chameleons and some of the weirdest, most wonderful insect life you’ve ever seen.
The scenery shifts as you move around, too. Ranomafana and Andasibe national parks boast swathes of tropical forest, while Isalo National Park features acres of sandstone canyons and gorges. Along the coast, meanwhile, you’ll find mangroves and dunes (not to mention beautiful beaches).
There are cities to explore, too. The capital, Antananarivo, is busy, colourful and chaotic, but offers a good introduction to local life, while Antsirabe has a bit more of a European flavour to it.See All Holidays to Madagascar
Tipping is not customary in Madagascar however, in restaurants and bars, 5-10% is recommended unless service is already included. Taxi drivers do not require a tip. Suggested tips per guest per day: Tour Guide 10,000-20,000 Ariary, Driver 5,000-10,000, Forest Guide 2,000-20,000.
Malagasy Ariary (MGA), 1MGA = 5 Iraimbilanja. Currency can be obtained at the airport on arrival. Major credit cards are accepted in established hotels and travel agencies in large towns, however they are not accepted in many other areas.
Restaurants serve local cuisine which is rice based dishes accompanied by meat, vegetables and sauce.
GMT +3 hours
220-240V, 50Hz. 2 round pins.
During the dry season (April-October), temperatures range from 15-27°C, and can vary with the terrain. Light, loose fitting clothing is recommended, with long sleeves and trousers. Good walking shoes are essential.
A visa is required and can be obtained on arrival at a cost of €37/US$35 per person (payable in cash in Malagasy Ariary, US$ or €). Please also note that all visitors are required to have two completely blank pages in their passport for the entry stamps.
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