Useful information for your stay in Madagascar
You must hold a valid passport that is valid at least 6 months from the date of return. Also you need a visa to enter Madagascar. You can buy a visa directly at the airport upon entry for 65 euros per person, or apply for one before departure at one of Embassies of which we will provide the address when booking. In 2015, till new information, the visa for a trip of less than 30 days is provided free of charge at the airport.
Vaccination and Malaria
There is no compulsory vaccination for Madagascar if you are from Europe. However, we encourage you to contact the Public Health Service (GGD) or your local Meditel to discuss the necessary measures for vaccination and malaria prophylaxis.
Given the medical care in Madagascar, the traveler is obliged to have travel and accident insurance and carry these documents at all time when traveling through Madagascar, as well as the documents of health insurance. It is always useful when booking to provide a copy of these documents to us so, in case of emergency, we can respond acutely.
It is advisable to bring some “cash” money in the form of euros or U.S. Dollars, and the rest in traveler checks. Traveler checks can be exchanged in every bank in a city, if you bring proof of purchase. Credit cards are increasingly working in Madagascar, but not everywhere. A Visa card offers more possibilities than a Master Card or American Express card. On payment by credit card, a commission of 6 to 10 is % is counted. We advise you not to rely solely on paying with a credit card.
The local currency is the Malagasy Ariary (MGA). Import and export of MGA is prohibited.
The most pleasant is to wear practical and lightweight clothing. Cotton is recommended. A light raincoat may come in handy. During the winter months (especially June, July and August) we recommend bringing a sweater or fleece! Sports shoes with a good profile that are allowed to get dirty (lots of red sand here) are the easiest! Further recommended: swimsuit, daypack, pocket knife, flashlight and a good travel pharmacy.
Generally you will find 220 volts everywhere. Two-way plugs are used.
The time difference with the European continent is +2 hours during the European winter time and +1 hour during the European summer time.
Mobile phones only work in certain large cities, but there has been a strong and rapid expansion of this network over the past two years. Calls can be made from almost all international cities in hotels or phone booths which operate with telephone cards, and of course nowadays with mobile phones.
Food and Drink
The locals eat mainly rice. As a traveler however, you will find everything. The malagasy cuisine is mainly inspired by the French and Creole kitchen. You will find: fish, zebumeat, poultry, vegetables, rice, potatoes, pasta, … The fruit varies with the season. Pineapple, banana and papaya are available year round. Tropical fruits such as lychees, mangoes and goyaven are found from November to April. We strongly advise not to drink tap water, although in the cities it is often drinkable, but has a strong taste of chlorine. Avoid drinking drinks with many ice cubes.
Madagascar is a paradise for those who love to photograph. The locals likes to be photographed and will appreciate it greatly if they receive a photo later. Always be polite and ask first if you can take a picture. There are a few taboos. Airports, airplanes and military bases may not be photographed and some gravetombs are also taboo.
The cost of drinks, souvenirs and the (not included) meals are little to nothing compared to the rest of your trip.
First class or deluxe hotels of international standing are practically non-existent on Madagascar and certainly are not widely available during a trip. The travelers who have chosen the best category hotels can count on stylish, good hotels with clean and functional rooms with private facilities. We refer travelers who have chosen a different category of hotels to their itinerary.
The airport tax for flights from Madagascar and is included in the price of the tickets.
If you want to bring something during your trip as a gift (for children for example), we advise you to bring small practical things that are expensive to the families here, such as: pens, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. If you would like to play with children, a balloon is always fun.
Madagascar has 18 ethnic groups who all speak their dialect, but also all understand Malagasy, the official language of the island. The second language on the island is French, which some people speak, and since 2008, the third official language is English, but very few people can speak it. It will ease your trip if you understand and speak a little French. This gives you the ability to communicate with the locals. However, we can offer you guides that speak perfect English, German or Italian.
Madagascar’s climate is pleasant all year round, to warm on the coast. However, it must be kept in mind that the nights -especially on the high plains- can be cold between June and September.
|PlaceMontAvg. daily temperatureDown per monthNumber of son hours per day|
|New Year’s Day||1 januari|
|Commemoration 1947||29 maart|
|Labour day||1 mei|
|Commemoration 1972||13 mei|
|Independance day||26 juni|
|Assumption Day||15 augustus|
|All Saints||1 november|
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