Madagascar is a big island just off the East African coast which is comprised of a main island and numerous peripheral islands. It’s known for its tremendous and indigenous wild life and it’s breathtaking baobab forests, mountain terrain as well as white sand beaches. As Madagascar split from the Indian subcontinent around 88 million years ago, it allowed native plants and animals to evolve relatively isolated. 80% of Madagascar’s plant species can therefore be found nowhere else in the world. Mostly known for it’s Lemur population, the country inhabits countless small to medium sized mammals and land animals, a multitude of different reptile species such as chameleons, over 300 species of birds, insects and the Fossa – Madagascar’s one and only wild cat.
Good to Know
Approx. 25 million
Malagasy ariary (MGA) - 1 USD about 1150 MGA
Christianity 85%, Folk religions 5%, Others / None 5%
Agricultural, Tourism, Textile and Mining industries
Cassava, Potatoes, Bananas, Coffee
220V - Type C, D, E, J and K, adapter to buy on the spot
Important telephone numbers
Police 117, fire brigade 124, first aid and ambulance 118
December till March = Wet Season, April till December = Dry Season
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Yellow fever, Rabies, Meningitis, Polio, MMR, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), Malaria prophylaxis
Prepare Your Trip
You should remain vigilant when visiting beaches to the South and North of Toliara (Tuléar) as there have been attacks and robberies. Avoid visiting isolated and remote beaches, especially alone. … Crime, particularly robbery and theft is widespread in Madagascar.
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Yellow fever, Rabies, Meningitis, Polio, MMR, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), Malaria prophylaxis.
All visitors to Madagascar are required to get a visa to enter the country. Besides getting visa from a foreign representative in advance, foreign visitors can also obtain visa online or on arrival. In addition, they must hold a passport valid for 6 months and return or onward ticket. Nationals of any country except Palestine can apply for a visa online or obtain a visa on arrival. The visa is good for single entry and available for stays up to 30, 60 or 90 days. eVisa application must be submitted at least 3 days before departure.
If you want to save money we recommend Cheapflights or Momondo. Best prices you get when you book on unusual days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) and during unusual times (such as during the night). However, you can always use your own booking agent. We will gladly book your flights upon request. Please notify us about your needs in your booking email as this will result in additional costs of $50 per person.
ATMs can be found all across the island. Our guides will assist you should you want to exchange money. Exchange bureaus have to be checked for their rates.
Make sure you get a travel insurance before you start your trip. Although there is a high expenditure for healthcare per capita, there is still a shortage of qualified doctors and nurses on the island. However there are good private hospitals in Antananarivo. Rest assured you don’t need any special insurance apart from your usual travel insurance e.g. here.