Madagascar is situated in the Indian Ocean off the east Coast of Mozambique (Africa).
The best way to get to Madagascar is to fly. Air Madagascar operates out of a number of countries, Johannesburg International Airport – South Africa as well as Airlink which operate daily flights to the capital Antananarivo and also a Johannesburg Nosy Be Direct flight . We use Johannesburg ORTAMBO as our gateway to Madagascar.
There are daily flights with Airlink from Johannesburg to Antananarivo and once a week flight Johannesburg Nosy Be direct /return (Sunday to Sunday)
For flights to and from Madagascar from other destinations, we suggest you contact your local travel agent who will help you with flights to and from Madagascar.
Alternatively contact us and we can give you a quotation for domestic flights and land arrangements if arriving from another destination other than Johannesburg. We would require your anticipated arrival and departure time and dates in Antananarivo.
No, Due to a limit number of hotels offering reliable accommodation and in some areas there are only one or two with a limited number of rooms, advance booking is essential, particularly of looking at areas such as Perinet, Berenty and Isalo, or intending to visit during peak seasons. (See hotel descriptions)
Antananarivo and all flights arrive and depart from there currently.
Unless you contact one of the Shipping Container companies who call in Madagascar, No. There may however be cruise liners who make Madagascar a port of call. Otherwise contact one of the yacht clubs in South Africa (Richards Bay) who may have a private yacht sailing to Madagascar, who might need a deck hand or offer a berth.
No. There are a number of good quality hotels in Madagascar with a few in the really exclusive range, but we tend to class the hotels as basic, mid – market, mid/upper market and up market. This avoids any preconception about accommodation standards.
No, you have to hire a car with a driver.
Simple really, if you don’t know Madagascar, can’t speak Malagasy, don’t understand the road signs or road etiquette, how will you know where you are going. Madagascar has about 40 000 km of road but only currently maybe 4000 km are navigable. In addition parking is a huge problem in Antananarivo, so much so that even the Malagasy have drivers to take them from A to B. In Tana (Antananarivo) the easiest way to get around is either by Taxi or on foot.
No, not really, whilst the Malagasy people are very willing to assist and help in any way, the buildings, hotels, streets currently are not suitable for disabled people to get around. There are a few hotels that we have checked out that may be suitable, i.e. have elevators (lifts) and one or 2 hotels that have now recently built on paraplegic rooms. Note Ivato airport the international section, economy class toilet facilities are down some stairs, so Passengers would have to insist on the business class toilet facilities. Inform your operator/agent if you have passengers needing assistance so that they can inform the airline.
Madagascar is Euro based, and we recommend Euro cash (but any hard currency is accepted), as in some places it’s difficult to cash traveler’s cheques. If taking some travelers cheques then Euro or $, Pounds Sterling is not readily accepted. Credit Card should only be VISA /MAESTRO which is currently the one that is accepted. In the major centers you will also be able to find ATM machines, it is however, still advisable to cash some forex on arrival into local currency ARIARY
Well after all the “No you cant’s” , if you are a person that wants/likes a holiday with a difference, if you have a sense of humor and adventure and want a memory of a life time, and you are a wildlife enthusiast, here are some reasons why you should go.
Wildlife – unique 80 % endemic found nowhere else in the world. Lemurs, Chameleons, Orchids, Butterflies, Birds, and a lot more
Madagascar is not called “a Living Laboratory “for nothing.
Scenery – Spectacular from Rainforests to Semi – arid desert, to the Razor sharp Tsingy, to Madagascar’s hallmark the “avenue of Baobabs”
Diving – Fantastic scuba diving in Nosy be, St. Marie, as well as whale watching from July to September when the humpbacked whales come to calf.
Beach – The exclusive Island of Tsarabanjina, where Joanna Lumley first made the “Cast away “ Movie.
Iranja Island, where the Hawksbill Turtles come to lay their eggs and hatch
Nosy be – Madagascar holiday Mecca
St. Marie – home to one of the world’s secrets – a pirates Cemetery – diving and whale watching.
Food – Most of Madagascar’s food is organically grown, i.e. simply without hot houses and strange fertilizers to make the big, shiny red tomatoes that you find in a supermarket. The Malagasy people believe in fresh food, so even in the most simple of hotels and restaurants you will find tasty, good meals, from the simple to the most extravagant culinary delights. All at a reasonable price. MacDonalds has not arrived there yet.!!!! (Recipes from Madagascar)
People and Culture – The Malagasy people are known for their friendliness and willingness to help and assist where necessary and will go out of their way to help a stranger, particularly in the rural areas. Religious cultures live in harmony with one another, as first and foremost they are Malagasy with a proud heritage and take pride in their country.
Everyone needs a Visa which can be obtained on arrival or at the Malagasy Embassy or consulate in your country. Visa requirements – passport valid for 6 months after departure date from Madagascar and valid return or onward ticket.
Malaria prophylaxis is a must. The Anopheles mosquito generally hunts at ground level so in the evenings wear long trousers and long sleeved shirts and cover exposed areas with an insect repellent. No vaccinations are necessary for entry into Madagascar however, it is recommended that one is vaccinated against Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio.