The first foreign language spoken in Madagascar is French but some Malagasy now speak several languages such as English, Spanish, and Chinese…
Health: No vaccinations are mandatory for the entry to Madagascar. However, whooping cough, DT polio, yellow fever, rabies, typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A and B vaccinations are prescribed for frequent travelers (World Health Organization’s instruction)
Madagascar is a tropical country. It is essential to be properly protected from mosquito bites, and taking paludrine or Savarine tablets before the departure until the return day as prescribed by your doctor. Malaria causes a fever; this disease is fatal if neglected.
Pharmacies are easy to find in each city. Therefore, bring antiseptic, intestinal and anti allergic drugs, your digestive system may be disrupted; the restaurants compete with imagination to offer a large range of attractive and tasteful meals with variety of sauces flavored with coconut, groundnut, vanilla, ginger and local greens to accompany rice, as well as the fruit-based sweet treats and exotic juices. The Polynesian, African, Chinese and French influences have created a taste explosion.
Shopping: The “Ariary” is the currency used for Madagascar. 1 USD roughly equals 3000 MGA (Malagasy Ariary).
Credit cards (VISA, MASTERCARD …) are accepted in some hotels, supermarkets… You can also withdraw money from automates (ATM). Cash (Euro-Dollar) is easy to exchange; good exchange rate is used (by referring a little to the bank!)
And for Jet Lag: when it is noon (12:00) in Madagascar, it is * 5:00 PM in Taiwan it is * 5:00 AM in New York * 4:00 PM in Thailand, * 10:00 AM in Paris (winter) / 11:00 (summer), but it is the same hour in some countries like Kenya.
Best time to visit Madagascar? Anytime between April and December is a great time to travel, not only because of the weather but also because of cultural events held in some cities or regions, festivals … as well as for nature performances. However, in some areas the sun is shining divinely throughout the year.
Equipments: For your visit in parks, do not forget your walking shoes or your sneakers. Light clothes – K-way for the East and for the other rainforests, hat and sunscreen are rigorous. A flashlight for night walks and caves, mosquito repellent, also the reserve of water is compulsory, other materials as the binoculars and the cameras.
Some safety rules: respect sacred places, “Fady” (taboo), the habits and customs, places of worship … for photo shoots and film, respect the privacy of people; avoid distribute objects or money … keep it to associations or humanitarian projects.
The nature, and everything is beautiful and colorful: the flowers, the coral reefs, the birds in the parks, the picturesque villages, as well as the markets of handicrafts, the workshops of precious and semiprecious stones, fruits, and “lambahoany”. Travelers leave Madagascar with colorful memories in their head and in their luggage.
You did well pre-paying your trip through a tour operator like us to reduce your holiday currency, by choosing all inclusive package.
TOP DESTINATIONS AND ISLAND
|• Nosy Be
• Nosy Tanikely
• Nosy Iranja
• Ankanin’ny Nofy
• Bay of Antongil
• Ifaty – Anakao
WILDLIFE – ENDEMIC FAUNA AND FLORA
• Baobab trees
• Reptiles & amphibians
NATURAL LANDSCAPES – NATIONAL PARKS & RESERVES
|• Tsingy of Bemaraha
• Avenue of the baobabs
• Amber Mountain
• Zombitse – Vohibasia
HIGHLIGHTS & ACTIVITIES
|• Wilderness adventures
• Nature trips
• Nautical activities
• Sea kayaking
• Scuba diving – snorkeling – fishing
• Whale watching
• Small ship cruising
• Cultures – Handicrafts – Agriculture