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Honeymoon in Madagascar July 2013

Hi,

My fiance & I are trying to arrange our honeymoon & are really keen on Madagascar, however we cannot seem to find any websites or information on how much the internal (domestic) flights in madagascar will be so that we can budget! Can anyone shed some light on this? Alternatively we wouldn't mind using a different form of transport but again have no idea how much this would be & which would be suitable & safe for us.

Any useful information & help would be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards
Benzoni



4 Answers


answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Mahajanga

one way ticket from Antananarivo to most famous tourist destations are around 180-220 Euro there is only 1 (Air Madagascar) have schdule flights so they have monopoly but its also notorious for flight delays, their website is often down but the ticktes can be bought from Travel Agents or directly from the Air Mad

Alternate is ti hire a 4X4 vehicle with driver and average speed on Madagascar National Roads (RN) is 50 to 60 km the hire may cost 50 ~ 70 Euro per day (12 hrs) plus fule and meal/accommodation for the driver.

Traveling North (Mahajanga, Ambanja, Nosy Be, Diego) and East (Toamasina, Mahambo, Foulpointe, St. Marie) of Antananarivo is considred safe to travel day or night, South (Tulear, Fort Dauphin) is different story there were frequent roberries in the past months and even locals consider it unsafe.

Fill your profile, like where are you from, make up your mind about the place you want.like to visit, activities you are intetested, duration of your planned trip, will help you get better responses and guidence




answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

I have not been to Madagascar but a quick look at www.skyscanner.net suggests that you are almost certainly looking at Air Madagascar for internal flights.

http://www.airmadagascar.com/

Skyscanner itself may be able to help with fares.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Only Air Madagascar can manage the domestic flight and you can check the price on www.airmadagascar.com if you can speak french so if not try to check with www.skyscanner.net, anyway you can get cheapest price if you contact local agencies, we have experience with it when we travelled to Madagascar.
About the transport, for sedan car you hire 40€/days and 4x4 is between 50 to 70€/days and the petrol cost 1.3€/litre. Try to deal with the owner to make easily get fair price with it.
Good luck!
Ken




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

If you’re pretty advanced with your arrangements, this may be too late to help you, but I’m slightly surprised that none of the previous responses has mentioned that if you fly into Madagascar with Air Madagascar you get a substantial discount on their domestic flights.

They advertise this as 50%, although in reality it isn’t exactly that, as the tax proportion of the fare is not reduced, and the actual reduction isn’t worked out on the basis of the published fare but on the rate of exchange of the day for the ariary against the US dollar. Nevertheless, it is a discount very much worth having.

It used to be possible to book at least one discounted domestic flight via the website in combination with an international flight, but unfortunately, despite what the website actually says, that is only possible now for a very limited number of domestic destinations and only if these connect directly with the international flight.

Generally, though, domestic flights are cheaper – often substantially so – if you buy them in Madagascar, with or without the discount for international flights. You’ll get the best prices at Air Mad’s own offices rather than at travel agents, and for the discount, you should definitely go to an Air Mad office (you’ll need your booking code).

If you need to buy your first domestic flight before you leave, you can get the discount by using the Paris Call Centre on 033 892 70 18 19. The people there usually speak English.

The first responder takes a bit too negative view of Air Madagascar – they’ve sorted out most of the problems with their website, and it’s OK for booking international flights, the punctuality of their international flights has greatly improved since they’ve acquired the use of Airbus equipment, and they have made great progress with the punctuality of their domestic flights.

On the question of road travel, the first responder doesn’t make it quite clear that daytime travel to the south is not problematic, though I thoroughly agree that night-time travel south of Tana should absolutely be avoided. I’d be inclined to avoid night-time travel elsewhere too, perhaps less because of the danger of banditry but because of the increased danger of accidents involving overtired drivers, vehicles without adequate lighting and so on.

The per day price you agree for a vehicle hire, by the way, will normally include the driver’s meals and accommodation and also any ferry fares. It’s better to have a price exclusive of fuel, as this gives you close control of fuel costs.

Have a great honeymoon.





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