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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2017
Weather in March in Madagascar  (1 Answer)

I am thinking of traveling in Madagascar for three months. As I have to be back in middle June I thought starting my trip on mid March. My question is "Is the weather good enough in March or is the rain too heavy?"

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 11, 2017
I'm looking for a good local tour operator in Madagascar  (2 Answers)


I would like to visit Madagascar this year.
Knows anyone a good local tour operator in Madagascar and can really recommend?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2016
Car rental  (2 Answers)

Hi, may any suggest private car rental as I found only international chains in airport for huge pricing. Plan to go Oct/Nov. thank you. Jussi.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2016
Tana to Toamasina train  (3 Answers)

Hello there,
I'm planning a trip from Tana to Toamasina. With excitement I've run into .
I don't know any french, so before translating the whole thing I'm kindly asking for your feedback.
Does it work and if it does, does it make a stop near Perinet?
Thanks in advance,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2016
Tamatave to Sainte Marie boat  (1 Answer)

I'm planning a trip to Madagascar. I'm looking for an aller-retour boat from Tamatave to Sainte Marie. My search was limited to . Any feedback/alternatives?
Thanks in advance,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 02, 2016
Too much packed in? Tana-Toliara  (2 Answers)

Hi there,
we are planning to go to Madagascar in September for 2 weeks of adventure and 1 week relaxing.

We had many offers from local tour operators and one that seems to be the best offer is the following. I am just worried that there is too much in the trip so we will actually spend too much time in the car. What would be your recommendation?

Antananarivo Sakamanga B
11/09 Miandrivazo Princesse Tsiribihina B +/-450km for +/-7hours
12/09 +/-30km from Miandrivazo to
Nosy Ampela - Bivouac 1 Nosy Ampela L,D,B Masiakampy for +/- 1hour
13/09 Belo sur Tsiribihina Sandbank on the riverside L,D,B
14/09 Bekopaka Bemaraha Olympe du Bemaraha B +/-100km for +/- 4hours
15/09 Bekopaka Bemaraha Olympe du Bemaraha B
16/09 Morondava Chez Maggie B +/- 225km for +/- 8hours
17/09 Antsirabe Chambre du Voyageur B +/- 650km for +/- 8hours
18/09 Ranomafana Chez Gaspard B +/- 260km for +/- 6hours
19/09 Fianarantsoa Villa Sylvestre B +/- 90km for +/-2hours
20/09 Ranohira (Isalo) Isalo Ranch B +/-275km for +/- 6hours
21/09 Ranohira (Isalo) Isalo Ranch B
22/09 Toliara Victory Hotel B +/-220km for +/-5hours

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 30, 2016
Traveling alone  (3 Answers)

I'd like to travel to Madagascar at least for a month, from late october to december.
I want to know If it's safe for a girl traveling alone?
Which places would you recommend me visit?
I wolud like to go to Some National parks: l'Isalo NP, Ranomafana NP, Andasibe NP, Ankarafantsika NP, Tsingy and Nosy be or some place for diving. You think it's possible? Would it be too difficult or too expensive?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2016
10 day trip in Madagascar  (4 Answers)

Would you help me on building an itinerary for a 10 day trip in Madagascar? It will be my first time in Africa.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2016
Which city AND region in Madagascar is the most pleasant?  (2 Answers)

Which city AND region in Madagascar is the most pleasant (pretty, things to do, safe, access to some form of medical care) if you were going to live there and why? How do the major cities/towns compare?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2016
Sharing services and costs for the itinerary: TSIRIBIHINA + TSINGY + MORONDAVA (End June)  (4 Answers)


we are a couple of Italians, Giulia (28 y.o) and Diego (32 y.o).

We are going to Mada this summer from 19th June to 13th July.

We are backpackers on a low budget, but we don’t want to renounce to get the most out of our trip in this amazing country.

One of the things we really don’t want to miss is the Descent of Tsiribihina + Tsingy de Bemaraha + trip back to Morondava (Allée de Baobab).

We are planning to do the aforementioned itinerary from 20th to 26th June 2016 – Starting from Tana (or directly in Miandrivazo, to make it cheaper) and ending in Morondava.

As you may know, it is compulsory to hire guides, porters and a 4x4 with a driver etc. to do this part of the trip

All these services do not come cheap unfortunately....

if we were a group we could share good part of the total expenses – like the driver, the car the guides etc…

We are already in contact with a fantastic guy (Lanto Andrianasolo, Madagascar Tropic Voyage), which is doing everything in his possibilities to find solutions for us to save money (even if this would be less convenient for himself)

One of his very good suggestions is that

and, I say, we could also make new friends, which is great!! :)

Obviously if anyone is interested we can make this flexible and work out a soultion that makes everyone happy (in terms of days etc)

We are super laidback, we love people, we love sharing, we love nature and adventure, we adapt to everything, and yeah… strangely enough, we are travellers with no money ☺

Really hope someone will pick this up!

Ciao!! Veloma!!!

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Giulia Rampone

Diego Dondero

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 25, 2016
Getting to Morondava  (3 Answers)

hello, what is the best way to get to Morondava from Tana ? Is their any recommended local transport available ?
thank you for your answers

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 16, 2016
Planning trip for 20 days in April 2016  (3 Answers)

Hi, we are planning our trip in beginning of April at the end of rainy season. We (2 of us) would like to see as much as possible from Madagascar. We are traveling on a budget level and probably we'll use a public slow transport. Any suggestions for the best itinerary?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 10, 2015
Planning trip for 4 weeks, Sept-Oct 2016  (11 Answers)

Hi, we are in the process of research and planning our trip for September- October 2016. Would like to see as much as possible and spend the last 4-5 days relaxing at the beach before we fly home to Australia. Do realise that road infrastructure is poor, so am wondering if we stick to either southern Mad or northern Mad, will fly here and there if needed. Can we book tours once we arrive as much prefer to use local operators rather than international tour companies, also which are the best parks to see a wide variety of wildlife? Any suggestions would be appreciated :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2015
internet access  (4 Answers)

I would like to know if I get a sim card with data plan, how good is the signal in some national parks? Or in general only big cities will have signals?
Will be in Tana, The Tsingy, Ifaty, Isalo NP, Ranomafana NP, Antsirabe.
Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 16, 2015
appropriate tipping and some food expenses  (5 Answers)

We are a group of 2, please give me some ideas about tippings at Madagascar. thank you !

Tour Guide
NP guide (half day/full day)
park Guide (is that same as NP guide ?)
hotel porter
drinking water
lunch/meal (average )

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 16, 2015
What clothing to pack?  (4 Answers)

I will be in Madagascar two weeks later and go Bekopaka, Ifaty, Ranomafana and Antsirabe.Would someone let me know what should I pack? Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2015
Isalo NP vs Zombitse National Park  (3 Answers)

Due to some miscommunication, I have my Isalo Park duration shorten from one day to half day. Then I have Zombitse NP as the enroute. Since I will have Ranomafana NP, Anja Reserve, Kirindy Reserve, Analamazotra NP and Peyreiras Reserve. I would like to know if I can skip Zombitse? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2015
Money Exchange  (4 Answers)

Normally, the exchange rate at airport is not that good. Where in Tana can I get my Euro be exchanged in Ar? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 20, 2015
Morondava to Tulear/Ifaty (possible to do by car?)  (4 Answers)

Day 1: Morondava to Manja and Day 2: Manja to Ifaty

I have various answers from local agents about the above arrangement. Some said it can do by two full-day drive, while more tend to say without 3 to 4 days it's impossible. First of all why I have such request to the agents is that I want to avoid taking domestic flight (price is not a problem but it is not reliable). Secondly I would rather tour back from the south (ie Tulear) back Tana via the RN7 by car (again, avoiding flight) as I need to catch my flight back the other day.

I don't know which side of the agent should I trust. Madagascar road condition is not a thing that I can expect like other places. Please help me for this. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 15, 2015
Any local food that I can bring home?  (6 Answers)

I would like to explore is there any local food product that can represent Madagascar?
(eg we buy pineapple cake from Taiwan, apricot preserve from Turkey, chocolate from Belgium etc.)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 06, 2015
visa on arrival  (5 Answers)

How much is it and how long does it take? What documents and how many photos are needed? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 12, 2015
How much coconut (all products) are in the cuisine?  (3 Answers)

A friend has invited me to travel to Madagascar with her but I am concerned about my allergy to coconut products (coconut, coconut water/milk, coconut oil). How prominent are coconut products in the diet? Is it possible to avoid them in the cuisine or is it in everything like it is in Cambodia? If I asked for food without coconut products, would the cook understand or would I be taking a big risk.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 09, 2015
Nosy Be, Le Sainte Marie or Ifaty?  (1 Answer)

Want a bit of the beautiful beach in Madagascar, which one of them is recommended? Or in other words, what are the difference? That would help me to plan my route. My travelling period is from late Sep to early Oct. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2015
How likely to see whales

According to my tentative plan, I will be in Sainte Marie from 26/9 to 28/9. I was told there is still 70% to see whales. I would like to know if it is the case? Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2015
Price of domestic flight of Air Madagascar  (4 Answers)

Would someone help me to check the fare for the below route? The website of Air Madagascar blocks access from Asia.
1. Tana to Morondava
2. Tulear to Tana
3. Tana to Nosybe (round trip)

Very much thanks for the help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 23, 2015
Planning for a 2-week trip with guide  (5 Answers)

Basically my plan is to go with a tour operator (guide + car) for visiting the following in 14 days:
Tsingy de Bemaraha National park (3days)
Morondava (Avenue of the Baobabs)
Isalo National Park (3 days)
Manakara (by train)
Pangalane Channel
Ranomafana National Park

1. My holidays will be from late Sept to early Oct so I wonder if I should cut a day or two from the above and go to see whales?
2. despite that I will rely on my tour operator to arrange the trip for me, any other things that I should pay attention and ask them in specific?
3. I heard that Air Madagascar is not reliable. From Hong Kong the other best option seems to be Air Kenya. Any comments on Air Kenya? It takes almost 24hours from HK to TRN.

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2015
Madagascar - your tips please  (6 Answers)


I would like to ask you for tips in regards what tour operator to use when travelling to Madagascar and what countries I can visit on my way there? I have read that it is best to travel via Paris and fly to Mauritius and from there continue travelling to Madagascar? This way I can visit both countries. Or does anybody have other tips what countries to visit on my way there?
Also, are you aware of any tour operator which is run locally in Madagascar? I have looked at UK Explorer etc but I think I would prefer a private tour. So far I have found - does anybody have any experience with them? And does anybody have any tips about places in Madagascar other than promoted by the 'typical' travel agencies? So far, I have decided to go the capital, visit several parks to see lemurs, go canoeing and visit several beaches. I would, however, also like to see more of the culture - such as visiting local villages - does anybody have any tips where to go please to get the real experience?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2015
Trekking in North Madagascar  (6 Answers)

I am super excited to be traveling to Madagascar this summer, thrilled to finally go to one of my top dream destinations! One of the reasons I'm going is that I can do a 6-week medical internship there (I'll graduate med school this year). Before that I'll have 3 weeks of free time, and during the first week I'm hoping to do a hike / trekking with my boyfriend in the Northern part of Madagascar (around Diego Suarez). I've been searching the internet for advice or a good pre-booked trip, but haven't found much yet. Any advice or tips is greatly appreciated!

My itiniary:
- Day 1-2: flight from Amsterdam - Tana
- Day 4-5: travel to Nose-Be by taxi brousse
- Day 6-15: hiking
- Day 16-23: kitesurfing in Emerald Bay
- Day 24-25: taxi brousse to Tana, boyfriend take flight back to Amsterdam
- Day 26-47: medical intership in hospital in Tana
- Day 48-69: medical internship in Beroroha
- Day 50: flight back to Amsterdam

Our wishes for the trekking
- about 4-7 hours of hiking per day (we are both in good physical -and mental haha - condition, and we're used to long hikes).
- basic lodging facilities, tent camps are very ok :-)
- we love to taste foreign cuisine, no western cooking please!
- we're interested in madagascar landscape, nature and great views
- we're not interested in visiting local villages (i'll see plenty of that during my internship), factories of handycraft shops
- our budget for the trekking is €1000 max

Many thanks in advance for your replies!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2015
Ambatofotsy  (5 Answers)

Hi, we are travelling from Tana to Fianar and would like to stop at some interesting villages, we have read that Ambatofotsy is nice and not too far from Tana, we were thinking of starting our journey straight from the airport but wanted the first stop to be less than 3 hours drive ( we plan to hire car and driver). After the train. we will have about a week to travel back up the country, were thinking a few days (1 or 2) on Pangalanes Canal, any other must dos?
We are a family of 4, children are 14 and 16, we have our last of 3 weeks on Sainte Maire - that's the only part booked and sorted! We arrive 15 August. Thanks in advance for any hints or tips.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 07, 2015
Madagascar Trekking  (3 Answers)

I'm going to Madagascar this summer and wonder how safe it is for a woman travelling alone around the country?

Also, as I'm a bit nervous about heading off on my own I'm considering joining a group trekking tour. I'd love to do some challenging trekking, but at low cost. Does anyone know of companies that offer good value trekking trips from 14-21+ days?

Thank you!

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