Madagascar Tourism Information

For a memorable adventure in Madagascar, please read the useful Madagascar Tourism Information below.

The following documentation is required to travel to and within Madagascar:

  • A passport which is valid for at least six months from your planned date of return to your country.
  • A visa, which can be issued by a Madagascar Embassy or Consulate but can also be obtained at the airport in Antananarivo.
  • Recent passport photo
  • Copy of round-trip ticket or itinerary

Health

There are no required immunizations, unless you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylaxis is strongly recommended. We suggest you take relevant advice from your own doctor well before traveling

Climate

Madagascar has two seasons. The wet season extends from November to April; this is also the hottest time of the year with temperatures hitting a daily average maximum of 30°C on the coast and 25°C in the highlands.

The cooler, dry season extends from May to October with a daily average maximum of 25°C on the coast and 18°C in the highlands.

Money

Since 2005, the official currency of Madagascar is the Malagasy Ariary (MGA) which has been reintroduced to replace the Malagasy franc.

Notes are in denominations of 10,000 MGA, 5,000 MGA, 2,000 MGA, 1,000 MGA, 500 MGA, 200 MGA and 100 MGA. The largest note of 10,000 MGA is worth about 4 €.

There are also coins from 1 up to 50 Ar.

ATMs

ATMs can be found in and around the capital and in some of the larger towns.

Visa Card is the best option to bring with you as Master Card is not accepted in many places.

Banking hours

Banks are open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Equipment

Luggage: bring only soft bags and up to 20 kg weight.

We suggest you include in your luggage; a torch or headlamp, good walking shoes, binoculars, small first aid kit, raincoat, jacket, shorts, suncream, sunglasses, hat, swimsuit, mosquito repellent, a sweater and pants for cooler evenings and of course your photography equipment.

Language

Malagasy, the native language and French, are the official languages, this does not mean everyone speaks French; it depends on where you are located. English is not widely spoken.

The Magical Tropical Island

5 Days  |  July to early September

Antananarivo – Maroantsetra – Masoala – Nosy Mangabe

Journey to Madagascar's pristine rain forests and meet the intriguing wildlife that inhabits them. Enjoy a visit to the market town of Maroantsetra, The Masoala National Park and the beautiful rain forest covered island of Nosy Mangabe.

Canoeing Down The Tsiribihina

5 Days  |  March to November

Antananarivo - Antsirabe - Miandrivazo - Tsaraotana - Morondava

This five day tour combines a canoe trip down the Tsiribihina River using a traditional wooden boat made from timber endemic to the region. Our journey will take about three days and we will spend around six to seven hours a day on the river. Explore the Sakalava countryside from a different perspective and at night, sleep on the river shores sharing the campsites with turtles and crocodiles...

Famous Indri & The Dancing Lemur

7 Days  |  All Year Round

Antananarivo – Andasibe – Fort Dauphin – Berenty

This tour enables visitors to experience the amazing and varied landscapes and unique biodiversity of Madagascar. In Andasibe, you will have the opportunity to see the Indri-Indri, the biggest of the lemurs in Madagascar reaching up to 1 meter in size. It lives in small family groups communicating with others with loud ghostly howls. In Berenty, known as the Kingdom of the Lemurs, you will see the well-documented Ring-tailed Lemur (Maki) and the Dancing Lemur (Sifaka) as well as other species including Brown Lemurs, the nocturnal Lemurs and Mouse Lemurs - a feast day for any photographer!

Discover The West Coast of Madagascar

8 Days  |  March to November

Antananarivo – Antsirabe – Miandrivazo – Belo sur Tsiribihina – Bekopaka – Morondava

Canoe down the Tsiribihina River and visit to the Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park. Explore the Sakalava country as you travel down the river and sleep on the river shores. Visit the Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park - a spectacular mineral forest, formed by a labyrinth of sharp stone needles, is an incredible sight and offers wonderful trekking opportunities through the bizarre and unique Tsingys. Journey back to Morondava passing through the Avenue des Baobabs where we find giant trees clustering together...

Smooth National Road No. 7

9 Days  |  All Year Round

Antananarivo – Antisrabe – Ranomafana – Amblavao – Ranohira – Toliara – Anakao

This nine-day tour enables visitors to experience the amazing and varied landscapes and unique biodiversity of Madagascar. Travelling in small groups passing through 4 different microclimates we will see the many different plants and animals, including the lemurs, found in these specialized habitats. In brief, a tour that combines discovery, authenticity, fun, humanity, and a Malagasy gastronomic experience. Connecting with local communities and different ethnic groups along the route.

Contrasting Beauty of the North

11 Days  |  All Year Round

Antananarivo – Antsohihy – Antsiranana - Ramena – Ambanja – Nosy Be Island

Journey across warmest region of Madagascar, starting with a visit to Ankarafantsika national park, followed by an exploration of the rainforest of Montagne d’Ambre with its localized kinds of lemurs, frogs and chameleons and lots of endemic plants. Visit the special reserve of Ankarana, a wilderness of caves, pinnacles and canyons, to see deciduous and stone forests. Finally, relax on the beaches of three different bays beside the emerald sea.

Madagascar Trekking Expedition

12 Days  |  All Year Round

Antananarivo – Antsirabe – Ibity – Andringitra NP – Rahonira – Isalo NP – Toliara – Anakao

A whirlwind tour with an emphasis on hiking and exposure to the landscapes and nature of the wondrous island of Madagascar.

Natural Beauty of Madagascar

14 Days  |  All Year Round

Antananarivo – Andasibe – Miandrivazo – Antsirabe – Fianarantsoa – Manakara – Ranomafana – Ambalavao – Ranohira – Toliara – Anakao

The emphasis of this tour holiday is seeing a wide variety of wildlife in diverse habitats (rainforests, tropical dry deciduous forest, lakes, coast and coral reef). You should have enchanting encounters with many lemur species, chameleons, geckos, and endemic birds on day and night walks, as well as enjoy the beautiful reefs and marine life from an idyllic tropical island.

Individual Adventures

All of our Madagascar Tour Packages and Holidays can be customised to meet your exact requirements.

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Madagascar Tour Packages

We have an extensive variety of tour packages to suit your requirements.