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Mahajanga Things to Do

  • Enjoy the Sea Breez, watch the Sun Set

    The Prime attarction in Majunga is the evening walk half a kilometer streach at the Corniche, beside that there is not much to do, people gather every evening sit on the wall (benches are also available) enjoy the cool see breez which is a blessing in a Hot Hot City, watch the Sun Set, there are food and drinks stalls set up and also the Fish Bar...

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  • The Big Baobab

    Age 300 year + 21.7 Meter CircumferenceIts the emblem of the city of Mahajanga an Icon Land mark of this city right on the cornehch this Sole Standing Boabab receive hundreds of Visitors evry day, just pay a visit, hug and admire the huge trunk and enjoy the cool breez in the evening and watch the sunset

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  • Cirques rouges

    Apart from beach activity and sightseeing in their urban area, visiting Cirques Rouges site may be interesting.It's rather about seeing the weird beauty of nature.Near Amborovy beach lies this multicoloured site. Erosion has made its sandstone display this wide range of colours, from a white, light pink, pink, orange to ochre shades. It is possible...

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Mahajanga Restaurants

  • Fast Food (Halal)

    One of the only few place in Majunga to Find good quality fast foodBurgers, Pizza, Fruit Juice, Milk Shake Beef Burger with French Frries and Cold Bottle of Coca Cola MGA 8,000

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  • Don't miss Beignets de crevettes !

    Chez Caron is located in Village Touristique, where, in the contrary to the beach around the baobab tree & along Corniches, one can have access to sea. I didn't swim for being told it was better in Amborovy, a destination of ours after the noon lunch. Just played with the waves, collected shells (I have my box of Mahajanga shells in my apartment in...

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Mahajanga Transportation

  • Taxi Brousse Normal and Premier Class

    Most Common and Economical Way of Travel to Mahajanga (in fact to most cities in Madagascar) is Taxi Brousse. They are Frequent, Reliable and Cheap, although for some it may not be so comfortable. The Journey is on the RN 4 which is abrasive but no big bumps or pot hole (if the vehicle's glass are loos then the banging noise can be terrible)...

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  • Taxi Brousse to North Madagascar

    Various Companies operates from Majunga to North Madagascar (Antisiranana province) CTVA is most reliable.The Fare is listed (photo attached) always good to book a day in advance to get better choice of seats. Majunga Taxi Brousse Station (Gare Routier, same for departure to Antananarivo) is very well organized and all the booking offices are under...

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  • Pousse Pousse (Man Powered)

    They are Uniform Blue/Red Colored and Registered by Numbers, Man Powered Pousse Pousse for short distance, MGA 1,000 but these guys deserve a bit extra to serve in the scorching heat

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Mahajanga Warnings and Dangers

  • Moramora in Mahajanga

    Just a warning: bring your patience with you.While having our diner (breakfast, noon lunch..), we got really surprised by the attitude of waiters there.In many restaurants, tea parlours, it is so common that waiters would not hurry to take your order. Even worse, I experienced something a bit irritating in an Indian snack. I ordered some sambos and...

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  • Air conditioning

    While driving to the warmest area of Madagascar, have your car reviewed... For tourists, make sure your driver checked everything before setting sail.On my trip to Mahajanga, we took a 4WD with AC. Everything went OK except when at a time, we had to stop at a place due to some roadworks. We were waiting there for hours, got really nervous since it...

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Mahajanga What to Pack

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    by Norali Updated Jul 15, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals, walking shoes, swimwear
    your lightest clothes in cotton, linen. More than anwhere else on the island, the West is very hot, sun is very strong too.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: lenses and cleaning products (not sure about the supply there and if yes, what about the price). I wear lenses so am very sensible to this aspect. Your stacks of usual medecines or prescriptions for equivalents.

    Photo Equipment: zoom lenses for those nice views - memory sticks (there may be some but not sure about them being a good bargain over there and on other parts of the island, btw).

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: swimwear

    Miscellaneous: -Sunscreen with high SPF (tons of it) - sunglasses
    -bank notes (not that many atm's and not all insititutions use traveller chèques, let alone food stalls)

    heat, drought in Mahajanga region
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Mahajanga Off The Beaten Path

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    by Norali Updated Oct 20, 2004

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    I guess it's not that common for a city to have this amazing tree as its emblem... Yes, but Mahajanga has it.

    This baobab has even a name, "Le baobab" and is multicentennial. Some speak of the 700-y-o baobab too. It is one of biggest baobab trees in the whole island.

    It is the landmark of the city, which you can orientate yourself with. Facing the sea, turn your back to Le Baobab:
    - On your right is the way to Pointe de la corniche, Pointe du caiman and Port Schneider;
    - On your left, the avenue that leads to Pinte de sable and Port aux boutres;
    - In your back, Avenue de France, starting from Le baobab and dividing the city from West to East.

    I was told it has a circumference of 21,70 m (at 1m height ). Height: less than 10m though.

    Worth noticing: 5 of 6 baobab species in the whole Africa are in Madagascar, as endemic species.

    Le (Vieux) Baobab
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Mahajanga Favorites

  • Sunset watching, nightlife at seafront

    Sunset watching and people watching are amongst nightlife activities in coastal area.Mahajanga urban seafront is really agreable for its ambience. Walking along the seafront on Bd Poincarré is something to do if you want to skip the nightclubs and still have a glimpse on locals and holidaymakers habits. Youngsters, and less young ones, use to go...

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  • Le baobab

    I guess it's not that common for a city to have this amazing tree as its emblem... Yes, but Mahajanga has it.This baobab has even a name, "Le baobab" and is multicentennial. Some speak of the 700-y-o baobab too. It is one of biggest baobab trees in the whole island.It is the landmark of the city, which you can orientate yourself with. Facing the...

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  • The multitrunk tree

    This tree always amazes me with its multiple trunks.Don't kow its name. I thought it was a banian bt I am not sure. The city seems to be particular from hosting those particular trees: the multi-centennial "Le baobab" tree, banian trees... All enormous!A name given to Mahajanga is also "La cité des fleurs". The West-coast city of Mahajanga...

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