FEEDING THE LEMURS
When my guide told me at we were going to a place called ‘Lemur Island’ - I was not excited. We had spent a whole day trying to view different species of Lemurs from several miles off at the top of trees . It wasn’t until we arrived that I realised I would not only see the Lemurs close up – I would get to feed them! Yes, we had bananas and these little guys went nuts. They climbed on posts, trees and anything they could – especially me! This was a chance to not only see these little guys, but also to really interact with them. WOW!Related to:
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Free Tourist Visa for 30 Days Visit
Favorite thing: 30 Days Tourist Visa can be obtained on arrival at Antananarivo Airport (TNR) The Visa Fee is waived and extendable for rurther 2 months for a fee of Ar 80,000
It is Ar 140,000 Can be paid in Euro (50.00) or Equivalent in US Dollar if you intend to stay 90 Days. No further extension is possible.
A simple small form (arrival card) needed to be filed which is provided by the airline during flight, no photo is required, just passport details and the name/address of the hotel you intend to stay and your Home Address, Telephone Number, Planned Date of Return on the back side.
The Visa Desk is on right up on entering the arrival hall after disembarking the airplane. There is no need to go to Immigration Counter if obtaining Visa on Arrival, entry stamp with date will be done at the same counter. A Health Card will also be given to fill up, Vaccination Certificate against Yellow Fever required, if arriving within 6 days after leaving or transiting countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
The Passport Must have 6 Months Validity and 1 Full Page for the Visa stamp.Related to:
- Budget Travel
Duty Free Allowences
Favorite thing: Refer to the Sign Board at Antananarivo Airport listing the items allowed to to passangers arriving or departing Madagascar
It is common you may find your checked in bag next to the departure gate subjact to inspection by customs if containing any agricultural or mineral (dry fish/jems and semi precious stones/Tree Barks such as Cinnamon/Sandalwood), they will ask you to provide appropriate certification (s) which can be acquired before getting the boading pass in the departure hall for a small fee, the counters are located next to the currency exchange at international departure countersRelated to:
- Budget Travel
- Business Travel
Favorite thing: Madagascar Currency is Ariary
1 US Dollar = 2200 By Money Exchange Companies
Better Exchange Rate if use the VISA Debit Card at the BNI or BOA ATM
It is possible to buy back US Dollar @ 2340 or Euro @ 2940 either from Bank or Exchange Company.
The Bank Notes comes in 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 denominations and printed in different colors and sizes
Fondest memory: Be careful, The 200 and 2,000 Ariary Bank Notes are almost same (Light Green) Color, the size is differentRelated to:
- Budget Travel
Great local tour company
Fondest memory: My husband and I live in California and returned from a fabulous 3 week trip in Madagascar in May 2012. The entire itinerary, including all travel and accommodations, was arranged by our local driver and guide, Dyna, of Madagascar Travel Tour, http://www.madagascar-travel-tour.com. Without reservation we recommend you contact him for whatever type of trip you are looking for in this country. He is a man of many talents with years of experience as a driver and guide.Related to:
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- National/State Park
Beware of literal translations!
Fondest memory: One of the most charming aspects of touring Madagascar is idly perusing the comprehensive project information signs that is posted for everything from road construction to building renovation.
Regardless of the project at hand, we were confused that the final board always stated "delai d'execution" - what we interpreted as the "delay in the project"!
This lead us to ponder on what seemed to be:
a. the consistently awful project management
b. the honest and transparent manner in which the Bureau De Controle highlighted their colleagues' incompetence!
I was later helpfully informed by a fellow VTer that "delai" used in this context means "duration" - which only shows that the linguistically challenged among us should beware of applying literal translations!
Easy to fall in love with
Favorite thing: The beaches are stunning. The water is mild, an unbelievabe color. The best way to get around is to walk, visit the markets, and meet the people.
Fondest memory: The acceptance of the Malagasy people to "outsiders" is nothing short of remarkable, to say the least. I cant recall to many other places I have been and been treated with such hospitality and felt so welcomed.
Foza Orana: 2009 crisis emblem
Favorite thing: Not a favourite but... Year 2009 started out with a political crisis in already economical-crisis-stricken Madagascar. 2008 ended with a series of demonstrations led by capital city mayor, Andry Rajoelina. The latter and his clique dubbed themselves "Orange revolutioneers". Everywhere in Tana streets: orange flags, orange tee-shirts, orange scarves. Later on, the revolution turned into a putsch that led to the departure of Pdt Marc Ravalomanana out of the country (March 17). In between, the "Orange" revolution has led into lootings, arsons of commerce, malls in Tana and other major cities (26 Jan. 2009, our "Black Monday"). Feb. 7, shots while the "Orange folks" marched to assault the President office. Still Orange, huh ? The then mayor had become Head of a Banana republic state (as hed of putschists, rather). Trying to have the international recognition. In vain... Madagascar is in crisis, regarding several aspects of it: economical (what's new? it's it everywhere in the world), political, social, spiritual. I see the end of it... but have to wait.
Sooo... what a crustacean to do with all this ?
Foza orana is a crustacean that was (criminally?) lately introduced into Madagscar. It kills fishes, eats rice springs and made itself its bad press. Plus, it's so wide and quickly spread that makes it even more dislikable. It's halfway between a foza (our tiny mud crabs) and a orana (crayfish).
Foza orana, as an adjective is to qualify an item that is easily to be found everywhere. Like those phones sold by telecom companies which are dead cheap and that are so widespread everyone has to check his/ her own phone screen each time a ring is heard in a bus.
Foza orana, as an adjective is to qualify an easy girl. One can have her so easily (cheaply?). Also, it has become the nickname of "Orange movement" folks. Not only because of the colour (pic. 2), also because of the Orange demonstrators being mostly made up with pickpockets, looters which were paid to swell the bulk of demonstrators and their militia.
"Biby nitour-ne", i.e "an species that has turned into something else", is also to describe this crustacean which is half crab half crayfish.
Nope, it's not good to be a foza orana, as a crustacean... nor a human.
To me, eating foza orana is to contribute in erasing the crisis in rural areas, as it eats rice springs, fishes and well, many here think that getting rid of urban foza orana is to end the crisis... lolRelated to:
- Arts and Culture
Favorite thing: Lemurs are primates (related to apes and humans) endemic to the island of Madagascar. The smaller lemurs are nocturnal, and the larger ones are diurnal. There are many kinds of lemurs. Each type of lemur looks very different. They vary color from reddish brown to gray, and come in different sizes. Most lemurs spend most of their time in trees and bushes. Only the Ringtail lemur spends most of its time on the ground.
Unfortunately, lemurs are threatened largely because their habitats are being destroyed. People in Madagascar cut down the forests to use the wood, and to grow agricultural crops in its place.
Favorite thing: Madagascar is known for its Baobabs. Here you will find six of eight species found worldwide. The Baobab is a tree with a massively swollen trunk and sparse stubby branches. The tree can live for many thousands of years and is capable of taking up and storing water in its trunk.
They are found in the West and South of the island. You can eat the seeds and they are used for cooking oil.
Fauna and Flora
Favorite thing: Isolated for 65 million years, Madagascar is the oldest island on earth. As a result its fauna and flora is unique.
Eight whole plant families exist only on Madagascar, as do close to 1,000 orchid species, countless insects, at least 350 species of frogs, around 370 kinds of reptile, five families of bird and approaching 200 different mammals, of which the lemur is the most popular one.
Favorite thing: G'day
I travel there at least once yearly so can give you some up to date info. Currently still trouble mainly in the Capital, Tana, when you leave there its okay. Having said that if your careful then Tana is okay, its all internal trouble so they leave tourist alone unless your in the wrong place at the right time. The people are very friendly, food is great, and its still a bit of an adventure.
ATMs are rare outside of Tana as well as in Tana and depend on the power and telephones line being okay.
Acceptance of visa/mc is improving in hotels but very few other places except banks. Very few places, including banks, accept Diners or Amex.
Banks, outside Tana, will give cash advances on visa/mc providing power and telephones line are not out.
Best to carry Euro's or $us. If carrying $us then no $100 bills as banks won't cash them. Any cab driver will get your money exchanged for you.
Travelers Cheques, banks will cash them if you have the original receipts with the cheque numbers, which most issuers say not to carry.
- Budget Travel
- Business Travel
Favorite thing: www.newmadagascar.com
This is the official website of Madagaskar with lots of informations and the vis application form.
Great overview about just everything in Madagascar
Great website with lots of informations about Madagaskar in GermanRelated to:
Favorite thing: You can exchane travellers checks in euro and dollars in some banks.
In Tana, Toliara and Toamasina there is an ATM maschine.
I brougt a VISA cart. A little cash in euro. And some travellers checks in dollars, it worked very well that way.
The Indian Ocean Jewels.
Favorite thing: Yes there are organized trips to Madagascar. Which mode travel would you prefer? Air or Water? When are you traveling? Responding to this questions will help me in advising on which mode is available by then, though air is certainly available all year round.But you had asked for an organized probably which you could join.Madagascar can easily be accessed from Mauritius to its East coastline.
Fondest memory: Culture , Landscape and beaches.Related to:
- Water Sports
- Spa and Resort
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