Madagascar Tourist Traps

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Madagascar Tourist Traps

  • Nightwalk in Ranomafana NP

    As thrilled as we were with the nightwalk at Andasibe, the nightwalk at Ranomafana was a great disappointment. We walked up to a sort of picknick spot, with a shaded table. And the guides told us where to expect which animal. How did they know? Well, the animals were fed. And when you feed them every night they will return ofcourse. On top of this,...

  • A smiling person is not making fun of...

    Be it in happiness, in harsh situation, we always smile. This is a constant element all over the island. We don't laugh without reason, we smile.Even in embarrassing situation, we smile. Foreigners use to mistake about it. When a Malagasy pedestrian crosses the street out of zebra crossing area (: meaning he/she is faultive) and nearly triggers an...

  • Beware of fake guides

    Though, chauffeur is not always needed for your long trips (you do them by taxi-brousses for instance), guiding is mandatory. First, without a guide, you would miss hidden gems. Second, he would serve as translator if needed.Beware though to choose appointed guides as only these ones would ensure you safety and share their knowledge of circuits and...

  • Taxi-brousses are not a miracle-...

    One knows it, a trip to Madagascar is expensive. As a solution, travellers are now tempted to pay for the expensive air ticket to the mythical, dream island and use dead-cheap transportation means. It is sthg I understand but bear in mind that taxi-brousses are not panacea, esp. if you travel there for 2 weeks and that you intend to go through many...

  • Gem stones sold in the streets of...

    Antsirabe is known for the place where gem stones are traded. They come from Ilakaka (South) region. A craze for sapphire stones and the like arose years ago when someone discovered a huge mine in Ilakaka region.Street vendors sell fake stones. For tourists (and locals) who don't know how to distinguish true from fake, avoid them.Gem street vendors...

  • Sea snake , you said?

    In Foulpointe ( Mahavelona), a "guide", one of the boys who tout for clients (tourists and holidaymakers) in the beach, told me about a natural pool in the coral reef. I wanted to see and rendez-vous was made. My friends and I stepped on a "pirogue" (little boat) and the "guide" rowed till we reached the "natural pool".I was disappointed as it...

  • About money

    BanknotesThe Malagasy Franc is the currency. Largest banknote is 25.000 MGF, worth about 4.03 USD (rate 16/11/01). But there are even coins!CreditcardCarte bleue (Visa) can be used in some places including top hotels in Antananarivo. Better are Travellers Cheques and US Dollars.Changing moneyYou'll find people wanting to change money for you on the...

  • If you order a Coke, a soft...

    If you order a Coke, a soft drink or mineral water they bring you a litre bottle if you want a large drink (GM). Cost about 1.61 USD and it's no problem if you share.PHOTO: Market with 200 souvenir stalls, just north of Antananarivo

  • Zoma market abolished

    The famous ZOMA market in Antananarivo does not exist anymore. Although you'll still find it mentioned in many guides. On Fridays a huge square would be filled with goods and people. It has been abolished recently because it became too dangerous. There are still stalls but even our Malagasy hosts would not take us there.

  • Nosy Komba. This small island...

    Nosy Komba. This small island near Nosy Be is a popular tourist attraction because of the black lemurs living in the village. But after you have seen them already in a nature reserve like Lokobe (Nosy be), a visit to Nosy Komba with all its merchandising will be a disappointment. A visit to Nosy Tanikely, an even smaller island nearby, is worth a...


    THE PIRATE CEMETERY on Ile Ste. Marie... Probably the most-visited site on the island, it is quite overgrown and a bit tacky -- but enjoyable nonetheless! Around the end of the 17th century, Madagascar's eastern coast -- and Ile Ste. Marie, in particular -- were a kind of 'pirate headquarters', used as a base from which to ambush trade ships headed...

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Madagascar Hotels

  • Chez Maggie Hotel

    On the West Coast of Madagascar, right at the beach, you can find the hotel "Chez Maggie". It is...

  • Hotel Sakamanga

    For the price, Sakamanga is the best hotel in Antananarivo. It has a lovely shaded courtyard and all...

  • Vakona Forest Lodge

    Vakona is the top rated place in the area of Andasibe National Park, though it is located closer to...

  • Hotel Benjamin

    About 15~20 minutes drive from the Nosy Be Dock, (taxi may cost Ar 20,000~25,000) at AMBATOLOAKA the...

  • Le Jardin du Roy

    Le Jardin du Roy provides very comfortable accommodation conveniently located within reach of the...

  • Sidi Hotel

    had 6 nights stay at Hotel Sidi in July 2014 and it was very pleasant and comfortable The Owners are...

  • Vahiny Lodge

    BP 85 Ambatolambo, 317

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Residence Lapasoa

    Résidence Lapasoa Isoraka BP 3650 Antananarivo Tél :22 611 40. 180.000 FMG Beautiful colonial...

  • Eulophiella

    Stayed only one night but managed to cram lots in & make the most of this beautifully laid out site....


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