Air Madagascar: when you fly to Sainte-Marie, expect this kind of plane, a Twinotter (photo). No meals, just some sweets. The flight is about an hour from Antananarivo and not as uncomfortable as you might expect.
Air Madagascar is also nicknamed: AIR MAD !
Air France (from Paris 3 times a week) or Air Madagascar (also from Paris).
Note: Air Madagascar does not seem to fly anymore. The planes were taken back by the company that owned them after the presidential elections in 2002. Seemed the rent wasn't being paid.
Transportation used by locals: rickshaw, taxi brousse.
And for those Malagasy that are better off: Air Madagascar and 4x4's with chauffeur.
The rickshaw is called a pousse pousse in Mada. French for 'push push' thought 'tirer tirer' (pull pull) might be more correct!
My friend Myriam Erdmann started a travel agency Tsara Travel (Dutch) in 1999. She specialises in 'Tailor Made' Individual travel to Madagascar.
Myriam knows Madagascar very well and has excellent contacts with local touroperators. She used to be tourleader in Madagascar for a well known Dutch company. Since she started Tsara Travel, she made yearly studytrips to Madagascar to keep up to date and I accompanied her twice.
If you want to know more, just give her a call or an email and she will be more than happy to 'infect' you with her passion for Madagascar.
We never went on the public transport, however we did see many public buses. Think of the normal number of people on a bus, triple and double again, imagine people hanging on the back. that would be a public bus in madagascar
we hired a travel agent in madagascar to arrnage all the accomodation and transport. it wasa fraction of the price you would pay in england. arranged everything over the internet.
we had a private car with a driver and a guide for the two of us, 1 day we went on a boat trip in Lokaro near Fort Dauphin, had a car driver, a guide, a boat driver and a personally chef
Well...VT doesn't allow for 'tiny boat' as a Category, so Ship it is. These dugout boats are called pirogues. Some with sails, some ...these were fun to get into. The ones on the picture are actually quite stable.
If you don't want to spend days on rocky roads and you do want to see more than Tana (which is obviously the case), you'd better make use of domestic flights. Fly for instance to Maroantsetra, which has the most amazing airport I've ever seen (picture).
almost to every place of the country you can go by 'taxi brousse' which are cars that are leaving a destination when they are full. And full means really full (e.g. 25 people in the back of a pick-up). But you really have to do this experience when you're in Madagascar, and you will get to know a lot of people, locals and tourists.
Also a good tip is to take the train (the only train) from Fiannarantsoa to Manakara. It was the best train trip I've ever done.
POUSSE-POUSSE ('push-push' in English, the Malagasy version of a rickshaw)... The rickshaw drivers could be quite insistent in offering their services. On a number of occasions I found myself being tailed by several of them simultaneously, all calling out -- 'Madame! Madame! Pousse-pousse! Pousse-pousse!'
Travel around the island by TAXI-BROUSSE ('brush taxi')... crowded inside, piled up with luggage (and sometimes extra passengers) outside, but a great way to see the countryside and meet Malagasy people!
This was our transport in and around Antananarivo. came with chauffeur/bodyguard. I saw some car rentals though these beauties were privately owned.
Taxi Brousse is a good way, to see everydays life in Madagaskar. They are mini-busses. As a westener you are supposed to pay at least for two seats. Nevertheless it is very cheap.
by plane ofcourse..
there is no direct planes from europe or america to madghasker ..so it's not easy to each there
Cross a river by piroque. But you have to be able to keep your balance, as they can be rather unstable.
AIR MADAGASCAR (fondly known to locals as 'Air Mad' !)... The plane I took from Paris to Antananarivo (about a 10 1/2 hour flight) was one of those double-decker 747s.
Résidence Lapasoa Isoraka BP 3650 Antananarivo Tél :22 611 40. 180.000 FMG Beautiful colonial...more
Le Royal Pallisandre is a very good quality hotel in the heart of the city. The rooms and public...more
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