Madagascar Transportation

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Madagascar Transportation

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  • Our transport around Antananrivo

    This was our transport in and around Antananarivo. came with chauffeur/bodyguard. I saw some car rentals though these beauties were privately owned.

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  • Air-Madagascar international & internal...

    Air-Madagascar or Air Mad (!) is our national air company. Just released a new website. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS - Departures from and arrivals in Paris (CDG) Reunion, Mauritius, Kenya, South Africa, Comores... Schedules in below website (you'll have to key in departure and arrival days, destinations and Schedule Search Engine)...

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  • AIR FRANCE!

    We booked air France to get to Antananarivo , the capital city- from Paris. Now the price is something that bothers a lot of people. It IS expensive. But I like to give you some tips how we booked our ticket much cheaper. The airplane was full , so I wouldn't count on last minute options. I booked well in advance - with travelocity and had the...

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  • Taxi Brusse-security and comfort tips

    Prices==========Taxi Brusse prices are writen on a blackboard in the small wood counters. don't let them grabb your stuff and pull you into the taxi . always pay after you've seen the real price!put in mind that usually for a 1 hours drive you pay 5,000FMG=1000Ar but that price changes in the south.Security======Forget your manners if you are...

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  • Taxi's real price

    The highest price you should pay inside citiesis 20000FMG (they will say 25 but don't give up this is the local price) in the street nobodys talks ARiary so don't do it either!This is the price for a taxi inside the biger cities(i.e. antsirabe finarantsoa antanarivo) and for a large distance .in smaller cities 12000FMG should usually be more than...

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  • Taxi Brousse

    By Taxi Brousse you can come pretty much everywhere in Madagascar. Taxi brousse go from Tana to all other big towns around Madagascar. It is a cheap way of going from one place to another.For example, a Taxi Brousse ride from Tana to Tulear cost you around 140.000 fmg. ( around 12 euros). You cqn hire private vehicles for such trips but they are...

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  • Taxi Brousse

    The main means of transportation in madagascar is the taxi-brousse. Pretty comfortable, if you are lucky and get a good seat in a not too cramped car, hell if you have bad luck.Do not attempt to drive yourself in madagascar. Traffic is kind of relaxed, in the sense that you will not catch any drivers speeding, but remember, that is for a reason....

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  • Train to manakara

    The train trip from fianantsaroa to manakara was something special. The only remaining train in use at the time, we were warned about the state of the train. Not enough though. Normally, a good rule of thumb whenever you see something worrying is that as long as the locals do not worry, neither should you. When the locals do start to worry, though,...

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  • For road trips, extra fuel and bottles...

    While touring in Madagascar, bring extra fuel supply (in jerry cans) as you would sometimes travel in desert areas with noone around (neither oil station).While having a stop over villages, fill up as you can... or be sure your chauffeur thinks of it... Sounds weird but you would see, sometimes, cars (esp. taxi-brousse and taxi-be) that are hanging...

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  • Meals at Air Mad

    Now you're probably thinking what is a pack of Tuc doing here. I hope you are familiar with these renowned salty biscuits. If not, fly with Air Mad and you'll know because you get a whole pack on each internal flight, together with a big bottle of soda pop.At first it was strange, then it became hilarious as we discovered you do get them on every...

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  • Rather hire a chauffeur to move around...

    Rather hire a chauffeur to move around cities, especially in Tana... as traffic jam and ignorance of circulation code would turn you mad :-)As for traffic jams, an exemple: In the 80es, it took me 45 minutes to join urban area from our place in North Tana. Nowadays, it takes my Dad 1.30 min - 2 hours to do so...Alternative: Rather hire a chauffeur...

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  • Hire a guide or miss hidden jewels!

    One thing interesting in long trips is that they enable you to drive while escaping from crowded urban cities like Tana and, why not, drive in empty roads. Thus, a chauffeur is not always needed for your long trips, guiding is mandatory. First, without a guide, you would miss hidden gems. Second, he would serve as translator if needed. Third, he...

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  • Sun sets at 5.30 pm in winter

    Tip also applies to motorcycle and other outdoor activities.Bear in mind that in winter, (June- September), sun sets at 5.30 pm. That means that you'd better calculate your timing for visiting specific isolated and remote areas. In addition, as directions in Madagascar roads are always missing and in case you travel without a guide, better head to...

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  • Pousse-pousse or ricksaw as...

    Try the charm of ricksaw transportation in cities such as Antsirabe, Toamasina and Mahajanga and Toliara. Though tourists may feel not at their ease on those ricksaws, think of Tana ricksaw pullers have even harder work. Indeed, Tana ricksaws don't carry humans, they cary heavy lumbers, iron rods..."Pousse pousse" means "Push push", though it...

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  • Taxi brousse

    But this is a more local way of getting around: taxi brousse... twelve of us (10 in the back) + 2 in front + driver and all our luggage on top. If you're travelling with taxi brousse, just count on it that a 25 km. drive will take you about 3 hours due to the bad roads (sand and dirt roads).But it is an adventure in itself!Sainte Marie (Nosy...

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  • Flying with Air Madagascar internally

    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 !

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  • Air France to Madagascar

    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...

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  • Taxi Brousse

    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.

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  • by plane ofcourse..there is...

    by plane ofcourse..there is no direct planes from europe or america to madghasker ..so it's not easy to each there

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  • My friend Myriam Erdmann...

    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...

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  • We never went on the public...

    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

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  • air madagacar/air france

    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...

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  • Pirogue, the local boat

    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.

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  • Cross a river by piroque. But...

    Cross a river by piroque. But you have to be able to keep your balance, as they can be rather unstable.

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  • If you don't want to spend...

    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).

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  • almost to every place of the...

    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...

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  • POUSSE-POUSSE ('push-push' in...

    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!'

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  • AIR MADAGASCAR (fondly known...

    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.

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  • Travel around the island by...

    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!

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  • Small boats like this one,...

    Small boats like this one, called PIROGUES, are used to travel across short distances over water.

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Madagascar Hotels

  • La Varangue

    La Varangue was a beautiful and peaceful place to rest in busy Antananarivo. We has 2 short stays...

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  • Hotel Royal Palissandre

    Le Royal Pallisandre is a very good quality hotel in the heart of the city. The rooms and public...

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  • Le Relais des Plateaux

    Lot 66 B Antanetibe Ivato, Antananarivo, 105, Madagascar

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Carlton

    Rue Pierre Stibbe Anosy, (formerly Hilton Madagascar), Antananarivo, 101, Madagascar

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Tamboho

    Tana Water Front, Antananarivo, 101, Madagascar

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Residence Lapasoa

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

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  • Vakona Forest Lodge

    BP 750, Antananarivo, Madagascar

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Les Trois Metis

    Tana Centre Ville, IVA Antaninandro - (Face Station Jovenna), Antananarivo, Madagascar

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel du Louvre

    Spent almost two weeks in this hotel with a group. Very nice accomodation at reasonable price. Staff...

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