Hello! Is it advisable to bring his own car temporarily to Madagascar for an extended stay of 90 days? It's a 4x4 (Landcruiser) though a 1982 year; we would arrive by ferry from Reunion.
Hi It's certainly possible to do so, as there is a ferry link between the two. However, driving conditions in Madagascar are generally poor, and even the main roads are in pretty bad condition. I don't know what the roads are like in Reunion, but I wouldn't recommend driving in Madagascar unless you have experience of driving in extremely bad conditions. However, I can understand your motivation to bring your own car with you, as vehicle hire in Madagascar is pretty expensive. You just need to bear in mind that your vehicle is quite old (clearly you've already recognised this as a potential risk, as you specifically mention its age), so you'd need to be confident that it isn't going to let you down by breaking down in the middle of nowhere. If you do decide to take it, then I think that it would be very wise to be able to undertake 'running repairs' yourselves (and maybe bring along essential spares, just in case they're not readily available in Madagascar). One last suggestion: before you commit yourself to this course of action, just check that you aren't going to be charged some sort of import duty as you're planning to be therefor quite a long time. I can't see why you would be, but stranger things have been known, so best to check! Good luck - Madagascar is a very special place, and I envy you having three months to explore (we only get to visit for much shorter periods due to other commitments, and are always very reluctant to leave!) Regards Cathy
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