My friend and I are taking a trip to Madagascar 19 Dec. - 2 Jan. We have already paid for the tour complete with driver and all related fees for parks and hotels. What we want to know is how much money we can expect to pay for meals and and other extras.
Hi Jose Lucky you - you're in for an absolute treat! Presumably your breakfasts and evening meals are included in the package? It would be unusual if this weren't the case. Madagascar isn't bargain basement cheap when it comes to food, as in many places you'll visit, there won't be much competition (and this is one place where I have steered clear of the 'street' food). Prices are broadly comparable to those in Kenya: I would recommend that you allow yourself USD10 for a lunch washed down with the wonderful Three Horses Lager (which is cheap and wonderful) - it may be less, but it's good to have a safety margin. One aspect that you shouldn't stint on is bottled water, which is readily available - I would recommend buying in bulk and keeping it in your vehicle as many of the places that you'll visit won't necessarily have a kiosk or shop where you can stock up. In general. shopping opportunities outside of Tana are pretty limited, so stock upo on basics before you go. There are a number of good supermarkets in Tana, so ask your hotel or guide to direct you to the nearest one. Curios and other items would be on a part with the sort of prices you're used to in Nairobi. The best selection is in the craft market in Tana, but as ever, pick up things that grab your fancy as you come across them, as there is no gaurantee that you'll see the same stuff again. The exception to this rule is T shirts featuring the ubiquitous lemurs, which you'll find virtually everywhere. Feel free to browse through my Madagascar pages for more information, and bon voyage! It is a truly wonderful place, and I can't wait to get back there again ... Regards Cathy
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