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      East Coast Road Conditions

      Madagascar Mar 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      My family and I are due to go to Madagascar in August for 16 days. We are intending initially travelling south on the RN7 to Antsirabe and then onto Ranomafana area. We want to go back north to Anasibe and the cost, but don’t really want to retrace our path on the RN7.
      The only other option appears to be the RN45/RN25/RN11, does anyone have any experience of this route? We will be driving ourselves.

      Thank you
      Colin

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    • Nahampoana

      Madagascar Apr 8, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Does anyone know if you can see Verreaux Sifakas 'dancing' (crossing open areas) in Nahampoana, or do you have to go to Berenty to see them?

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      Driving from Tana to Tsingy de Bemaraha

      Madagascar Apr 14, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Can anyone tell me how long it takes to drive from Tana to Tsingy de Bemaraha National park via RN1 turning at Tsiroanomandidy? I have read that some of the route from there to Bekopaka is quite poor, but not how long the journey is. The National Park website does state this as a possible option for getting there.... It seems to be about half the distance of going via Morondava.

      Thanks for any advise

      Colin

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    • sea crossings in July

      Madagascar Apr 7, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      I will be travelling with a friend in July.

      1. We will be in Nosy Be and wanting to go to the area of Diego Suarez. Does anyone have any experience of sea conditions at that time of year? I understand that if we want to go overland we can go by boat to Ankify but it could be a dangerous crossing, and the other alternative is to fly but there is no direct flight – is that correct?
      2. We also want to go from Tamatave to Isle Sainte Marie, but we heard that you can go by boat but that can also be a dangerous crossing. Any comments?

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      Contact Details for Kirindy Private Reserve

      Madagascar Apr 16, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      I have read a lot of good things about Kirindy Private Reserve, we are currently intending going there when we visit Madagascar later in the year.

      Has anyone on here visited Kirindy and has any information/advise?

      I would specifically like some contact details as I can't find any on the internet.

      Thank you
      Colin

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      Contact Details for Kirindy Private Reserve

      Madagascar Apr 16, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      I have read a lot of good things about Kirindy Private Reserve, we are currently intending going there when we visit Madagascar later in the year.

      Has anyone on here visited Kirindy and has any information/advise?

      I would specifically like some contact details as I can't find any on the internet.

      Thank you
      Colin

      5 Answers 7 hours ago
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      Driving from Tana to Tsingy de Bemaraha

      Madagascar Apr 14, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Can anyone tell me how long it takes to drive from Tana to Tsingy de Bemaraha National park via RN1 turning at Tsiroanomandidy? I have read that some of the route from there to Bekopaka is quite poor, but not how long the journey is. The National Park website does state this as a possible option for getting there.... It seems to be about half the distance of going via Morondava.

      Thanks for any advise

      Colin

      2 Answers Apr 15, 2014 at 9:42 AM
    • Nahampoana

      Madagascar Apr 8, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Does anyone know if you can see Verreaux Sifakas 'dancing' (crossing open areas) in Nahampoana, or do you have to go to Berenty to see them?

      1 Answer Apr 9, 2014 at 8:20 AM
    • sea crossings in July

      Madagascar Apr 7, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      I will be travelling with a friend in July.

      1. We will be in Nosy Be and wanting to go to the area of Diego Suarez. Does anyone have any experience of sea conditions at that time of year? I understand that if we want to go overland we can go by boat to Ankify but it could be a dangerous crossing, and the other alternative is to fly but there is no direct flight – is that correct?
      2. We also want to go from Tamatave to Isle Sainte Marie, but we heard that you can go by boat but that can also be a dangerous crossing. Any comments?

      4 Answers Apr 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM
    • ColinP14's Profile Photo

      East Coast Road Conditions

      Madagascar Mar 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      My family and I are due to go to Madagascar in August for 16 days. We are intending initially travelling south on the RN7 to Antsirabe and then onto Ranomafana area. We want to go back north to Anasibe and the cost, but don’t really want to retrace our path on the RN7.
      The only other option appears to be the RN45/RN25/RN11, does anyone have any experience of this route? We will be driving ourselves.

      Thank you
      Colin

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      Nosy Mangabe

      Nosy Mangabe Feb 12, 2014 at 2:13 AM

      Is there a waterfall on Nosy Mangabe?

      I'm writing a novel based on the island and because I've  never been I'm dying to know.  I've seen pictures pop up when I've googled Nosy Mangabe and just wondered if it was true. 

      6 Answers Feb 20, 2014 at 1:05 AM
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      Nosy Be Security?

      Madagascar Jan 29, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      What is the security situation on Nosy Be now.

      4 Answers Feb 5, 2014 at 5:40 AM
    • Activities for young people

      Madagascar Jan 24, 2014 at 2:59 AM

      Hi! Me and my friends (2 guys) are at age 20 and 19 , we want to visit madagascar together. By the looks of it , it looks like there are more elder people who are interested in madagascar than young people at our age , Do you think there will be any nightclubs where we can meet guys/girls at our age, make friends and have activities which mostly are for young people at our age . Thank you so much!

      5 Answers Jan 28, 2014 at 2:10 AM
    • "Madagascar’s Natural World" tour with Voyage Jules Verne

      Madagascar Jan 17, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      Has anyone been on the "Madagascar’s Natural World" tour with Voyage Jules Verne? If so, was it good as I am thinking of booking it for later on in the year.

      3 Answers Jan 17, 2014 at 11:57 AM
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      VTmembers meeting

      Madagascar Dec 9, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      VTmembers meeting in Madagascar for 15 days in march, pls MP for more details,....

      8 Answers Dec 10, 2013 at 5:38 AM
    • explore Mada with own 4x4 vehicle

      Madagascar Nov 17, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Hi there; We are looking for some advice and tips regarding the temporay importation of our 4x4 truck to Mada. Our intention is to explore the Island for 2-3 month as part of our 2.5 year long Cape to Cape (Cape Agulhas to Cape Horn) starting last 1/4 of 2014. Has anybody got any information or hands on experience, contacts etc. so that we are able to faciltate this portion of our journey? Look forward to hear from you Siyabonga Jessie JHB

      4 Answers Nov 18, 2013 at 1:46 AM
    • Car hire from Ambalavao

      Ambalavao Nov 12, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      Is it possible to take taxi-brousse from Tana to Ambalavao, hire a driver to take us to Andringitra and then have the driver pick us up after our hike and continue to Tulear?

      We are looking for a cheap alternative to hiring a car and driver to take us from Tana to Tulear, along the way see Ranomafana and Andringitra National Parks. We have allowed 8 days to complete this trip with hikes and stops inbetween.

      Thanks

    • still safe to travel the last 2 weeks of November 2013 during election?

      Madagascar Oct 30, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      I read about the travel warnings from now on until end of Nov 2013 due to election in Madagascar. I have already bought my international air tickets to Tana but, is it too risky these days and really not worth the risk?

      If safe to go, being a single female traveler who does not speak any French, is it safe to just hire a car+driver (English speaking) instead of having a private tour so to keep the cost significantly down? I was told that the "private tour" will have a driver, AND a English-speaking tour guide, accompany me throughout the whole trip of visiting multiple national parks in different region.

      My understanding is that each park has local tour guide for hire, and there is no need of a tour guide on the road while driving from park to park, neither the need of guide on domestic airplane. But several tour operators insist this is essential for the safety, is this accurate? worths a few thousands euro more than just hiring the car+driver? usually how good English can those chartered-car-drivers speak? All I need is basic communication.

      Thanks a lot.

      6 Answers Jan 29, 2014 at 8:49 PM
    • Tulear to Morondava

      Madagascar Oct 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      We are planning a 2 - 3 week tour next year with guide/driver. Will go down Route 7 to Tulear and then want to get to Morondava to see Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. Air Mad has only one direct flight per week (and now do not know what day it will be) or you can fly through Tana three or four times a week which requires an overnight in Tana and is considerably more expensive.

      Given these options I was wondering about driving from Tulear to Morondava. The map shows roads (do not know quality) connecting the two towns. I suspect it will take two days but do not have to rely on Air Mad. Has anyone driven this section? How are the roads and is there any scenery? Where to spend the night?

      Any comments are appreciated - Thanks.

      1 Answer Oct 31, 2013 at 8:13 AM
    • Nosy Be or Nosy Boraha??

      Madagascar Sep 29, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Hello Travellers!!!

      Me and my boyfriend will spend the october in madagascar. We want to see as much as possible of the island, travel from Tana to the south (fianarantsoa to manakara by train) have planned to spend some nights in different national parks (camp catta at Andringitra,  Park Ranomafana) and see the north (diego-suarez, ramena, mer d'emeraude). ... But we can't decide wether we should visit île sainte-marie or nosy be, because both of them look so great. Can anyone help us? Which one should we prefer??? :)

      Thanks in advance,

      Manuela

      3 Answers Sep 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM
    • How to see Andasibe National Parks without having a car

      Madagascar Sep 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Every article I have read says you can get to Andasibe by taxi brousse and you may get them to drop you at your hotel. My question is when you get to the hotel in Antasibe can you visit the parks without a car? If I wanted to go to Vokana to see the lemur Island is this feasible without a car?

      1 Answer Sep 9, 2013 at 9:29 PM
    • Seeking your wisdom: 10 days in Madagascar (itinerary)

      Madagascar Aug 31, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Hi all

      we are going to spend our honeymoon in Madagascar, a country that fascinates us. We put together an itinerary and would appreciate your feedback very much. We are travelling in October and are msotly interested in the culture, the forests and the beaches. Unfortunately you can't cover very much in such a short time span. So here goes:
      Day 0: Arrival in Tana, late in the evening, sleep in Tana
      Day 1: Drive through Antsirabe to Ambositra, sleep in Abositra.
      Day 2: Drive to Ranomafana, guided tour in the afternoon and in the night, sleep in Ranomafana
      Day 3: More Ranomafana, sleep in Ranomafana
      Day 4: Drive to Andringitra, sleep in Andringita
      Day 5: Andringita, sleep in Andringita
      Day 6: Drive to Isalo, a tiny bit of hiking, sleep in Isalo
      Day 7: Drive to Tulear*, sleep in Tulear
      Day 8: Tulear, sleep in Tulear
      Day 9: Tulear, Flight to Tana, sleep in Tana
      Day 10: Tana, flight back to Europe

      We would love to hear your thoughts. Is this trip doable, is it fun? Are we missing something important along the way? *Also, where near Tulear should we go for snorkeling/diving?

      As for driving, it is recommended to have a driver... how do we arrange for this in the best way?

      Thank you so much in advance! We are very excited about the trip.

      3 Answers Sep 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM
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      travelling from tana to nosy be

      Nosy Be Aug 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      wanna do it by taxi brousse but only during day,how many days?where to stay for night?if different taxi-brousse,how many ,i must change?and when and where do i pay?the rates?

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      travel from tana to antsirabe

      Antsirabe Aug 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      i heard lots about antsirabe,i have ever been in tana,and now i need some help to go for a new destination,that is antsirabe..i wanna know,if there are possibilities of being there by first class car or 4x4,apart from taxi-brousse--like tana to majunga ?any tips,or contacts ,where i can stay for cheap,clean ,and being warm welcomed?where to go for nite life,any casinos and discotheque....and where to get nice food?3 days is enough for the trips and visits?plz,also let me know about all the rates...im in budget.we are among 3 guys...anyone who wants to join us,plz contact us,we are setting there around 17 Nov2013. .Thanking you in advance.

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      Is Tsarasaotra Park (Lac d'Alarobia) worth a visit?

      Antananarivo Jul 24, 2013 at 3:02 AM

      We are staying in Antananarivo in September & were wondering if Tsarasaotra Park might be a nice place to visit for bird watching & walking around? How long would we need there & is there anywhere else of interest nearby?

      1 Answer Jul 24, 2013 at 4:44 AM
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      Is Tsarasaotra Park (Lac d'Alarobia) worth a visit?

      Antananarivo Jul 24, 2013 at 3:02 AM

      We are staying in Antananarivo in September & were wondering if Tsarasaotra Park might be a nice place to visit for bird watching & walking around? How long would we need there & is there anywhere else of interest nearby?

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      Any where to walk & watch birds in or around Antananarivo?

      Antananarivo Jul 24, 2013 at 2:49 AM

      We are visiting Madagascar in September & like to walk around & explore, is there anywhere in the capital where we might wander & see some wildlife? Or if not anywhere within walking distance or a short taxi ride?

      1 Answer Jul 24, 2013 at 3:47 AM
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      Re: Advice re 3 week itinerary

      Madagascar Jul 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      There's a lot of helpful advice here and I'd like to solicit more concerning the hard choices one must make with only 3 weeks in Madagascar. We're Americans that have done a fair amount of traveling but this is the first venture into Africa so we’ve decided to book a tour guide.
      Our developing itinerary for late Nov-mid Dec is probably too ambitious and feedback on what towns and parks to skip will help a lot. Our focus is hiking, snorkeling, diverse scenery and wildlife (mammals/reptiles/insects) but we’d prefer to avoid tame tourism, crowds, factory tours, markets and shopping. Cultural interaction and geographic variety are important, too.
      Tana →Andasibe (2 nights) →Andringitra (2) → Isalo (1) → Toliara (1) → Anakao (2) →Nosy Mangabe (1) → Masaola (3) → Ankarafantsika (1) → Nosy Be (2)
      All the other nights are spent en route to these 9 destinations, of which Andringitra and Masaola are our most confident choices. (Predictably, those two, hard-to-access destinations wreck any sense of efficient travel.) After reading some of your posts, I’m beginning to sour a bit on Anakao and not entirely sure about Nosy Be, either. They were originally chosen for snorkeling opportunities and because Nosy Be seemed like a fitting place to wind things down (the comfort and relaxation phase).
      Finally, the questions:
      Is a good part of 3 days enough in Andringitra, the reputed hiker’s paradise?
      Are we missing out by not staying longer in Isalo?
      If not for snorkeling (I dive/she doesn’t), is there any reason to go to Anakao? We’d like to check out the landscape in that area but would it be better to have one night in Tulear and then fly back to Tana?
      Is spending a night each in Majunga and Antsohihy worth just one night in Ankarafantsika?
      Are we totally blowing it by not spending more time in the West?
      I realize it’s all very subjective but I believe our travel interests are similar to those of the folks commenting on this topic. Many thanks for any guidance!

      12 Answers Jul 19, 2013 at 4:45 AM
    • Advice re 3 week itinerary

      Madagascar Jun 30, 2013 at 2:00 AM

      Hi - we are a fit couple who like being active - travelling for 3 weeks in September - I am getting lots of conflicting info about driving versus flying and the fact that to do everything we want to do in 3 weeks will need a tour company which is not the way we usually travel. I wanted to go south first to Ranomafana and Andringita doing hiking in both. Is there any point in carrying on to Tulear since getting from there to Morondava seems abit of a nightmare or should we rather head back to Tana to head to Morondava and Tsingy? I would love to combine that with a river trip on Tsiribihina.

      I was initially going to leave out the north but am thinking that we could possibly spend the last 5 or so days there Nosy Be or Diego Suarez? since my partner is a keen kite surfer.

      Any advice welcome - thanks. Tracy

      7 Answers Jul 7, 2013 at 4:56 AM
    • Getting around Madagascar

      Madagascar Jun 27, 2013 at 4:58 AM

      Hi all, I'm thinking of planning a trip to Madagascar. Not sure about what the itinerary is at the moment but wanted to see what the best way to get around is. Is it worth getting my own transport or are there good alternative options with buses/local transport etc?

      1 Answer Jul 8, 2013 at 2:53 AM
    • Trip to Madagascar

      Madagascar Jun 20, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      I'm planning to do a month or month and a half long trip to Madagascar and was wondering if anyone knows of someone to put me in touch with for traveling advice (I have many questions and would rather contact a person directly)

      Thanks Micah

      2 Answers Jul 19, 2013 at 4:45 AM
    • Self driving trip from Tana to Morondava and back

      Madagascar Jun 20, 2013 at 5:59 AM

      Me and my wife will have a 5 days layover in Madagascar and we are thinking about renting a car in Antananarivo airport and driving to Morondava and back. Our idea is to split each direction to 2 days: driving a few hours, stay a night at hotel and accomplish the trip on the morning of the following day. We are interested to visit a lemurs safaris or parks on our way or at Morondava and of course to see the baobabs.
      Several questions regarding this:
      - Does it looks reasonable?
      -Does the road condition good enough for such and avanture?
      -Can you recommend any specific POIs to see on the way (safaris, parks, etc.)
      -Can you recommend the best location to spend a night at
      -Any other tips for first timers

      5 Answers Jul 19, 2013 at 4:45 AM
    • safety situation

      Madagascar Jun 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      hi what is the safety situation like these days in madagascar?

      1 Answer Jul 19, 2013 at 4:45 AM
    • itinerary

      Madagascar May 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Recommended one-month itinerary?

      Millie

      3 Answers Jul 19, 2013 at 4:45 AM
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      Madagascar trip info ??

      Madagascar May 9, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      hallo my virtual friends...

      could you please share information about the places to visit in Madagascar ...

      i have 3 weeks vacation from end of may . i saw a documentary last evening and i just planned it a while ago :)
      any suggestions about travel , stay is much appreciated ..

      one life live it
      Srini

      10 Answers May 22, 2013 at 3:43 AM