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    • Camping Equipment

      Madagascar Jul 1, 2014 at 3:10 AM

      Hello, I am planing on spending 6 weeks in Madagascar backpacking across the whole country, I am planing on camping in several parks and doing over night tours. My question is if I need to bring things like my own tent or if they are usually provided by the tour company. I don know how much is provided by the guided tours so I am having difficulty knowing what to get and what I shouldn't.

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    • Camping Equipment

      Madagascar Jul 1, 2014 at 3:10 AM

      Hello, I am planing on spending 6 weeks in Madagascar backpacking across the whole country, I am planing on camping in several parks and doing over night tours. My question is if I need to bring things like my own tent or if they are usually provided by the tour company. I don know how much is provided by the guided tours so I am having difficulty knowing what to get and what I shouldn't.

      9 Answers Jul 18, 2014 at 8:52 AM
    • Whales in Madagascar

      Madagascar Jun 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      Hello my name is Diego, I have been planning to go to Madagascar from September to October visiting the north, West, South, Central and a little of the eastern side. I am glad I have chosen this time of the year since it keeps coming up how good it is. There are two main things I want to do, to watch the humpback whales and snorkel with the whale sharks. I am aware that the best place to watch the humpback whales is in Sainte Marie and so I am planning to go there in early September, I was also wondering if swimming with them was possible. For the whale sharks I though going to Nosy be later on in October would be my best opportunity but I was wondering if going there at the end of September would be a good time to see them as well.

      3 Answers Jul 1, 2014 at 8:43 AM
    • Whales in Madagascar

      Madagascar Jun 18, 2014 at 7:57 AM

      Hello my name is Diego, I have been planning to go to Madagascar from September to October visiting the north, West, South, Central and a little of the eastern side. I am glad I have chosen this time of the year since it keeps coming up how good it is. There are two main things I want to do, to watch the humpback whales and snorkel with the whale sharks. I am aware that the best place to watch the humpback whales is in Sainte Marie and so I am planning to go there in early September, I was also wondering if swimming with them was possible. For the whale sharks I though going to Nosy be later on in October would be my best opportunity but I was wondering if going there at the end of September would be a good time to see them as well.

    • Trip Toamasina-Palanganes Lakes (Palmarium reserve)- Andasibe

      Madagascar Jun 14, 2014 at 3:21 AM

      Hello everybody!

      Its being quite difficult for me to find useful information about the options to make a trip from Toamasina (Tamatave) to Palanganes Lakes (Mainly to visit the Palmarium and try to see the Aye aye) and the go ahead to Andasibe/Mantadia parks.
      I would be very grateful if someone of you could either give me some info or recommend me where could I find something about it.
      Some of my questions:
      Is it worthy to visit Palmarium?
      How we could reach the Lakes from Toamasina? Which is the cheapest way?
      How we could go from the Palmarium to Andasibe? How long and how much it cost approx. the trip?
      If you need to choose between Palanganes-Palamarium or Ankarafantsika, which would yoo prefer?

      Thanks a lot in advance!

    • How to get to Kirinidy Private Reserve by Taxi Brousse

      Madagascar Jun 13, 2014 at 5:54 AM

      Can one get a taxi brousse from Morandava to the Kirindy Private Reserve? How much and when do they leave generally?
      Thanks

      1 Answer Jun 15, 2014 at 9:48 AM
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      La city

      Antananarivo May 17, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      where is La city?

      6 Answers Jun 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM
    • Planning a 3 week trip

      Madagascar May 16, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      My Husband and I will be spending Just under 3 weeks in Madagascar shortly. The approx. dates are arriving June 23rd and leaving July 14th. Unfortunately, this isn't enough time to explore everything we would want. We are hoping to concentrate in 1 or 2 regions to minimize the travel time. What do you consider to be the "must see" locations? Trekking, active sports, wildlife, photography, and beaches off the beaten track, culture, and music are our interests. We would prefer to avoid crowds and factory tours. We have never been to Madagascar, but are experienced travelers; Safaris in Africa, Mountain Gorilla trekking in Uganda, trekking in the Andes mountains and the Amazon Basin, etc. While we enjoy “roughing it” in the wilderness, we prefer not to in civilization. Ideally we would like to hire local guides and drivers as needed.

      In broad terms we are thinking Eastern and Northern regions, although there definitely some southern destinations that are very attractive. It’s not enough time for it all. Here is the areas of interest in no particular order.

      - Mount Marojejy National Park.
      - Kirindy National Park
      - Masoala Peninsula
      - Nosy Mangabe
      -Isalo
      - Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
      - Ankarafantsika
      - Ille Ste. Marie

      We are not clear on what to eliminate, how long to stay in each location to make it worthwhile, and where we should fly vs. where to go via road or boat. Any insights you can provide us would be great. Thank you for your help!

      6 Answers May 31, 2014 at 10:10 AM
    • Overnight at Palmarium

      Madagascar May 13, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Has anyone stayed overnight at the Palmarium and actually seen an aye aye?

      1 Answer May 14, 2014 at 8:47 AM
    • Tana to Ankarafantsika

      Madagascar May 8, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Can you hire a car and driver for a one-way trip? If so, what is the likely cost and what is a good company to do it through? It sounds like a very long trip from Tana by taxi-brousse!

      5 Answers May 14, 2014 at 8:33 AM
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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

      12 Answers May 1, 2014 at 5:09 AM
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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
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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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      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?

      3 Answers Apr 27, 2014 at 2:22 PM
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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?