Travel Themes

Check out our travel themes to help choose or perhaps inspire you. There are endless opportunities to explore, activities and themes to consider and plenty of room for relaxation. With over 54 stunning countries to choose from the possibilities play like an uncontrolled imagination. Whether you are an adventure seeker rolling along a golden landscape, your eyes plying the plains for a spectacular sight of wildebeest, or you seek peace, relaxation and tranquility for a safaris, or you want to awaken your taste buds with culture rich cuisines and heritage, beautiful beaches or luxury filled experience, we are here for you. The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences that suites your preference.


From the Northeast to the East coast of the red island, go on a 4×4 raid to discover the “Magic Triangle” of Madagascar. If you are into adventure and learning about species that you will never found anywhere else, Madagascar is your island break. Start your tour tasting seafood on the idyllic beaches of Nosy Be, then go to fish in the deep waters off the Emerald Sea, to finally finish your tour by discovering a plantation of vanilla from Madagascar, cocoa, and tropical fruits in the region of SAVA. You will meet adventure and fine cuisine at every step of your trip! Let’s dive in.

Fauna and Flora

The fauna and flora of Madagascar are considered by every scientist as being a nature sanctuary as well as the cradle of endemic species of the island. There are unique species such as seven different  types of baobabs, 19,000 plant species, and more than 100,000 of species of fauna.  Some have attributed this uniqueness to its isolated location in the middle of the Indian Ocean. This bountiful and colorful journey awaits you.

The Lemur, an emblematic species of Madagascar

Lemurs are a monkey species endemic to Madagascar. They are five families atypical monkey species found only on the “Great Island.” They can be found in National Parks, natural reserves, Tsimbazaza Zoo, or in their  natural habitat, the rainforest. There are more than 100 species of lemurs and new species are still being discovered, such as the dwarf lemur of Ankarana.

Vanilla, precious spice of Madagascar

Madagascar is the main vanilla producer in the world with more than 30,000 hectares of plantations on the island. This sweet and captivating spice is a Malayse pride cultivated with passion by the farmers. It’s in the region of SAVA, in the northeast of the island that’s home to large areas of vanilla plantations. You can also discover it around Diego Suarez and Toamasina where the plantations. Nevertheless, you can buy it from the picturesque local markets.

The Baobab Tree

Real emblem of Malagasy flora, the baobab is a majestic and sacred tree that constitute eight species, with six of the species are endemic to Madagascar. The baobab alley contains the most specimens in the world, so you will realize their impressive size and admire some trunks naturally intertwined (baobab in love). The baobab is also called “reniala” (mother of the forest). The baobab constitutes an important reserve of water which allows it to tolerate extreme climatic conditions due to its trunk which serves as a reservoir of  water. Hence, it is also called “bottle tree.”  The ideal place to admire the baobab trees is in Morondava (the alley of baobab). But it can also be seen in Majunga and Tulear, as well as in the parks of Anakarafantsika, Vohibisa, et Kirindy Mitea.

The ravintsara, the essence of aromatherapy

Globally known, the ravintsara, which literally means the “tree with the good leaves,” produces an essential oil that overcomes many viruses and infections. In cream, pill or even inhalation to  skin to defeat infections, diseases, strain or even hepatitis. Antiviral, immunostimulant and antidepressant, the ravintsara represents a medicine with a thousand virtues.

Plunge with the turtles of Madagascar

You can observe the turtles of Madagascar in their natural habitat, whether they are terrestrial or marine. The sea turtle is mostly present in the region of Nosy Be, where they freely swim. You can also meet the radiated tortoise of Madagascar, living mostly in the southern part of the island and is one of the most beautiful in the world. Go to swim with turtles.


During excursions in the Nosy Tanikely reserves (giant aquarium in northern Madagascar), you will be able to observe turtles looking for their food: sponges, jellyfish, and anemone. You will also be able to spot it in Nosy Sakatia, or in Nosy Iranja where they come to lay the eggs.


The village of tortoises

Observe these tortoises in the Village of Tortoises in Mangily-Ifaty, in northern Toliara. This center is responsible for collecting, caring for, and maintaining these animals, to keep them in good conditions in the enclosures of the village, before releasing them to natural reserves and monitored places.

Birdwatching in Madagascar

Madagascar was once home to giant land birds (elephant bird, Aepyornis maximus), the largest of which weighed over 1,100 pounds (500 kg) and stood ten feet (3m) tall. However, they were driven to extinction in the past couple of decades by human hunting, introduced species, and habitat loss. Although their remnants can still be seen along with their giant eggs offered for sale in parts of the country. It is estimated that the 20-pound egg of Aepyornis maximus could make an omelet to feed 150 people.
If you are dedicated to excursions or hiking in nature, you will discover the rich and endemic avifauna of the island. Madagascar has exceptional fauna and flora. You can observe these birds that live in the forests of the island. Go on an adventure there between October and December, to explore the many facets of Madagascar. You will be able to go bird watching when you go trekking, hiking, camping, or when discovering the lemurs. An unrivaled animal world is offered to you.

An unforgettable meeting with the whales of Madagascar

Every year from June to September, the humpback whales migrate off the northeast coasts of Madagascar to mate and give birth. You will be able to go on board in small groups to observe these impressive marine mammals arriving by hundreds.

The Tsingy of Madagascar, a geological curiosity

The Tsingy of Madagascar is fossilized shells' formation as a result of erosion. Admire them into fantastic landscapes, the immensity of the Tsingy reminds us an forgotten era: the Jurassic.

Trekking on the 12 Hills

The 12 hills are promised lands of the historic remnants of Madagascar, and offer a multitude of experiences and panoramas to take your breath away. Go on a walk, try Nordic walking or trekking, in the heart of the 12 hills surrounding Antananarivo. Forget about civilization for a few hours.

Cruise Madagascar : the beauty of the Indian Ocean

Discover Madagascar from its oceans, coasts, and virgin islets, exceptional under water fauna, reserves of colorful birds, and others. Enjoy a total change of scenery on a cruise from 3 to 11 days, to discover the local customs and to admire the surrounding nature.

Isalo National Park

Isalo is in the heart of Madagascar, offering sumptuous landscapes and spectacular view. Between lush forests and high plateaus, arid to deserted lands, you will not be bored. It is one of the most beautiful parks in Madagascar, with many discovery circuits in it. Stroll through this Jurassic setting;, alternating between deserted landscapes and verdant canyons.

You will roam in completely arid zones with various colors and shapes. When you enter in the forest, it is not unusual for a lemur or a harmless serpent to welcome you.

You can roam on the rocks along the small streams, watch the Nymphs waterfall (which has carved the rock over time), or you can take a dip in the blue pool (a refreshing break during excursion).

The black pool is also worth a visit, but you are recommended not to bathe in it because the wa The park has 77 species of birds, where 70 percent are endemic – such as the Benson Rockbill, which is only found in Isalo. You will also find many other animals such as rock reptiles, giant eels and crocodiles!

Ankarana Natural Reserve

The Ankarana natural reserve promises a spectacle of landscapes that are more incredible than the others. It was born under the sea a million years ago. Unique species have evolved there, adapting to the very dry climate and the darkness that reigns in the bottom of the tsingy cavities. You will see bats, lemurs, and crocodiles that all contribute to the natural ecosystem of the reserve.
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A warm and crystalline water that borders kilometers of white sandy coasts. Relax for a day or an hour in the cool shade of the palm trees and then head for the many lagoons around. A total disorientation awaits you in a setting of shamed colors. The beaches of Madagascar also offer a multitude of activities to do alone, with family or friends. Diving, snorkeling, surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and many cruises in dhow or sailing are offered.

Diego Suarez, Destination of Adventures and Relaxation

Diego Suarez is the main town north of Madagascar. It is a dreamy destination and offers a range of nautical and land activities, in an incredible and breathtaking setting. From beaches to imposing mountain massifs, you will discover a different setting at each stage of your journey. This will be an epic journey that will offer you a lot of memories. The city of Diego Suarez, also called Antsiranana is the largest city north of Madagascar. It is also the 3rd port of the island. It was for a long time, the former French garrison, where the remains of colonization are still seen today. Diego-Suarez and its region are full of incredible landscapes – Ramena beach is the most obvious. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with miles of turquoise water and white sand bordering it. The region has many fishing villages and offers the Amber and Ankarana Mountains as background. You can’t miss the many other sites with grand landscapes that Diego-Suarez has to offer, like the red Tsingy or the Emerald Sea. An exceptional stay filled with flamboyant colors.

Ile Sainte Marie, a Historic Island

Sainte Marie is an authentic place that is preserved from mass tourism. It is a real haven of peace. It is very appreciated by the inhabitants of the capital because of its proximity and its idyllic setting made up of beautiful beaches and fishing villages. You will enjoy the calm and tranquility for an unforgettable trip. Away from sharks, it’s also the holiday resort of humpback whales that come to breed and to give birth during the mating season.

The island is full of history and activities to discover with your family and friends. You’ll find exceptional diving spots, dreamy beaches and forest trails that while delight nature lovers.

The pearl of the Mozambique canal - The archipelago of Nosy Be

Nosy Be is the main island of an archipelago of a dozen small islands in Madagascar. It is called the island of perfumes because of its scents of ylang ylang, sugar cane and spices. It is an island of dreams and adventure with lots of endless activities. One of the great attributes of Noisy Be is the heavenly beaches littering its coasts.


Situated in the Mozambique Canal, near the north-western coast of Madagascar, Nosy Be is called Ambariobe (“the great island”) by its inhabitants. This volcanic island is the ideal starting point for cruises to paradisiac archipelagos, or to the west coast of Madagascar.

Nosy Be contains many other surprises! The island is overflowed with a dense forest sprinkled with volcanic lakes, and an exceptional fauna and flora.

The archipelago has many islands that are very easy to visit. The most famous are Nosy Komba, Nosy Tanikely, Nosy Sakatia, and Nosy Iranja.

There are many tourist sites in Nosy Be. Organize a trekking tour or a quad excursion for yourself and go discover the Nosy Be waterfall. You can bathe in the midst of a luxuriant vegetation, begin the ascent of the Mont Passot (the highest peak of Nosy Be), and admire a 360° view of breathtaking landscapes that the island has to offer. The island is full of little discoveries to make you want to come.

The Emerald Sea

The emerald sea is a site of supernatural beauty, thanks to its crystalline waters and blinding turquoise color. The shallow depth of water added to a very clear sandy bottom, gives off this particular color. This is why it is named, “The Emerald Sea.” Accessible by boat, you won’t miss a stop to sleep under the stars on the small virgin islands that extend around it.

Ramena, the most beautiful beach of the world

Ramena is a small traditional fishing village with 3km of white sandy beach along the coast, located about 20km from Diego Suarez. There is a typical coral beach where you’ll be able to practice many nautical activities in a water exceeding 25°C. Ramena also offers more cultural visits in colonial fortifications like the former military camp that is now in ruins. Ramena beach will delight the snorkeling enthusiasts. The deserted beaches and the calm of the sea are ideal for beach lovers.

Kitesurfing and windsurfing in Madagascar

Madagascar is an island at the gates of Asia, offering an exceptional playground for lovers of sliding and thrill. You can practice many water sports, including kitesurfing and windsurfing, thanks to a continuous windy zone along the northern coast of the island.

Not far from the city of Diego-Suarez, lies the bay of Sakalava, which is a perfect spot during the summer. Still preserved from mass tourism, it offers an exceptional playground in a magnificent and wild setting. You can indulge in all types of gliding during your windsurf vacations. Windsurf and kitesurf in the Sakalava bay is great or windsurfing. The wind season is between May and October (Southeast trade wind blows non-stop).

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Andilana Beach Resort

The Andilana Beach Resort is the perfect choice for those who realize that it's the attention to the smallest details that makes all the difference, who want to let their hair down (without going overboard!) and who appreciate the total privacy of our exclusive relaxation beach.

Snuggling on our comfortable sun loungers or strolling barefoot on the beach, you will be enveloped by the warm colors of the Madagascan sunsets. Special moments like this will make your honeymoon truly unforgettable.

Reserved especially for honeymooners is a series of surprises that's our way of

wishing you a lifetime of happiness together: on arrival, you will find a bottle of sparkling wine in your room, an upgrade to an ocean-view room (if available) and a visit to Mont Passot to enjoy breathtaking sunsets at Tea Time. This service requires prior booking and numbers are limited.

And for those who demand nothing but the best, there is the exclusive option of a dinner "pieds dans l'eau". In the open air, on our beach, sheltered by a great Tamarind tree, you will discover just the right atmosphere for a romantic dinner. This service requires prior booking and numbers are limited. Also a great place for Renewal of wedding vows and Symbolic Wedding.

Anjajavy Lodge

Anjajavy Lodge is one of the top luxury lodges in Madagascar. Relax in luxury at the end of your holiday with pristine beaches and a great diversity of wildlife in the accompanying nature reserve. Activities include a variety of water sports (run from a separate beach to that of swimming), fishing and numerous excursions in the Anjajavy Reserve. 

Consisting of 25 air conditioned two story rosewood villas with private verandas providing ideal comfort areas to sit back and watch the sea views or dancing lemurs in the surrounding trees. Anjajavy Reserve is home to a variety of exciting fauna and flora including Coquerel’s Sifaka, brown lemurs, mouse lemurs, and a variety of chameleons not to mention the vast array of tropical birdlife (love birds, vangas, vasa parrots!), coral reefs and mangrove forests.

Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge Southern Madagascar, Madagascar

A superb luxury lodge situated on the pristine southern beaches of Madagascar, close to rich areas of Mangrove and with the opportunity to take night walks to spot some of Madagascar's nocturnal lemurs. Breathtaking sunsets guaranteed.

The lodge offers a large variety of activities for guests. Swimming and snorkeling in the sheltered bay is recommended, as well as day and night walks in the rainforest to spot lemurs and birds. During the whale-watching season (July to November) the lodge employs a fast speedboat to take guests out to see them – towards the end of the season the whales become very active with superb sightings as they teach their young to breach.

Miavana Nosy Ankao, Northern Madagascar

Miavana is an ultra-luxury lodge located on Nosy Ankao island, off the north-east of Madagascar. With wild beaches, incredible diving, fishing, helicopter adventures and spa treatments, it brings a new level of luxury adventure to the Indian Ocean.

An astounding 90% of the mammals found on Nosy Ankao — a secluded private island sanctuary that's part of the Loky Manambato Protected Area — are not found anywhere else. Guests who stay at the island's new and first luxury development, Miavana, can choose from lemur walks, helicopter tours, whale watching, and scuba diving.

Miavana's 14 private villas border crystal clear waters, and the five-star eco resort even has its own museum filled with fascinating artifacts from the island.

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Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Tsarabanjina is a tiny, lush volcanic island with wonderful white sandy beaches, abundant coral and untouched marine life. With just 25 thatched bungalows, this is a real Robinson Crusoe island with a very relaxed atmosphere.

Catamarans are available on the beach, with or without coaching. There are also kayaks to go rowing around the island. Mask, flippers and snorkel are available to borrow for the whole duration of your stay to help you discover the giant aquarium of the Mitsio seas. There is a Tropical Tennis court in the center of the island. For an additional fee scuba diving, sports fishing and massages can be arranged - the scuba diving is fabulous with a huge variety of marine life to be found.

Tsara Komba Nosy Komba, Northern Madagascar

Tsara Komba is an intimate and beautifully built lodge on one of the most stunning islands in the Nosy Be archipelago. The island is calm and quiet as there are no roads or tracks and therefore no cars. Built on a steep hillside, the lodge is set in a tropical garden between forest and beach. Nosy Komba is an amazing island to explore. It is actually a former volcano which is today covered by a magnificent primal forest home to all kinds of trees, plants and flowers. Here guests can spot the mischievous black lemurs, the slow yet lively chameleons, not to mention some extraordinarily beautiful birds and butterflies.

Main activities include scuba-diving and snorkeling and there are a number of trips to the Mitsio archipelago, to the Baie des Russes (Russian Bay), to Kisimany or to Mamoko, to see some amazing sights. Fishing lovers will be spoiled for choice, including sport fishing, troll fishing and bottom fishing. Other activities include beach volleyball, beach racketball, badminton, pirogue/canoe trips, Frisbees and kite flying, all of which can be arranged with the hotel.

Palissandre Côte Ouest Morondava, Madagascar

Located on Morondava beach, just 40 minutes from the famous Avenue of the Baobabs, Palissandre Côte Ouest comprises 30 bungalows each with private terrace and sea views. This makes for the ideal place to relax after exploring western Madagascar. Located on Nosy Kely beach, Palissandre Cote Ouest is a stylish property within easy reach of the Avenue des Baobabs. The hotel is a wonderful option for those looking to combine relaxation with the impressive baobab-strewn dry forest landscapes of western Madagascar. There are 30 thatched bungalows set in well-maintained gardens scattered with coconut palms, each with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and a private terrace, perfect for viewing the stunning ocean sunsets over the Indian Ocean. A few family bungalows are also available.

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A world of distinctive culinary diversity bursting with exotic flavours and aromas.

The Pily Pily Restaurant, Nosy Be

Huge grilled lobsters are the draw at this beach paradise, but the menu offers more. An array of fresh seafood is available fried and grilled. Also find salads, vegetables, pasta dishes and grilled meats, including exotic selections like skewered crocodile. Couples love the terrace seating overlooking the unbelievably blue sea.

La Varangue, Antananarivo

In a "cozy" atmosphere The Restaurant La Varangue serve breakfast to dinner to savor in a unique setting cuisine with flavors of the World and Perfume of the island concocted by the Chef. Meet the owner, Magalie. Menu is based on local and seasonal products. The best organic food is what is grown near you and it tastes better!

Restaurant Sakamanga, Antananarivo

Located in central vibrating city of Antananarivo, you will appreciate the peaceful atmosphere of sakamanga. A typical architecture, traditional decoration and European standards equipment make of Sakamanga a different hotel. You will love its originality!

La Boussole

In the heart of the city, La Boussole marvelously knew how to arrange its setting. Enjoy its magnificent terrace for lunch in the shade of an umbrella during a sunny noon and let yourself be amazed by a green and wooded. For those who prefer to be in the dining room, you will be spoiled for choice among the four spaces available. An essential place to enjoy traditional French, Malagasy and vegetarian cuisine including the famous for gras dishes. The restaurant is open 7 days a week, lunch and dinner. Bar, restaurant, lounge, La Boussole also offers catering service.

La Boussole also has the particularity of promoting culture by offering exhibitions of paintings, thematic weekends. Please note that VISA and MASTERCARD credit cards are accepted as a payment method at La Compass.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to travel to Madagascar is between July and November. Travel is still recommended between April and June (and December), however you may encounter some rain. It is not recommended to go between January and March when their rainy season it at its highest.

In general, the period between May to October (winter in the southern hemisphere) is the most pleasant time to travel to Madagascar, with cooler temperatures and little rain. However, since the last years the traditional weather pattern is no longer reliable due to global climatic changes. You can have plenty of rain during the dry season and vice versa, so be ready for anything.

The touristic season begins in April after the cyclones. The rainy season is almost over but some areas are still hard to reach because of the terrible roads after the rainfalls. Until June it is “low season”, so prices are cheaper now than during the following months. This is the season of the rice crops on the highlands, a real impressive event to see.

The months of July and August are the peak of the "high season" because it is the time when most tourists come here since they are on holidays.

The height of the cyclone season is from January to March and affects the coastal regions.

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Madagascar Travel FAQs

Here are a list of frequently asked questions to help you travel.

What is the Visa requirement to travel to Madagascar?

  • Yes. Visa must be obtained before traveling or purchase at port of entry with U.S. dollars, Euros, or Malagasy Ariary if staying less than three months. Credit cards are not accepted.

  • Evidence of onward/return travel

  • Proof of sufficient funds

  • World Health Organization (WHO) card with yellow fever vaccination if entering from an infected zone within six months of your arrival.

Can I get internet access in Madagascar?

The number of internet cafes has increased spectacularly in the recent years. Tana is doubtless the hotspot of internet access in Madagascar and there are different places where you can connect yourself to the net. You can go for instance to SIMICRO (an internet server provider)  in the city centre next to the main post office or to the DTS/Wanadoo at the Hilton Hotel. In Antsirabe you can access internet through SIMICRO at the Ville d´eau or the Diamant hotel. In Fianarantsoa you will find an internet cafe next to the Panda Restaurants. In Tamatave there are several internet cafes (at the Jupiter Hotel and at Ritz cinema) and in Tulear you can go to the “Glace des As” restaurant near the Hotel de France for internet connection. The “La Sirene” restaurant and the Hotel Oasis offer both internet in Morondava. Speed is generally quite slow, since ADSL is almost unknown. Rates are however very low.

Do I need travel insurance before traveling to Madagascar?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Trailblazer Travelz are highly recommended to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.


Is it safe to drink Malagasy water?

In general, the water is not safe to drink in Madagascar. All local water should be considered contaminated. Bring all tap water to a good rolling boil if you want to drink, brush your teeth or make ice cubes. Otherwise, buy capped bottled water from reputable brands.

Are credit cards accepted in Madagascar?

Credit cards (Access, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Eurocard and Diners) are accepted in certain larger hotels and restaurants. The most widely accepted card is Visa. Please note: Where credit cards are accepted, the payments will normally be recorded in Euros, regardless of the card’s default currency. Except for street side eateries and a few small Chinese shops who only accept cash so you need a some cash, also for taxi, bus and light snacks.

Which International languages are widely spoken in Madagascar?

The Malagasy language--spoken throughout Madagascar by the entire population--is the only one in the African region that belongs to the Malayo-Polynesian language family.

The official languages of Madagascar are Malagasy and French. Madagascar is a Francophone country, and French is spoken among the educated population of this former French colony. In the first Constitution of 1958, Malagasy and French were named the official languages of the Malagasy Republic.

English, although still rare, is becoming more popular and in 2003 the government began a pilot project of introducing the teaching of English into the primary grades of 44 schools, with hopes of taking the project nationwide. The motivation to promote English is certainly due to efforts to improve commercial relationships with the English-speaking neighbouring countries like Mauritius, and of course, to encourage foreign investment. Despite these efforts, travellers will still have to fight hard to find English speaking people in their journey, though with some luck sometimes few English speaking guides can be found in the national parks.

What is the currency of Madagascar and tips for foreign exchange?

The official currency of Madagascar since January 1, 2005 is the Malagasy Ariary (MGA), which has been reintroduced to replace the Malagasy franc. One Ariary (Ar) is divided into 5 iraimbilanja, which turns it to one of the two circulating currencies with a non decimal division in the world. The word Ariary means literally a silver dollar, and it was introduced for the first time in 1961 being equal to 5 Malagasy francs. The banknotes still show in small print how many francs they are worth to avoid misunderstandings.

Can I use my Mobile/Cell phone while in Madagascar

Mobile net is quite widespread in Madagascar. If you intend to take your own mobile phone from your origin country, we advise to ask your phone company if it has a roaming contract with any Madagascar mobile phone company. If you are staying a longer period of time and are willing to take your own mobile phone from home, it might be advisable to purchase a SIM card with a Madagascar number of the national telecommunication company TELMA ( or from the other phone companies Orange ( and Zain (

The international dial code for Madagascar is 00 261. To make an international call to Madagascar, the dial code of 261 must be followed by a two-digit operator code (e.g. 20 for TELMA, the most reliable), then the regional code (e.g. 22 for Antananarivo) and then the five-digit number. A GSM 900 network is in use, covering major cities and main roads.

Are ATMs in Madagascar and can I use them?

One thing to note on taking money out at cash machines in Madagascar is that the ATM's can only dispense a maximum of 40 notes in each transaction. This means it could end up being quite expensive in bank charges if you have to make several transactions. It will depend how much your bank charges for foreign transactions.

Is Tipping customary in Madagascar?

Tipping in Madagascar isn’t very common for locals, but as a foreigner we are expected to tip. It is very common in the tourist industry and that’s how most of the workers make their wages. Madagascar is home of rich wildlife and is the forth largest island in the world.

Taxis: Not required but you could round up to show appreciation and make things easier.


 Hotels: If the bell boy was to handle your baggage then you should give him the equivalent of $1 a bag.


 Restaurants: For European or Western style restaurants you should aim to tip 10%. The locals usually wont tip this much, but it is expected for foreigners.

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The Madagascans are a very hospitable and welcoming people, although their relaxed attitude may be sometimes frustrating. Life in Madagascar is by history very French. The language is French, and the breakfasts too. So at least that can be familiar to some tourists.  Gifts should be offered if staying at a local village, particularly to the village headman. Money will be seen as an insult. Friends and acquaintances kiss each other 2, 3 or 4 times on each cheek every time they see each other.
Visitors are advised not to wear any military-style clothing and not to photograph military or police establishments.

Almost all Malagasy combine the Christian faith (either Catholic or Protestant) with their traditional religion. Two groups, the Antalaotra in the northwest and the Antaimoro (‘Arab-Malagasy’) of the southeast, have adopted Muslim practices. In traditional religion, the Highest Being or Creator is Zanihari, or Andriananahary, now referred to Andriamanitra, who is neither male nor female.

The Malagasy follow a vast, complex system of beliefs pertaining to all aspects of everyday life. These very from village to village and even family to family. The many taboos are called Fady. Fadys can be totally different from place to place. In the region around the Tsingy of Bemaraha it is fady to point at something with the forefinger. You must do it using your five fingers, just the same way the park ranger will probably explain to you.

Watch yourself when walking in urban cities, and especially Tana. L'Avenue de l'Independence has acquired quite of a reputation of being unsafe. And never move around on foot at night.

Foreigners are obliged to carry their pasport everywhere they go. Normal copies will not be accepted as proof of identity by the police. The best thing to do to is to bring a copy of your passport along with the original one to the police station in haute ville, central Tana, where you can let your passport get a certified stamp that states that the copy is real. 

Watch carefully your luggage at internal flights to make sure it comes with you on and out of the plane.

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