For a memorable adventure in Madagascar, please read the useful Madagascar Tourism Information below.
The following documentation is required to travel to and within Madagascar:
- A passport which is valid for at least six months from your planned date of return to your country.
- A visa, which can be issued by a Madagascar Embassy or Consulate but can also be obtained at the airport in Antananarivo.
- Recent passport photo
- Copy of round-trip ticket or itinerary
There are no required immunizations, unless you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylaxis is strongly recommended. We suggest you take relevant advice from your own doctor well before traveling.
Madagascar has two seasons. The wet season extends from November to April; this is also the hottest time of the year with temperatures hitting a daily average maximum of 30°C on the coast and 25°C in the highlands.
The cooler, dry season extends from May to October with a daily average maximum of 25°C on the coast and 18°C in the highlands.
Since 2005, the official currency of Madagascar is the Malagasy Ariary (MGA) which has been reintroduced to replace the Malagasy franc.
Notes are in denominations of 10,000 MGA, 5,000 MGA, 2,000 MGA, 1,000 MGA, 500 MGA, 200 MGA and 100 MGA. The largest note of 10,000 MGA is worth about 4 €.
There are also coins from 1 up to 50 Ar.
ATMs can be found in and around the capital and in some of the larger towns.
Visa Card is the best option to bring with you as Master Card is not accepted in many places.
Banks are open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
Luggage: bring only soft bags and up to 20 kg weight.
We suggest you include in your luggage; a torch or headlamp, good walking shoes, binoculars, small first aid kit, raincoat, jacket, shorts, suncream, sunglasses, hat, swimsuit, mosquito repellent, a sweater and pants for cooler evenings and of course your photography equipment.
Malagasy, the native language and French, are the official languages, this does not mean everyone speaks French; it depends on where you are located. English is not widely spoken.