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Madagascar
Travel Planning
Madagascar

Madagascar at a Glance

Madagascar is home to 5% of the world's species and oftentimes they cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Head out on a jungle adventure or explore the desert fringes. Be prepared for some adventurous travel as the roads are not good and the transportation across the countryside is sometimes part of the experience itself. 

Bright blue skies, tropical forests lush with greenery and animals animals everywhere. Count the different kinds of monkeys you see. Watch lemurs leap through the tree tops. Listen to the screams of angry birds fighting over territory. Watch insects scuttle through the undergrowth. Marvel at the brightly colored frogs who lurk under neon leaves. Madagascar's remote national parks sometimes receive as few as one hundred visitors per year. Explore this territory completely on your own and really become one with nature. 

While the forested interior makes up a seemingly endless playground, the island's edges have their own delights. Enjoy sandy beaches, blue waters and tropical temperatures. Dive deep for coral reefs and twisted shipwrecks hulking in the darkness. Snorkeling on the surface, watch stingrays, turtles and tropical fish go about their daily business. 

What to Expect
High Season
July - August, December, April
Low Season
January - March, May - June
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Language: Malagasy language, French
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      Major Airports
      • Regional Airport Ivato airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All tourists need a visa to enter Madagascar. Visas last for three months and are renewable.  Contact a Malagasy Embassy for more information or to get started on the process. U.S citizens can use the U.S State Departmen's website as a guide as well. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather January through March sees the cyclone season in Madagascar. Roads are frequently impassable so its best not to visit during this time. July - September sees high seas that make cargo boat travel to the island too dangerous. 

      Safety Concerns Madagascar is a fairly safe place to travel. Avoid becoming victim to petty crime by leaving your valuables out of sight. Carry your passport with you at all times in a money belt. The police occasionally want to see your travel papers and a photocopy will not be a substitute. Poor roads and rundown vehicles makes night traveling in taxis dangerous so try to avoid it. 

      Health Concerns: Travelers should speak with their doctor at least two months prior to their trip to schedule vaccinations and to discuss ways to reduce health risks. Travelers should bring a water purifying system and avoid drinking, cooking or brushing their teeth in water that has not been treated.