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New to Tana, keen to get out of Tana for the weekends.
Just wondering if anyone else would be keen to join me or could recommend perhaps groups / tours which run on the weekends?
Keen to get into nature, but keener to share the experience :)
I'm going to be in Tana for 6 weeks in August/September doing a medical placement. I'm planning on bringing quite a few gadgets with me e.g. kindle, iPhone, hard drive for photo backup, camera, laptop. I know some of you will tell me that this is foolish, but I haven't yet figured out which I will actually bring, just in the planning stages so far :)
What I'm interested in knowing is how common it is for hostels/hotels to have personal safes for keeping such items when I cannot have them with me? This is keeping in mind that I will be staying in the cheapest of places (eg. my hostel in Tana is 5 euro/night.) I plan to do a couple of trips out of Tana also and wonder how likely I am to find somewhere safe to keep these items.
Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
I will go in August for 2weeks to Madagscar. i planned to visit the southern part as i undstand the climate comditions there will be best at that time (no rain).
Now i am wondering how to get around. I am used to drive on dirt roads, did it already i.e. In Kenya. I read, however, that Madagsacar is specifically bad and therefore it is advised to rent a car with a driver. Can any of you confirm that? Is it really that bad? Do you recommed to take a driver? What would be the cost implications?
I have also read that the fuel-situation is not to good and it can happen that fuel stations do not have fuel. True? Drivers would usually know where to get fuel.
I am a bit confused if i should go with driver or without. I would be glad if someone could give me a tip.
We want to go by boat from St Marie to Tamatave via Soanierana Ivongo on Friday 31st August in order to catch a flight to Reunion from Tamatave on Saturday 1st September at 12.45. We are concerned that the boats may be cancelled due to rough seas at this time of year. Does this also apply to this route across the channel. I note there are very few flights to Tamatave from St Marie and we don't want to risk missing our connection. Any advice appreciated
I believe I need a voltage converter for visiting Madagascar from the UK? Does anyone know where I can purchase one and what kind it needs to be?
Also, will a UK-World Adapter plug suffice or UK-Africa?
I am hoping to travel around Madagascar for a few weeks in October/November. If anyone has any great tips on where to go that would be amazing! I'm also considering the idea of a tour-type-thing, as I think it could be a good way to see more of Madagascar and it's amazing wildlife and environment, but have always been nervous to go on anything too regimented or stuffy - if anyone knows of any good tours please recommend though! I I am on quite a bit of a budget, but would also be willing to send a little more for something that was going to seriously enhance my time there.
I'm 21 and am open to the idea of roughing it a bit for a truly good experience.
I am travelling in Mad Nov and Dec and considering my options as to whether to go East, West or South.
I am tempted by a river trip West ending (eventually) in Morandava. My research tells me this is rainy season. Has anyone travelled in the area at that time of year and can advise me as to how wet it actually is? Roughly how many days rain per week would be a big help. My exact period of travel will be last week of Nov and first half of Dec. Are all the main tourist spots such as Tsingy open during this period?
Any info gratefully received.
Hi, can anyone tell me if all the prices for parks entry are per person or per group please. Also there is mention of park warden in the pricing of Ankarana as well as guide and porter, is he compulsory as well and what is his duty? Many thanks.
I will be on Holiday the last week of October (American teacher in Cairo) and want to travel to Madagascar. What is the best part of the country to see for this short amount of time. I'm interested in snorkeling and wildlife tours.
Thanks so much to anyone who offers some much needed advice.
We are planning a tour and have found an itinanery with Za tours which we would like to book. I have been told it is not possible to pay part of the deposit by Credit card even if I phone details, we can only use a CC when we arrive. We have been asked to pay by banks order, this does not offer us any insurance against any irregularities.
Apart from booking with a UK agent which is much more expensive does anyone have experience of paying a deposit to a company direct to Madagasca ? Which method would you advise?
Many thanks for your time in replying to any of these questions
Anyone have any experience with this company? We've been emailing a few companies in madagascar looking at itineraries for 13 day tours to the south and west of madagascar and these guys are an order of magnitude cheaper then anyone else we've found (about half the next cheapest option, 1400 euros for 2 ppl incl car/driver/hotel). The difference in price is so great that it almost makes me nervous to use them...
Currently in Madagascar and planing to do Tulear to Fort Daulphin on a 4x4 with driver and some minor stops(nothing preplanned ...opened to suggestions). Let me know if you want to tag along? I'm thinking somewhere around 29th Jul. Or if u have already booked something and you have a free spot, let me know.
I'm a solo 32yr old guy.
I am posting again just for advice from some of the English speaking travelers. While trying to learn a few Malagasy terms, I know I will need a lot of help with the pronunciation. I can barely pronounce some of the city names! I am wondering how those of you who have traveled extensively get along with just knowing "some French"? I am traveling from 23, Sept to 12, October, and did book a tour with a driver and guide. (Cactus Tours). I suspect I will have a good English speaking guide, but I do have several days of "on your own", so I am curious how people managed with rudimentary French, and badly pronounceable Malagasy.
anyone has ever been at "chez Francesco", a basic accomodation at Salary, 100 km north of Tulear?
hiiii!! i am a girl who plan to visit madagascar in ocotber..for 30 days..starting from tana to the northern part of mada..and i am searching to someone who go the same time..and have interests in nature and national parks and diving..and/or is willing to join to me :) traveling low cost..if not you can give me some advice :) thnx
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