Boat to Madagascar
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jun 25, 2013 11:00 AM Last Post By: Ulftragardh
Jun 24, 2013 9:04 AM
Boat to MadagascarHi!
I am going to Africa for four months this winter and consider going to Madagascar.
I am traveling from Ethipia through Kenia and Tanzania to Mozambique. Would i have to fly from Mozambique to Madagascar or is there a boat i could take (the flight looks verry expensive)
Also if i go it would be in december. I know it is not the best month to go weather wise. But how bad is it. Should i mabye just not go as it rains a lot in december?
I would be verry thankfull for answers:-)
Jun 24, 2013 11:53 AM
There are no scheduled ferry services into Madagascar from anywhere on the African mainland. Your only hope would be to go to a port in Mozambique and try to hitch a ride or work a passage on a freighter – with of course no guarantee that there’d be one leaving (and prepared to take you) at anytime close to when you wanted to go.
There are no flights to Madagascar from Mozambique. There are direct flights from Nairobi and from Johannesburg, and it’s possible to fly from Dar es Salaam to the Comoros and from there on to Madagascar. If you can fly with Air Madagascar, the price of your international ticket will be offset quite a bit by a 50% discount on domestic flights.
It’s perfectly OK to go in December – there are certain areas, especially in the west of the island that are not accessible, notably the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, or less accessible, for example Ankarana National Park, but there are plenty of other places to see, and in the east, where most of the rainforest parks are, December counts as one of the drier months.
Coming from East Africa, by the way, you would need to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate at immigration when you enter Madagascar.
Jun 25, 2013 12:49 AM
2We were there a few years ago looking for ferry and there wasn't any. The cheapest way is to fly through another continent, e.g. Europe. Direct flights were crazy expensive. Dar es Salaam is a dead-end.
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Jun 25, 2013 2:06 AM
3With all due respect to “2global nomads”:
Dar es Salaam is not a “dead-end”. Air Tanzania flies three times a week to Moroni in the Comoros, Air Madagascar flies three times a week from Moroni to Antananarivo. The price for a return ticket averages out at between €600 and €650.
Kenya Airways flights from Nairobi to Tana and return generally work out on average at between €700 and €750.
Air Madagascar charges between €475 and €510 for a return ticket from Johannesburg to Tana.
If you “fly through another continent, e.g. Europe”, you’ll pay for a return ticket Paris – Tana – Paris between €990 and €1330 depending on which airline you fly with, plus of course whatever it costs you to get back to Europe in the first place.
It isn’t difficult to do the math!
These prices of course are independent of any cheaper deals you might be able to make with local travel agents – or of any price hikes you might have to contend with if you book at the last minute in December.
I quote return prices because when you get your visa either at a Madagascar embassy or (perhaps more likely) on arrival at the airport, you’ll need to have proof of onward travel out of the country (though admittedly they don’t always demand to see it at the airport), and of course you get a better deal on return tickets than on two one-ways.
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