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Getting There & Away

Perhaps the most common itinerary in Madagascar is to head down the RN7 from Tana to Tuléar (Toliara), sampling everything along the way, then fly back to Tana. Nearly all of Central Madagascar’s towns and attractions lie near this two-lane highway, one of the few reasonably well-maintained sealed roads in the country. Many people take a detour on the colourful FCE railway, continue on to the coast via Isalo, worship sun and reef a bit, then fly back to Tana.

This makes central Madagascar an easy destination for budget travellers, who will be able to go everywhere by taxi-brousse. For attractions that do require a private vehicle, enquire with local tour operators, ask your hotel, or charter a taxi.