Flights & getting there
Tsaradia flies from Fort Dauphin to Antananarivo (from €90, two hours, daily). Between one and three services a week between Tuléar and Fort Dauphin appear on Tsaradia's schedules, but they weren't operating at the time of writing.
Fort Dauphin’s taxi-brousse station is in Tanambao, in the northwestern part of town, along the road leading to the airport.
Although taxis-brousses connect Fort Dauphin with Ihosy (and beyond) along the RN7, we recommend against travelling this route for security reasons. Between Ambovombe and Ihosy, most taxis-brousses travel in convoy, but that doesn't eliminate the risk entirely and we recommend against overnight stops along this section. The roads are also appalling and facilities almost nonexistent.
Safer destinations include Ambovombe (Ar15,000, three to four hours) and the daily camion-brousse to Tuléar (Ar50,000, two to three days).
There are two possible approaches with a 4WD, but any long-distance travel to get here will mean travelling through areas of questionable security. If it's safe, you'll need to take plenty of back-up food and water (especially along the coast):
- From Itampolo to Ambovombe via Ampanihy. It's a long journey on rough tracks and should take two days from Itampolo, or three from Tuléar.
- Along Madagascar's east coast from Vaingaindrano, with numerous ferry crossings and still a long road to civilisation from there. Count on two to three days.