Madagascar Travel Information

When it comes to the experience of an island holiday, we believe that a Madagascar holiday is one of the best destinations for outstanding and exciting travel. Find travel info on Madagascar, an island country, located south east of Africa in the Indian Ocean. It’s made up of the island itself and small peripheral islands. The island boasts a unique biodiversity – with over 90-percent of its wildlife found nowhere else on earth.

Jenman Safaris prides itself in planning your dream Madagascar holiday right down to the very last detail. We recommend that anyone wishing to go on a Madagascar holiday reads the information provided to learn more about the island and important travel details. It also ensures that you’re able to enjoy your holiday with us and the Malagasy people.

By equipping our valued guests with this information, we hope to further entice you to visit the wonder that is Madagascar. Apart from its biodiversity, the island has so much to offer in the form of activities, adventure and attractions. We encourage you to read our website with regards to what a holiday to Madagascar can entail, and to contact us with any inquiries that you may have.

Highlights of an adventure to Madagascar include the Baobab trees featuring seven of the world’s nine species. Lemurs are the island’s most famous animals and about 40 different species can be found; they are endemic to Madagascar. The various national parks and activities are wild and luscious. We pride ourselves on being able to design a Madagascar holiday worth experiencing, offering one of the world’s most phenomenal destinations for nature and history lovers.


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A security/ departure tax will be payable by all passengers departing from the following airports in Madagascar:

  • Antananarivo/Ivato [TNR]
  • Nosy Be [NOS]
  • Toamasina / Tamatave [TMM]
  • Mahajanga [MJN]
  • Antsiranana / Diego Suarez [DIE]
  • Taolagnaro / Fort Dauphin [FTU]
  • Toliara / Tulear [TLE]
  • Saint Marie [SMS]

Charges are due at departure and are payable in cash in foreign currencies, or in Malagasy Ariary MGA at the day rate at airport cash points.

  • Domestic flights from above mentioned airports: US$ 2.50 per person
  • Regional Network TNR – JNB: US$ 14.50 per person
  • Long-haul network: US$ 14.50 per person


Madagascar forbids the export of rough gemstones, protected endemic plants or animals, and valuable cultural monuments or woods. It is possible to get an official export permit for certain polished gemstones and plants, but it may take a few days to get it. If you want to buy polished ammonite, fossilised wood, traditional solitaire games or similar items, it is highly recommended to ask for export papers or an official invoice from the handicraft market. This is to avoid problems at customs.


We have developed a list of tips that you can follow when you travel around Madagascar. Madagascar is a lovely destination and we aim at preserving to preserve the area and its people on our Madagascar holidays – it’s important to us and we hope you feel the same. We ask that you act responsibly when you travel through this beautiful country.


EUR, USD und GBP sind am einfachsten am Flughafen in Ariary umzutauschen. Die Banken am Flughafen öffnen, wann immer ein internationaler Flug ankommt, und ihre Gebühren sind ähnlich wie die der Banken in der Stadt.

Kreditkarten werden nur in großen Hotels, Restaurants und einigen Geschäften akzeptiert, hauptsächlich in Antananarivo. Visa ist die gebräuchlichste Kreditkarte. In anderen Großstädten können Sie lediglich Bargeld an Geldautomaten (ATM) erhalten. Am Flughafen in Antananarivo gibt es nun auch einen Geldautomaten. Verlassen Sie sich nicht ausschließlich auf Geldautomaten, da diese oft außer Betrieb sind. Bewahren Sie Bargeld in Euro für Notfälle auf.

Reiseschecks (TC) wie Thomas Cook, American Express etc. werden ebenfalls nicht empfohlen, da viele Banken die Annahme verweigern. Aber wenn Sie dennoch Reiseschecks mitbringen wollen, dann bringen Sie nur TC mit 50 EUR oder 50 USD Nennwert mit, und vergessen Sie nicht, auch die Rechnung oder Quittung der Einrichtung mitzubringen, bei der Sie diese gekauft haben. In einigen Provinzen kann es bis zu mehreren Stunden dauern, bis Sie Reiseschecks wechseln können. Der Kurs ist zudem höher als der Bargeldumtausch und einige Banken verlangen Provisionen.

Seit 2005 ist der Ariary (AR) die lokale Währung in Madagaskar. Er ersetzte den Franc Malgache (FMG). Viele Leute beziehen sich noch auf den Franc Malgache (FMG), wenn sie etwas verkaufen, aber alle Zahlungen müssen in Ariary (1 AR = 5 FMG) erfolgen. Vergewissern Sie sich, welche Währung gerade gemeint ist, vor allem in ländlichen Gebieten. Um die aktualisierten Kurse zu überprüfen, schauen Sie sich die offizielle Website der Zentralbank von Madagaskar an..

Die derzeit größte Banknote ist Ar 10.000. Da aber ein Essen im Restaurant schon zwischen 10.000 und 15.000 Ar kostet, müssen in Zukunft größere Stückelungen gedruckt werden.


There is a risk of catching Malaria in Madagascar. It is highly recommended to ask your doctor’s advice about anti-Malaria drugs before leaving your country. Bring a good mosquito repellent with you! Please also bring sunscreen to avoid sunburn; the sun in Madagascar can be very harsh.

Tourism in Madagascar is still in its early stage. Do not eat raw vegetables and do not drink un-stamped bottles of water.

When visiting Madagascar you do not need any vaccinations unless you have been to certain African countries where there is a danger of contracting yellow fever. Vaccination against yellow fever is compulsory. We also recommend vaccination against Hepatitis A. As medical cures and medicines are only available at hospitals in big cities, it is recommended that you bring your own basic First Aid kit.


Adjust your clock upon arrival at the airport: add 2 hours during summertime and 3 hours during wintertime to GMT. GMT +2 / GMT + 3


There are only two seasons in Madagascar: dry season and wet season. Wet season lasts for 5 months (from December to April) in most areas. In eastern Madagascar, it often rains all year long but it rarely rains in western Madagascar.

On the central parts of Madagascar, winter nights are cold and temperatures may drop down to +5°C. It may even go down to around freezing point in Antsirabe. Bring warm clothes if you are travelling to Madagascar between May and September. From November till March, it gets very hot in southern and western Madagascar. The temperature in the coastal regions is generally higher than inland.


Phone: Es gibt etwas Mobilfunknetzabdeckung in Madagaskar. Schalten Sie das internationale Roaming ein, wenn Sie in Madagaskars Großstädten erreicht werden möchten. Die Alternative ist, eine lokale SIM-Karte und ein günstiges Telefon in einem Geschäft, Supermarkt oder Flughafen zu kaufen. Eine SIM-Karte kostet ca. 5, - EUR und beinhaltet in der Regel einen kleinen Guthabenbetrag. Die Kommunikation per Telefon in Madagaskar ist teuer und die Verbindungen sind schlechter als in anderen Ländern.

Es ist möglich, von jedem öffentlichen Telefon mit einer „Telecom Malagasy“-Telefonkarte ins Ausland zu telefonieren. Einige Großstädte, Kleinstädte wie Moramanga und sogar kleine Inseln wie Tsarabanjina, sind durch lokales Mobilfunknetz abgedeckt. In Madagaskar gibt es zwei Mobilfunkanbieter: Orange (Vorwahl 032) und Celtel (Vorwahl 033).

Internet: There are a few internet cafés in every big city in Madagascar. The Malagasy Post, called Paositra Malagasy, offers an internet connection at their offices. It is very cheap but the connection speed is slow unless you are lucky and find one of the few places that offer ADSL Broadband.


If your luggage gets lost during a transit flight handling, then your suitcases will arrive in Madagascar a few days later. It is recommended, if possible, to put very important items and some clothes into your hand luggage. From Paris or Milan and on your connecting flights, you are sometimes allowed to have 30 kg of luggage allowance. Be warned: some airlines only have a maximum baggage allowance of 20 kg. We recommend you check your ticket. The luggage allowance on domestic flights is also 20 kg only (15 kg on Twin Otter flights) but the tariff for excess luggage is cheap in Madagascar.


Please make sure that you carry your passport, air tickets, money, credit card and all other travel documents in your hand luggage or on your person.


During the cyclone season and winter, rain jackets and warm clothes are essential especially in the Highlands. During the high season, light cotton clothes and sun protection is necessary especially in western Madagascar. Always bring a raincoat when visiting the humid eastern part of Madagascar and rainforests.


Light mountain boots are recommended when visiting national parks especially the rainforest parks. Waterproof sandals are recommended for beaches. In other places, you can wear almost any shoes.


Do not forget: bring a torch for nocturnal park visits or electricity power outages.


Films, battery and photography kits are expensive in Madagascar. Film rolls – especially special film like APS or slide film – are rare. Buy them in your home country.


In Madagaskar werden der zweigängige Stecker und die europäische Normsteckdose mit einer Spannung von 220 Volt verwendet (in Spitzenzeiten kann die Spannung in einigen Gegenden auf 170 Volt absinken), mit einer Standardfrequenz von 50 Hz.



Sie können Trinkgeld geben, wenn Sie mit dem Service zufrieden sind – aber das ist nicht verpflichtend. Hier sind einige Richtwerte angemessener Trinkgelder:

  • Etwa 4 € pro Tag (ca. 10’000 Ariary) für einen Guide oder Fahrer
  • Etwa 2 € (ca. 5000 Ariary) für einen Park-Guide, abhängig von Ihrer Zufriedenheit
  • Etwa 5% der Restaurantrechnung
  • 200 Ariary pro Tasche für einen Kofferträger.

Da Euro-Münzen in Madagaskar nicht in lokale Währung umgetauscht werden können, ist es ratsam, das Trinkgeld in der lokalen Währung Ariary zu geben.


There are a few beggars in villages but mainly in the big cities – especially in Antananarivo. If you do not want to give something to them then do not speak to look at them. But if you wish to give something to beggars, buy the person something to eat and give pens and balls to the children.


In Madagascar, Fady is the name for different local beliefs and taboo behaviour related mainly to tombs or sacred places. As visitors, it is important to respect those places or tombs. Your driver or guide will instruct you on how to show the proper respect and what you should not do during your trip.

The most trustworthy and regularly updated guidebooks on Madagascar are probably the latest editions of the Lonely Planet guidebook and the books by Hillary Bradt.


The two main languages spoken in Madagascar are French and the native language Malagasy.


The Lonely Planet has a comprehensive online directory with information on Madagascar such as: when to visit, weather, getting there and around, practical information, history, study tips, maps and interesting facts.

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