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The main international airport serving Antananarivo and for Madagascar, is the Ivato International Airport (TNR). Located 16 km from the city centre, the airport is the main base for Air Madagascar.

Transport to and from the airport is by mini bus, airport shuttle, taxis or car hire. 

Quick facts about Madagascar

Car rent

from $ 63
per day

Hotel booking

from $ 9
per night

Currency

MGA
Madagascar Ariary
Reference average prices in Madagascar

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

$ 1.90

🍕Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

$ 13.61

🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

$ 1.04

🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

$ 0.11

🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)

$ 248

Best time to visit Madagascar

The best time to explore the city
from April to mid-December
Prices
Hotels from $ 9
Temperature
Madagascar is coldest in July at an average temperature of 15°C and hottest in January when temperatures average 22°C. September has the most daily sunshine at 8 hours.
Precipitation
The average annual rainfall in Madagascar ranges from 1,000 to 1,500 mm. December is the wettest month with up to 310mm of rain.

The weather

The best time to visit Madagascar is from April to mid-December when visitors can avoid cyclones and the majority of the wet season.

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An island country in the Indian Ocean, the Republic of Madagascar comprises the island of Madagascar and numerous other smaller islands.

Formerly known as the Malagasy Republic, this country is located 400 km off the coast of East Africa.

 

The fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar developed mostly in isolation and as such, is home to very unique wildlife and endangered species. 

 

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Things to do in Madagascar

One of the most unique places you can find, Madagascar is home to a variety of wildlife, 90% which can be found nowhere else in the world. A location that features plunging canyons, lush mountains, limestone karsts, pristine rainforest and golden shores, there is something for every type of visitor to this island nation.

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The Stone Forests of Tsingy du Bemaraha

Madagascar is home to some truly striking scenery, and one of the most amazing might just be the limestone karsts of Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. A dense area of waterfalls, jagged limestone needles, canyons and thick forest, this location is a magnificent must-see for any visitor to the island. The all naturale attraction came about after the limestone was pushed upwards about 200 million years ago, and eroded over time.

 

The area is also home to unique botanical species, reptiles, birds and up to eleven different lemur species.  

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Swim with Whale Sharks

There is nothing quite like the experience of encountering the huge and naturally docile whale shark. Visitors can go whale shark snorkelling ff the island of Nosy Be from September to December for this once in a lifetime experience. At an average length of up to 31 feet, these creatures pose no threat to humans and are a thrill to see in season when they gather to feed on plankton.

 

Asides the whale shark, you can also catch a glimpse of manta rays, turtles and dolphins. 

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Ring-Tailed Lemurs

The most iconic creatures of Madagascar are no doubt, the lemurs. The island has almost a hundred different species and sub-species of endemic lemur. 

To find them, one would have to visit one of the country’s national parks. Two which stand out are the Ranomafana National Park, which has up to twelve species of lemur, including the endangered golden bamboo. There is also Andasibe-Mantadia National Park that is home to a large indri population. The lemurs on the island range from tiny pygmy mouse lemur sizes to the large monochrome indri. While exploring, you might also spot species like civets, tenrecs and fossas. 

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Antananarivo

Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, is known locally as Tana. It was founded in the 17th century by the king of the Merina people. Used to be the capital for French colonialists back in the 19th and 20th centuries, the city serves as the island’s centre for economic and political power. 

 

The historic colonial architecture of Antananarivo, art galleries, museums, as well as the Analakely Market and more, allows visitors explore the cultures, foods, and people of the capital city and the country.

Madagascar Cuisine

Madagascar cuisine has influences from Africa, Asia and Europe, giving their foods a variety of interesting and delicious flavours.

Some foods you are sure to encounter include, a national dish, zebu stew made with beef and leaft greens. Another common dish is Akoho sy Voanio which consists of chicken cooked in coconut milk. 

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