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Passport to Madagascar

Visa

Short stay visa (unless than 3 months stay) is obligatory. It can be delivered at airport arrival. It's free for unless than 1 month stay and payable beyond 30 days (about 30 €) (visa of non-immigration, neither extendable, nor transformable into long stay visa. Passport has to be valid 6 months beyond end stay date envisaged in the Malagasy territory.

Your carrier with a great smile

Tips

Tips are not obligatory. For information, it is traditional to constitute a little pot for discretionary tips for carriers, drivers, and guides in travel end ... (suggestion : 2 - 3  Euros / participant / day for all of the local staff). " You are free to participate or not".

At your lens ! Madagascar wait for you.

Electrical devices

Hotels especially in great towns dispose of necessary equipment for being able to recharge devices photos and camera batteries ... In Madagascar, electricity is generally at 110 or 220 volts.

Climate of Madagascar

Climate and Time difference

Below board remains indicative and so susceptible to more or less variations :

Season

Period

Temperature

Observations

Highlands

Coats

Summer

November to May

16°C – 24°C

26°C – 34°C

Generally hot atmosphere / Tropical showers and stormy at the end of afternoon

Winter

June to August

8°C – 18°C

16°C – 24°C

Generally sweet atmosphere / Fresh evening

September to October

15°C – 22°C

20°C – 28°C

When it is 01h00 in Paris, it is 02h00 in Madagascar in Summer, and 03h00 in Winter.

Madagascar trip equipments

Trip equipments

Il would be suitable to distribute bagages as follow : a great bag or a suitcase for necessary effects during the total duration stay. (Please note that for domestic flight, the limit weight bagages is 20 KGS maximum per person) ; and a backpack for the day equipments, for visiting parks.

Here are some recommendations in term of equipments: walker shoes (for excursions in national parks), light or shoe boots for those who have ankle problem, sandal, socks, canvas trousers, shorts, boxer shorts, swimsuit, pareo, light tee-shirt with long and short sleeves, pull-over or polar, rain cape or K-way, hat or cap or foulard, sun glasses, toilet bag, towel, moisturized towels or wipes, solar cream, flipper and snorkel for diving.

Pharmacy kit for Madagascar trip

Pharmacy kit & Vaccines

Your guide disposes of a 1st urgency pharmacy kit. However, it is recommended to bring your personal drugs : aspirin, elastoplast, iodine alcohol, intestinal antiseptic, little scissors, tricosteril, solar protection cream (visage and lip), anti-mosquito creams or lotions, collyrium for eyes, anti-pa ludal treatment…

There are mineral water bottles along the travel in towns and villages. Be careful, raw water is not drinkable in Madagascar.

Obligatory vaccines : paludal treatment recommended. However, even if nor vaccine is obligatory, make sure that all current pratic vaccines in occidental countries (tetanus, diphtheria, poliomyelitis, typhoid) are still valid. Hepatitis A & B vaccines are recommended too.

Malagasy local customs and habits

Local customs

Juste for precaution, it vould be suitable to well note and respect the next points as soon as arrived in the Great Island :

being guest, remain in observation of the local habits and traditions, Malagasy people is strongly attached to it, respect dignity and privacy of the persons living and working there, and the same for taking photos or films, respect sacred place : cemetery, tombstone, cults place… as well as their cultures etc… , have respect for customs and "Fady" (taboo and local interdiction) intended for appeasing ancestry, respect cleanliness of environment, avoid to distribute to children sweets, things or money which will encourage them to beg, opt rather for an exchange of given service, or more constructive : make a donation to association or school or church, which distribute it according to needs.

However, your guide will be there to inform, advise and orientate you on all of these points.

Greet Malagasy people and speak.

Usual and current Malagasy words

Here are some usual and current Malagasy expressions for your information :

 

In English

In Malagasy*

Hi / Good morning

Akory / Salàma / Manaona

What's new?

Inona ny vaovao ?

How are you? / Are you fine?

Salama ve enao ?

Good-bye / See you

Veloma / Mandrapihaona

Thank you (much)

Misaotra (betsaka)

Madam

Madama

Sir

Ramose

You

Enao

Me / I

Zaho

He / She / It

Izy

They

Izy ireo / Ry zareo

We (you & me)

Isika

We (Him or her & me)

Zahay

You (more than one person)

Ianareo

Yes

ié / Eny

No

An an an / Tsia

Slowly

Moramora

Money

Vola

Bagage

Entana

There

Ery

Up

Down

Ambony

Ambany

Photo

Sary

Thing / Something

Zavatra

Loaf

Mofo

Rice

Vary

Water

Rano

Salt

Sira

Salted

Masira

Sugar

Siramamy

Sweet

Mamy

Please

Azafady

Pardon

Azafady

Malagasy

Malagasy / Gasy

Stranger (white face)

Vazaha

This / That

Ty / Ry

Little / Small

Kely

Grand / Great / High

Ngeza / Lehibe

Thin

Mahia

Big

Matavy

Clear

Mazava

Dark

Maizina

Tired

Reraka

Meal

Sakafo

Eat

Mihinana

Drink

Misotro

Land

Tany

Buy

Mividy

Go up

Miakatra

Go down

Midina

Sleep

Matory

Dance

Mandihy

Sing

Mihira

Give

Manome

Speek (Malagasy)

Miteny (gasy)

Where?

Aiza ?

When?

Rahoviana ?

How?

Ahoana ?

What's your name?

Iza no anaranao ?

Why?

Maninona ?

At what time ?

Am firy ?

How much?

Firy ?

How much is it?

Ohatrinona ity ?

Do you understand?

Azonao ve ?

I understand

Azoko

I don't understand

Tsy azoko

* The letter « o » is phoneticly pronounced [ u ]. And vowel ending word is pronounced mute.

 

Air Bus international flight
Air Madagascar, malagasy airline company
Air France company

Company Airlines

Air Madagascar

31, Independance Avenue Analakely Antananarivo 101

Tel : +261 20 22 222 22 / +261 20 22 510 00 / +261 20 22 441 02

Fax : +261 20 22 337 60

www.airmadagascar.com

Served laisons : international et domestic (see calendar MD)

Air France :

Tour Zital, 2nd floor, Route des Hydrocarbures Ankorondrano, Antananarivo 101

Tel : +261 20 23 230 01 / +261 20 23 230 23 / Fax : +261 20 23 230 41

www.airfrance.com

Corsair :

1, Rue Rainitovo Ambatomena, Antananarivo 101

Tel : +261 20 22 633 36

www.corsair.fr

Air Mauritius / Air Austral

c/o Ario Madagascar, Làlana Solombavambahoaka Frantsay 77 Antsahavola, Antananarivo 101

Tel : +261 20 22 359 90 / +261 20 22 622 51 / +261 20 22 622 52 / +261 20 22 457 33

Fax : +261 20 22 357 73

www.ario-madagascar.com

Kenya Airways :

Làlana Solombavambahoaka Frantsay 77 Antsahavola, Antananarivo 101

Tel : +261 20 22 359 90 / +261 20 22 622 51 / +261 20 22 622 52 / +261 20 22 457 33

Fax : +261 20 22 357 73

www.kenya-airways.com