Getting around Madagascar

A holiday in Madagascar is all about the journey. Many parts of Madagascar are completely cut off from the rest of the island and reachable only by plane or boat. The road and rail network are in terrible condition; once surfaced roads are now full of potholes, dirt roads become impassable in the wet, passenger trains run just a few times a week and Air Madagascar is renowned for schedule changes; visiting multiple locations can be frustrating and time consuming so it’s best not to try and cram in too much.

Our trips in Madagascar often involve a combination of private car, 4x4, pirogue, and plane plus shared boat and scheduled flight. Drives can sometimes be long but are scenic and of course there is always the opportunity to stop and look at things of interest and stretch your legs whenever you like. Flying means that you can access some of the most remote parts of Madagascar in relative comfort. The national parks are explored on foot, getting you deep into the heart of the forests.

Posted by: Andrea Hulme

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