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Madagascar Country Facts

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  • Ring-tailed lemur
  • Karts in the Emerald Sea
  • The old town of Fianarantsoa
  • Fishermen holding a giant grouper
  • The southern point of Madagascar
Area:  587,040 km²


Country Code: 261
Country Population: 22,000,000
Credit Cards: Credit cards are not widely accepted in Madagascar, they are sometimes accepted in the main cities, hotels and larger restaurants. MasterCard is NOT at all accepted outside of Antananarivo. It is recommended you do not rely on your credit cards for payment, it is recommended you have enough cash with you to cover the needs of your stay.
Currency: Malagasy ariary (MGA)
Drives on the: Right

110V and 220V.

Ethnic Groups:  90% Malagasy
10% other
Location:  Madagascar is an island in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of southern Africa, east of Mozambique.
Official Language(s): French & Malagasy. The primary language spoken in Madagascar is Malagasy followed by French. English is not spoken outside of major hotels and tourist attractions.
Religion: 52% Indigenous beliefs
41% Christian
7% Muslim

Time Zone: +3 GMT

If you feel you have been looked after well by your crew or guides, and you wish to show your appreciation for their services, a monetary tip is very welcomed by those in Madagascar.

Here follows some suggested guidelines:

  • Guide / Driver – approx. USD5 per person, per day (10,000 Ariary) 
  • Park guide – approx. USD3 per person per day (5,000 Ariary)
  • Approx. 5-10% of the bill at a restaurant
  • Approx. USD1-2 (200 Ariary) per bag for a porter.

As Euro/USD coins cannot be changed into local money in Madagascar, it is advisable to tip in Ariary or USD/EUR notes. Please note that Porters at airports do expect to be tipped, therefore if you would prefer not to do this, or you have no small change, please make use of an airport trolley.



Madagascar Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Madagascar.

Learn about the history and culture of Madagascar, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Madagascar's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Madagascar for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Madagascar tours today!


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