Useful Information

Welcome service

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our local representative. They will hold a ‘welcome board’ with your name on it. We have provided local contact details in the confirmed program if you have any problems.

Luggage

Please limit baggage to two items per person and always use soft bags rather than suitcases. In specific cases i.e. for internal flights, luggage may be limited to 15kg per person.

Food & water

Food varies from destination to destination. Please bear in mind that we try to use lodges/hotels that use local produce which supports the local communities. Do not be afraid to try local produce it is part of the experience!
We recommend that you only drink bottled water which can be bought throughout Madagascar.

Communications

International telephone communications are good from the major cities but more difficult from some remote areas. Mobile network coverage is reasonable throughout Madagascar, though you may have to walk a short distance to reach an area of coverage. All drivers/guides will have mobile phones for emergency use.

Local time

Madagascar is three hours (+3) ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Daylight Hours
Sunrise is around 05:30 hours and sunset at about 18:30 hours. This varies slightly, depending on the location within Madagascar and the time of year.

Electricity

Electricity is available at most lodges and hotels in Madagascar. Some of the more rural hotels may only be able to charge cameras from the generator, but please speak to your guide or reception about this. It may be worth taking in a car charger in case.

The electricity supply in Madagascar is 220 volts/AC50Hz. Plug sockets are 2 round pin sockets (European).

Local currency

Malagasy currency is Ariary. As it is “non convertible” it is better to change according to one’s need. We recommend to change your money upon arrival, as it is more difficult to change money whilst on tour. There are ATM machines available in the major towns and the most widely accepted card is Visa. All ATMs will only dispense Ariary. There are very few places where credit cards can be used so please only use it as an absolute emergency. Please do not take travelers cheques as you will not be able to change these in Madagascar. There are money changing facilities available at the major banks in Antananarivo or at the airport on your arrival. You will be able to change money at most main towns and cities. The most accepted foreign currency is the EURO, although the US Dollar is also accepted. If you are carrying USD, please take bills dated 2004 or later as earlier dated bills can be very difficult to change and may not be accepted (as well as torn and dirty bills – the crisper the better!).

Visas

A valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity on arrival is mandatory. Whilst we are happy to advise you on visa requirements please ensure you have arranged all the necessary visas well before your intended date of departure as these are your responsibility. Tourist visas are required by all nationalities visiting Madagascar. We recommend that visas are obtained prior to departure, but please note that visas can be obtained at Antananarivo International Airport on your arrival.

Security

Clients should take the usual precautions when travelling abroad in unfamiliar surroundings and we recommend that clients take a taxi rather than walk at night. Please use your common sense and do not draw attention to cameras, video equipment, jewellery, etc. Do not flaunt money and always use safes when provided at hotels/lodges. If in doubt please ask your guide.

Health & medical

Always seek medical advice before travelling; please consult your GP or Doctor who will be able to advise you on required vaccinations and anti-malarial prophylaxis.

Please bring any personal medication required. Anti-malaria tablets and mosquito repellents are essential. Travel from some countries requires a Yellow Fever inoculation and certificate. Drink bottled or boiled water only.
Medical services, especially in rural areas, are basic so it is essential you have appropriate travel insurance with adequate medical cover, air repatriation with a 24-hours contact telephone number for emergencies. Securing the necessary travel insurance for your trip is your own responsibility.

Insurance

It is a condition of booking that all clients must have, and must demonstrate to the company prior to their departure, adequate insurance for the duration of the tour.

Weather

Madagascar has a tropical climate with the winter (April – October) being cool and dry and summer (November – March) being hot with variable rainfall. The weather that you experience in Madagascar is dependent on where you are travelling in the country.

Photography

Please refrain from photography of military personnel, military installations and airports. Always ask for permission when taking photos of local people or alternatively ask your guide for advice. Please bring extra batteries as it may not always be possible to re-charge them at the lodges. In addition it might be useful to bring a car charger (cigarette lighter variety).
It is forbidden to use flash photography when with the lemurs. Please note flash photography of any wildlife usually causes disturbance and should be avoided.

Taste2wildlife reserves the right to take photos and film records of any of its trips. Clients are aware that we may use such photos or film records for promotionnal or commercial purposes without remuneration of the trip members.

Tips

During your time in Madagascar, tipping is entirely at your discretion. There is no obligation to pay a tip to your drivers, hotel staff or your guides. A service charge is usually added to restaurant bills and so tipping here is usually not necessary.