Pre-booking a Madagascar hire needn’t be expensive, especially when you think of the alternatives; expensive excursions, costly late night taxis and the inconvenience of having to wait for public transport. Offset these costs against the low cost of our Madagascar car hire and you’ll see that instead of costing money, car hire can actually save it. Add to this our low prices, inclusive insurances, handy optional extras and great customer service and you’ll see that pre-booking your Madagascar car hire makes great sense.

 

Madagascar Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Madagascar was once called the Malagasy Republic
  • It’s an island nation and occupies the fourth largest island in the world
  • At one point at the start of the 20th century it was part of the French Republic
  • It has one of the most unique and diverse flora and fauna in the world because of a geographic split from India nearly 100m years ago.

Madagascar Travel Guide

Who Travels to Madagascar?
It’s a place for adventure and adventurous tourists and is full of the beautiful, the dramatic and the unique. As the world’s fourth largest island you’ll need to come back more than once to get a good picture of the island and its charms. There’s not much in the way of industry there and tourism is only just taking off meaning that it’s generally unspoiled and steeped in the traditions of the Malagasy people.

Madagascar sea view

How do I get to Madagascar?
The main way is to fly into Antananarivo Airport, or Ivato Airport as it’s also called. The only European flights there come from France with two operators from Paris Charles de Gaulle and two more from Orly. Additionally you can also fly from Marseille. Alternatives include connecting in South Africa or the Middle East.

What is There to See or Do in Madagascar?
Forget the capital for it is slightly rundown and with little of interest. Far better is to head straight for Tsingy de Bemahara and spend plenty of time in the rainforest, camera at the ready at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a completely natural region with great geology as well as superb flowers, birds and animals. You’re bound to see the lemurs and many exotic birds of paradise but you’ll need to arrange your trip well in advance for access to the site is strictly controlled. Another fabulous photo opportunity is the Avenue of the Baobabs, just north of Morondova where these weird and wonderful trees will entrance you with their strange forms.

Madagascar Tsingy de Bemahara

Madagascar In Brief
The Republic of Madagascar is a large island in the Indian Ocean which is famed for its unique flora and fauna. Located a few hundred kilometres off the coast of South Eastern Africa, Madagascar and its ecologically rich forests are home to many species of lemurs as well as chameleons and the Elephant bird which is thought to be the largest bird that has ever lived.

It also has magnificent baobab trees, octopus trees and the carnivorous pitcher plant while vanilla and peppers are grown here too. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and has 5% of all the plant and animal species on earth.

Airlines which fly into Madagascar include Madagascar Air and the French carrier Corsair and the main cities from which you can get flights to Madagascar are Bangkok, Johannesburg and Paris.

Some people like to really experience Madagascar in an exciting way by coming into the island via boat. There are a number of charter yachts which can be hired for this which are fully equipped with necessities and luxuries. This also gives you a good opportunity to go snorkelling, swimming and scuba diving, three activities which are not to be missed.

There are many wonderful natural sights to be explored here such as waterfalls and caves and it is a good idea to rent a car and then drive to spots from which you can walk on amazing nature trails. However, the state of the roads on the island may leave something to be desired. You are advised to hire a four by four vehicle to cope with any crater-sized potholes you might come across and this is a must during the rainy season when things can get pretty muddy.

Madagascar waterfall

When you are getting your bearings in Madagascar you should know that there are six provinces which are Antananarivo, Antsiranana, Fianarantsoa, Mahajanga, Toamasina, and Toliara, and Antananarivo is the capital of the country.

History
Madagascar used to be colonised by the French but today people there speak their own language which is known as Malagasy. There is a cultural mix of people on the island and you may be surprised to find that its inhabitants have customs more similar to Arabs than those of Africans. After all, Madagascar used to be a stopping point along the Indian Ocean spice route.

The ariary is the currency of Madagascar and  2,500 ariary is about 1 €  while 1500 ariary is approximately 1 US$.

Driving in Madagascar - Need to know

  • R

    Road Driving Side

  • 50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  • 80-100kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  • n/akph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  • 80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  • MGA

    Currency

  • 23

    Min Rental Age

  • NO

    Tolls

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Hiring a car in Madagascar has got to be one of the most rewarding ways to see plenty of this dramatic and beautiful island. You’ll be able to get to the national parks before the tourist buses do and see the wonderful animal and bird life before the crowds scare them away.
 

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