Visit Madagascar and come face-to-face with distinctive baobab trees, charming lemurs and the island’s other endemic wildlife. The ability to go from desert to rainforest in under just 200 miles means that the diversity of this destination’s flora and fauna is simply astounding. Explore areas of former volcanic activity, discover bizarre and protected ‘spiny desert’ habitat, and take a walk around lush rainforests to uncover incredible plants that thrive there. A more challenging location than our usual Brightwater Holidays’ places, Madagascar should be on everyone’s bucket list and an escorted tour here will undoubtedly reward you.
Country Information - Madagascar
- Visa - A visa is required to enter Madagascar. You can buy a 30, 60 or 90-day tourist visa on arrival at the airport in cash using US Dollars, Euros, or Malagasy Ariary.
- Currency - The currency of Madagascar is the Malagasy Ariary
- How to Dress - Modest clothing is recommended for built up towns and cities. Less conservative dress is acceptable at resorts and beaches.
- Cultural Differences - Madagascar's culture is a blend of the African mainland, French history and nearby countries on the Indian ocean. Madagascar abides by restrictions known as Fady which are passed down from generations and are believed to bring bad luck if disobeyed. Approximately 20% of the population are Roman Catholic.
- Language - Malagasy and French are the official languages of Madagascar. English is widely spoken in major cities.
- Tipping - In Madagascar, if a service charge is already added to the bill then tipping is not necessary. If a service charge is not added it is customary to add 10%.