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Major cities and airports in Madagascar
- Antananarivo – Ivato International Airport (TNR)
- Toamasina – Toamasina Airport (TMM)
- Antsiranana – Arrachart Airport (DIE)
- Mahajanga – Amborovy Airport (MJN)
- Toliara – Toliara Airport (TLE)
Time and Communication
Madagascar is in the East Africa Time (EAT) zone, which is UTC+3. The country does not observe Daylight Saving Time. The main mobile operators in Madagascar are Airtel, Orange, and Telma. Call quality can vary, and cell phone coverage is generally good in urban areas, but can be limited in rural regions.
Money and shopping
The local currency in Madagascar is the Malagasy Ariary (MGA). The exchange rate is approximately 1 USD to 3,750 MGA. While some businesses may accept payments in USD, it is best to use the local currency. Payment by credit card is accepted in larger cities, but cash is more commonly used, especially in rural areas. Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted, while other cards may not be. Currency exchange offices can be found in major cities, and their working hours vary.
Public transportation in Madagascar includes buses, shared taxis (taxi-brousses), and rickshaws (pousse-pousses). Intercity buses and taxi-brousses connect the main cities and towns. Travelers should be aware that road conditions can be poor and travel times lengthy. In major cities, taxis and rickshaws are available for short-distance travel. Car rentals are also available for those who prefer to explore the country independently.
- Andasibe-Mantadia National Park: Home to the iconic Indri lemur, this rainforest park is a must-see destination for wildlife enthusiasts and offers a variety of trekking opportunities.
- Avenue of the Baobabs: This stunning stretch of road is lined with ancient, majestic baobab trees, creating a unique and breathtaking landscape.
- Ranomafana National Park: Known for its diverse ecosystem and rich wildlife, including numerous lemur species, this park is perfect for nature lovers and birdwatchers.
- Isalo National Park: Featuring dramatic sandstone landscapes, deep canyons, and unique flora and fauna, Isalo National Park offers a variety of trekking and guided tour options.
- Nosy Be: This popular island destination off Madagascar’s northwest coast is known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs, making it an ideal location for relaxation, snorkeling, and diving.