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Questions about Madagascar

Questions about Madagascar

Old Apr 10th 2001, 10:05 am
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John M.
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I've been trying to decide whether to go to Tanzania or Madagascar for 2
- 3 months this summer. I'm leaning toward Madagascar but I have a few questions.
First, I'm wondering if it is difficult to get by speaking English in Madagascar
since I speak no French. Second, is 2 to 3 months too much time for Madagascar?
Finally, does anyone have an idea of the approximate cost to fly round trip from
Madagascar to Nairobi or to South Africa? Thanks in advance for any information.

John
 
Old Apr 11th 2001, 1:31 am
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Andy Harkin
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We (Me and Girlf.) are travelling to Madagascar for 2 months, from June 13th. The
flight from Jo'burg was about 300 UKP, I think, check one of the following for
details. I wasn't sure where you are...

UK. 01293 596666

US. 8 587 926 999 (Cortez travel)

We are hoping to find very cheap accomodation, get involved with any community
projects, like beach clearing or something useful and have a relaxed time travelling
and sight-seeing. To be honest, I'm expecting we'll get most of our information once
we have arrived. I'm not going to panic about getting everything sorted before we get
there, but will be scouring the internet for any useful tips.

Post in this group once you have decided, I'll be here until we go now, having
joined today.

Kind regards

Andy
 
Old Apr 17th 2001, 9:07 am
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Difficult to answer. I just love Madagascar, and could easily spend 3 months there,
if I had the money. But how much are you budgeting for? Madagascar, away from the
cities, is incredibly cheap. But you don't speak French - that's a problem compared
to going to Tanzania. However, away from the cities, often the Malagasy people don't
speak much French. If you've travelled in countries where neither side can speak the
other's tongue, you won't find that a problem. Malagasy people are instinctively
polite and friendly, so who needs linguistic excellence? A smile is your best
passport. I tried to find out the price from S Africa a few years ago and it was too
expensive - I think that it's mainly businessmen who make the trip. From Kenya it's
OK, but I can't get a quote on that. Probably (in US dollars) abt 450, say £340
return from Nairobi.
- Rick in London
 
Old Apr 19th 2001, 2:15 am
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Hi Rick,

we paid about the same from Jo'burg.. We get there on June 14th, well in time for the
eclipse

Andy
 
Old Apr 19th 2001, 11:12 am
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John M.
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Yes, a very subjective question but some countries have more to offer than
others. Some countries I could spend years exploring, a few just don't appeal to
me very much.

I just love Madagascar, and could easily spend 3 months
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I've got a feeling that Madagascar is my kind of place. I've always wanted to go
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Very useful information, thanks. It appears that a flight from Nairobi would be
several hundred dollars less expensive than a direct flight to Madagascar from the
states (outragously expensive right now). If I can't get a reasonable flight from
Nairobi then there is Masai Mara, Mombasa and Tanzania to explore. A no-lose
situation except that I have to deal with Nairobi which I am a little nervous about.

John

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Old Apr 19th 2001, 11:21 am
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John M.
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Thanks for the information Andy. Is the eclipse total over Madagascar? This must be a
reason why I've had no luck finding tourist class tickets to Madagascar for this
summer. I wonder if this will make accomodation hard to come by?

John
 
Old Apr 19th 2001, 8:34 pm
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I'm jumping in at the end of this thread, but there's a boat from Zanzibar to
Mahajanga if you're trying to get to Mada cheaply. It's "regular" (-ish), although
not very frequent.

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Old Apr 19th 2001, 8:41 pm
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Certainly is.. The west coast is probably the best place to view it, just before
sunset. We'll be in Morombe.

http://www.madagascar-contacts.com/images/ECLIPSE01.gif

http://www.madagascar-contacts.com/images/ECLIPSE02.jpg

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Got a tent? If you hurry, you should be able to get tickets from Jo'burg, I'm
sure.

Just in case you missed the numbers..

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Let me know if you'll be there, it would be excellent to meet up with people while we
are there..

Kind regards

Andy
 
Old Oct 11th 2002, 3:41 am
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Unhappy You lucky people

Originally posted by Andy Harkin:
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Certainly is.. The west coast is probably the best place to view it, just before
sunset. We'll be in Morombe.

http://www.madagascar-contacts.com/images/ECLIPSE01.gif

http://www.madagascar-contacts.com/images/ECLIPSE02.jpg

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Got a tent? If you hurry, you should be able to get tickets from Jo'burg, I'm
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Just in case you missed the numbers..

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Let me know if you'll be there, it would be excellent to meet up with people while we
are there..

Kind regards

Andy
 
Old Oct 11th 2002, 3:47 am
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Talking Re: You lucky people

Originally posted by cricket03:
I have just spent the past 3 hours searching for airfare from London and the cheapest I came up with is £829 per person, ofcourse we have to fly to Paris and then to Madagascar, it is a 23 hour flight, jey! But it will be so worth it, the first place I ever travelled to was Madagascar and oh, what glorious memories, now I would like to take my hubby there for a month next year, also helping out where we can and just enjoy the country. They have so much to offer and need so much help to preserve what they have.
Good luck to all of you and enjoy!
PS: The thing that makes Madagascar so beautifull is the fact that there is no commercialism taking over yet.
Cricket
 

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