Madagascar - the only place on Earth where Africa meets the ocean, where the refined French culture slight, barely noticeable layer superimposed on the age-old traditions of the layers that come here from Indonesia, with the Swahili coast of the Black continent and the Arab East. This island between Africa and Asia, the fourth largest in the world - a buffer zone in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Is not subject to any man, no time desert expanses, green-red hills, miles of beaches where you will not meet a soul filled with flowers of the forest, cute lemurs, endless rice paddies - all this can be seen in Madagascar.
Madagascar is located on the same island and several adjacent small islands in the Indian Ocean. From the African continent, Madagascar separated by the Mozambique Channel width of about 400 km.
The capital of Madagascar - Antananarivo (Tananarive).
One of the most unique corners of the earth, a fragment of the ancient continent of Gondwana, Madagascar is a mini-continent, overly saturated with exotic life forms, many of which are found only here.
Island amazes even his appearance - bright red laterite earth serve as "the foundation" of bright green vegetation, formed by the ancients mountains, volcanic areas and lakes interspersed with desert areas, many kilometers of beaches with limited land arrays relict forests, and an abundance of large rivers and erosion forms gives local relief even greater variety. And if we add to this the unique flora and fauna, which have no analogues in the world, as well as colorful local population, and a unique "mix" of the peoples of Malaysia and African descent, you get just what creates the glory of Madagascar, as one of "relic" places on the planet.
Antananarivo ("city of a thousand warriors"), or as it is often called here - Tana, the largest and most colorful city of the island. The city is situated at an altitude of 1240 to 1470 m in a valley between two hills, and low houses climb the steps of their slopes, forming a maze of alleys, arches, terraces, balconies and stairs.
The main attraction of the capital - a magnificent monumental ensemble of palaces Ruva Ambuhimanga: "Double Palace" Mandzakamiadana (XVII century.) Mahitsilafandzaka, Tranavaluna, Manampisoa (1866) and the tomb of Malagasy monarchs.
Also interested in the Presidential Palace complex and ministerial buildings, the Palace of the Prime Minister, the National Library, the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country in the neighborhood of the anus, "canal district" Antuhumadinika (there are also a mosque and the Catholic Church), the Municipal Theatre Izutri outside Raketamanga stadium Mahamasina park Tsimbazaza with luxurious Botanical Gardens, the Museum of Archaeology and Paleontology, a colorful garden in the quarter Besareti Andravuhangi, Center farming Mazurevu farm near Fiadamana lake anus with a monument to the participants of the First World War and Croc farm near the airport Iwata - the best in Madagascar farm breeding crocodiles.
In the city of a huge number of shops selling all kinds of goods imaginable, but the most popular, of course, enjoy the famous market Zuma ("Friday") on Independence Avenue - one of the world's largest open-air markets. No less interesting is the whole shopping district Analakeli, flower market in the Prospectus June 26 Yerden gallery, a huge craft market in the quarter Andruvuhangi (Andhra Nuahangi) and the National Center Malagasy arts and crafts.
You should definitely visit the presentation of folk theater "Hira extinguish." This is a unique, pure Malagasy phenomenon - amateur folk troupes gather in any place (folk theater, stadium, market and so on. Etc..) And compete in the art of poetry, music, dance and costumes of elegance. The viewer on such representations is the most democratic - the peasants, the unemployed, workers, poets ... So these amazing performances continue all day much to the delight of others.
Island of Nosy Be
Island of Nosy Be, "card" holiday in Madagascar, located 150 km southwest of Antsiranana. Literally, the island's name translates as "big island." This is one of the recognized centers of international tourism with great beaches, framed by coconut palm trees, luxury hotels and plenty of nightlife.
Nosy Be eternally filled with vacationers and has no resemblance to the rest of Madagascar.
In the capital of the island - Anduani (Elvil) are noteworthy Center for Ocean Science, a monument to Russian soldiers, colorful market, Muslim and Christian cemeteries.
No less interesting Diving Center "Ocean Dream" and waterfall in Ambatuluake, Dzamandzari place, which since 1900 producing finest quality rum, reserve Lukube sacred volcanic lake Andzavibe, Amparihimirahavavi, Bemapaza, Antsahamanavaka, Antsidihi, Amparihibe Maintimasu and at the foot of Passo, "Silver Falls", preserve the island of Nosy Kumba and the National underwater Park of the island of Nosy Tanikeli.
Countless waterfalls and rapids - the pearl of the Madagascar landscape. In the area of rapids on the river near the town of Betsibuka Maevatanana water red with suspended silt particles in them, as fast rush down from the heights of the rocky rapids, water spray that rises above the tallest trees growing on the bank. Deserved reputation are waterfalls on the river near the town of Mahavavi Ambilube, as well as a large stage in the area of the National Park Montagne d'Ambra and waterfalls on the river Mandrianamputsi. The country's largest waterfall is located on the river Sakaleuna (height 200 m) near the town of Nusivarika.
Toamasina - Madagascar's largest port and second largest city of the country. Ever-bustling business activity port where the ships from around the world, the city houses in colonial style and numerous bazaars, Toamasina attracts thousands of visitors.
Attractions are the huge central market ("market-be") and a large market Kohli, Town Hall on Independence Avenue, Plaza Colón, "miraculous tomb" Belaseti, Children's Palace, University Museum and the old colonial neighborhoods.
But the greatest interest is the neighborhood of the city - 11 km. from Toamasina located Ivuluina zoo with a beautiful botanical garden, and Mahaveluna Vuhimasina situated royal fortress, Ambalatranu - sacred grotto Andavakandrehi necropolis betsimisaraka, and Farafati - the ruins of the region's largest fort. In the neighborhood are many and excellent recreational areas - spa resort Fulpuent (Mahaveluna), beach resorts Manda Beach and Mahambu.
And in the ocean off the coast lie the islands of Nosy Ilayntsambu (Nosy Akuhu), Ile-a-Prune, Nosy Boers (Sainte-Marie, or "Island of Women"), Madame, Ile-a-Nutt and others, is an excellent beach resorts. Unique and natural complex in the vicinity of Cape St. Marie, where under the influence of strong winds woody vegetation formed a dense carpet of millions ground horizontal bound trunks.
At least good bay and the peninsula Antungila Masuala in the area which are concentrated the most dense forests of Madagascar, considered to be one of the last primeval rain forest on the planet, Sambava and Antalaha - centers for the production of vanilla and spices, "hunter's paradise" - Ampahana lake, nature reserve and Marudzeli t. d. south of Toamasina is "water Margin", surrounding the channel Pangalan - a whole system of rivers, lakes, wetlands and other bodies of water, streams combined with the very channel. Relict rain forest inhabited by myriads of living creatures, covers the area almost entirely, allowing you to organize ecological tours here regularly.
Toliara - a large port city on the shores of the Mozambique Channel, 950 km south-west of the capital. This is one of the sunniest and greenest cities in the country, built low-rise blocks with original decor.
Here is an interesting museum and culture of the peoples Mahafaly Sakalava, oceanographic station to the museum, majestic tombs of monarchs Mahafaly near Betioki, Ampanihy, Andruk and Ankirikiriki sacred ficus Miari, sacred grotto Sarudranu, the famous bay Anatsunu (St. Augustin) - "heroine" of many Defoe's novels, spa resorts in Ifaty and manga, as well as beautiful beaches and Batra Anakau. Also worth a visit reserves Bezaha-Mahafaly, Berent and Ambuasari.
Washed by the Mozambique Channel west coast of the country, stretching from the Radama Islands in the north to Cape Tanazuna-Vuhimena in the south, is the least affordable region in Madagascar - an endless string of sandy beaches alternating with river deltas, swamps, turning into green mangroves and rocky massifs. In the depths of the island leaving the vast savanna with lone majestic baobab trees and semi-arid bush. The climate here, as well as in the south, fairly dry.
Mahajanga, located 560 kilometers north-west of the capital, on the banks of the Mozambique Channel - one of the oldest cities in the country, and the former capital of the Kingdom of mischief. Today it is the second largest port in Madagascar and one of the largest shopping malls with interesting architecture, as well as one of the best resorts in the country.
The city is interesting to look at the colonial-era buildings, a mosque and Arab shopping arcade in the old town, two mosques in the street Mahabibu (there are about 20), the sacred hill Duany (it is a reliquary exuberant four kings), Andruw Hospital, the old post office, former governor's Mansion (today Municipality), the remains of the royal fortress Ruva, huge baobab age of about 500 years in front of the observation deck, the "graveyard of ships" in the old port, museum Akiba, House of Crafts, Regional Centre Malagasy arts and crafts, colorful markets and Mahabibu Tsaramandruzu and entertainment districts and Manga Anbuavualanana.
Reserve Tsingy de Bemaraha (area 152 thousand. Hectares - the largest protected area in Madagascar) extends from the plateau to the river Bemaraha Manambulu. The reserve covers a complex karst gray-blue color and the chain of peaks, intricately processed by wind and water, rising to a height of 30 m. Steep cliffs form a kind of wall, above the river valley voznosyaschiesya Manambulu a height of over 400 m. Southern array deciduous forest extends to the central part of the limestone plateau of scurvy, the southern part of which ends with deep gorges, river dug Manambulu, with canyons and caves. Within the reserve there are savannah, typical of western Madagascar.
In Morondava (700 km from the capital) are noteworthy market, a mosque, the beaches in Betania, Buzi and Ankevu, relict forests Andranumena, Manambi and "Swiss forest" in Kirindi. Not far from the Morondava is limestone massif, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, as well as forests of baobabs.
Here the coast stretches a whole series of coral reefs and magnificent lagoons with amazing underwater world. To the south of the sea Mayntiranu scattered chain of isolated islands Nosy Andruta, Nosy Lava, Nosy-Maru and others, surrounded by beautiful coral reefs.
North is a huge volcanic massif Tsaratanana with the highest peaks of Madagascar. This is a real "land of contrasts" - the nature and vegetation here differ sharply even in nearby locations.
Climate in Madagascar - tropical, average temperature of 20-30 ° C, while in the Central Highlands temperature down to 13-20 ° C.
Time - Moscow. On the last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October behind Moscow for 1 hour.
Official languages - gelding (a dialect of the Malagasy language) and French. In the tourist area is often used in English.
Malagasy franc of 100 centimes.
And due to the high inflation denomination in circulation banknotes constantly changing. Currency can be exchanged at any bank, at the airport, in exchange offices. On the street to change money is prohibited. International credit cards can be used only in the capital and in major retail outlets. To travel to the province is recommended to stock up on the Franks in small denominations, as standard of living is low and exchange large bills unreal.
The minimum term of registration - 3 days. Number of profiles and photos - 4 pcs. Profiles are given in French or Russian. Annexed to the request the original invitation. Validity of the visa to enter - 90 days. Consular fee - $ 75. USA. Visa-free transit is not allowed. Children under 16 years fit into the visa parent (mother).
You can also arrange a visa upon arrival at the airport.
Malagasy extremely hospitable and welcoming to tourists, without so common in Africa whiny and humiliating begging.
When you visit any of the Malagasy house or ceremony is recommended to make small offerings (usually a bottle of rum, cigarettes, or any food), especially with regard to visiting necropolis (money can not give !!). Should be treated respectfully and to many local taboos ("Fadi"), but because they are different in different regions of the country, it is quite difficult. It is recommended to listen to the advice of conductors and guides.
Invitation to attend the commemoration ceremony of ancestral spirits is considered a great honor and refuse it not to be (though the offerings in this case increase). In the traditional beliefs of the locals every lake and the tree have their own importance and power. Commemoration of the ancestral spirits ("time") - a separate feature of local beliefs, according to local beliefs, the "times" have access to the higher stages of life are the source of wisdom and protect the living. Therefore, necropolis, as well as "holy places" where dwell the souls of ancestors can often also prohibited to foreigners. On the banks of the sacred lakes is prohibited to fish, smoke, eat pork, and women - walk in trousers. However, the woman in the Malagasy society enjoys equal rights with men, is retained even some features of matriarchy.
A characteristic feature of the local people is also slow. Public transport, for example, will not move until the interior is full - regardless of schedule and how much time it will take. Assigned to a specific hour meeting or event are likely to start on half an hour later than planned, and the order will be executed at the restaurant after a long delay. Also rather peculiar designated areas - no one will say "turn left", most likely direction will be indicated on the side of the world - "turn to the northeast."
While Malagasy officially use the same language and culture, the nation is divided into 18 quite distinct tribes, territorial boundaries are formed by the borders of the old kingdoms rather than ethnic areas. Most Malagasy quite jealous of ethnic differences, but never show it in the home - especially in dealing with foreigners. Sharp ethnic conflicts in the country are not available. Recognized ethnic leader is "royal people" gelding - the inhabitants of the central part of the island.
The crime rate is relatively low in Antananarivo, but some problems with security in the capital there is - do not take a lot of money and leave valuables unattended. It is recommended to do some sightseeing with a guide or as a group. In the provinces, the security situation is a little bit easier, but there should always be to follow the advice of local accompanying persons.
In Madagascar, women tend to go accompanied by her sister, brother or friend. Lonely woman in a local representation, clearly refers to to representatives of one of the oldest professions in which everyone can learn. Prostitution, especially in the tourist areas, is common enough, but the level of sexually transmitted diseases is very high.
You should not take photographs of military and police agencies.
Designation system-level hotels in Madagascar is similar to the standard - all hotels are categorized from 1 to 5 "stars", but the hierarchy is somewhat strange - many of the "five star" hotels in the level of service equivalent to the international standard "own three star." For undemanding tourists there is a system of budget hotels "ravinalu" similar to camping in the international classification. High-end hotels in Madagascar have two types of rates: one for the local citizens, and the other - higher for foreigners (payment will be charged in the currency).
Bargaining is accepted almost everywhere, but the Malagasy usually not traded. Sellers is rarely cheat or cheat seeing a foreigner, so all prices are more or less balanced, and the discount is formed on the basis of personal inclination seller to this kind of trade.
Swim in the ocean without the risk is possible only in lagoons and on sites protected by coral reefs. In other places also constantly encountered sharks, in estuaries and mangrove forests are dangerous reptiles. In areas of rainforest certain hazards are mosquitoes and other biting insects. Malaria is prevalent in almost all the east coast of the country, and in some areas there are varieties of malaria parasites that are resistant against bigumalya, hingamina and other traditional medicines. Therefore it is recommended to start taking anti-malarial drugs before departure and continue for a few weeks after his return. In fresh water with weakly running or standing water leeches are found (and a lot of them in the rain forests) and pathogens of various diseases, so you can swim only in designated smoking areas.
In the summer, as in all tropical countries, darkness comes early enough - to 18.30 is usually dark.
To visit the reserve require a permit. Any form of logging, hunting or fishing in the reserves of the country is prohibited.
Traditional cuisine Madagascar
You should only eat well-done meat and fish products. Pork, salad and mayonnaise may also be hazardous to health. Vegetables should be subject to mandatory heat treatment, and the fruits are washed and peeled.
Malagasy cuisine at first glance very simple. Based on the traditions of the local people, most of them originating from the Greater Sunda Islands and Africa, she inherited traits namely Malay and African culinary traditions.
The basis of all food - rice in all possible combinations with different fillings - meat, cheese, vegetables, seafood and, of course, sauce and spices. Most of the rice dishes are very similar to their Asian "family", but their characteristic feature is the abundance of burning green peppers, which, however, are added to any dish. Sauces are also many, ranging from the traditional local tomato-garlic and hot sauce "ACHARD", and ending already cosmopolitan curry and soy sauce. But all they are made to the local context - in the traditional recipes are added local herbs and spices, often makes the product different from its "grandparent".
Also, "garnish" often go various vegetable salads, among which the most popular "ro" - a salad of herbs and spices with rice and "Anana" - salad with rice and spices with shrimp, as well as just vegetables (usually tomatoes, corn and beans ), crushed leaves of cassava, potatoes, and a special kind of bananas.
Malagasies meat consumed, compared with neighboring African countries, quite a lot. Traditional source here is the antelope-Zebu, which are specially bred instead not really adapted to the local climate cows. Worth a try Chargrilled fillet with aromatic herbs Zebu and Zebu meat in a tomato-garlic sauce "henombi retreat", as well as pork with mashed cassava leaves "henakiso ravitoto B" or eel, tomatoes and onions - "henakiso B armalona" meat ragout with tomatoes and spices "rumazava" long strips of smoked dried or roasted meat "kitoza" meat on a skewer "Paus masikita" assorted stewed with cassava beef or pork "ravitutu" goose liver, as well as fried chicken on the grill with bananas and corn salad with chicken. Very popular and the products of freshwater and marine fish, the benefit of water resources in the country abound.
And so what exactly is present in the local table in abundance, it's fruit ("vuankazu") - exotic lychee and soursop, traditional persimmon and mango, guava and strawberries, bananas and pineapples all grades, and, of course, coconuts, which are consumed in so many forms, they can be easily confused. Fruits and vegetables are used as a garnish - meat dishes added cassava, pickles, green papaya, pepper. Constantly on the table of rice pudding and coconut "gudzugudzu" traditional cake made of rice flour with sugar "Mukaram" and a variety of cakes.
Of the popular drinks of fruit juices with ice, soft drinks of all kinds ("Caprice") and first-class local mineral water "Oh Viv." In everyday life Malagasies consume a lot of strong coffee, giving preference to local, Yemeni and Ethiopian varieties, as well as rather weak local brewed tea.
The country has well developed its own production of wine and alcoholic beverages, which is not surprising if we recall that earlier the country was a French colony. Here produce excellent rum "Zama" (dark) and "official" (white), very light beer "Flash" and the more traditional variety "Three-Horsiz Bir", as well as white, rose and red wine "House Remy", "lasagna Betsileo "and" Domain de Manzmisua. "Widely used crude rum "TUAC Gras" coconut wine "Trembo" homebrew "Betsy" and "lichel" - low-alcohol drink from the same fruit.
Political system Madagascar
System of government - a republic. The Constitution was adopted on 19 August 1992, as amended on March 15, 1998.
The population of 13.8 million. Persons. Most of the population - Malagasy. They are 18 ethnic groups: gelding betsilelu, Sakalava, betsimisaraka and others talking in Malagasy language, which belongs to the Malayo-Polynesian language family. The rest - immigrants from Europe, Africa and Asia.
Import of foreign currency is unlimited.
When buying emeralds treated, faceted and polished stones ready for jewelry purposes, be sure to take the seller a certificate that will be required by the customs.
All items of the representatives of the Malagasy flora and fauna (including dried flowers) is also required for the export of the availability of export certificates, which must be received at time of purchase. Must be borne in mind that the vast majority of this kind of souvenirs sold in the markets and souvenir shops, manufactured illegally and therefore do not have any certificates for the export of the country, and bought them a tourist can be subjected to a sufficiently large fine.
The export of native gold and gemstone jewelry, items made of crocodile skin, rare species of animals and plants, seeds. Removal of skins of animals is permitted only under license from the customs or other government bodies.
Categorically prohibits the importation of wild and domestic animals, weapons, drugs, medicines without proper documentary support.
Medical aid Madagascar
Private health care services. It is strongly recommended that medical insurance international standard.
The health care system, mixed. operate in the country, both public and private medical institutions. The general level of health is low enough, but clinics and hospitals in the capital and the tourist areas are equipped well.
The main dangers are shistomatoz (advised to avoid swimming in fresh water), hepatitis A, B and C, dysentery and diarrhea. In many inland areas circulated a number of viral diseases, including hemorrhagic fever. Also there are natural centers of plague, cholera, typhoid and rabies. The danger of contracting malaria exists all year throughout the country and is highest in coastal areas.
Despite the well-developed pharmaceutical industry, there is some deficiency of antibiotics, drugs against gastric disorders and anti-fever.
Working hours Madagascar
Banks are usually from Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 15:00.
How to get there
Direct flights from Moscow to Antananarivo functions quite irregular. The easiest way - flight to Paris flight of any airline, hereinafter - the flights of Air France or Air Madagascar to Antananarivo (flight time 13-14 hours). There are regular air routes between Madagascar and the Comoros, Kenya, Mauritius, Reunion, Seychelles and Tanzania.
Iwata Antananarivo International Airport (TNR) is located 17 km. from the city. At the airport there is a restaurant and a currency exchange desk. Connection with the city buses operating companies "Air Madagascar" (buses to the airline office and Hotel Hilton Cetra) and "Air Route Service". Some hotels send their cars for coming straight to the airport.
International flights also serve airports Arivunimamu (international reserve airport, 45 km. Away from the capital), Mahajanga (serves flights from East Africa and the Comoros), Nosy Be (with Seychelles and the number of flights from Europe) and Toamasina (Mauritius and Reunion). Departure tax will be charged.
Between July and August, as well as on Christmas Eve, airline overwhelmed, but because rates increase sharply. During these periods, should pre-arrange tickets to Madagascar and back, as well as domestic flights.
The main form of transport in cities - a taxi. There are two types of machines: licensed taxis with a logo ADEMA (Aeroports de Madagascar) and counters (fare in the capital does not usually exceed 45000FMG one way plus 260FMG for one piece of luggage, a receipt is issued), as well as numerous informal taxi in which the counter is usually no, but the prices are fixed depending on the distance and the density of traffic. With rare exceptions, all taxi drivers uniform prices (from private owners a bit cheaper). The fare should be agreed in advance, before landing in the car (in private cars can bargain).
Specific kind of local transport - fast and convenient "taxi-Be", and cheaper, but slow "taxi-Canter" or "beads-tata" (sent as filling the entire cabin). It's a cross between the shuttle and conventional taxis and service vans and coaches, these routes. "Taxi-Be" is often moving caravan of several machines, communicating and helping each other when necessary In every city there is a taxi stop and a taxi-be-Squares, there appears to be posted schedule.
You can hire the whole car for a single person, and you can travel chipped a large company. The drivers are usually the machine very carefully, but quickly, so it is the most convenient way to travel around the country. The fare should be agreed in advance, before landing in the car, tipping is not required.
You can take a taxi for a certain route at the rate of about 100 thousand. FMG per day, while the driver remains in the customer's disposal for the whole route, even if the trip will take a few days (additional charge only the cost of gasoline).
Also, in all the cities are all kinds of rickshaws.
The state of roads in the country is ambiguous. Most main roads are in excellent condition. At the same time the auxiliary direction are often in a terrible state. Besides, there is an intensive road construction and road condition varies greatly, it is recommended that before you go to make inquiries or to buy a road map. However, the map will be observed not only roads and the type of coverage, but also trails that confuses the definition of the path. Frequent landslides and washouts roadway.
Malagasy drivers are quite careful and unhurried. Privately owned cars here a bit, so much that the owners cherish them, trying to once again not to create dangerous incidents on the road. If you encounter any traffic problems head machine includes emergency lights, and all the rest, up to the last in the column, repeat the signal. Overtaking on the track are rare, and in the rhythm of movement is slowed down even more. Often on the way out pets, children and local residents, transporting carts all sorts of victuals, or building materials. At night, the roads are illuminated only by the headlights of passing cars on it, and here's why local drivers shamelessly include all available on board lighting equipment.
Car Rental distributed fairly limited, rental agencies are only in the main tourist centers and the airport. To rent a car in advance is recommended, before departure to the country, to book the desired type of vehicle with a timetable. For registration of the lease is sufficient to have a credit card (sometimes a deposit) and national driving license. Rental price is almost the same as in Europe.
The only regular passenger railway line serves trains on the route between Antananarivo and Ambatundrazaka, Moramanga, Antsirabe and Lake Alautra. Schedule rather uncomfortable - departure of trains from the capital takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, return flights - on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Cars (two classes - first and second) are in excellent condition and equipped with air conditioning (on some flights have a light breakfast and buffet). As a rule, the train clearly observe the timetable, but due to local circumstances occur and sufficiently large deviations from the schedule. During the period from late December to mid-March, the communication between Antananarivo and Toamasina often interrupted for safety reasons (such as landslides and washouts of the road).
Children under 4 years of age travel free of charge, at the age of 4-6 years - 50% refund. The train station is at the end of Independence Avenue.
Many shipowners provide transportation for cargo ships and traditional sailing vessels ("bootrom") on Nosy Be, Mayntiranu and other ports. But these are not regular flights, so in this case it is almost impossible to make a schedule of the trip. Flights quite lengthy, and comfort rather conditional. The same small coastal voyages and served the entire coastline of the country.
Potable water Madagascar
All water should be regarded as potentially dangerous to health. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should be boiled carefully. Milk and dairy products should also be subjected to pasteurization.
Mains voltage of 110-220 V, 50 Hz. (often "float"), sockets - bi-pin.
Although in many places the tip and not practiced, but it is better to have them in local currency and at every opportunity, because the wages of employees in the service is extremely low. In restaurants and hotels in the capital and Nosy tip is 10% of the total cost of the order and are automatically added to the bill.
There are no restrictions on the shape of the garment is not here, except for quite reasonable requirements with modesty thereof when visiting religious sites.
Do not wear clothes in the army-style - it is not accepted and may even lead to detention by the police.
Helpful information Madagascar
The Ministry of Tourism
National Association for the management of protected areas - 305-19
House Tourism - Z25-29
Airline "Air Madagascar" reference - 288-65
pre-orders for international flights - 331-54
pre-orders for domestic flights - 331-55
National Network of Malagasy railways - 205-21
Ambulance (Medical Center Ambatumena) - 211-70
Hospital Befalatana - 223-84
Fire service Antananarivo - 225-66
Police - 229-72