Madagascar: The Bradt Travel Guide

Madagascar: The Bradt Travel Guide

Paperback Bradt Travel Guide Madagascar

By (author) Hilary Bradt

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  • Publisher: BRADT TRAVEL GUIDES
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 214mm x 26mm | 520g
  • Publication date: 17 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 1841623415
  • ISBN 13: 9781841623412
  • Edition: 10, Revised
  • Edition statement: 10th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 24pp colour photos & 59 maps
  • Sales rank: 74,967

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From the stunning Nosy Be archipelago to the enchanting coastal town of Fort Dauphin via the friendly capital Antananarivo, with unparalleled wildlife information and photography, Bradt's Madagascar leads the way.

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Hilary Bradt is the Chairman of Bradt Travel Guides. She broadcasts and writes about the joys and perils of travelling in Madagascar and other developing countries. Hilary is patron of the British charity Money for Madagascar, and in 2008 received an MBE for her contribution to the tourism industry and to charity.

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Table of contents

Introduction PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION 1 Chapter 1 The Country 3Geography 3, Climate 3, A brief history 5, Governmentand politics 10, Economy 11 Chapter 2 People and Culture 13Origins 13, Beliefs and customs 13, Malagasy society 20,Ethnic groups 23, Language 31 Chapter 3 Natural History 33Introduction 33, Geology 35, Flora 37, Fauna 48,Madagascar's ecosystems 67, Conservation 71,Protected areas 75 Chapter 4 Practical Information 79When to visit 79, Ways and means 79, Highlights anditineraries 90, Tour operators 91, Red tape 94,Getting there 95, What to take 97, Money 101,Getting around 104, Accommodation 111,Eating and drinking 113, Public holidays 115,Shopping 115, Arts and entertainment 117,Media and communication 117, Business hours 118 Chapter 5 Health and Safety 119Before you go 119, Some travelers' diseases 121,Medical kit 128, Travel clinics and health information 129,Safety 132 Chapter 6 Madagascar and You 137Your carbon footprint 137, Responsible tourism 138,How you can help 144 PART TWO THE GUIDE 149 Chapter 7 Antananarivo and Area 151History 151, Ivato Airport 152, Antananarivo (Tana)today 153, Getting around 157, Where to stay 158,Where to eat 163, Nightlife 166, What to see and do 166,Shopping 170, Media and communication 173, Medical 173,Miscellaneous 174, Excursions from Antananarivo 176 Chapter 8 The Highlands South of Tana 183From Tana to Antsirabe 183, Antsirabe 185,Continuing south on RN7 191, Ambositra 192,Places of interest near Ambositra 195,South from Ambositra on RN7 197, Fianarantsoa 198,Ranomafana 205, Continuing south on RN7 210,Ambalavao 210, Ambohimamasina 213,Andringitra Mountains 214,Beyond Ambalavao on RN7 217 Chapter 9 The South 219Background information 219, Ihosy 221,From Ihosy to Farafangana 222,From Ihosy to Taolagnaro (Fort Dauphin) 222,From Ihosy to Toliara (Tulear) 222,Ranohira and Isalo National Park 222, Ilakaka 225,Continuing south 226, Toliara (Tulear) 227,Resorts north of Toliara: Ifaty and Mangily 236,Madiorano 239, North to Morombe and Morondava 239,The Onilahy region 240, Beach resorts south ofToliara 240, Anakao and region 241, Namakia 246,Beheloka 246, Lake Tsimanampetsotsa NationalPark 247, Continuing south 247, Beza-MahafalySpecial Reserve 248, The road to Taolagnaro (FortDauphin) 249, The far south 251, From Cap SainteMarie to Itampalo 252, Taolagnaro (Fort Dauphin) 253,The wildlife reserves 262 Chapter 10 Tana to Toamasina 275RN2: from Tana to Moramanga 275, Moramanga 278,Heading north or south 279, Lake Alaotra 279,Continuing east on RN2 282, Andasibe-MantadiaNational Park/Association Mitsinjo 282,Torotorofotsy 288, Maromizaha 288, Vohimana 288,Beforona 289, From Andasibe to Toamasina 289,Manambato 292 Chapter 11 South of Toamasina 293Pangalanes 293, Lake Ampitabe 296, The southeastcoast 297, Mananjary and Manakara 298,Continuing south 301 Chapter 12 Toamasina and the Northeast 307Background information 307, Toamasina(Tamatave) 308, Parc Ivoloina 316, The route north 317,Continuing north (if you dare!) 319,Manompana to Maroantsetra 323,Maroantsetra and the Masoala Peninsula 326,Antalaha and beyond 336, Sambava 337,Andapa and area 340, Protected areas 342 Chapter 13 Ile Sainte Marie (Nosy Boraha) 349Background information 349, Ambodifotatra 350,Beach hotels 351, What to see and do 354,Ile aux Nattes (Nosy Nato) 355MAD whole book 14/6/07 4:34 pm Page viiVIII Chapter 14 The North 359Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) 359, Excursions fromAntsiranana 366, Montagne d'Ambre (Amber Mountain)National Park 369, Red Tsingy 372, Analamera(Analamerana) Special Reserve 372, Ankarana SpecialReserve 373, From Antsiranana to Iharana (Vohemar) byroad 377, Overland from Antsiranana to Ambanja andNosy Be 380, Bays and inlets accessible to yachts 382 Chapter 15 Nosy Be 385History 385, Getting there and away 386, Getting aroundthe island 386, Activities 387, Hell-Ville (Andoany) 387,Beach hotels 390, Excursions 395, Other islands in theNosy Be archipelago 398 Chapter 16 The West 403History 403, Getting around 404, Mahajanga(Majunga) 404, Ankarafantsika National Park 410,Northeast of Mahajanga 414, Conservation areas to thesouthwest of Mahajanga 417, Soalala and beyond 419, Baiede Baly National Park 420, Tsingy de Namoroka NationalPark 421, Beyond Mahajanga 421, The route north 422,From Antsohihy ro Mandritsara 424, Bealanana 425,Maintirano and the Menabe region 426, From Maintiranoto Morondava 426, Morondava 434, Travelling betweenMorondava and Toliara 440, River trips 446 Appendix 1 Historical Chronology 449Appendix 2 The Malagasy Language 451Appendix 3 Madagascar's Most Readily Seen Mammals 454Appendix 4 Further Information 458