Madagascar: The Bradt Travel Guide

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Overview

This seventh edition of Hilary Bradt's award-winning guide reflects the changes in tourist infrastructure that have made Madagascar increasingly accessible. Hugely authoritative and brimming with character, it is the ideal companion both for independent visitors and those on organized tours. Look inside for: itineraries for all budgets and interests; detailed natural history; national parks and reserves; fully revised information on hotels, restaurants and transport; 47 updated maps and town plans; numerous contributions from experts. (5 1/4 x 8 1/2, 432 pages, color photos, illustrations, maps, charts)
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A tourist guidebook to Madagascar. The book offers details on hotels, restaurants, and transport, as well as on the national parks and reserves open to the public. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781898323976
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Series: Bradt Country Guides Series
  • Edition description: 6TH
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Hilary Bradt is publisher of Bradt Travel Guides. She has visited Madagascar more than 25 times since her first trip in 1976. She is a tour operator and lecturer, and broadcasts and writes about the joys and perils of traveling in Madagascar and other countries. In 2000 Madagascar: The Bradt Travel Guide won the British Guild of Travel Writers Award for the best guidebook.

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Table of Contents

Introduction IX
Acknowledgements X
Perspectives on Madagascar XI
Part 1 General Information
Chapter 1 The Country 3
Facts and Figures 3
History 6
Climate 10
Chapter 2 The People 13
Origins 13
Beliefs and customs 13
Malagasy society 21
Ethnic groups 24
Language 31
Chapter 3 Natural History 33
Introduction 33
Geology 34
Madagascar's biodiversity 37
Flora 38
Fauna 51
Madagascar's wilderness 65
Conservation 77
National Parks and reserves 82
Chapter 4 Planning and Preparation 85
When to go 85
Red tape 85
Getting there 86
What to take 89
Money 93
Ways and means 93
Highlights and itineraries 101
Chapter 5 Health and Safety 105
Health 105
Safety 116
Chapter 6 In Madagascar 121
Money 121
Public transport 123
Hiring (or bringing) your own transport 127
Accommodation 129
Food and drink 131
Handicrafts and what to buy 134
Music 134
Communications: keeping in touch 135
Miscellaneous 136
Public holidays 137
Chapter 7 Madagascar and You 141
Responsible tourism 139
How you can help 144
Part 2 The Highlands
Chapter 8 Antananarivo and Area 151
Overview 151
Ivato airport 152
Antananarivo (Tana) today 153
What to see and do 167
Shopping 170
Media and communication 172
Miscellaneous 173
Excursions 174
Chapter 9 The Highlands South of Tana 183
Overview 183
From Tana to Antsirabe 183
Antsirabe 184
Ambositra 190
Fianarantsoa 193
Ranomafana 197
The road to Manakara 203
Ambalavao 203
Andringitra Mountains 205
Part 3 The South
Chapter 10 The South 211
Overview 211
Ihosy 213
From Ihosy to Farafangana 213
From Ihosy to Taolagnaro (Fort Dauphin) 214
From Ihosy to Toliara (Tulear) 214
Ranohira and Isalo National Park 214
Continuing south 220
Toliara (Tulear) 220
Beach resorts north of Toliara 226
Continuing north to Morombe and Morondava 229
Beach resorts south of Toliara 229
Anakao and region 230
Further south 233
Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve 233
The road to Taolagnaro (Fort Dauphin) 234
The far south 237
Taolagnaro (Fort Dauphin) 239
The wildlife reserves 250
Part 4 The East
Chapter 11 Toamasina (Tamatave) and the Northeast 263
Overview 263
Toamasina (Tamatave) 264
The route north 270
Continuing north (if you dare) 271
Manompana to Maroantsetra 272
Maroantsetra and the Masoala Peninsula 274
Antalaha and beyond 280
Sambava 282
Continuing north 284
Andapa and area 284
Protected areas 286
Chapter 12 He Sainte Marie (Nosy Boraha) 293
Overview 293
Getting there and away 294
Where to stay and eat 294
Ambodifotatra 298
Exploring the island 298
Watersports and activities 300
Chapter 13 South and West of Toamasina 301
Overview 303
Pangalanes 303
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Perinet) 307
Other places of interest on RN2 312, Lake Alaotra 313
The southeast coast 315
Mananjary and Manakara 315
Continuing south 318
Part 5 The North and West
Chapter 14 The North 325
Overview 325
Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) 325
Excursions from Antsiranana 331
Lac Antanavo (Lac Sacre) 333
The northern reserves 333
Overland from Antsiranana to Sambava 339
Overland from Antsiranana to Ambanja and Nosy Be 341
Bays and inlets accessible to yachts 342
Chapter 15 Nosy Be 345
Overview 345
Getting there and away 346
Getting around the island 346
Watersports 347
Sonvenir shopping 348
Hell-Ville (Andoany) 348
Beach hotels 350
Practicalities 354
Excursions 355
Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely 356
Other islands in the Nosy Be archipelago 359
Chapter 16 The West 365
Overview 365
Mahajanga (Majunga) 367
Further afield 372
Beach resorts north of Mahajanga 372
Ampijoroa Forestry Station 373
Katsepy to Mitsinjo, Lake Kinkony and south 377
Continuing by road from Mahajanga 378
The route north 380
Maintirano and region 383
From Maintirano to Morondava 383
Morondava 387
Reserves north of Morondava 390
Travelling between Morondava and Toliara 392
River trips 395
Appendix 1 Historical Chronology 399
Appendix 2 The Malagasy Language 401
Appendix 3 Madagascar's Mammals and Where to See Them 404
Appendix 4 Further Information 409
Index 417
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