Thanks. What is your impression for Tulear? Does it wort to spend some time.
I spent a few days in FD in April. Always been curious as it never gets a mention even on a French website. The guidebooks say it's pretty and it's poor and is falling down. . . That's about it. On the slim chance it was a Shangri-La I got on a plane.
The landscape of mountains and the bay are beautiful but you get the impression it only exists because some poor bastards got shipwrecked there in 1504. If you're looking for swanky restaurants or a vazaha scene, forget it. The 'anglophone' bar on Bradt is long gone and Chez George on Libanona beach is a nice spot but was mostly deserted and closes at 8 pm. Security seems an issue; I changed hotel after being warned by staff and girls not to walk outside it after dark (although I already had done with no problem) and was told to call a taxi from Chez George.
I moved into LE Tournesol which is 100 m up the road from the only bar with customers midweek. Florida. I liked it, but saw the same faces night after night. Other places were empty or closed, and the mine outside town seems to leave a much smaller footprint than I expected. I was there Monday to Friday and things were way busier my last night.
If you have time to burn FD may be worth a visit but it's definitely not a stand alone destination. Glad I went, but five days was plenty.
Drove across to Tulear afterwards and paid 2 for ST in la brousse!
Also visited Diego, Majunga and Morombe which I'll update about soon.
Prices in euro for residence permit, plus the cost for the non resident alien card.
Best bet go straight to immigration in Tana.
Who is torn between Kenya madagascar and Gambia.
There is now a fee for all visas to visit Madagascar. For the last few years, the visa fee for stays of up to 30 days has been waived in an effort to rekindle tourism. That waiver has now expired and there is once again a fee for all visas.
General / tourist visas are available on arrival at the airport and for stays of up to 30 days they cost 80,000 Ariary (or the equivalent in dollars or euros at the prevailing exchange rate – currently about €23 or $25). For visas for stays of 31-60 and 61-90 days, fees remain unchanged at 100,000 AR (€29/$31) and 140,000 AR (€40/$44) respectively.
There is no need to obtain a visa in advance unless you require a special visa – such as for study, work or long-stay (90+ days). If you do decide to get a general visa in advance from your local Malagasy Embassy, the price may be significantly higher. There is no embassy in the UK, so Brits needing to apply in advance for a visa must do so via Paris or Brussels. Note that the 80,000 AR visa fee also applies to cruise passengers and permits them to multiple entries during a period of up to 30 days.
Thanks a bunch, I really would rather put most of that 5 million ariary for the visa they're asking now to other, more pleasurable uses.
Thanks for the info Neddy, do you know what currency those prices you listed are in? P.S. Found this interesting website; http://www.madagascar-embassy.ca/web...id=251&lang=us.
Sorry about the lack of pics guys, but in lieu of them I can offer some good info on Ambanja and Antsohihy.
Ambanja is the closest big city to Nosy Be. I'd estimate there are somewhere between 50 to 70 thousand people living here, many of them beautiful women. It's the capital of cacao production in Madagascar and is surrounded by beautiful organic forests of mixed big trees and cacao. There are a number of really good hotels that can be found on the main street (Route Nationale 6). A good price for an ac room (probably not necessary except during the rainy season from November to April) is 50,000 Ariary. I myself prefer to get a room with a good ceiling fan and moustiquaire and bathroom for 30.000 Ariary. I would not pay more. There are cycle poussys that can be taken anywhere in the city (500 ariary 1 person 1 trip during the day, 1000 ariary same at night, pay more if trip is longer than 10 to 15 minutes) . It's a safe city. There are lots of police and I've never been asked for a bribe or hassled. Just make sure you have your passport or a copy of it on you at all times and they have no reason to give you trouble. The city itself is rather more attractive than other cities I've been to, it seems to have been layed out on a French scheme. There's more of a grid to it, so it's easier to get your bearings. People don't hassle you in my experience. Lack of cyber and WiFi is pretty bad, just get a WiFi box from Orange or Telma and hook it up to your laptop and you'll have a good connection. I can personally recommend Hotel Meridien which is off the main street but not far, and very conveniently located just down the street a 1 minute walk from the hottest place to see and talk to and take to bed the hottest girls in Ambanja, night club Nirvana. Just tell a Poussy (hahaha!) to bring you to Hotel Meridien. Very friendly staff and secure with good amenities on hand. Friday, and especially Saturday and Sunday late nights are the time to be here, so do yourself a favor and spend the weekend in Ambanja if you're passing through. Restaurant Patricia is good clean French Malgache but expensive comparatively, 10-30 thousand ariary per person. Good brochettes and fried fish are on offer around the two different parkages, parkage Mahajanga and parkage Diego. Less of a Bush feel and more of a refined, hot clubbing feel here. People are generally richer here.
Antsohihy is a poor town in between Ambanja and Mahajanga and is a little bit smaller, and much more spread out in a confusing way. It's a different kind of Malagasy who live there and I find them to be pretty gross. There are a number of good hotels with good security (which is needed because the men there are more aggressive than Ambanja, in my experience) and the prices are generally cheaper. There are a number of good little Hotelys where you can get a fat plate of rice and crab or whatever is your local fancy for 4 - 5 thousand Ariary. The women can be prettier in Antsohihy, but really, it's not a big difference, and I wouldn't consider it a big factor, more a matter of taste. One thing to consider is that in my experience the culture of the women matches that of the men in Antsohihy, more aggressive, less refined, really gross in my experience. Sometimes you can find ridiculously hot girls though. Breasts are a big factor in upping the attractiveness of Antsohihy women in my experience. Method of transport here is by gross old Peugeot taxis and the price is 2000 ariary per trip.
OK guys that's it until I get a computer charger for my mac. Lame. Best price I've found from Tana so far is 100 euros (ouch). Might just wait till I get out of the country, but then that means lack of photos to share until then.
The first board-member who reads and appreciates the many infos here instead asking questions thousand times already discussed. Great!
Interesting new airline. Sad to note that the prices are more or less the same as AirMad if not arriving by AirMad. Otherwise AirMad is substantially cheaper.
Positive is that they got flights connecting Toamasina. Sambava - Diego Suarez without hitting back Tana.
I am sure, as Fench-speaker you will enjoy your trip. 18 days is ok.
Thank to all for information.
I read the lasts 20 pages and I found good advice for my first trip to Madagascar.
I have only 18 days so I just go to the vanilla coast from 25 June to 14 July.
Next year I'll be retired and than I will have more time.
Of course I will post a report with some pictures in July.
In Madagascar there is a new airline company and it is maybe good alternative for air Madagascar.
Excuse me for my bad English. French is my mother language.
Why not posting some pics of hot girls from Antsohihy? Probable many of amateur girls in Antsohihy!
Enjoy your stay!
Yes that's not easy, at present I am gambian resident. Just shell out 75 euros and your passport and you are done.
In Mada as far as I know you need to apply for a nonrenewable visa Accord dembarquement ou Visa dentre de 72 heures aux fins dobtention de Visa transformable
with that you apply for the Carte de rsident costs below.
Dure octroye Montant (en )
>3 mois 6 mois 91,47
>6 mois 1 an 228,67
>1 an 2 ans 381,12
>2 ans 3 ans 533,57
>3 ans 5 ans 609,80
>5 ans 10 ans 838,47
Here is the buerocratic way listed,
and here some infos in routard:
and here french embassy in Mada:
Have fun. 5 milion you mean the inofficial fees hehe? NO way I would pay that. There seems to be no category for retired people. But if you find out let me know.
Your best bet are the expats living there, they might have good contacts maybe somebody offers the necessary papers. I know that it is VERY BUEROCRATIC. A swiss friend of mine had to furnish 24 passport pictures.
But let me know if you have detailled information.
In africa with the right contacts any funny stamp and paper can be had for a fee........... like in Kenya the Entry Exit Stamp solution.....hehehe
Writing here from Antsohihy a mid-level town between Nosy Be and Mahajanga on a bad connection, apologies, does anyone know anything about obtaining a long term visa? Would love to live here long term but flying out every 3 months a hassle, especially having to go all the way to Tana to get a good priced flight usually. Right now the thieves cough cough I mean bureau is asking me for 5 million.
Never leave Tana without sufficient Ariary reserves -- even when you will be in a minor town for a couple weeks. Unless you don't mind inevitable inconvenience and bad exchange rate. ATMs in Tulear are off-line a lot, and when they're not, a lot of people are in line. And always bring Euros to Mada; don't bother with dollars. Or with changing a little each day to chase the exchange rate.
Fully agree! There was this guy here a few months ago "NaughtyBoy" who wrote this:
Quote: Obviously I am talking about 5000 USD. Although the process to change cash may be tedious in Mada Bank, in BM Bank its quite straight forward. Carry a heap cash is not that big a deal as everyone does it. You just have to be smart and carry few million in the suitcase, few million in the hand-bag and pocket change for daily expenses. Unquote.
What a bullshit. But perhaps he was just a joker.
Limit your cash on hand to a 2 or 3 day supply. ATMs can be found in most towns we travel.
Changing money in Mada
It is true you get only 400 000 AR (120 EUR) each time you go to ATM. I do not know how many drawing you can do in a single Bank (it depends also of your bank. Both combined).
It is the reason for which personally, I was addict of Travelers checks. But now quite impossible to buy in our countries and quite impossible to exchange in Mada. I do not understand AMEX policy as it was a free treasury for them and well commissioned!
And these little plastic cards are so easy lost. TC were better.
All Banks take Visa cards.
BNI takes Visa and Master.
Personally I have both and try to separate them for case of loss or steal.
I also have cash (hidden in my shoes usually when traveling!) and some in belts.
And (commission included) I observed from my banks that ATM or cash brought the same net exchange.
Money changers have better rates than banks to exchange cash.
But stick to money changer shops because (except when you know the guy) you might be cheated if changing at street changers.
And always count your banknotes (for memory the biggest banknote is 10 000 AR I.E 3 EUR. So even with good belts. To exchange more than 500 EUR transform you into Michelin Bibendum!
I'll be in Madagascar in July for 2-3 weeks, would like to meet up with fellow members and monger together. Feel free to PM me.
Time to give back
I never came about to file the second report about my time in Tulear last year, so some pics say more than thousand words, Mangily I miss you.
Who thinks will contemplate retirement in Madagascar.
BTW this joint is Tata Dzombe... I love that joint.