Hi, thanks for the info. I was wondering whether to buy a mosquito headnet to wear over a hat since I hate things buzzing round my face - was there a big problem with mosquitos? Did you buy any souvenirs? I was just thinking vanilla pods though I'm aware you are only allowed to export 100g.
Many thanks for all the info. Getting excited now!
What was the weather like?
taking them in turn :
I would not bother with mosi head gear, they really were not that much of a problem
changing money at the airport is easy. you can use £, euros or $. Our guide (Sol) also took us to a bank/ATMs in Fiana....(can't remember spelling for the rest of the name) as some people needed a top up of local currency. Most useful note in local currency is 10,000 - don't go for anything smaller or you will end up with a large brick of money to carry around
It was hot (especially in the middle of the day) which is why the early morning starts were such a good idea. Evenings were lovely as they were cool enough for people to wear T-shirts or short sleeved shirts. Only place is was a little cool was the rain forest and it did rain so good waterproof is essential - waterproof trousers would also be handy if you have them and have room to put them in the bag.
Our guide recommended our buying Vanilla in the local market on our return and he took us to the right place. bargaining essential but we paid 20,000 for 2 bags (4 packs per bag). I think we worked out that 10,000 in local currency was = to about £3.50ish so a good deal.
great tips, tank you. Do you happen to remember the names of the accomadation you stayed in? i like to look at the sort of places we might stay in.
Just got back from the latest Madagascan Discoverer tour. Another hotel for you to look up is the Chalet des Roses, in the capital city. We spent 2 nights there. In Andasibe, we stayed at Grace Lodge (which was very nice) rather than the Vakona Lodge mentioned above. I think it can vary a bit from trip to trip.
Also the Renala hotel which is right on the beach in Morondava.
Most of the hotels were pretty good, there was only 1 which was disappointing and we were there 1 night. Several hotels switch the electricity off at night but we weren't too bothered by that.
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