Madagascar Stories and Tips

Language Barriers

Even basic French is extremely useful for travel in Madagascar. Since it is a second language in Madagascar, the sentences are very basic, only educated Malagasy speak it. Learn the basic - "how much does it cost/", "do you have a double room with bathroom/", "only bottled water, please"...and so on. A few Malagasy phrases/words will get you a long way (and a lot of laughs).

To bargain you can take with you paper and pen or a small calculator: you write your offer and people will reply...

In the parks you have to hire a guide anyway, usually they speak French.

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