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Malagasy Roads

Road from Foulpointe to Tamatave Photo, Madagascar, Africa

Many Malagasy roads are in a poor state of repair due to a lack of funding and the constant problems caused by cyclones and the rainy season. The best road is the route from Antananarivo to Tamatave. The next best is from Antananarivo to Mahajunga, but parts are now in a state of disrepair due to recent cyclones. It is simply not possible to drive from Antananarivo to Diego, and Antananarivo to Ft. Dauphin requires at least 2 or 3 days of constant driving. Antananarivo to Tulear is one of the most popular routes in the country for tourists--allow at least a week and bring plenty of spare tires, medical supplies, water, and food. On the east coast, many bridges have washed out and thus floating bridges are now used--they also frequently wash away, stranding travelers on either side.

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