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What is a Good Budget for Madagascar?

What is a realistic budget for Madagascar? How much does a typical trip cost? Is Madagascar a possible destination for backpackers? The answer to these questions depends on the type of traveler you are and the activities you choose. For example, if you visit popular places, eat at restaurants, and stay in hotels, your trip will cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. If you backpack and cook your own food, it can cost hundreds of dollars or less.

What is a Good Budget for Madagascar?

For a backpacker looking to spend 2-3 weeks in Madagascar and sticking to the popular tourist areas, the average daily budget is between $100-$150 per day. Below is an example of how your typical daily budget could look like when backpacking in Madagascar:

Example of a 2-week backpacking budget in Madagascar:

Hostel or Airbnb: $50-$75 per night

Lunch & Dinner in a local restaurant: $10-$15

Public transportation: $10 per day

Activities: $50-$100 per day

Activities: Snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking in national parks, visiting local villages, island hopping, sightseeing, etc.

Flights: $500 (Madagascar is part of the Southern African Development Community, so it is possible to get cheap flights to Antananarivo from Johannesburg, South Africa. And from Antananarivo, you can get flights to nearby cities for under $50 (Antsiranana, Diego Suarez, Toamasina, etc.)

What do you need to know about Madagascar’s national parks?

There are 13 national parks in Madagascar where you can explore the wildlife, untouched beaches, and tropical forests:

If you love the great outdoors and looking to hike, there are many possibilities and it depends on your level of fitness and ability.

Be aware that some of the more remote national parks (Isalo and Masoala) are very hard to get to. There are no airports or major roads and it will take days to get there by hitchhiking and using public transportation.

On the other hand, if you want to visit the famous parks like Andasibe and Ranomafana, it will be much easier to get there and to book accommodations.

What are Madagascar’s most popular attractions?

The most popular attractions in Madagascar are the national parks.

Are there any places where I can go beach hopping in Madagascar?

Madagascar is an island and, as such, has many beaches all over the south and southeast coast. And by beach hopping, do you mean going to a different beach every day? Well, that is possible in Madagascar and there are several beaches you can visit in one trip. Some of the most popular beach destinations are:

If you are looking to visit more than one beach, there is also the possibility of island hopping in Madagascar (in the South-East)

Is it possible to snorkel or dive in Madagascar?

Yes! Madagascar has many spots and liveaboards where you can scuba dive, including in the famous spots of the world.

How dangerous is Madagascar?

Madagascar is not a dangerous country. As with most other African countries, petty crime is a concern, but the main thing you need to worry about is traffic accidents. So just be smart, don’t carry anything valuable, and use common sense, and you will have a great time.

How easy is it to get to Madagascar?

Technically, it is really easy to get to Madagascar. There are direct flights from Europe, the United States, South Africa, and many other countries.

However, due to the lack of flights to some of the most remote regions, it is not that easy to get there when you are a backpacker. There are no budget airline companies operating in Madagascar, so you will have to take a connecting flight and/or a much longer flight or spend days traveling to reach the country.

That said, there are many options to get to Madagascar, even if you are a backpacker and on a budget, but it will take some research on your part.

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