Prices in Madagascar
Prices in Madagascar are quite low: milk costs $ 0.8 / 1 l, tomatoes - $ 0.45 / 1 kg, local cheese - $ 3.3 / 1 kg, and lunch at McDonalds or a similar fast food establishment will cost you $ 4-5. Important: it is worth considering that most of the costs will be spent on air travel.
Shopping and souvenirs
In Madagascar, you can and should bargain - fixed prices are typical only for expensive hotels and shops.
For unusual souvenirs and gifts, you should go to the Malagasy markets. So, at the daily market in Antananarivo you can buy various souvenirs, spices, electronics, exotic goods.
As a souvenir of your holiday in Madagascar, you should bring:
- jewelry, lambu (traditional clothing), wall masks, tropical butterfly or dried exotic flower (best done in a specialty store to avoid customs fines), colorful local fabrics, mother-of-pearl and zebu horns, herbal soap , local cosmetics based on essential oils, carved figurines of people and animals, wicker products (boxes, mats, baskets);
- spices, honey, coffee or tea with aromatic additives, wines and rum of Malagasy production.
In Madagascar, you can buy spices from $ 1.5, textiles - from $ 7, jewelry - from $ 35, photos of local landscapes - from $ 1.
Excursions and entertainment
On a tour of Ranomafana National Park, you will walk through the forest, see various species of plants, birds, lemurs (14 species), including rare golden bamboo lemurs. In the evening, a night walk will be organized for you, where you can observe the nocturnal species of lemurs. This 10-hour excursion costs approximately $ 100.
If you want to see black lemurs and enjoy a paradise vacation, you should go to the reserve on the island of Nosy Kumba (cost of a 4-hour excursion - $ 70).
The most economical means of getting around Malagasy cities is by bus (the fare is about $ 1-1.5). Taxis can be used - licensed with the logo “Adema” (they are equipped with meters) or “informal” with a fixed fare (it all depends on the distance). It does not matter which taxi service you decide to use, it is advisable to agree on the price in advance (on average, 1 km of the route costs $ 0.9-1.1). If you decide to rent a car, then for this service you will pay approximately $ 45 per day.
For food and accommodation in rural areas, you will need $ 10-15 per day for 1 person, and in Antananarivo and popular resort areas - $ 30-50 per day for 1 person. If you decide to stay in the most comfortable hotel, for example, in Tanya, your daily expenses will be $ 150 per person..