After 15 years experience in designing tours of Madagascar and working as tour guides during the high season, the Staff of Lemurs' Land Destination realize that every area is unique by the biodiversity, culture, tradition and especially we were charmed by the lemurs; so we have decided to establish Lemurs' Land Destination to be the ambassador of lemurs around the world, letting everyone know the existence of these primates and their homeland.
We organize different tours all other Madagascar, work with different entities, associations and also take part in the protection of the Malagasy biodiversity. These associations have each one many project concerning the protection and safeguard of the biodiversity; working with them is a little path to the sustainable tourism which is one of Lemurs Land Destination's goals. The reforestation is one of the different activities that we propose to our travelers. The fight against deforestation and degradation of the Biodiversity is enormous but together we will win it.
Nowadays the globalization has a big effect to several countries including Madagascar; meanwhile our tradition and custom are very rich and each ethnic wants to conserve their own custom. Lemurs' Land Destination invites you to discover this cultural wealth.
The experienced Lemurs' Land Tours' staff will help you to organize and suggest the best way to visit the sanctuary of the lemurs.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE COMING
It's essential to have a travel insurance policy to cover loss, medical problem and theft.
There is no obligatory vaccination before coming to Madagascar but special precaution are strongly recommended for Malaria, tetanus, typhoid, indigestion. Don't forget to take insect protection measures such as wearing repellent, sun cream. Don't drink from taps. Brush teeth with bottled water also.
Madagascar currency is the Ariary (MGA, symbol Ar).
For the credit card: Visa is common accepted at some hotels in the main cities and there are ATMs.
American express, Diner Club, Master Card aren't very used. However it's better to have cash during the tour, outside the main cities.
Few banks and only the top hotels can exchange travelers' checks.
Banks and ATM are available in all major cities of the country
Only banks and exchange agencies in town or in airports, shopping centers and large hotels are authorized to exchange currencies. Don't change in black market!
Even If you are keen on exotic items, you have to be careful not to become traffickers by ignorance.
Several live species is forbidden among which lemurs, tortoises, and chameleons.
Items classified as National Heritage such as aloalo, Zafimaniry shutters and ancient manuscripts couldn't be taken out of the country.
A traveler is allowed to take out the country:
- 2 kg of vanilla
- 250 g of stamped gold jewelry. Allowance can extend to 1 kilo, should the holder prove sufficient foreign currency to buy the items
- 1kg Pepper corn
- 1kg coffee
- different crocodile skin items, bought from certified sellers; the holders must present the purchase receipts and the authorizations signed by the forestry administration.
The country code for Madagascar is +261
To call out of Madagascar, dial +00 before the country code.
The main mobile networks are Telma starts with 034; Airtel start with 033; and Orange start with 032;
Mobile phone coverage is pretty good across Madagascar, but a number of remote areas only have coverage from one network instead of the three available.
Madagascar is wired with high-speed Internet and access is available in all big hotels. For public internet access, cybercafés are widely available.
The unilingual "Malagasy" distinguishes Madagascar from several other countries. French is used for administration languages widely spoken than English.
Electrical current is 220 volts AC; 50Hz. Plugs are generally two-pin (adapter type C). Bring battery-powered appliances for emergencies! In remote areas there is still no electricity, hotels have their own generator which runs in the late evening and early in the morning. It's better to take a torch with you.
Three hours ahead of GMT (GMT/UTC + 3). Compared by the Western Europe + 1 hour during summer and +2 in winter. (One hour more for UK).
Malagasy people are very hospitable and welcoming people meanwhile. It's highly recommended to request permission from individuals before taking photos of them.
If you are professional shooter it's compulsory to have a written authorization from Madagascar National Parks for shootings inside National Parks and Reserves.
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