Ten Things to Pack for the Best World Schooling Trip to Madagascar

View over old port in Taolagnaro

We’ve compiled this post to help you determine what to pack for the best World Schooling trip to Madagascar. After many trips around Madagascar, living here for over five years, and hosting families at Voky Be Lodging here in Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro), we have seen what makes folks feel at home and safe and maximize their experience.

With over 90% of the plants and animals in Madagascar uniquely found in the country, Madagascar can be a magical addition to your World Schooling Journey.

People often think of lemurs and rainforests, which are considered Madagascar, but you can find almost all climates and types of geography except for snow and ice.

The eastern part of the country has mountains. The central part plateaus, the west and south, deserts. The entire coastline is relatively unblemished, with gorgeous beaches, sometimes with perfect white sand, other times with mangroves or cliffs.

Most tourists to Madagascar hire guides, not because the country is dangerous (it’s not), but because each region has different traditions and customs, infrastructure is weak, and most people don’t, in fact, speak English or French. Without a guide, you may find yourself lost, stuck, or stopping to pee someplace where it’s taboo!

Arriving at the airport in Tana for your World Schooling Trip to Madagascar
Arriving at the airport in Tana for your World Schooling Trip to Madagascar

What to Pack for the Best World Schooling Trip to Madagascar:

  1. Picnic Blanket and Hammock: Pack a lightweight, portable picnic blanket that can be a comfortable outdoor learning space. Additionally, bring a portable hammock that can be easily set up between trees, providing a cozy spot for reading, studying, or simply relaxing amidst Madagascar’s natural beauty. Picnic tables are uncommon; sand is everywhere, so these are essentials!

Our Favorite Hammock with a mosquito net built-in…

We have had a picnic blanket like this since 2016 and use it all the time! They do get stained, but otherwise are durable.

2. Reliable Laptop or Tablet: A sturdy and reliable device is essential for educational purposes, research, online resources, and communication with other homeschoolers or tutors. Make sure to pack a laptop or tablet that meets your needs and is suitable for educational activities.

3. Power Adapter, Outlets Adaptors, and Surge Protector: While most things in Madagascar follow French or European norms, sometimes folks will use different plug types in Madagascar. I’ve encountered German and British options, so bring a power adapter and compatible plugs to ensure you can use local outlets. Additionally, bring a surge protector to safeguard your electronics from power fluctuations, on-offs, and surges to ensure longevity. Madagascar generally operates on French 220-240 volt electricity with dual prongs (not always grounded three prongs), so pack the appropriate power adapters and voltage converters for your electronic devices. I have also seen German 3-prong outlets in some hotels.

4. Bug and Fish Catching Kit: Foster curiosity and hands-on learning by including a bug-catching kit with containers, nets, magnifying glasses, and field guides. Similarly, consider packing a small fishing net for catch-and-release activities, allowing you to observe and learn about the local insects and aquatic life.

5. Snorkeling Gear: Explore Madagascar’s stunning marine life by packing snorkeling gear, including a mask, snorkel, and fins. This will enable you to discover the underwater world and gain insights into the diverse marine ecosystem.

6. Outdoor Science Kit & Travel-Friendly Microscope: Pack an outdoor science kit with a magnifying glass, compass, thermometer, and microscope. These tools allow you to conduct scientific observations and experiments in Madagascar’s natural environments. Bring a compact and travel-friendly microscope that allows for a close-up examination of specimens. This will provide hands-on learning opportunities for exploring biology, botany, and other scientific subjects in Madagascar’s diverse ecosystems.

7. Wraps and or compact towels. Hidden beaches, swimming opportunities, or simply getting wet, are typical in Madagascar. A small and compact towel or wrap that you can use as a cover-up, to dry up or sit on is essential!

8. Field Journal and Art Supplies: Encourage creativity and documentation by including a field journal and art supplies in your pack. Use the journal to record observations, sketches, and reflections during outdoor learning. Pack art supplies like colored pencils, markers, and watercolors to express your creativity and capture the beauty of Madagascar’s landscapes.

Walking on the beach in Mangily north of Toliara.
Walking on the beach in Mangily north of Toliara.

9. Portable Bluetooth Speaker: Bring a portable Bluetooth speaker to enhance your outdoor learning experiences during your World Schooling trip to Madagascar. You can use it to listen to educational podcasts and audio lessons or connect to YouTube to listen to local Malagasy music to create an immersive learning environment.

10. Outdoor Safety Gear: Prioritize your safety during outdoor activities by packing essential safety gear, including items such as sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, sturdy shoes, a reusable water bottle, and a comprehensive outdoor first aid kit designed for backpackers. What to Pack for the Best World Schooling Trip to Madagascar that also ensures you can relax in remote regions is to ensure that you or your guide have a first aid kit on hand and know how to contact emergency services.

One reason that folks love to travel with Voky Be Tours for their World Schooling trip to Madagascar is the peace of mind provided by having a local guide who is also retired special forces.

This backpacker’s first aid kit should include adhesive bandages, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, blister treatments, tweezers, a tourniquet, a syringe (for administering medication or cleaning wounds), and any necessary prescription medications. Additionally, consider including items like a CPR mask, emergency blanket, emergency whistle, and a multi-tool for added preparedness. With a well-equipped backpacker’s first aid kit, you’ll be ready to handle minor injuries and potential emergencies while enjoying the adventurous beauty of Madagascar’s outdoor environments.

Minimum First Aid



What not to pack
What not to pack and or what you must declare when arriving in or leaving Madagascar

Emergency Medical Insurance

Last but not least, Madagascar has decent but limited medical services. Travel Insurance with Medical Evacuation is crucial to prioritize your well-being and peace of mind while traveling to Madagascar. Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that includes medical evacuation coverage. In the event of a severe illness or injury that requires emergency medical evacuation, this coverage provides assistance in arranging and covering the cost of transportation to the nearest suitable medical facility or even repatriation to your home country if necessary. Travel insurance with medical evacuation ensures you can receive the most timely and appropriate medical care, regardless of location, including air evacuation. It relieves the financial burden of emergency medical transportation. It’s vital to have in your travel preparations to ensure a safe and worry-free journey in Madagascar.

You may also wish to add insurance for trip cancellation when planning your World Schooling trip to Madagascar. Trips to Madagascar can be an investment, and many parts of your trip may require a deposit or pre-payment. For this reason, insurance for trip cancellation or interruption can be helpful.

Here are a few common ones (we do not endorse these or have any relationship, I have bought but never had to use Allianz Global and IMG Global):

Allianz Global:

Allianz Global Assistance provides travel insurance plans that include medical evacuation coverage. They offer various options to suit different travel needs, including single-trip and annual plans.

World Nomads:

World Nomads is a well-known travel insurance provider offering comprehensive medical emergency and evacuation coverage. They have policies specifically tailored for adventure travelers and backpackers.

AXA Assistance:

AXA Assistance offers travel insurance policies that cover medical evacuation and emergency medical expenses. They provide 24/7 assistance services to support travelers in need of medical assistance.

IMG Global:

IMG Global offers a range of travel medical insurance plans that include emergency medical evacuation coverage. They have extensive networks of medical providers and assistance services to ensure you receive the necessary care in case of an emergency.

What (not) to Pack for the Best World Schooling Trip to Madagascar

Here’s a list of 10 things not to pack for your World Schooling trip to Madagascar:

  1. Sunscreen (unless it’s reef-safe): When selecting a sunscreen, make sure it’s reef-safe to minimize harm to the delicate marine ecosystems in Madagascar. Avoid bringing sunscreen containing harmful chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which can damage coral reefs.
  2. Battery-powered Devices: Instead of packing items that require disposable batteries, opt for solar-powered or rechargeable alternatives. This reduces waste and eliminates the need for battery replacements. Additionally, it’s important to note that battery recycling options may be limited or unavailable in Madagascar.
  3. Paper Books: Due to the high humidity in Madagascar, it’s best to avoid packing paper books. They can easily get damaged by moisture and add unnecessary weight to your luggage. Consider using e-books or digital reading devices as a lightweight and humidity-resistant alternative.
  4. Carry-ons that exceed 5 kg: Remember that Tsaradia, the local airline in Madagascar, has a strict carry-on weight limit of 5 kg. Ensure your carry-on bag does not exceed this weight limit to avoid any inconvenience or additional travel charges.
  5. Hair Dryer: Although accommodations in Madagascar may not provide hair dryers, there may also not be outlets available in bathrooms, and your hair dryer can flip the fuse, which is embarrassing. So, packing a hair dryer here is generally unnecessary and adds extra weight to your luggage. Consider air-drying your hair or using alternative hair styling methods during your trip.
  6. Travel Iron: It’s recommended not to pack a travel iron as laundry services are readily available in Madagascar, and most accommodations offer ironing facilities. Having your laundry done and ironed locally is a convenient and hassle-free option. And many places you won’t have anywhere to plug it in or use it.
  7. Non-Essential Valuables: Avoid bringing expensive jewelry, unnecessary electronics, or valuable items you don’t need during your trip. It’s always wise to travel light and minimize the risk of loss or theft. Only high-end hotels will have safes; you probably won’t want to leave these items behind. Gold bars. You might think this is a joke, but I recently saw a World Schooling post where someone claimed they traveled with gold bars. As you will note in the photo above, if you travel with gold, you must declare it.
  8. Excessive Clothing: It’s easy to overpack clothing items for a trip, but in Madagascar’s tropical climate, you can keep your clothing selection light and breathable. Pack versatile pieces that can be layered and mix-and-matched for different outfits to address various weather. Sandals and closed-toed walking shoes are a must. If you plan to stay for more than a month, pack a pair of walkable dress shoes; the likelihood of getting invited to a wedding or out to a fancy dinner is high!
  9. Bulky Towels: Most accommodations in Madagascar do provide towels for their guests, so there’s no need to bring bulky towels from home. That said, you should pack a towel; just opt for lightweight, quick-drying travel towels that take up less space in your luggage and can take to the beach or camping.
  10. Bulky Rolling Luggage: Avoid packing large, heavy rolling suitcases that can be difficult to maneuver on uneven surfaces and stairs. Many places in Madagascar have limited or no elevators, and sidewalks may be in poor condition. Instead, opt for a backpack or luggage with backpack straps and wheels, offering versatility and ease of movement in various terrains. This will make navigating through stairs, unpaved paths, and rugged landscapes much more convenient and comfortable during your trip.

By following these guidelines, you can pack efficiently and ensure a more enjoyable and hassle-free World Schooling trip to Madagascar.

Questions about packing for your World Schooling trip to Madagascar?

Remember that embracing imperfection is the best part of a big trip like this- you will forget, lose, and realize you should have packed something. And you will have a fantastic trip because one of the things traveling in Madagasar teaches you is that you don’t need much to be happy!

Food, family, a dry bed. Those are the basics. Everything else is a bonus!

Off-Roading in Madagascar: A Thrilling Adventure

two guys on quads

If you’re an adventure seeker looking for a unique and exciting way to experience Madagascar, then off-roading with a guide is the way to go. Madagascar is known for its rugged terrain, wild landscapes, and challenging roads, making it a perfect destination for off-roading enthusiasts.

Renting a 4×4 in Madagascar costs about $75 per day, to which you need to add food, lodging, a driver, and a professional guide. This is a great option for families or groups who want to explore the country on their own terms, with the help of a knowledgeable driver who knows the terrain and can guide you to the best off-road destinations.

For those who want to up the ante, there are also options for off-roading on motorcycles, buggies, and quads. These vehicles offer a more exhilarating way to explore the rugged landscape of Madagascar, with the added benefit of accessing narrow side roads and trails that a 4×4 might not be able to navigate.

The roads in Madagascar are notoriously insane, with potholes and mud puddles the size of a bus, rocks, and rough terrain that will test even the most experienced drivers. However, the good news is that many of the roads are currently being built out, meaning that now is the time to experience the thrill of off-roading in Madagascar before the roads become more accessible.

If you’re up for a challenge and want to experience the natural beauty of Madagascar in a unique and exciting way, then off-roading with a guide is the way to go. With the help of a knowledgeable guide, you can explore hidden gems, and natural wonders and get a taste of the wild side of this amazing country.

Yves, the owner of Voky Be, is a retired special forces member with extensive experience in technical driving. He has a passion for adventure and loves nothing more than taking experienced drivers and riders on off-road expeditions in Madagascar. With his knowledge of the terrain and his expertise in the local culture, he can create a custom trip that will leave you breathless and exhilarated. Whether you want to explore the rugged countryside in a 4×4, navigate the winding roads on a motorcycle, or tackle the challenging terrain on a buggy or quad, Yves can create an unforgettable adventure that is tailored to your interests and skill level. Contact Voky Be to book your custom off-roading adventure with Yves today.

5 Considerations for Remote Work in Madagascar: A Digital Nomad’s Guide

View from Ankoba Beach Hotel
View from Ankoba Beach Hotel

Working in Paradise

Working remotely in the captivating landscapes of Madagascar presents a unique opportunity for digital nomads seeking a blend of work and adventure. To ensure a successful and fulfilling remote work experience, it’s crucial to consider various factors beyond connectivity and logistics. 

This blog post will explore seven essential considerations for digital nomads in Madagascar, covering everything from reliable telecom providers and internet access to lodging options, safety, and vibrant nightlife.

Alison is at work coaching for Bravely.

Alison is at work coaching for Bravely.

#1 Connectivity

If you will be hopping on calls, sending emails, uploading pictures, or anything else, you will need a reliable connection. The good news is that these can be found, but it’s not always easy. 

Malagasy Telecom Providers

Airtel, Telma, and Orange are the top telecom providers in Madagascar, offering reliable mobile data and internet services. Research their coverage and data plans to choose the most suitable option for your remote work needs.

In rural areas, Airtel sometimes gets the best coverage, as they have the widest coverage; however, they don’t have the best single strength. 

A speed test from my office at Voky Be on Jan 23rd, 2023.

Orange has a hub in Tana. Telma has lines coming in through Majunga and Taolagnaro. We moved back to Madagascar in 2018 because we got reliable data through Telma. We consistently get 20 to 40 MBP for up and download — I run 20 or more coaching calls over Zoom, GoogleMeet, and a proprietary Coaching platform every week! 

WiFi Strength

While mobile data coverage is generally good, the strength of WiFi connections can vary, although this is more the fault of the user (lodging) than the network. Prioritize accommodations with reliable WiFi, and don’t hesitate to inquire with hosts about the quality of their internet connection, ask for speed tests. If they cannot prove it, don’t believe it! 

Power Outages and Backup Solutions: 

Be prepared for occasional power outages in Madagascar, which may impact your ability to work remotely. Keep your devices fully charged, and consider carrying portable chargers or power banks as backup solutions. The capital city of Tana has the most outages, higher-end hotels will have generators, but many residences do not. 

Surge Protection: 

Use surge protectors to protect your electronic devices from unexpected power surges (or power drops) before and after outages. These devices will safeguard your equipment and prevent potential damage. I’ve known several people who didn’t hede this advice and ended up with fried PCs. 

#2 How long and where can you stay?

Visa Requirements and Long-Term Stays

Familiarize yourself with Madagascar’s visa requirements if you plan to stay long-term. The country offers 10-day and 60-day visas, with the possibility of a 30-day extension. Long-stay visas must be obtained from your home embassy before arriving. Read more about this in our FAQ post. 

The pre-covid proposal was accepted to create a 9-month Digital nomad visa, but I’ve not heard a peep about this since the borders have re-opened.

Where should you stay?  

Definitely book lodging for your first few nights and any transit nights. Tana, the Fly-inn Hotel, San Cristobal Boutique Hotel, and Relais de Plateaux (also has an amazing pool and spa) have shuttles, restaurants, and wifi. I’ve stayed in all these hotels, some rooms were better than others for wifi, but all were enough to complete my work. Platforms like Airbnb and Booking.com can help you find suitable accommodations, especially during high season.

If you fly into Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro), where we are, we recommend that you stay with us (Alison & Yves of Voky Be).  The Ankoba Beach hotel has the best wifi connection of the nicer hotels in town, the others; it can be hit or miss.

You can find super cheap lodging in Madagascar; however, you must provide your own internet access, sometimes your own bedding, the WC and shower may be bucket based and so on. With this in mind, the best bet is to find lodging with all “modern” services in place. The investment is worth it and still likely a deal compared to other tropical beach towns!

Safety and Security

While Madagascar is a relatively safe destination, it sometimes has a negative reputation. I think this comes from the fact that most of the population does not speak English or French, and they don’t always notify foreigners of what is or isn’t acceptable. It’s very much a “live and let live” society until you break a rule! 

In this, you cannot count on the police or other services to respond in an emergency, so it’s recommended to travel with a guide outside of the cities and find out where you shouldn’t go. Like most countries, some neighborhoods and regions aren’t safe.

In this, it’s important to exercise general safety precautions. Be mindful of your surroundings, avoid displaying valuable items, and use secure transportation options, especially at night. In fact, most Malagasy do not travel at night (except to clubs). And if you don’t go out in the dark, it’s best to do so in pairs or a small group. 

For this same reason, prioritize accommodations in safe and well-regarded areas that have reliable power and internet!

Cafe Bar Colorado

#3 Nightlife and Social Scene

Malagasy universally love to dance and listen to music. In this, every city pretty much has a night a vibrant social scene with at least a few, if not many, nightlife options. You may also hear music and parties late into the night for special occasions such as weddings and circumcisions! 

In Taolagnaro, Las Vegas (slightly more high-end) and Florida (lots of girls, some working) provide the nightclub scene. La Kabane offers Friday night dancing and the Cafe Bar Colorado a chill vibe for playing billiards or enjoying a cocktail.  

Most towns also have an Expatriate and or English-speaking community. Just look for the white people. Joking. They are not always white; it’s just that some of us stand out more! People of all races, colors, and ethnicities are welcome in Madagascar. If you are lonely or want a better scene, check out Facebook to find local groups.

#4 Adventures & Culture Experiences 

Embrace the local culture by learning about local events, live music performances, and cultural festivals. Engaging with the local community can provide memorable experiences during your time in Madagascar. Depending on the time of the year, you may catch parades, such as for Women’s Day on March 8th or around the carnival and another Catholic holiday. In Taolagnaro, you can visit the Museum at the Fort and or find various workshops where local artisans are doing their work, you can visit the open markets and enjoy walking around town. 

View of Ankoba Beach from the Ankoba Beach Hotel

Ecotourism and Conservation: 

Madagascar is renowned for its unique biodiversity and stunning landscapes. Take advantage of your remote work setup to explore national parks, pristine beaches, and lush rainforests, allowing you to balance work and adventure. The best experiences are usually had when visitors plan for day trips, half-day trips or overnights on the weekend that take you to see wonders while staying in town during the day/week to get work done. 

Participate in responsible ecotourism activities that prioritize the well-being of lemurs and their habitats. Take the opportunity to visit Lemur sanctuaries or national parks that offer guided tours to observe these charismatic creatures up close. Learn about their behavior, conservation efforts, and their critical role in the island’s ecosystem. Choose reputable tour operators (such as Voky Be Tours, which is licensed) and sanctuaries such as Ranomafana, Nahampoana, and Berenty that contribute to the conservation and protection of lemurs and their natural environment. Avoid Zoos. 

In Taolagnaro, consider taking a boat ride through the tranquil mangroves to immerse yourself in the serenity of nature and beautiful views, ending up in Evahatra or Lokaro. Witness the intricate root systems, spot diverse bird species, and marvel at the mangroves’ ecological importance. See the rest of the Vokybe.com website for more!

Capture memorable moments during your encounters with lemurs and other creatures, like chameleons and a huge variety of geckos and butterflies, alongside vast and picturesque landscapes. Madagascar’s diverse wildlife and stunning scenery provide excellent opportunities for nature photography. 

While enjoying boat rides in mangroves and observing lemurs, be mindful of your environmental impact. Respect fragile ecosystems by avoiding littering, refraining from touching wildlife, and following sustainable tourism practices. Promote conservation efforts by spreading awareness about the importance of preserving Madagascar’s unique biodiversity.

#5 Daily Necessities: 

Access to groceries and cooking facilities is essential for longer stays. Major towns in Madagascar have supermarkets, while local markets offer fresh produce. In the Capital of Antananarivo, you can find just about anything; in the smaller towns, some items, such as vegetarian options, can be harder to find. Many people travel with their favorite snacks to supplement what they can buy.

Rice, fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic, leafy greens, seasonal fruit, fresh meats, beans, and pasta are pretty much staples anywhere. Fresh and local foods are very cheap, whereas imported goods, say soy milk or French cheese and wine, might cost *more* than you’d pay at home. Keep this in mind when budgeting.

Consider accommodations with kitchen facilities to maintain a flexible routine.


Most pharmacies are open during the day only; however, it is pretty standard that each town has a “pharmacy de guard” that is open 24 hours per day, in rotation with other pharmacies. The Local Police and doctors usually know who this is, and or it will be posted on the pharmacy door.

Many of your standard prescriptions can be picked up directly; they may or may not ask to see your prescription. That said, not all things are available in Madagascar, so if you are coming for a 2- or 3-month stay, you should bring everything.


Remote work in Madagascar offers an exciting blend of work and exploration. By considering essential factors such as reliable connectivity, accommodation, power outages, visas, safety, what you like to do for fun, and daily necessities, you can optimize your remote work or digital nomad experience in this remarkable country. Embrace the local culture, engage with the community, and make the most of your time in Madagascar, all while maintaining a productivity!

Embark on Epic Madagascar Natural Tours for Adventure in the South

faux cap direction ankoba
Embark on Epic Madagascar Natural Tours for Adventure in the South!

Are you ready to embark on an epic adventure in the southern regions of Madagascar? If you’re seeking the perfect blend of breathtaking natural beauty, thrilling activities, and rich cultural experiences, then look no further. Voky Be offers custom-curated Madagascar Natural Tours to those seeking a unique opportunity to explore this enchanting part of the world. Get ready for a journey filled with pristine beaches, diverse landscapes, and the chance to get up close with lemurs in Madagascar.

1. Overview of what you might see on a Madagascar Natural Tours

Madagascar’s southern region is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. From majestic mountains to unblemished sandy beaches, this part of the island offers a wide range of activities. Whether you’re into snorkeling, surfing, hiking, or simply relaxing in the sun, you’ll find it all here. The diverse climate and geography allow you to explore deserts, mountains, rainforests, and stunning beaches, all within a day’s drive or less.

One of the unique aspects of this region is the opportunity to traverse both well-maintained and adventure-worthy, poorly maintained roads, perfect for quad rides. Additionally, you’ll have access to incredible wildlife, including the iconic lemurs, chameleons, and rare tortoises. The friendly local population adds to the charm of this destination, and it’s a place where the natural beauty is still relatively untouched by mass tourism.

2. The Southern Gem: What Makes Madagascar Natural Tours Special

During the day, Madagascar is a nature lover’s dream, and at night, Southern Madagascar is a stargazer’s dream, with the Southern Cross bright in the night sky year-round. The lack of light pollution allows you to witness the Milky Way and stars shining brilliantly. During the day, you’ll experience more sunny days than rainy ones, making it possible to enjoy water sports almost every day. The best times to visit Taolagnaro are from October to December and April to June for water sports, but rest assured that you can partake in most activities throughout the year.

3. Planning Your Adventure

View from Ankoba Beach Hotel
View from Ankoba Beach Hotel

Now that you’re excited to explore this beautiful region, let’s talk about planning your Madagascar Natural Tours adventure. To make the most of your trip, consider Voky Be Tours. They offer custom-curated Madagascar vacations with various activities, from quad trips and surfing to 4×4 expeditions and hiking. Our owner, Yves, is a native of Taolagnaro, speaks multiple languages, including French and English, and brings a wealth of knowledge and stories to enhance your experience.

Chabani Travel is another excellent option, renting reliable 4x4s with experienced drivers. They’re also associated with the luxurious Ankoba Beach Hotel, offering an ideal combination of adventure and comfort. You can find more information at ankobabeach-hotel.mg/en.

Luxury travelers can explore other regions with Dadamanga Travel, starting in Tana. Their all-inclusive trips are well regarded, but to experience the beauty of southern Madagascar, we recommend joining Voky Be.

Air Fort Services, also based in Taolagnaro, is associated with the Talinjoo and Hotel Vintana; and is best for large groups. Find more details at airfots-madagascar.com/en/accueil. When it comes to planning your family vacation or travelling as an individual or small group, tour Operators such as Voky Be or Miliba Voyages will provide that custom-curated touch and experience.

4. Destinations in the South

Enjoy an afternoon in a hammock
Enjoy an afternoon in a hammock

Your adventure wouldn’t be complete without exploring the remarkable destinations in the southern region of Madagascar. Here are a few must-visit places:

  • Musee de Flacourt: Learn about the historical significance of the region.
  • Tsitongambarika: Discover a lowland forest with exciting flora and fauna.More info
  • Park Saidi: Explore the natural wonders of this park and see rescued lemurs living on small islands.
  • Reserve de Nahampona: Get up close with the local wildlife, including several species of lemurs, tortoises and chameleons.
  • Zone de Conservation Mandena: Experience various ecosystems, including humid forests and xerophytic bush.
  • Ambatotsirongorongo: Home to the Lavasoa dwarf lemur, a rare species found only in this region. This region is still in development and may be best suited for academic research. More info
  • Park Andohaela: Encounter diverse ecosystems, from dense humid forests to bush and transitional forests. More info
  • Domaine de La Cascade: Explore a vast area near Fort-Dauphin, bordering the last lowland primary forest in the southern region. More info
  • Lokaro, Evatraha: Pristine beaches and breathtaking views await you.
  • Pic St. Louis: Plan an early morning hike with a guide up Pic St. Louis for the best views in the region.

5. Adventure Activities

Pic St Louis:
Pic St Louis: Embark on Epic Madagascar Natural Tours for Adventure in the South!

Even if your goal is simply Madagascar Natural Tours, there are many other enjoyable activities such as hiking, ATV sports, water sports, and more. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or new to such experiences, southern Madagascar has something for everyone.

Southern Madagascar is an adventurer’s paradise, offering a wide range of thrilling activities that will ignite your passion for exploration. Whether you’re a seasoned thrill-seeker or new to the world of adventure, this region promises unforgettable experiences for everyone.

  • Hiking Adventures: The diverse landscapes of southern Madagascar provide ample opportunities for hiking enthusiasts. From dense rainforests to spiny deserts and pristine beaches, you’ll find a multitude of trails to explore. Get ready to trek through some of the most beautiful and untouched natural areas, immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of this exotic land.
  • Quad Biking Excursions: If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, our quad biking adventures will not disappoint. The old roads, new trails under construction, and badly maintained roads create the perfect terrain for an ATV excursion. Experience the thrill of off-roading and discover the hidden gems of southern Madagascar, from remote villages to breathtaking viewpoints.
  • Water Sports Galore: The sunny weather and the endless coastline of the south make it a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Whether you’re into surfing, snorkeling, swimming, paddleboarding, or kayaking, you’ll find the ideal spot to indulge in your favorite aquatic activity. And even on rainy days, the region often surprises you with a few hours of sun, ensuring that you can enjoy water sports throughout the year.
  • Boat Rides through Mangroves: Explore the enchanting mangroves of southern Madagascar on a relaxing boat ride. These unique ecosystems are teeming with diverse flora and fauna. Glide through the calm waters, taking in the serenity and the fascinating biodiversity that surrounds you, and then sleep at Nepenthes in Evatraha or continue on to camp in Lokaro.
  • Getting Up Close with Wildlife: Southern Madagascar is home to an array of unique and endangered species, including the famous lemurs, chameleons, and the rare tortoise. The region provides an opportunity to witness these remarkable creatures in their natural habitat. The lemurs are particularly friendly and curious, making your encounter with them even more special.
  • Camping Adventures: Spend nights under the starlit skies at pristine locations like Lokaro, experiencing the true essence of nature. Camping in southern Madagascar is not just about stargazing but also about immersing yourself in the local culture, sharing stories around a campfire, and waking up to breathtaking ocean views.
  • Surfing: Ampotatra Beach, with its consistent waves, is the perfect spot for surfers of all levels. Whether you’re a pro or just starting, you can catch some great waves here. Ampotatra’s relaxed atmosphere and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean make it an ideal place to learn or improve your surfing skills.

These adventure activities are just a glimpse of what southern Madagascar has to offer. The region’s rich and diverse landscapes make it a playground for explorers and nature enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re seeking a heart-pounding thrill or a serene escape into nature, the adventures here will leave you with memories to cherish.

6. Choosing Your Accommodations

Selecting the right accommodation is crucial for a comfortable and memorable stay. We’ve categorized them into Rustic, Basic, Recommended, and Luxury Lodging options to suit your preferences:

Rustic Accommodations (may lack running water, wifi, or reliable electricity):

  • Chez Anita
  • L’Euro
  • Le Tournesol
  • Mahavoky

Basic Accommodations

Should have running water and electricity; wifi may be unreliable:

  • Port Hotel
  • Hotel Vintana
  • Anja Guest House (B&B style)
  • Auberg’inn (short term room rental)

Recommended Accommodations

For an excellent experience, service, comfort, and design; with hot water and reliable Wi-Fi:

  • Hotel La Croix du Sud
  • Talinjoo
  • All Voky Be Lodgings (found on Airbnb)
  • Also found on Airbnb: Le Mitouf, Hotel Lovasoa, Kerala Residence
  • Nepenthes offers lovely cottages in town and boat trips as well as bungalow rentals in Evatraha. Website | Business Site

Luxury Accommodations:

  • Ankoba Beach Hotel
  • Dauphine & Vohitsy Apartments by Vokybe
Our Master Chef preparing a local Malagasy dish
Our Master Chef preparing a local Malagasy dish

7. Exploring the Culinary Scene with Voky Be Tours

While it may not be the most exhilarating aspect of your journey, understanding where to dine is an essential part of any Madagascar adventure. It’s crucial to be aware that hygiene standards and refrigeration practices can vary, and recent years have witnessed a few instances where unwelcome protozoa disrupted some travelers’ experiences.

Street Food (Prioritize Your Health, Opt for the Fresh and Hot Meals)

Indulging in street food can be a memorable part of your trip, but safeguarding your health is paramount. We strongly recommend selecting street vendors that can guarantee freshly made and piping hot donuts, mofo gasy, and or other items, reducing the risk of health concerns. Avoid any pastas, sandwiches, sambos or other room-temperature foods on the street or in small “gargots.”

Malagasy & French Food – Choose the Menu of the Day, Prioritize Fresh and Hot Meals

For those eager to savor the authentic flavors of Malagasy and French cuisine, we advise dining at the following establishments renowned for their commitment to providing tourists with fresh, hot, and safe meals:

  • Marina (Chez Bernard)
  • L’Arrivage (Ankoba Beach)
  • Pizza Express
  • Le Dauphin
  • Saint Pas
  • Ankoba Beach Hotel
  • Talinjoo
  • La Kabane
  • Hotel Vintana
  • Azura Hotel

Exercising Caution for Overseas Tourists

To ensure that your culinary experiences are as enjoyable as possible, we recommend overseas tourists avoid dining at certain establishments that may not adhere to international standards of hygiene and food safety. While these places might be suitable for locals, we advise against the following. If you do choose to eat at one of these establishments opt for “menu of the day” and avoid salad and uncooked items, including fruit. Drink your beverages straight from the bottle and not from a glass.

  • Chez Vivie
  • Chez Anita
  • Le Tournesol
  • Les Chasseurs

Starting Your Day Right

Kick off your mornings with a delightful breakfast at the following establishments, known for their quality offerings:

  • Vintana (Kaleta) Bakery
  • L’Arrivage

Pizza Lovers’ (and delivery)

If you have a penchant for pizza, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy a whole pie at these recommended pizzerias:

  • Pizza Express: Whether you opt for dine-in or delivery, Pizza Express offers a variety of meat and vegetable options, with no pork on the menu. Pizzas are simple and they are SQUARE. The size of a medium-large pizza box.
  • L’Arrivage: Featuring dine-in and delivery choices, their pizzas come with options that inlcude bacon and ham. Classic, round, French style pizza.
Coffee on the beach in Mangily, Toliara
Coffee on the beach in Mangily, Toliara

Eat with Voky Be & Cafe Bar Colorado:

For our guests we offer a breakfast menu, we can prepare (safe) sandwiches and picnic foods, as well as, prepare classic Malagasy dishes or fresh seafood, with advance notice. Please see us for options.

As you explore the southern regions of Madagascar with Voky Be Tours, take the time to relish the distinctive flavors this remarkable destination has to offer. Immerse yourself in the essence of Malagasy cuisine, all while ensuring your culinary experiences are both appetizing and safe.

8. Safety and Health Tips

Staying safe and healthy during your adventure is essential. Learn about vaccinations, local customs (carry hand sanitizer as many toilets offer only water or no handwashing facilities), and potential risks to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip.

The CDC has current recommendations on traveling to Madagascar. We also recommend that for long-stay travelers (3 months or more) a visit to the local medical center for informations on parasites that you can pick up with prolonged exposure.

9. Local Culture and People

Discover the rich culture and warm hospitality of the locals in southern Madagascar. While some areas may ask for assistance or offer to buy them a coffee, it’s important to understand the local context. The region is generally safe, with potential concerns in crowded markets (pickpockets) and some rural roads at night (bandits). Many of the traditional dances, clothing, and face painting seen in Madagascar come from the tribes in the south

10. Booking Your Madagascar Natural Tour

When it comes to booking your Madagascar natural tour in the south, it’s crucial to ensure a seamless and unforgettable experience. Voky Be Tours is here to guide you through the process, offering expert insights and personalized assistance.

The first step to planning your adventure is choosing the right tour operator. Voky Be Tours specializes in crafting custom-curated Madagascar vacations that start from Fort Dauphin or Taolagnaro, Madagascar. We take care of all the details, from arranging accommodations and transportation to planning exciting activities for adventure travelers.

What sets Voky Be Tours apart is the personal touch.

Our owner is not only a native of Taolagnaro who speaks all dialects of Malagasy, as well as, being fluent in French, and English. With his unique background, including retirement from the French Special Forces and extensive culinary expertise, you’re guaranteed a one-of-a-kind adventure. From quad trips, surfing expeditions, and 4×4 journeys to easy and challenging hikes and walking tours, we offer an array of experiences to choose from. We’ve got you covered for those who seek the thrill of camping in hidden spots like Lokaro.

If you prefer to rent a reliable 4×4 with a driver, Voky Be Tours can assist you in organizing a 4×4 rental through Chabani Travel for your convenience.

To book your Madagascar adventure, please fill out our trip request form here.

By providing us with your preferences and details, we can tailor a unique experience that matches your interests and ensures a hassle-free journey.

Please note that we take a deposit and include a service charge for all tours.

11. Testimonials and Stories

Experience the magic of southern Madagascar through the eyes of those who have embarked on epic adventures with Voky Be Tours. These personal anecdotes and testimonials capture the essence of this captivating destination and the unforgettable experiences that await you:

Julien’s Adventure

“Que faire ? Pour un séjour dans un bungalow idyllique en Airbnb… vous trouverez tout le confort pour visiter Fort-Dauphin. Yves Alisson et les enfants vous réservent un accueil sans égal où vous goûterez à la culture malgache, tant par la cuisine que par vos hôtes. Vous rêvez d’aventure ? Sous l’œil bienveillant et sécurisant d’Yves, ancien membre des forces spéciales françaises, vous découvrirez sa ville natale, sa région d’enfance, que ce soit en quad ou en randonnant… du sable, des parcs naturels, l’aventure vous attend avec un guide hors norme…” – Julien

Lumar’s Remarkable Journey

“It was an amazing experience to stay at Alison and Yves’ place and to go outdoors with Yves! He owns beautiful land that you only have access to if you travel with him. He will do everything with you, organize everything you want around outdoor sports: surfing, hiking, camping, kayaking, SUP, snorkeling, quad… He is super excited about this region and a very positive and interesting person to be around. He is generous and very welcoming. I highly recommend staying at his place and exploring Fort Dauphin and its surroundings with him!” – Lumar Google Review

Angela’s Unforgettable Journey

“I expressed interest in coming to Madagascar, and someone recommended that I look into Voky Be Tours. This was my first time traveling there, so I did not know what to expect. The representative was very nice and reassuring. Coming from the US, I was not sure how to arrange the flights and connections. Voky Be Tours assisted and took care of all the airfare connections, transportation, and shuttles. I felt very safe. The facility was very nice, well-kept, and secure. I had AMAZING ocean views from my room and experienced the best sunrises and sunsets. I enjoyed hanging out at the bar to grab a bite to eat or just take in the scenery. I experienced local cuisine as well as a burger or veggie burger and fries when I wanted a taste of home. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I had a lot of questions, and they were very patient to help me understand the culture.

I booked a tour, and the guide took me on a boat ride and hike to a remote island where we had lunch and enjoyed the beautiful beach and scenery. I also arranged to go to a park to see the lemurs. There is so much to take advantage of in Fort Dauphin at Voky Be. Outside of my tours, I enjoyed relaxing at the local beach, which is within walking distance, and visiting the local vendors. The locals in Fort Dauphin are very warm and friendly. I did not have any bad experiences. I look forward to returning to Voky Be in the future!” – Angela Google Review

These captivating testimonials offer a glimpse into the incredible experiences that await you on your own journey through the southern regions of Madagascar with Voky Be Tours.

Please fill out our trip planning form today, and join us and create your own extraordinary memories.