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Editorial Reviews


‘This is no ordinary travel guide, but a lively, informative, amusing and sensitive account to be enjoyed from cover to cover. The real Madagascar is revealed in enchanting descriptions of people, wildlife and extraordinary places. This is also a pro-active book, for it shows what you can do to help ease the woes of this beguiling country.’
Lee Durrell, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

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This eighth edition of Hilary Bradt's award-winning guide fully updates the reader with the changes in tourist infrastructure that have made Madagascar increasingly accessible. Brimming with character, it is the ideal companion both for independent visitors and those on organized tours.
Inside you will find: Itineraries for all budgets and interests; detailed natural history; national parks and reserves; fully revised information on hotels and restaurants; over 50 updated maps and town plans; numerous contributions from experts.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Bradt Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 9th edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841621978
  • ASIN: B005M4VXQY
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,395,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sealykin on January 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
My wife is Malagasy. After over 20 years away, then one exploratory trip, she took me on the next trip. Of the 5 guide books we had, this is the one that she likes best. It is also the book with the most detailed descriptions, from numerous readers who have contributed to Ms. Bradt's editions. It probably also has the best all-around advice. As a traveler, probably from a rich land, to one of the world's poorest places, you will need this advice.

No guide book is perfect. Some of the details, such as the cost of the entry visa at the airport (only 13 Euros) were a little off. Also the maps could both be better and arranged more handily. However, if we had to keep just one of the 5 books, this would be the one.

For travelers to Madagascar I also strongly recommend to get one of the French travel books, like the "petit fute" guide. This is good for maps and addresses and is updated every two years or so.

Also recommended is to get a Malagasy-English translator/ word book. Do not assume that you can buy it there!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Menjoe & Keflien on January 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
We love the Bradt guides because they are personal, innovative and in-depth. We used this guide along with 2 other well-known guides, but the Bradt guide was without any doubt the best of the three. If you like to get off the beaten track (without necessarily missing out on the highlights), this is the guide you're looking for! It also includes reader reports and funny anecdotes. One negative point: the maps are far from perfect. If you only take one guide with you, we would definitely recommend to buy some additional maps.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laszlo Wagner on May 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Well, there are only 2 English-language travel guides to the country around.
Of those two, Lonely Planet is downright awful and unusually poorly researched (see reviews there), so even if you are normally a faithful fan of LP guides, for Madagascar this book is definitely the one to buy.
It contains far more information, based mostly on many years of personal experience of the author. It has a wealth of information on wildlife and national parks, as well as cultural aspects. The style is personal and engaging, often making you feel you are getting personal tips from an old hand.
So why only 4 stars? Well, as the author regularly admits herself, some of the info in the book comes from readers of the previous editions. While part of that is useful too, some of it (such as a raving description of awful tourist trap Foret Ialatsara) is downright incorrect, and no doubt would not have been included in the book had the author had the chance to check it out herself. Also, certain prices given in this book seemed many, many years old.
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For English-language travel guides to Madagascar, there are only two real options, the Bradt and the Lonely Planet. The Bradt guide has almost universally been recognized as the superior one, much larger than the LP (a thin book which also tries to cover the Comoros Islands, meaning even less detail on Madagascar), and it was written by someone who has decades of experience with the country, Hilary Bradt. With the 2011 edition, she handed the reins over to Daniel Austin, but the book retains her insights among the newer maps and listings. We have used it during a late 2013 cycling trip around the country.

The Bradt guide has everything one expects from a travel guide, namely descriptions of cities, where to stay and eat, and how to get there and away. It doesn't cover only the biggest tourist draws, but pretty much everywhere that one can get with a taxi-brousse (the local public transport vehicle). It certainly aims to inspire people to bold independent travels, and even gives good advice on cycle touring (hopefully a future edition will cover hitchhiking too, which is possible in many parts of the island).

Besides practical tourism guidance, the Bradt guide also features extensive coverage of ethnographic, zoologic and botanical themes. Many come to Madagascar because they want to see exotic nature that diverged from the rest of the world millions of years ago, and there are chapters on lemurs, trees and flowers, different climate zones, etc. There is a description of the various ethnic groups inhabiting the country, helpful to outsiders who might not otherwise notice the difference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nina Jackson on February 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Your travel guide on Madagascar is excellent. Streets above all the rest! I've just returned from a recce-ing trip with my French/Dutch tour manager who was equipped with every French guide imaginable, but the only one we used for the entirety was yours! Very honest, reliable and above all easy to use. Comprehensive too. Well done! I have recommended it to all my potential participants.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SCL on September 19, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
There weren't many choices for Madagascar travel guides, but after having received and used it, we would have chosen it anyway. The newest version was about a month away from being available (but too late for our trip). We used a local tour company, but found the book a terrific accompaniment. We used it to supplement the information being provided, background information (history, politics) and putting what we were viewing in context.
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