Budget Solo Week-end Trip in Rainy Madagascar

92nd on my continuing saga to accomplish the #lakbay100 journey
January 11 to 12, 2019

My 72nd solo backpacking trip14th country to visit in African continent92nd country visited on my journey #lakbay100, 5th continent on my list and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure. I did not research that much for this country due also on limited time and laziness.


Madagascar is a country that occupies a large island of the same name, located in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa. It is the fourth largest island in the world. Madagascar's long isolation from the neighbouring continents has resulted in a unique mix of plants and animals, many found nowhere else in the world. This has led some ecologists to refer to Madagascar as the "eighth continent". Of the 10,000 plants native to Madagascar, 90% are found nowhere else in the world. 

https://wikitravel.org/en/Madagascar

Budget Solo Week-end Trip in Rainy Madagascar (ring-tailed lemur)

Budget Solo Week-end Trip in Rainy Madagascar (visa stamp applied on arrival)

Budget Solo Week-end Trip in Rainy Madagascar (Zebuu Pepper, local food)

MADAGASCAR
timezone - UTC +0300H    capital - Antananarivo   language - Malagacy   currency - Ariary (MGA)
visa - 90 days visa issued upon arrival for $38 single entry.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MADAGASCAR
1. Madagascar is the fourth largest island on the planet (and bigger than Spain, Thailand, Sweden and Germany)
2. Almost all of the plant and animal species found on the Madagascar Island are unique to this island
3. Madagascar is home to lemurs.
4. Contrary to the popular“Madagascar” movies, lions, zebras, giraffes, and hippos are not found on the island.
5. The country is also known as the 8th Continent of the World because it is so biodiverse

Budget Solo Week-end Trip in Rainy Madagascar (ring-tailed lemur)

Budget Solo Week-end Trip in Rainy Madagascar (ring-tailed lemur)

Budget Solo Week-end Trip in Rainy Madagascar (lemur)

WEEK-END SOLO TRIP IN RAINY MADAGASCAR (JANUARY 2019)

​​Preparation;

Jan. 11-12 flight return Dubai to Antananarivo 1,430 AED
Jan. 11-12 Tana-Jacaranda Hostel Dorm bed 1N $10 (pay at the hostel)

Day 1: January 11, 2019 Friday

0100H ETA Dubai Airport Terminal 1
0430H ETD Dubai Airport UTC +0400H; flight ET601
0800H ETA Addis Ababa Airport UTC +0300H; 0.75hr transit
0900H ETD Addis Ababa Airport; flight ET853
1400H ETA Antananarivo Airport UTC +0300H; visa on arrival fee $38; money exchange $80 = 272,000
hired colorum car to Lemurs' Park and Hostel 130,000
1630H ETA Lemur Park; no ring-tailed lemur seen
1900H ETA Hostel; dinner Zebbu Pepper + beer 17,500
Total: 147,500 MGA

Day 2: January 12, 2019 Saturday

0700H ETD Hostel; walk to Queen's palace
0800H Queen's Palace + guide fee 30,000; refreshments 1,200
0900H Tsimbazaza Zoo 10,000; Lemur picture taking 5,000; walk back to Hostel; brunch 13,500
1115H Hostel check-out 32,000; taxi to airport 50,000
1230H ETA Antananarivo Airport; fridge magnets 13,000; milkshake 4,000
1430H ETD Antananarivo Airport UTC +0300H; flight ET852
0300H ETA Dubai Airport UTC +0400H
Total: 158,700 MGA

TOTAL: 147,500 + 158,700 = 306,200 MGA ($88) + $38 + 1,430 AED ($389) = $515


Budget Solo Week-end Trip in Rainy Madagascar (Artificial lake and Anjely Mainty)

Budget Solo Week-end Trip in Rainy Madagascar (Artificial lake and Anjely Mainty)

Budget Solo Week-end Trip in Rainy Madagascar (the view along the trail to Queen's palace)

Budget Solo Week-end Trip in Rainy Madagascar (the view along the trail to Queen's palace)

Budget Solo Week-end Trip in Rainy Madagascar (King and Queen's tomb inside the Queen's palace)

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