Introduction PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATIONChapter 1 The Country Geography, Climate, A brief history, Government and politics, EconomyChapter 2 People and Culture Enigmatic origins, Beliefs and customs, Malagasy society, Ethnic groups, LanguageChapter 3 Natural HistoryIntroduction, Geology, Flora, Fauna, Madagascar's ecosystems, Conservation, Protected areaChapter 4 Practical InformationWhen to visit, Choosing a trip to suit you, Highlights and itineraries, Tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, What to take, Money, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Shopping for souvenirs, Arts and entertainment, Communications , Business hoursChapter 5 Health and SafetyBefore you go, Specific health issues, Medical kit, Safety, Advice for specific types of travellerChapter 6 Madagascar and YouResponsible tourism, How you can help PART TWO THE GUIDE Chapter 7 Antananarivo and AreaHistory, Ivato airport area, Antananarivo city, Day excursions from Tana, Overnight excursionsChapter 8 The Highlands South of TanaTana to Antsirabe, Antsirabe and around, Ambositra and around, Ambositra to Fianarantsoa, Ranomafana National Park, Fianarantsoa and around, Ambalavao and around, Andringitra Massif, Ambalavao to IhosyChapter 9 The SouthHistory, Ihosy to Ranohira, Isalo National Park, The Makay Massif, Ranohira to Toliara, Toliara, Ifaty and Mangily, North of Ifaty, Anakao, South of Anakao, Toliara to Taolagnaro (Fort Dauphin), The far south, Mandrare Valley, Taolagnaro (Fort Dauphin)Chapter 10 East of TanaAntananarivo-Cote Est Railway, Tana to Moramanga, Lake Alaotra, Moramanga to Andasibe, Andasibe area, Andasibe to Brickaville, Brickaville to ToamasinaChapter 11 South of ToamasinaPangalanes Canal, The east coast from Vatomandry to Mananjary, The east coast from Mananjary to TaolagnaroChapter 12 Toamasina and the NortheastHistory, Toamasina (Tamatave), Toamasina to Soanierana-Ivongo, Soanierana-Ivongo to Maroantsetra, Masoala Peninsula, Antalaha to Iharana (Vohemar), Andapa areaChapter 13 Ile Sainte Marie (Nosy Boraha)Ile Sainte Marie, main island, Ile aux Nattes (Nosy Nato) Chapter 14 The North Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), Ramena and the east coast, Excursions west from Antsiranana, Montagne d'Ambre (Amber Mountain) National Park , Excursions south from Antsiranana, Ankarana National Park, From Antsiranana to Iharana (Vohemar) by road, Ambilobe to Ambanja (and on to Nosy Be), Bays and inlets accessible to yachtsChapter 15 Nosy Be and Nearby IslandsHistory, Transport, Activities and excursions, Hell-Ville (Andoany), Ambatoloaka, Beach hotels and other accommodation, Islands around Nosy Be, Mitsio Islands (northeast of Nosy Be), Islands southwest of Nosy BeChapter 16 The WestMahajanga (Majunga), Ankarafantsika National Park, Southwest of Mahajanga, Fly-in beach resorts northeast of Mahajanga, Northeast of Mahajanga by road, Maintirano to Morondava, Morondava, Morondava to Toliara, River trips Appendix 1 Historical ChronologyAppendix 2 The Malagasy LanguageAppendix 3 Further InformationIndex
Daniel Austin is co-author of a number of books on Madagascar, including, for Bradt, Madagascar, Madagascar Highlights and Madagascar Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide. As a full-time Madagascar specialist, Daniel visits the country at least once a year to lead group tours, lecture on cruises, and carry out research. Additionally, he is a photographer specialised in Madagascar, especially its unique wildlife. He is also Secretary of the Anglo-Malagasy Society, which promotes Madagascar's interests in the UK, as well as founder of the Madagascar Library, an archive of over 4,000 historical and contemporary books and documents about the country. Hilary Bradt's career as an occupational therapist ended when potential employers noticed that the time taken off for travel exceeded the periods of employment. With her former husband George, she self-published her first guidebook in 1974 during an extended journey through South America. As well as running Bradt Travel Guides, Hilary worked for 25 years as a tour leader in Madagascar. Her in-depth knowledge of the country has brought her lecture engagements at the Royal Geographical Society, the Smithsonian Institution and on board expedition cruise ships, as well as numerous commissions for travel articles. She now lives in semi-retirement in Devon and is delighted to have handed over the hard graft of researching new editions to Daniel.
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