Gap Year in Madagascar
Tropical temperature, picturesque landscapes, pristine beaches, delicious food and smiling people - Madagascar is nothing less than a magical abode for gap year travelers. While it might seem to be an offbeat choice to spend your gap year, this country closer to the southeast coast of Africa can be perfectly clubbed with a trip to Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa. If you've seen the popular animated movie, then you must be knowing about the rich flora and fauna of the country, and now it's time for you to explore it and get closer to nature. Spot the lemurs, which can't be found anywhere else in the world, and walk down the “Avenue of the Baobabs" where the century-old trees still stand strong.
All travelers need to acquire a visa for entering and traveling in the Republic of Madagascar. For shorts visits, that is 90 days or less, every traveler irrespective of their nationality can obtain a Visa upon Arrival at the airport in Antananarivo. Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months post their travel dates in Madagascar and you need to have a return ticket or proof of your intention of leaving Madagascar after the 90 days period is over.
Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey?
Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand.
If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Madagascar, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. Apart from routine vaccines, like your yearly flu shot, Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, MMR vaccine it is recommended to take shots for Hepatitis A&B, Malaria, Typhoid and Rabies for traveling in Madagascar. If you’re traveling to Madagascar from a country that is at risk from Yellow Fever then you’ll need to show proof of your immunization against Yellow Fever.
You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in Madagascar. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 30-40 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Madagascar, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of any emergencies, if one arises.
You will be on the move a lot so our advice for you is to pack light. Casual wear is generally the way to go when you’re visiting Madagascar. The months of November-April are basically summer months with the climate split between hot and wet (rainy). Lightweight loosed clothes in natural fabrics will keep you cool and make your safari experience out n the wilderness, pleasant. Early morning safaris might be a bit on the chilly side, so, we recommend you pack in a light fleece jacket just to be safe.
The months of May-October are usually the cool and dry months so layering with lightweight clothing would be a good way to go about it. However, due to the geographical variations of the country the weather also gets really diverse, so we would always suggest you look up the climate of the place you’re traveling before you get on with your packing. Rain gear is a must pack for all times!
Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.
Most of our adventures, apart from the volunteering programs do not include Airport transfers. We advise our travelers to arrange for a Taxi on Arrival as it is the most economical and efficient way to go about this. If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer, we can provide the same for you at an additional cost from your point of Arrival. Do get in touch with your coordinators for more information.