WELCOME TO DRIVE MADA!
James & Brittany are pleased to invite you to experience the magic of Madagascar! We first visited Madagascar November 2015 in pursuit of David Attenborough-inspired adventures and contribution to the Malagasy people.
Brittany & James playing with local kids before cruising down Tsiribihina River on a tiny wooden pirogue.
AFTER STRUGGLING TO EXPLORE THE COUNTRY BY SHARED TAXI BROUSSE
We switched gears to hire a local driver. By sheer luck, another traveler connected us directly to our driver, Njiva.
NJIVA TOOK US ON A WILD RIDE ACROSS MADAGASCAR!
Njiva took us on a wild ride across Madagascar while educating us about the lifestyle of Malagasy drivers. We learned several families, even entire villages, combine their money to invest in one vehicle. Due to technology limitations, these small family businesses are challenged to reach travelers directly to rent their vehicles.
Consequently, they rely on customer referrals from hotels and foreign travel agencies who exploit drivers by imposing dangerously low prices upon them while charging travelers high markups of more than 300 times the driver’s pay. The result is impoverished families and poorly maintained vehicles causing safety risks for travelers.
Inspired by Njiva’s story and our own frustrations in finding a local driver, we created Drive Mada.
A website for connecting travelers directly with local drivers. Drivers are free to set their own prices, advertise their own vehicles and develop prospering businesses for their families.
The first official registration day for local drivers at Cafe de la Gare (Antananarivo).
WE RETURNED TO MADAGASCAR SEVERAL MONTHS LATER WITH A SEMI-FUNCTIONING WEBSITE AND A DREAM OF LIBERATING DRIVERS’ BUSINESSES.
Through word of mouth, the Antananarivo expat community and recommendations by trusted friends, we personally registered over 450 drivers in 11 popular tourist destinations traveling cross country with the help of our original driver, Njiva, and Malala, our first Malagasy office administrator.
Brittany, Malala, and James – The Drive Mada Team!
MEET THE TEAM TO TAKE YOU THERE
With Drive Mada, drivers can now freely advertise and connect directly with travelers just like you! Hire local drivers. Support local families.