How can I reserve accommodation?
What sim card should I get?
Drivers & Vehicles
Why is Drive Mada not responsible for vehicle condition?
Why is Drive Mada not responsible for driver’s availbility?
What happens if the vehicle breaks down?
Can I drive the vehicle myself?
- Approximate cost ~$90 USD per day including driver’s food and driver’s accommodation.
- Approximate deposit of $1325 USD paid in advance to cover any damage
- Day-by-day itinerary confirmed in advance.
- Restricted access (no access) to northern adventure road on the RN5.
- Full reservation balance paid in advance.
- Traveler is responsible for fuel costs.
Are drivers on Drive Mada insured?
Are vehicles inspected and certified as being fully roadworthy?
Why do some drivers have no reviews? Are they safe to choose?
How do we pay for fuel during our trip?
How should we pay the driver?
How can I be assured paying beforehand is a safe option?
Is it possible to pay with credit cards?
Are there partial bookings to avoid daily costs when we do not require a driver some days?
ATM: where to find ATMs, how much cash to withdraw, and what banks to use
Where to find ATMsATMs can be found in major cities (Antananarivo, Morondava, Fianarantsoa, Antsirabe, Nosy Be, Tamatave, Tulear, Isalo, and more).
In general, ATMs are easy to find throughout Madagascar and most hotel staff, drivers or guides can point you in the right direction. For BNI, you can check this link to see all their ATMs all over Madagascar.
How much cash to withdrawTypically, a maximum of 400,000 Ar can be withdrawn per transaction. Multiple transactions can be completed sequentially.
Amounts larger than 400,000 Ar can be withdrawn by speaking with a bank attendant (representative). Please note that you will need photographic identification (passport) and your ATM/debit card.
What banks to useI recommend BNI or BFV for their reliability.
Fees and ChargesDepending on your bank you may be charged fees to withdraw money.
Other Tips and ConsiderationsI recommend withdrawing money 1-3 days ahead of time. I do NOT recommend carrying more than 1,000,000 Ar with at any given time. For large purchases (such as paying for vehicle rental, National Park entry, National Park guides, activities, etc) I recommend withdrawing the money the same day (if possible) and immediately paying for your activity.
Keep your cash securely on you at all times. Do not leave surplus money in your vehicle or hotel room.
How do I pay the deposit?
Can I meet the driver prior to confirming the reservation?
Does the rental price include fuel?
Does the rental price include driver food and accommodation?
Does the rental price include insurance?
Does the rental price include taxes?
What happens if I need to cancel my reservation part-way through the trip?
Is the itinerary flexible or fixed?
Safety & Security
Is Madagascar safe?
Is driving safe in Madagascar?
Is it safe to drive at night in Madagascar?
- Antsirabe to Morondava
- Southern Madagascar, which includes any road from the RN7 to Taolagnaro (Fort Dauphin)
Do you have FaceBook?
Do you have an email address that I can contact?
Do you have a phone number I can call?
Fees & Charges
What are the costs if my pick-up location and drop-off location are different?
What are Return Costs?
Example #1: Pickup in Antananarivo and drop-off in MorondavaIn this example, the driver lives in Antananarivo. This journey takes 4 days to complete in total
- Antananarivo to Morondava, 2 days
- Morondava to Antananarivo, 2 days
Example #1: Pickup in Antananarivo and drop-off in TamataveIn this example, the driver lives in Tamatave. This journey takes 2 days to complete in total
- Antananarivo to Tamatave, 1 day
- Tamataveto Antananarivo, 1 day