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Author: Hilary Bradt.
Illustrator: Janet Mary Robinson.
Additional Contributor: Daniel Austin.
ISBN-10: 1-84162-341-5 (1841623415)
ISBN-13: 978-1-84162-341-2 (9781841623412)
Language: English
No. of Pages: viii + 424
Dimensions: 137mm x 216mm x 22mm

Item Identification Code (UID#): 1885
Shelving Location: Guidebooks
Estimated Value: £12.00
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The Bradt Travel Guide

Tenth Edition
Bradt Travel Guides / Globe Pequot Press (2010). (First Published 1988)
Softcover Book

About the Author from page i

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 hand over the hard graft of researching this new edition to Daniel Austin.

About the Updater from page i

Daniel Austin was fascinated by Madagascar before he even realised it. He developed a deep interest in flora and fauna from a young age, so it was only a matter of time before he noticed one name occurring particularly frequently in connection with the most bizarre lifeforms. Thus his love affair with the island began, and a voyage of discovery revealed Madagascar's curiosities to extend beyond botanical and zoological wonders to geological, historical, linguistic and cultural surprises too. Over the past five years, Daniel has spent more than twelve months exploring and photographing Madagascar, and feels privileged to have been entrusted with the responsibility of writing the updated version of this award-winning guidebook. Daniel is also founder of the Madagascar Library project (, a committee member of the Anglo-Malagasy Society, and editor of Bradt's Madagascar Wildlife guide (see ad after page 408).

Text from the Back Cover

Home to a quarter of the world's primates, half of all chameleon species, and countless other curious creatures, Madagascar is a wildlife hotspot second to none. But it is no longer solely the preserve of the tough adventurer. Visitors can relax at fly-in resorts where lemurs cavort in the trees shading the swimming pool, while budget-conscious travellers will find an abundance of cheap hotels and affordable local transport. This is an island of constant delights – the animals, people and landscape are like nowhere else on earth – and the tenth edition of this award-winning guide helps you to make the most of it.
  • The leading guide to Madagascar for over 25 years
  • Unparalleled coverage of the island's unique wildlife
  • The latest boutique hotels and private beaches
  • National parks and protected areas in full detail
  • Itineraries to suit all interests and budgets
  • More than twice the number of hotel reviews than any other Madagascar guide
"An authoritative and scholarly guide" The Observer

"A great book" Travel Africa magazine

"This is no ordinary travel guide, but a lively, informative, amusing and sensitive account to be enjoyed from cover to cover" Lee Durrell, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust


  • Introduction
    • The Country
      • Geography
      • Climate
      • A brief history
      • Government and politics
      • Economy
    • People and Culture
      • Origins
      • Beliefs and customs
      • Malagasy society
      • Ethnic groups
      • Language
    • Natural History
      • Introduction
      • Geology
      • Flora
      • Fauna
      • Madagascar's ecosystems
      • Conservation
      • Protected areas
    • Practical Information
      • When to visit
      • Choosing a trip to suit you
      • Highlights and itineraries
      • Tour operators
      • Red tape
      • Getting there
      • What to take
      • Money
      • Getting around
      • Accommodation
      • Eating and drinking
      • Public holidays
      • Shopping
      • Arts and entertainment
      • Communications
      • Business hours
    • Health and Safety
      • Before you go
      • Some travellers' diseases
      • Medical kit
      • Travel clinics and health information
      • Safety
    • Madagascar and You
      • Your carbon footprint
      • Responsible tourism
      • How you can help
    • Antananarivo and Area
      • History
      • Ivato Airport
      • Getting there and away by road
      • Getting around
      • Antananarivo (Tana) today
      • Where to stay
      • Where to eat
      • Nightlife
      • Shopping
      • Money
      • Communications
      • Transport and trip planning
      • Emergencies
      • What to see and do
      • Day excursions from Antananarivo
      • Overnight excursions
    • The Highlands South of Tana
      • From Tana to Antsirabe
      • Antsirabe
      • Continuing south on RN7
      • Ambositra
      • Places of interest near Ambositra
      • Ambositra to Fianarantsoa
      • Fianarantsoa
      • Ranomafana
      • Continuing south: Fianarantsoa to Ihosy
      • Ambalavao
      • Ambohimahamasina
      • Andringitra Mountains
      • Beyond Ambalavao on RN7
    • The South
      • Background information
      • Ihosy
      • From Ihosy to Taolagnaro (Fort Dauphin)
      • From Ihosy towards Toliara (Tulear)
      • Ranohira
      • Isalo National Park
      • Ilakaka
      • Continuing south to Toliara
      • Toliara (Tulear)
      • Ifaty
      • Madiorano
      • North to Morombe and Morondava
      • The Onilahy region
      • Anakao
      • Beheloka and Ambola
      • Lake Tsimanampetsotsa National Park
      • Continuing south
      • Beza-Mahafaly Special Reserve
      • The road to Taolagnaro (Fort Dauphin)
      • The far south
      • Taolagnaro (Fort Dauphin)
      • Day trips from Taolagnaro
      • Multi-day trips
      • Berenty
      • Mandena Conservation Zone
      • Andohahela National Park
      • Ifotaka Community Forest (ICF)
    • Tana to Toamasina
      • Antananarivo–Côte Est Railway
      • Tana to Moramanga
      • Moramanga
      • Heading north or south
      • Lake Alaotra
      • Zahamena National Park
      • Continuing east on RN2: Moramanga to Andasibe
      • Andasibe-Mantadia National Park/Association Mitsinjo
      • Other protected areas nearby
      • Andasibe to Toamasina
    • South of Toamasina
      • Pangalanes
      • The southeast coast
      • Mananjary and Manakara
      • Continuing south
    • Toamasina and the Northeast
      • History
      • Getting around
      • Toamasina (Tamatave)
      • Parc Ivoloina
      • The route north
      • Continuing north (if you dare!)
      • Manompana to Maroantsetra
      • Maroantsetra and the Masoala Peninsula
      • Antalaha and beyond
      • Sambava
      • Andapa and area
      • Protected areas
    • Ile Sainte Marie (Nosy Boraha)
      • History
      • Getting there and away
      • Getting around the island
      • Ambodifotatra
      • Beach hotels
      • What to see and do
      • Ile aux Nattes (Nosy Nato)
    • 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 yachts
    • Nosy Be
      • History
      • Getting there and away
      • Getting around the island
      • Activities
      • Hell-Ville (Andoany)
      • Ambatoloaka
      • Beach hotels and other accommodation
      • Excursions
      • Islands around Nosy Be
      • Mitsio Islands (northeast of Nosy Be)
      • Islands southwest of Nosy Be
    • The West
      • History
      • Mahajanga (Majunga)
      • Ankarafantsika National Park
      • Fly-in beach resorts northeast of Mahajanga
      • Conservation areas to the southwest of Mahajanga
      • Soalala and beyond
      • Baie de Baly National Park
      • Tsingy de Namoroka National Park
      • The route north
      • Mandritsara
      • Bealanana
      • Maintirano
      • Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
      • Belo-sur-Tsiribihina
      • Kirindy Reserve
      • Morondava
      • Excursions from Morondava
      • Morondava to Toliara
      • Miandrivazo
      • River trips
  • Appendix 1: Historical Chronology
  • Appendix 2: The Malagasy Language
  • Appendix 3: Further Information
  • Index

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