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MADAGASCAR

Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar and previously known as the Malagasy Republic, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the southeastern coast of Africa. The nation comprises the island of Madagascar (the fourth-largest island in the world), as well as numerous smaller peripheral islands. Following the prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana, Madagascar split from India around 88 million years ago, allowing native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot; over 90 percent of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. The islands diverse ecosystems and unique wildlife are threatened by the encroachment of the rapidly growing human population.

When to go:
Uganda can be visited at any time of year. Most of Uganda enjoys the perfect tropical climate. Temperatures average about 26 C during the day and 16 C at night. The hottest months are from December to February.

Average monthly temperature (°C)

Timezone (GMT):
+3 hours (Madagascar).

Language:
Malagasy, French.

Currency:
Malagasy Ariary (MGA).

Tourist/Visa/health information:
British citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of their arrival in Madagascar. A 90-day visa can be obtained on arrival. Tourist visas are valid for 90 days, and cost MGA 140,000.Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Influenza and Hepatitis B are recommended aswell as malaria tablets for protection against disease. Yellow Fever is required for travellers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area.

Flight information:
There are no direct flights from the UK to Madagascar but some indirect flights are available. The flight duration from London to Madagascar is about 10 or 11 hours, excluding stop-overs.

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