7 thoughts on “Madagascar Updates: Chapter 9

  1. Kirsten Juni Nilsen has written an e-book about her 2017 travels between Fianarantsoa and Manakara along the route of the FCE railway on what was her fifth visit to the island. It is called Travel guide Fianarantsoa–Manakara: Hiking along the railway and is available from Amazon. ISBN 978-82-303-5425-4. Illustrated with colour photographs by the author. Money raised from sales of the book go to help the people of Madagascar.

  2. devinedmonds says:

    There are now daily taxi-brousse from Ambositra to Antoetra instead of just one day a week. Multiple taxi-brousse go there and back on Thursday. The return taxi-brousse from Antoetra to Ambositra leaves very early in the morning (around 4 AM) so if you miss it you may have to find another way back to Ambositra.

  3. Conterno is a recommended snack bar selling coffee, ice cream, pastries and Asian food at reasonable prices. It is located 100m from the Rianasoa Total fuel station in the Mahazoarivo Sud district of Antsirabe. Contact mob 034 03 827 37.

  4. In Antsirabe, a new music school project called Mozika Manova Fiainana (meaning ‘Music Changes Lives’) has been set up and could make for an interesting and inspiring visit. MMF provides lessons in music, arts and crafts to underprivileged children, as well as providing support for schooling, homework, health, food and clothing, in a holistic approach aimed at giving kids a good start in life and the resources they need to become healthy resourceful adults who can contribute to the local community. The NGO welcomes donations to support its work. Contact mob 034 78 899 77; email mozikamanovafiainana@gmail.com; Facebook musicchangeslivesMadagascar.

  5. The service Fianarantsoa-Côte Ouest (FCE) railway line now departs from Fianarantsoa Tue/Sat and from Manakara Wed/Sun. Current prices for the full journey as of late 2021 are as follows: 31,200Ar 1st class, 20,900Ar 2nd class, 70,000Ar reservation (resident) and 80,000Ar reservation (non-resident). Cheaper tickets are available for those travelling only a section of the journey.
    The famous Michelin railcar is also available for private hire any day on the Fianarantsoa-Sahambavy route. The return day-trip price is 500,000Ar for up to five people, 650,000Ar for up to ten people, or 900,000Ar for up to 19 people. There is a further 200,000Ar surcharge if the wait time in Sahambavy exceeds 4hrs. Reservations mob 034 55 499 17.

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