Republic of Madagascar
About 200 miles off the coast of Africa, across the Mozambique Channel in the south Indian Ocean. Astride the Tropic of Capricorn, between 12 (degrees) and 24 (degrees) latitude south and 43 (degrees) and 50 (degrees) longitude east, Madagascar covers 228,880 square miles.
Varies from north to south, east to west and from coastal regions to highland; but, to simplify: tropical with two seasons, dry from April to December and rainy from January to March. Average temperature is 70 (degrees) F in the highlands and 85 (degrees) F on the coast.
Antananarivo, aka Tananarive or "Tana."
TNR Airport, Ivato, is 17 miles from the city.
Fifteen million. The vast majority is an attractive blend of Malay, Polynesian and African ancestry, with two small minorities of Indian or French origin.
Malagasy and French
Valid passport and visa.
Malagasy Franc: U.S. $1 = 6,500 FMG (Nov 2001)
220 volts, European plugs for small appliances.