1. Get a good guide and listen to him/her
Our trips include both a driver and an English-speaking guide. There is a reason for this – we don’t want your guide being busy or concentrating on the road so much so as not to inform you of all the crazy and wonderful things you are passing along the journey, and there are a lot of journeys – Madagascar is a very big place! Your guide will be able to teach you about anything and everything, they really know their stuff. For example, had the couple that thought Japan had more ‘culture’ than Madagascar (with its varied ancestry and 18 tribes) had a good guide with decent English, they would have learned all about the different houses and family tombs, ways of life and cultural quirks that each of the tribes have unique to them, as well as the inter-tribal history of war and peace.