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Tuk-Tuks

Tuktuk

Especially in touristically well frequented places in Madagascar, you cannot really imagine anymore what the road would look like without them: Tuk-tuks, motor rickshaws. These bright yellow small vehicles zoom with maximally 40-50 km/h along the streets of islands such as Nosy Boraha (St. Marie) and Nosy Be. Today, you can also find them in Toamasina (Tamatave), Toliara (Tuléar), Antsirabe, …

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The last Michelines

Micheline

Madagascar is home to the last running Michelines worlwide. Indeed there exist other Michelines for example in France, but those are safely kept in museums. In contrast, two of these rail buses still chauffeur travelers around Madagascar – although it is restricted to few times a year nowadays. André Michelin, who gave the name to his invention, developed the light …

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Streets and bridges

As you already know from many tropical countries, many of Madagascar streets are rather sandy pathways or muddy tracks than drivable roads. More than 90% of the streets are not paved, which makes traveling time consuming, especially since distances between national parks or other things worth seeing are mostly very far. Generally, a small network of larger streets leads across …

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Taxi Be

Taxi Be

The counterpart of the famous bush taxis or Taxibrousse in Madagascar is the so-called Taxi Be, in English simply „big taxi“. They run exclusively in the urban traffic of bigger cities or suburbs and do short overland trips. You can easily recognize them by the colourful stripe leading all around the minivan, and big numbers behind the windscreen. The different …

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Pousse-Pousse

Who wants to be on the road without any motor in Malagasy cities, comes off best by taking a Pousse-Pousse. These are rickshaws made from colourfully painted wood, which are either pulled by a man by foot or by a man on a bicycle (Cyclo-Pousse). In Malagasy language, these vehicles are called posy posy, but this is simply the Malagasy …

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Renault 4 – The Malagasy Taxi

They are on the road everywhere in Madagascar’s cities and villages as normal taxis: Renault 4s. Elsewhere you can only see them as well polished classic cars in exhibitions or enthusiasts’ garages. But in Madagascar they are part of daily streetscape. But why of all cars it is the R4? In the end of the 50ies, Renault planned a compact …

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Taxibrousse

Taxibrousse is the famous French name for the Malagasy bush taxi, which is a kind of share taxi for overland drives. For most Malagasy people, these busses are the only opportunity to travel longer distances for affordable prices, and thus they are part of the Malagasy sense of life. Several companies run Taxibrousses. Often the vehicles, old Mazda, Peugeot or …

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