The Gash Pack is mixed group surf tour with its basecamp at Mada Surf Ranch in Anakao, the surfing hub of the region. The tour in itself is a essentially a swell chase targeting the best waves on offer in the region each day. As the tour visits four different villages it also doubles up as a bit of a discovery trip taking you to off the beaten track venues and surfing a multitude of differing breaks for all levels of surfer. The  50km stretch of coastline between Sarodrano to the north and Secrets to the south of Anakao lays host to more than 20 breaks which are accessible by boat only. At least 12 of these breaks are world class on their day. A mobile surf tour or swell chase is the best and only real way of optimising potential surfing time in the region. The waves are quite fickle and local knowledge as well as a good boat are essential in scoring the best waves on offer each day.

Toliara is no real secret to SA, French or Reunion Island surfers as they have been coming here for some years now. However due to the aforementioned complications a lot of surfers have not had the best experiences as they have had to just stay in one particular spot for their stay and have often missed the best waves. Add to this the language dilemma and dealing with local fisherman to get out to the breaks combined with the lack of local knowledge and it hasn't always been an easy trip for nomadic surfers. I have been surfing here for more than 20 years, know the waves and local conditions like the back of my hand and can get you to the best waves on offer everyday! Surfing in the Madagascar is definitely going to explode in the future as quality uncrowded waves such as we have on offer here are a very rare commodity nowadays. This place is basically a time bomb just waiting to explode!!

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Mada Surf Ranch is the Gash Pack basecamp hotel in Anakao and where you will be based for most of the trip. Anakao is the hub of surfing in the region and also the largest Vezo fishing village in the south of Madagascar with a combined population of around ten thousand people. Anakao is also home to the legendary Flameballs located off the northern tip of a tiny offshore island called Nosy Vé. The wave itself is a screaming left hander which rifles off down the reef over a carpet of fire coral, hence the name Flameballs! At 4ft the wave is pretty fun but when it starts hitting the 6-8ft range is time to pull out the guns cause it's pretty full on and definitely reserved for the brave. Anakao is also home to Jelly Babies which is probably the most surfed wave in Madagascar. Jelly Babies. is an excellent fun wave for all levels of surfer and definitely much more forgiving than it's predecessor. We also have several other little options up our sleeve for when the tides or winds are not cooperating at Jelly Babies of Flameballs! The Ranch itself is the newest hotel in Anakao and was set up in 2018 to specifically cater for our Mada Surf Tours Gash Pack clients. Strategically located around 200m from the main fishing village, the hotel has an onsite bar restaurant and chill out lounge with breathtaking view over the Island of Nosy Vé. The kitchen proposes fresh seafood straight off the boat daily,  a range of pizzas and a selection of hamburgers to choose from. There is also WiFi 24/24 in the main bar area and happy hour daily from 5-6pm. The biggest problem we have had at the Ranch since setting up is trying to get the Gash Pack clients to leave when the waves are on elsewhere! 

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When the swell gets too big for Anakao it's time to hit Sarodrano which hosts TT's, on it's day probably the best wave in the area. This winding left hander reels off down a horseshoe atoll reef for up to 500 metres and is without a doubt a world class wave. When the wind is wrong or the swell too small there is also a classic right hander on the other side of the reef that can be really good fun. The right is called Inners cause about 3kms further out to sea there is an insane right hander called Outers that can handle just about anything that Huey throws at it. When the conditions are right there is also another insane right hander called Jammies which on it's day looks like a miniature version of Kirra. In all Sarodrano lays host to 8 different breaks and is probably one of the best surfing set ups you could ever see. Our base camp is set up on the sand dunes in front of the main fishing village with a panoramic view of the entire lagoon. Sarodrano is a tiny unspoilt fishing village with around two hundred inhabitants set on a white sand peninsula that has remained virtually untouched by the white man. A nicer friendlier people you would be hard pressed to come across. When the waves are on we will sleep over and mix it up with the villagers. We will be staying with  resident Manjaka and his family in their home stay style bungalows. Your accommodation is in back to the roots beachfront bungalows with double bed and Malagasy shower with outside share facility toilets. We will be eating the freshest seafood everyday and surfing some of the best waves on offer in Madagascar, this is your true deep in the heart of Africa travel experience!

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When the swell is absolutely macking and the winds are blowing the back off all the other breaks it's time to hit the notorious slabs of Kamikazes, Bolos, Maggots and the lesser known waves of Deux Pirgues, Mr Big and Mickeys. The most famous of these waves is Kamikazes and can best be described as a mini Teahupoo although apparently it's longer than it's predecessor! A heaving seething left hand slab breaking over a very shallow reef the wave sorf of appears from nowhere and jacks up so fast you can hardly even see the thing coming. Heavy elevator take off guaranteed followed by a huge frothing barrel that actually impodes on itself and spits out the back of the wave. Wave breaks from around 3 feet and is quite managable though once it hit's the 6ft mark it transforms into a nasty heaving monstor that just wants to hurt you. Needless to say learners will not be let off the boat and will be put on photy duty! Intermediate level surfers could give this wave a shot when it's small though when it's big the wave is strictly reserved for Kelly Slater and John John Florence or those equipped with a huge set of kahunas and a rising sun headband! A much more managable and perfect left hand reef break called Maggots is also here and was described by one travelling pro as just like G-land but longer! The wave starts breaking from about 3ft but could probaly handle anything the ocean could throw at it. Have surfed it at 8-10ft and is an insane wave. Suitable for all levels when it's small and intermediate and above when bigger. For lower level surfers there are also a couple of mellow little peaks situated just in front of the basecamp. We'll be staying with Madame Hanta and Mr Rob at their beachfront bungalows just in front of Maggots and just a stones throw away from Kamikazes and Bolos.
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The Secret Spots or Secrets as we call it is a virtually unknown fishing village that lays host to numerous breaks including a left hand reef break, a right hand reef pass, an A-frame left and right reef peak as well as another classic right hand reef break amongst others. All of these spots are located within close proximity to a tiny little fishing village which was virtually unvisited by the white man until we first starting surfing down there several years back. We will be staying with a host family in modest but comfrtable little bungalows with no running water or electricity. Our host family serves up freshly cooked calamari, fish and lobster and there is also a little shop where you can buy cold water, beer and other little miscellaneous snacks to tie you over! Whilst in the village we will also visit the local primary school where each client will sponsor a young child with all the necessary stationary and school supplies that they need to get themselves through school for the year. This what we call the social responsibility side of the trip giving back to the communities we visit and helping those with too little to help themselves and I can guarantee that when you sponsor your kid the only person happier than him in the village will be you for actually doing it you will be surprized how fulfiling it is helping those in need, especially when they're little cuties!

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The common denominator ...

What is the common denominator in all of the above photos? In case you didn't notice there is nobody on any of the waves and no crowds in either the foreground or background and quite simply because there are no crowds whatsoever. When we pull up to a break it's just us and mother nature alone. No Joe Pro's hogging all the waves, no hassling and snaking, no dropping in and fighting, it's good old back to the roots essence of surfing, just sharing waves with your buddies and hooting each other on, they way it used to be back in the old days, and the only way it should be, but unfortunately in this day and age, something that has become an extremely scarce commodity. So if you've had enough of all the BS that goes down at most of the breaks that you can surf today it might just be time to try the Gash Pack surfing adventure, mixing it up with the locals in the coolest little off the beaten track fishing villages you could ever imagine ... a 100% pure back to the roots surfing experience guaranteed !!!

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Sample Itinerary:

Day 1  Arrival Toliara : As the tour starts and finishes in Anakao you will need to catch the express transfer boat which leaves once daily at 09.30 arriving in Anakao at 10.30. If your plane arrives after the boat leaves you will need to overnight in Toliara then catch the boat to Anakao the next morning (This can all be organised for you). Once in Anakao the transfer boat will drop you off at directly at Mada Surf Ranch where your guide will be waiting to set you up in your bungalow. Depending on the waves you'll probably get a first quick surf in at Jelly Babies then back to the Ranch for lunch before heading out to Flameballs for the afternoon session. After the surf back to the Ranch for happy hour and a relaxing dinner before kipping out for the evening!

Days 2 & 3 -Anakao : Early morning breakfast at the Lodge then everybody aboard the boat and off to Jelly Babies we go for a fun warm up surf before heading back to the hotel for lunch and the afternoon session at Flameballs. Depending on winds and tides other options for Anakao include Pousse Pousse a freight train right hander which breaks off the southern tip of Nosy Vé or the left hand reef breaks of Indicators and Fafambe or even further up the reef towards Nosy Satrana and the breaks of Pancakes and Illusions.

Days 4 & 5 Anakao – Secrets :  Today the swell has backed off a bit so up at the crack of dawn and southbound we head to the tiny little secret spots village. There are several different options here suited for all levels of surfer. The best wave at Secrets is a break called Sandies which is a long and winding right hander with a couple of barrel sections and smackable little ramps to hone in your performance surfing skill set! On a good day Sandies breaks for a good three to four hundred metres down the line and you can kick out well after the boat! If Sandies isn't working there is also a couple of cool little A frame reef passes as well as another right hander and a couple of slabs to choose from! After the surf it's back to the village to set up in our homestay accommodation with a local village family who will cook you up the freshest fish, calamari and lobster you have ever eaten. If the winds are up in the afternoon we'll head up to the local primary school where each client will sponsor a young grom with all the stationary and school supplies he needs to get himself through school for the year. You'll be sleeping in basic but clean and comfortable bungalows with no water or electricty to boot so candelight dinner and off to bed early then back up for a repeat performance the next day!

Day 6  Secrets - Anakao : Swell is on the rise again so last quick surf at Secrets then it's back to Anakao again to hopefully get an afternoon session at Flameballs when the southerly trades kick in. We'll hang out at the Ranch again today and with the rising swell hit either Sarodrano or Kamikazes next morning depending on how big it gets! Early to bed tonight in anticipation of what could be your last surf on this planet if Kammies is producing the goods! 

Day 7&8  Anakao – Kamikazes : Swell is macking so everyone will have to sign the waiver and update insurance details then we're off to Kamikazes in search of the ultimate surfing adventure! All kidding aside when it's huge there are very few surfers that have the ability to surf Kamikazes there is however another all time break just down the reef called Maggots which is much more managable and can be likened to the world class break we call G-Land though with a heap less surfers out! If Maggots is still to heavy there are also a couple of little back up breaks even further down the reef that low level or even learners can practice their skills or their lack of at! When the well is huge and the winds are macking this is probably the only place on the whole southwest coast that is surfable so we'll hang here for a couple of days until the winds and swell drop then all going well it's off to Sarodrano and probably one of the best waves in the region TT's otherwise known as Tony's Tavarua.

Days 9 & 10 Kamikazes - Sarodrano : Early departure for Sarodrano where we’ll surf and sleep for the next two days. We’ll hit either Jammies or Outers on the way before heading to the beach to set ourselves up in our bungalows. If the wind and swell is big enough we’ll surf TT’s, reputed to be the best wave in the Toliara region, but that’s a huge call as there are several waves that could easily be the best on their day! After the surf you can explore this little lost paradise and tonight we’ll have a drink with the president of the village and owner of our accommodations! 

Days 11  – 13 Sarodrano – Anakao : Swell, winds and tides are all looking good for Anakao so we say goodbye to our new found friends in Sarodrano and head back to the Ranch. Depending on swell there are a few options to surf on the way back and if nothings happening along the way we'll hit everybodys favourite wave (except mine:) Jelly Babies then with a bit of luck the classic afternoon session at Flameballs. We'll spend the next few days hanging at the Ranch and surfing the best waves on offer each day and may even do another surgical strike down to Secrets conditions permitting! 

Day 14  Anakao - Toliara: The Anakao Express departure boats leaves once daily at 07.30 arriving in Toliara at 08.30. If you have an early morning outbound flight from Toliara the express boat will leave early enough for you to make your flight however this must be prearranged with the transfer company. For those of you with afternoon flights we can organise our driver to take you out to Mangily to visit the Baobab and Maki forest or even just chill out and have lunch on the beach before your flight! 

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Gash Pack Tour Rates - 350€pp per week on twin share
Valid for travel from 01 March through 31 October yearly - Extra days 50€. Single traveller rate 420€ per week extra days 60€. Please note that during the off season months from 01 November through 28 February only the Cash Pack or private charter options are available. 


Basecamp accommodation at Mada Surf Ranch in Anakao
Accommodation at Sarodrano, Kamikazes and Secrets base camps
Surf multiple different breaks and discover off the beaten track fishing villages
All transfers to northern and southern reef break base camps
All outer reef surf transfers by fast boat with outboard
Experienced local skipper and surf guide 

Please note that tours start and finish at Mada Surf Ranch in Anakao. Transfer fees to Anakao are at your own cost and can be arranged for you. One way transfer is 15€ and return transfer is 30€ though it is recommended to just take a one way transfer and we will organise return transfer for you once you are here.

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Basically travelling to and surfing in Madagascar can be a major shit fight if you don't know what you're doing. From the moment you arrive in Antananarivo we can look after all the shitty little details and keep you headed in the right direction. If you need to overnight before catching the Taxi B or plane down to Tulear we can sort you out with a good airport or city hotel with transfers being assured by our own trustworthy chauffeur guide. Once you arrive in Tulear we pick you up at the airport and basically keep you out of harms way for the rest of your trip. Aside from looking after the whole surfing aspect of your trip our experienced guides remain at hand throughout your stay to give you helpful tips and local advice...

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Wave count - You'll be catching twice as many waves as anywhere else gauaranteed

The Gash Pack is not just about surfing but is also a cultural discovery trip deep into the  heart of Madagascar

Traditional Malagasy homestay and possibility to sponsor a school kid with the Secret Spots Add On

Fresh seafood straight off the boat everyday and cooked with traditional malagasy flavour and style

When the surfings done for the day kick back and relax in the funkiest new hotel in Anakao Mada Surf Ranch

Get yourself "off the grid" and mix it up with the locals in the coolest little fishing villages way off the beaten track

Jump on board with the first and most experienced surf tour operator and surf guide in the region

Comprehensive trip support from the moment you step off the plane until your outbound flight home

NB: Please note that this is a real back to the roots surfing adventure and authentic Malagasy travel experience suited for surfers wanting to mix it up with the locals in the coolest little fishing villages and surf perfect uncrowded waves with just themselves and their mates. If you're looking for 5 star luxury, comfort and crowds please book a tour with  

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Add on The Secret Spots for just 20€ extra including child sponsoship pack

On a recent exploratory surf mission we discovered a virtually unknown fishing village that lays host to five all time breaks including a left hand reef break, a right hand reef pass, an A-frame left and right reef peak as well as another classic right hand reef break . All of these spots are located within close proximity to a tiny little fishing village where we managed to organize accommodation with one of the local families who took us in and looked after us like we were royalty, a nicer family and location you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the world. We slept in very modest but comfortable cabins right on the beachfront and our host family served us freshly grilled fish, calamari, and lobster every day. When we eventually left the whole family came down the beach to see us off and we assured them that we would be back...

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I couldn't stop thinking about this place with its perfect unridden waves and lovely people and thought it would be a real shame not to let our clients benefit from what was one of the most pure and authentic Malagasy experiences I have ever encountered. It is however not suited for everyone as it's a bit out of the way and is definitely big time back to the roots but if you're comfortable with modest accommodations, eating fresh seafood every day and mixing it up with the locals in a little lost slice of paradise this could be exactly the kind of deep in the heart of Africa Malagasy experience you've been looking for !! 

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NB: For all bookings of one week or more the Secret Spots Add On is compulsory as tour will visit village and the extra cost includes child sponsorship package and general classroom support.

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We have excellent hotel partners both in the city and near the airport. Their chauffeurs can pick you up when you arrive and safely transfer you to the hotel. If you want to visit the sights or maybe do a bit of shopping in the markets the drivers are also available to help you during your stay and keep you out of harms way. Please check for city centre accommodation and for the airport. Hotel accommodation is 30€ per night in the city and 60 000 ariary at the airport. Transfer rates are 100 000 ariary return for the city and 40 000 ariary for the airport hotel. All fees should be paid directly to the providors. If you would like to book please let us know and we will organize it for you.

NB: Please note that the room rates quoted above are based on a standard room booking. You will need to check on arrival that you have not been upgraded due to availability reasons. Mada Surf Tours provides this booking service free of charge for our clients however we will not be held responsible if your room is more expensive than the above mentioned rates.

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Day 1: Our trustworthy chauffeur guide Hasy will pick you up from base camp in Tulear and you will begin your journey north towards Isalo National Park. Upon arrival Hasy will show you a choice of hotels to suit your budget. Established in 1962, the Isalo National Park houses 815 km² of sandstone massif wildly eroded by wind and rain into bizarre ridges (known as "runiformes") featuring wild forms, impressive gorges and canyons and tiny stalagmite pinnacles. The far Wild West reminiscent of the landscape, dominated by rugged massive that rises up from the flat surrounding grassy plain, attracts hikers from the whole world that gather here to admire the sweeping colours of this Jurassic scenery. The climate is dry tropical with warm temperatures all year around.

Day 2: Day free to explore the park as you wish. Though wildlife here is not as prominent as other parks, there are still a couple of species worth looking out for: Ring-tailed lemurs, brown lemurs, sifakas and 14 other nocturnal lemurs hide in dense vegetation along the streams. The park also homes approximately 80 species of birds, 35 reptiles and several endemic frogs. There are several different itineraries you can do which include visiting natural swimming pools, waterfalls ,lakes, canyons, all whilst observing the incredible natural fauna and flora infested with animals which are indigenous to Madagascar. Hasy will help you choose an itinerary which best suits your needs.

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Day 3: Today you will continue north towards Ranomafana hot springs and natural reserve. Once again Hasy will help you find a hotel that best suits you and your budget. Nestled in the rolling hills of Central Madagascar's highlands, and graced by the roaring Namorona River, Ranomafana is as scenic as it is friendly, and offers a premier starting point from which to explore the many surrounding gems of the region. Just outside Ranomafana's city limits, find the wonderfully diverse Ranomafana National Park. Dominated by the thundering white water of the Namorona River, the spectacular upland rainforest of Ranomafana National Park offers some of the most outstanding scenery in Central Madagascar. Protecting 12 species of lemur, including all three species of bamboo lemurs, ruffed and re bellied lemurs and the striking Milne Edward's diadem sifaka, as well as housing an astonishing variety of rare birds, reptiles and frogs, the Ranomafana National Park is as ecologically important as it is breathtaking.

Day 4: Free day to explore the park. There are 5 different circuits you can do to explore this marvelous reserve. The shorter treks are the most popular and can get quite crowded during the high season. The longer treks are much quieter and more rewarding from a wildlife watching point of view: Varibolomena circuit: easy trek of 4 hours, a good chance to spot bamboo lemurs in the secondary forest passing by a beautiful waterfall. It can also be made by night to discover reptiles and frogs. Sahamalaotra circuit: a 10 km trek through the forest looking for lemurs and birds. Vohiparara circuit: 2 days trek across the National Park (20 km return) spotting lemurs, birds and other animals and visiting a sacred lake. Varijatsy circuit: 1 or 2 days trek (15 km of rough path) across the primary forest looking for lemurs and birds and passing by a waterfall and a natural pool where you can take a bath. Soarano circuit: 2 or 3 days hard trek (at least 20 km) through the primary forest discovering diverse fauna and looking for lemurs and other animals. There is also a cultural visit to a pair of traditional tanala villages set in the middle of the forest.

Day 5: This morning you will leave Ranomafana and continue your journey up to Antsirabe the second largest city in Madagascar and also the home to some of the best restaurants in the country. En route there are several different sites of interest to visit including the Zebu markets in Ambalavao and the magnificent Lake Tritriva which is set on an extinct crater and lays host to several diffrent hot springs in the region.

Day 6: This morning you will leave Antsirabe and continue your journey up to Anatananarivo for your outbound flight. Your driver will either drop you at the airport or can organise you a good hotel either in the city or near the airport depending on your plans.

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  • Car rental
  • All fuel expenses
  • Full time chauffeur guide and trip advisor
  • All driver's expenses including food and accommodation
  • Drivers return trip from Tulear to Antananarivo or vice versa.


  • Accommodation. Hasy will help you find accommodation which best suits your needs and budget but you must pay the hotels directly.
  • Food. Same deal Hasy will advise you the best places to eat according to your budget.
  • Entrance or guidance fees in national parks
  • Any additional days added on to above itinerary or major deviations off the RN7.

PRICE: 595 euros for the vehicule seating 2 clients.Extra days 80 euros. Extra client 100 euros.

NB: This is just a sample itinerary which is fully flexible and can run from Tulear to Tana or vica versa. The itinerary may be customised to add on or remove days or places visited according to your wishes. Please note that this trip is independantly run our primary road trip driver Hasy or other depending on availability. Mada Surf Tours will not be held responsible for changes to itinerary due to flight modifications or otherwise.


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Last year whilst on an exploratory surf mission down south we discovered a tiny little fishing village with no electricity and no running water, totally remote and cut off from the rest of the so called modern world. The village which we now refer to as the secret spots due to it's abundance of world class reef breaks has around 500 inhabitants of who are all traditional fisherman and there are around 200 kids.

There is a tiny school there but the villagers receive practically no external aid and even the teachers are voluntary workers. Most of the children are enrolled in school as it is free, however as the whole village lives off fishing for the most part they have very modest incomes to say the least and most parents do not have enough money to buy the basic school supplies that their kids need to attend class.

On a recent visit we observed that most children had very little stationary and often had to share pens and pencils etc. Other children in the village did not even attend class as they couldn't afford to buy an exercise book to write in. On the initiative of two American clients that visited the village we had a meeting with the school principal and chief of the village to try and set up an aid project to help buy the village kids the necessary supplies to attend school.

To sponsor an individual child through one year of schooling with all the materials he or she requires costs approximately the same amount as you would pay to eat a steak in a decent restaurant in the western world. With this money we can buy pens, pencils, felts, rubber, sharpener, ruler set, compass, exercise books and school bag as well as a little general support for class room supplies for the teacher. 

The idea behind the program is for donator's to sponsor an individual child or children. Each child sponsored will receive a complete sponsorship pack including all the necessary stationary and school bag. When we distribute the sponsorship packs each one will be allocated to a specific sponsor and the child will be informed of their sponsors name and origin. The sponsor will receive a photo or photos of the child or children collecting their school supplies along with their names, ages, and class.

There are two ways of participating in the sponsorship program. Firstly if you book a tour with us simply add on the secret spots option and when we visit the village you we'll take you to the school to meet and give your sponsorship pack to your allocated child.

Secondly if you are interested in sponsoring a child but not planning on visiting Madagascar we will put you in contact with one of our sponsorship coordinators in the US, Europe, or Australia to make a donation as sending small sums by wire transfer could end up costing as much as the donation itself.

In any case if you are interested in joining the Secret Spots School Sponsorship Program please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

The Mada Surf Tours Team.

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Things to do




Vous souhaitez vous détendre une nuit ou plus lors de vos transits entre deux vols  intérieurs ou au retour d'une destination de province en vol intérieur la veille de votre départ, ou tout…


Alike most other surf spots in the southern hemisphere, the optimal swell season is the winter months between April and September. In saying this, the winds can be quite precarious over these months…


Madagascar : You can find here some frequently ask questions, if you need more details, just asks me.

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