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Flights from South Africa to Madagascar

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Cheap Flights to Madagascar

There are direct flights from Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) to Antananarivo, Madagascar (TNR). There are also 1-stop flights to Tamatave, Tulear and Antananarivo airports in Madagascar; and flight options from Cape Town & Durban. You can book cheap flights to Madagascar by following the simple steps below:

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Visa Requirements
When to Go


13 January 2016 : The Madagascan government has introduced a fee for the 30-day visas for both business and leisure travellers. Visas can be obtained on arrival granted you have a passport with at least 6-months validity, three empty pages and the fee. Visas for longer stays need to be acquired before travel from the embassy.

27 September 2013 : The departure tax of ($14.35 for international flights & $2.50 for domestic flights), introduced by the Ministry of Transport in Madagascar in June 2013, has been scrapped.


Some of the best places to see when you travel to Madagascar are:

  • Nosy Iranja - visit the turtle breeding project (yout be staying at the lodge).

  • Kirindy Forest is home to the Giant Jumping Rat and the Fossa (the largest carnivore in Madagascar, also endemic to the island).

  • Tsingy de Bemarah- These karst limestones are alien-like in appearance. In 1990, they were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. They are located in a national park that is open to the public but the side on the north is a reserve and protected.

  • Ranomafana National Park- This park is located in the southeastern area of the island and has 41,600 acres of rainforest rich with wildlife diversity. There is a large range of birds and lizards as well as twelve different lemur species here.

  • The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga- Also commonly called the Forbidden City, blue city or the holy city, the Royal Hill is located near the capital. Rich in cultural history, the ruins are well worth the visit.

Johannesburg to Madagascar

There are non-stop flights from Johannesburg to Antananarivo (TNR) using Airlink and Air Madagascar - these flights are usually the cheapest and the fastest.  There are one stop flights to Antananarivo from Johannesburg using Kenya Airways (by way of Nairobi) and Air Mauritius (via Mauritius).

For flights from Johannesburg (JNB) to Tamatave (TMM) you can fly 1-stop with Air Madagascar (via Antananarivo), Airlink/Air Madagascar (via Antananarivo) and Air Austral (via Saint Denis).

One-stop flight from Johannesburg to Tulear Airport (TLE) are possible with Airlink/Air Madagascar (via Antananarivo).

Cape Town to Madagascar

There are no direct flights from Cape Town to Madagascar:

  • You can fly 1-stop from Cape Town (CPT) to Antananarivo (TNR) with SAA/Airlink via Johannesburg or Air Mauritius (via Mauritius).

  • There are 2-stop flights available from Cape Town to Tulear and Tamatave.

Durban to Madagascar

There are no direct flights from Durban to Madagascar:

  • You can fly 1-stop from Durban (DUR) to Antananarivo (TNR) with SAA/Airlink (via Johannesburg) or Air Mauritius (via Mauritius).

  • There are 2-stop flights options from Durban to Tamatave and Tulear.

Visa Requirements

South Africans require a visa to visit Madagascar. Required documents for a non-immigrant visa are:

  • Non-refundable via fee

  • 2 passport photos

  • A passport that will stay valid for at least six months after the date you leave Madagascar, with at least 2 blank pages.

  • Yellow fever certificate if you've been in infected countries.

  • A Visa which can be processed for short stays of thirty days or less.

  • Completed Application form for your Visa

  • Copy of itinerary

  • Return airline ticket

  • If you're going to have medical treatment, then you need a medical certificate and proof that you will be admitted into the hospital.

  • If you are cruising to Madagascar, then you need to apply for a cruising permit before applying for the visa.

Requirements for a visa may change and they may not be giving them out during certain periods so check with the Consulate General of Madagascar in Cape Town. Their physical address is 77 Newlands Avenue-Newlands. Tel: 270-21-674-7238.  You can email them at Note that the embassy is closed on public holidays in Madagascar.

South African Embassy in Madagascar

Keep these contact details handy in case you lose your passport, or something happens in Madagascar requiring embassy assistance:


The official languages of Madagascar are Malagasy and French.


The currency in Madagascar is called the Malagasy Ariary.

When to Travel to Madagascar

We recommend travelling to Madagascar during the tropical region's cool season which is from July to October. Avoid travelling to Madagascar from November to April because it's the rainy season.

Public holidays in Madagascar

You may want to avoid travelling around public holidays because of elevated prices (or you may want to time it to join in the festivities):

  • 1 January

  • 29 March (Martyrs' day)

  • 1 May

  • 26 June (independence day)

  • 15 August (assumption day)

  • 1 November (All Saints Day)

  • 25 December

Floating dates:

  • Easter Monday

  • Ascension Day

  • Whit Monday

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