Hostels in MadagascarHostels in Madagascar

You are looking for hostels in Madagascar? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Madagascar hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Madagascar.

All Cities in Madagascar

We list every single hostel in Madagascar and the world. In total, we have 7 cities in Madagascar for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Madagascar hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Madagascar. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Madagascar

Madagascar is a huge island before the coast of the African mainland with a huge diversity in flora and fauna. Most of the flora and fauna lives in Madagascar only, so exploring Madagascar is like exploring no other place.

Currently, hostels in Madagascar can only be found in the capital Antananarivo, often shortened to Tana. Each of the Madagascar hostels has its pros and cons for each kind of traveler, so it is wise to check in advance which Antananarivo hostel in Madagascar suits your needs and book it in advance. In particular, in high season, the hostels in Madagascar do sell out.

On other parts of the island, there are currently no hostels in Madagascar. However, In every big city and near each tourist attraction such as national parks, budget accommodation is available. These budget accommodations outside the capital offer private rooms only; dorm rooms do not exist. Private rooms are just slightly more expensive than a bed in a dorm room in a Madagascar hostel in Antananarivo. At most accommodations you can also camp in the garden for a fee. However, the accommodations normally only allows this when all the rooms are full and you may have to bring your own tent and sleeping gear.

Cities where you can experience the Malagasy way of life and are worth a visit outside the capital include Fianarantsoa, Antsirabe, and Mahajanga. Andasibe, Ranomafana, and Isalo are the parks that should not be missed. On the west coast, you can find the most beautiful beaches and beautiful nature, including the world-famous Baobab trees. Other popular beach areas include the islands of Sainte Marie and Nosy Be. Each region in Madagascar is totally different, so you can see beautiful rainforest, highlands, desert, and beaches all in the same trip around Madagascar. When visiting the national parks, you will see unique wild life such as chameleons, lemurs, and snakes.

Although Madagascar hostels and/or dorm rooms are not available outside Antananarivo, you can often find a vibe at the accommodations similar to a hostel in Madagascar. People who travel to Madagascar tend to have a lot of travel experience and like to hang out with other people. It’s also possible to team up with fellow travelers at the accommodation and visit the national park together in order to save money on the obligatory guide fees, which are the same for groups one to four people.

The facilities in the Madagascar hostels in the capital Antananarivo are better than those in accommodations elsewhere in the country. The Madagascar hostels in Antananarivo offer a nice, hot shower with a decent pressure, while this is something you should not always count on while traveling around Madagascar. In some cities, there is a cutoff from electricity several hours per day. Pretty much every accommodation in Madagascar offers Wi-Fi, but often it is only several hours per day or there are connection problems. If the Wi-Fi does work, it is often very slow. Take it as a luxury when you do have a decent-working Wi-Fi, because most households in Madagascar do not have internet and many homes do not even have electricity and running water.

Since internet is not as common in Madagascar as it is in other parts of the world, not all accommodations promote their business online and online bookings are therefore not always possible. If you intend to stay near a national park, or bigger town or city there will be a accommodation where you can stay. If you cannot find one on a booking site or their own website, search the web for more information, check a guide book or ask other travelers when in the country. If you are traveling in peak season or to a small town with only a few accommodations it is necessary to book in advance. If you can not book online, call them. These accommodations do accept bookings by phone and you avoid being stuck in the town when the accommodation is already full. Sleeping in a tent outside is no option, as Madagascar gets very unsafe after sunset. If you do not have a local SIM card, ask the accommodation you are currently staying at. They are normally willing to help you, possibly for a small fee.

expert for Madagascar hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Madagascar hostels Martin Straatman

FAQ on Hostels in Madagascar

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Madagascar?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Madagascar here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.

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Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Madagascar safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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