In approximately 12 hours, you can reach Mahajanga from Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo. Although the ride may seem long, it travels along one of the most comfortable and picturesque roads in Madagascar, allowing you to gaze at the beautiful landscape the entire time.
Mahajanga, sometimes written as Majunga, is a city on the west coast of Madagascar. It serves as a gateway to destinations in the North (such as Nosy Be) and road trips along the west coast all the way to Tulear.
However, Mahajanga is not only a stopover to other places in Madagascar; it is also home to a nice beach, a beautiful palm tree lined promenade, and a city centre that comes alive from July till September. Some small towns close to Mahajanga are also worth visiting.
Like most cities in Madagascar, there are no hostels in Mahajanga. However, budget accommodations are easy to find. In high season, it might be necessary to make a reservation at least a day in advance. During the low season, you can be more spontaneous with your hostel reservations. Madagascar attracts mostly adventurous travelers with a lot of travel experience, so the type of tourist you can find in accommodations in Mahajanga is different from the kind you may find in many other countries. People who travel to Madagascar seem to be more open to other people. Even when you are not staying in a hostel, a similar hostel-type vibe can often be found in the common rooms of other accommodations. Single rooms are hard to find in Mahajanga, but the price of a double room in Mahajanga is about the same price as a bed in a dorm in the capital.
For slow travelers, Mahajanga is a good place to stay for a few nights. Travel distances to next destinations are often long and on uncomfortable, unpaved roads. In addition, the facilities are much better in Mahajanga than in the towns you may visit next.
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