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Toliara

Madagascar Travel Guide

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3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
About 600 miles from Antananarivo by car/bus/aeroplane
When to go
From April to October (dry season), hurricane danger between late December and mid-April.

Reviews of Toliara

Julie Sabatier Seasoned Traveller
73 written opinions

Welcome below the Tropic of Capricorn. Toliara has about 200,000 people. Nicknamed the "white city", it's the capital of southern Madagascar.

My review

Mangroves, dunes, baobab trees and aloe are natural wonders to the casual wanderer who explores the city through the "Sans fil" neighbourhood, the place where bush taxis from Antananarivo arrive and depart.

Toliara's wide avenues are lined with Flamboyant and tamarind trees. The atmosphere is friendly and festive! From the central market to the port of Mahavatse where there are canoes, the people of Toliara like to brighten up their streets with the sound of Tsapiky music.

To the north of the city, you can take a side trip to Sakama, a bush market. Or step into the sand of Battery beach, where fishermen come and go. There's also little shell market to see, or the Mahafali traditional arts museum, touching on the traditions of the Great South.

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