Some Background

Foreword to the Third Edition

You've made it to this website most likely in the pursuit of more information about the island of Madagascar. This is what I am hoping to be able to provide. There are loads of pictures, sounds, travel tips, a map of Madagascar, and a glossary of words you should know when you visit the country.

Since this is a compilation of information I gathered during two (of many) trips to Madagascar, there is also an extensive journal. I documented a visit in 2000 and one in 2007. Read the journal for all the excitement, the wonders, and the frustrations one might have while travelling.

This is the third edition of this website. The 2007 information was previously not here. I finally got around to adding it while also redesigning the site, making it more accessible and legible. Continue reading the other forewords for some more information about the history of this site (it's been here since 2000) and about me.

Oliver Kuederle
October 2009

Foreword to the Second Edition

I finally got around to redesigning this website - after seven years! It is now according to all current standards and hopefully much more legible than before. I have since been to Madagascar one more time but only for two days (!) and it was a business trip. So the information here hasn't changed and probably won't until I visit this country again (which is sort of in the works).

My mom and others tell me that Madagascar has changed a lot recently, mostly due to the current president's commitment to take the country out of its "mess". Changed for the better, of course. So many of the complications I had back in 2000 you probably won't have anymore. I hear it's much easier now to get from Fort Dauphin to Tuléar, for example.

I do believe, however, that it is still very much possible to get to places that have not yet been discovered by tourists. Madagascar is still not on the same radar as some of the other countries I visited. I still encourage every adventurous traveler to go and explore! And after having seen countless other countries since having been to Madagascar, I can assure you: If you've been to Madagascar, you can go anywhere!

Oliver Kuederle
May 2007

Foreword to the First Edition

This website provides some information about the country of Madagascar. At the same time, it is a documentation of the trip I took in the year 2000. You will find some basic facts about the country, a map, the journal I kept while I was there, and pictures I took. This is not a travel guide, although you might find some useful information in case you decide to go there yourself. I want you to get a feel for this country and point out differences from the world I (and maybe you) live in. Also, I encourage you to travel and explore the world in general or even Madagascar itself.

A few words on the journal. I wrote it on the indicated dates, keeping in mind that I will post it one day. However, some of it may be personal stuff and somewhat boring to some of you. Skip those parts if it's too much. If you don't understand certain expressions, take a look at the Glossary. This is where I explain, for example, all Malagasy words used here.

Many of you may not know me personally so here's a short background: my dad is from Germany and my mom is from Madagascar, which is why my trip might have been different from those of normal tourists with no family in Madagascar. Also, this was my fourth time in Madagascar. However, the last time was ten years ago and I have only vague memories of my first three visits.

So here is something for the legal folks and Madagascar experts: most of the things I write here are based on my own perceptions. I'm even expressing my opinion in many cases. There's no guarantee that what I say on this website is true (be particularly careful with the "Facts" section), although I am not consciously lying. If you have suggestions, such as updates on facts or other minor modifications, feel free to contact me.

And if you decide to go on a trip to Madagascar yourself, I will be able to provide you with lots of information. It's an awesome country and if you are adventurous, you'll spend an amazing time there.

Oliver Kuederle
November 2000