Friends of Mandritsara – Volunteers

f. Departing Tana – Visitors

Where possible we try and arrange for visitors to Mandritsara to fly from Tana, with MAF or Helimission. You do not need to pay MAF or Helimission for your flight; you will be billed by us for flights once in Mandritsara (currently 350,000Ar each way).  If it’s not possible to fly, you will have to travel by taxi-brousse.  Whichever way you are travelling we will book you a seat and let you have the details.

MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship)

MAF is based at Tana’s international airport, Ivato, but a short distance away from the International arrivals/departures building.  When getting a taxi or hotel bus to the MAF hangar, make sure that the driver understands you are not going to the international building, but to ‘Ivato Kely’. The drivers from Chez Jeanne and Meva Guest House should know this distinction.

You will be dropped off at the security barrier and you will have to carry your luggage through these gates, where you may be met. To get to the MAF hangar you need to take the path immediately on your left as you go through the main gate.

You should arrive 30 minutes before planned take-off. You and your luggage will be weighed. Any luggage over 20Kg will be charged at a minimum of 4,000Ar per extra kilo. If you are booked to fly in the small plane we will have contacted you and told you your specific weight limit, and organised for the rest of your luggage to come by road.


The Helimission hangar is next door to the MAF hangar.


If you are to travel by taxi-brousse (minibus taxi) we will arrange for a taxi to collect you from the airport or guest house and take you to the taxi-brousse station in the city centre.

The journey from Tana to Mandritsara lasts anything from 19 hours.  Travel sickness tablets are advised if you get travel sick.  Your luggage will be loaded on top and you can take a bag inside.  You should have water with you inside the bus.  You will be able to buy bottled water when you stop en-route, but always keep one bottle spare in case of a break down.  You should also have sunscreen if you have light skin.  Take warm clothes if travelling June-September – especially for the night.  The bus will stop 3 or 4 times for food and other times if people need the loo (just ask the driver).  People just go to the loo by the road.  Take some toilet paper with you in case you need it.  You can take your own food and/or buy rice and sauce with everyone else when the bus stops.   There will be rice and a choice of sauces ready e.g. akoho sauce (chicken in sauce), akoho rony (chicken in stock), hena ritra (roast meat, usually beef), tsaramaso (beans).

See you soon!

We hope that this has been helpful.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

God bless and bon voyage!

In Tana   —   Pre-departure

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