Found on the southeastern coast of Madagascar, Tôlanaro is the capital of the Anosy region. Also known as Tolagnaro and formerly known as Fort Dauphin, this area was the first area in Madagascar settled by the French. Whether travellers seek a respite from their hectic lives or have business to attend to, Tôlanaro offers several car rental options available, and Skyscanner can help them find the best ones.
Tôlanaro Car Rental Options
Visitors flying directly into Tôlanaro land in the city via Air Madagascar at Marillac Airport, also known as Fort Dauphin Airport or Tôlanaro Airport. The small airport only has one airline that uses it. Since the airport is so small, it does not offer car rental options at the airport directly. Visitors need to find transportation to travel to either ProRent, which is 2 kilometres from the airport, or Kathyana Car Rental, which is 5 kilometres from the airport. Otherwise, Tana offers vehicles from Hertz and Budget, but that city is more than 10 hours away.
Once at the rental company, travellers can choose from a range of vehicles, including convertibles, four-wheel-drive automobiles, and minibuses. Drivers should consider renting a four-by-four vehicle to traverse through the terrain during the wet season, which is December through April.
In Madagascar, travellers can choose to rent a car with or without a chauffeur, but most rental companies include a driver. The cost of hiring a chauffeur is minimal, about CA$5, where car rental costs start around CA$35. The minimum age to rent a vehicle in Madagascar is 23 with at least one year's experience behind the wheel. For those drivers under the age of 25, they must pay a premium to rent a vehicle.
Tips for Driving in Tôlanaro
All passengers must wear seatbelts, and drivers cannot use cell phones unless using a hands-free device. Despite the country being such a large country, it has less than 6,000 kilometres of paved roads. That equates to around 1% of the size of the United Kingdom. As a result, many of Madagascar's roads are in poor condition, and driving during the rainy season is difficult. In addition, many roads do not have proper lighting. Visitors driving at night-time should keep an eye out for animals and pedestrians crossing the road.
Must-See Attractions in the Area
With its place along the Indian Ocean, Tôlanaro lets visitors spend the day at the beach or explore other nearby areas. Libanona Beach, found at the southern part of the city, offers plenty of wind and board surfing. Another beach worth checking out is Lokaro Beach. Known for kite surfing and snorkelling, this beach is near some of the area's best seafood prepared by locals.
About 7 kilometres from the city is Nahampoana Reserve, formerly known as the Garden of Acclimatisation. The garden has 50 hectares of land, where visitors can tackle hiking trails and view exotic animals, such as lemurs.
Visitors to Tôlanaro can download the Skyscanner app to find the best hotels, car rentals, and flights in the area. Once they arrive, the stunning beaches and exotic locations are waiting for them to enjoy.