Camping in Madagascar

Whether you are travelling Madagascar on a budget, love the outdoors, or want to stay flexible during your trip - camping and roadtripping with a 4x4 is a wonderful way to explore the country and experience a great sense of freedom. Check out our tips below to make the most out of your camping adventure in Madagascar!

What camp gear do I need in Madagascar?

When renting a car with Roadtrip Africa, we can outfit your vehicle with camp gear and all the essentials you need for a camping trip in Madagascar. 

Our cars can be equipped with a rooftop tent, costing €20,- per day. Alternatively, you can opt for a Quechua dome tent for €5,- per person per day. Both tents come with a full set of quality camp gear, consisting of: 

  • An inflatable mattress 
  • A blanket or sleeping bag with pillows and bedsheets
  • Chairs and a table
  • A storage box
  • A gas tank & burner, and a BBQ roaster
  • Plastic cups, plates & bowls
  • Pots, frying pans, cutlery set with knife, can opener, corkscrew
  • A cutting board
  • A dishtowel, detergent, washing line & pegs
  • A solar table lamp (WakaWaka), with mobile phone charging capacity

TIP: bring a head-light

We also provide the option of renting an electrical fridge (55L) for €10/day. Ideal for those who fancy a cold drink in the bush, or plan to camp a lot.

Kindly note that Roadtrip Africa does not provide camp gear rental in Madagascar as a standalone service.

What camp gear do I need in Madagascar?

How to set up a rooftop tent in Madagascar

Rooftop tents are quick and easy to set up. Just watch this step-by-step instruction video, made by Roadtrippers Charlotte & Ries, travelling the North of Madagascar.

Where to camp in Madagascar?

It's good to be aware that camping possibilities are less widespread in Madagascar than in countries like Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya where you can simply find your campsite via iOverlander.

Some lodges along the RN7 offer campgrounds where you're allowed to park your car and set up your tent, but these possibilities are less available on the West Coast and in Northern Madagascar. In our Hotel Guide, you can find some lodges that allow camping on-site. You can also contact lodges to verify if they allow you to camp on their terrain. 

Camping inside the National Parks is only possible with a ground tent, as you are not allowed to bring your car into the parks. Parking your car is done at the entrance gate, after which you'll continue on foot. A porter can help you carry your tent and equipment to the public campsite. When renting a rooftop tent, we therefore also supply an additional ground tent, free of charge.

You don't need to book your campsite in advance. You can arrange your camping permit on arrival at the park gate. 

Where to camp in Madagascar?

Is wild camping allowed in Madagascar?

Wild camping can be a unique adventure in Madagascar, offering a truly off-the-beaten-track experience. You are allowed to venture off the main road and search for a picturesque viewpoint to set up camp.

We recommend to camp near a hotel or village for safety. Always ask permission to the nearest village if you can camp there, to make sure you camp on clear grounds. Keep in mind that the local community may be interested in making conversation, so always be respectful and friendly. Also, make sure to leave no trace by taking all your rubbish with you when you go, and cleaning up any campfire residues.

Is wild camping allowed in Madagascar?

Packing tips for Madagascar

Wondering what to pack for your trip to Madagascar? We advise you to keep the following in mind:

  • Your rental car in Madagascar has a cigar lighter to power your devices, but you must bring your own audio and USB cables.
  • A power bank comes in handy, especially when camping a lot. 
  • If you use Spotify, do not forget to download your favourite road trip songs so you can listen offline.
  • Audiobooks are also great fun to listen to during long drives, whilst sitting around a campfire, or lying in your tent (try a thriller!).
  • Don't forget to download and iOverlander on your phone before travelling, so you can drive and walk around using GPS without needing to connect to the internet.
  • A fleece blanket is nice for chilling on the grass or covering up during chillier nights.
  • Bring insect repellent (best with DEET) and sunblock, as this is more expensive in Madagascar.
  • The interior highlands are cooler in the evenings, so bring a fleece vest or jumper.
  • How about travel guidebooks? When it comes to Madagascar, we think the Bradt Travel Guide is the best. You'll find a copy of the latest edition in your car.  

Forgotten something? Antananarivo has many well-stocked supermarkets and pharmacies where you can buy almost anything you need. This is not the case for the provincial towns in Madagascar.

Good morning Madagascar :)

Enjoy your camping trip!!

Good morning Madagascar :)