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on 4 September 2012
This was a waste of money. I'm giving it 2 stars rather than 1 because it's an improvement on the previous edition (which was awful and full of errors) but this edition is laid out in a really confusing way and is so short that I found it really doesn't have enough information on any particular place.

A guidebook published by Bradt seems to be the only other Madagascar guide published in English and it is streets ahead. Unlike the Lonely Planet one, the Bradt one is written by authors who've been visiting Madagascar for years and are clearly filled with passion for the island. It not only has many more hotel/restaurant listings but also has far more useful wildlife/cultural/historical background than the Lonely Planet, which I think is critical for putting an unusual country like Madagascar in context if you are coming to it for the first time. The two books are the same price, so I wouldn't recommend this one.
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on 4 December 2012
I used the Lonely Planet guide from 2008 to plan my trip then bought this 2012 edition to take with me. It is basically the same book..

I backpacked throughout the east then the west of Madagascar from Sept-Dec and after a little while I lost faith in it.

Phone numbers had often changed, which is expected, but not acceptable for a 2012 book using phone numbers from 2008.. Some had no phone numbers at all, but look in a Mada telephone directory and you will find them...

Many of the 'good value' 'top choice' places to stay were busy because they were well known. However if you avoid these and just look around, there are many more new, cheaper, nicer and often much more friendly places to stay.

There was poor detail in the book in areas that were very important. For example some locations were only described how to get there from one direction. The map of Tamatave does not include the taxi brouse station.. a key factor if you are walking and backpacking. Explanations on how to get to locations without renting or hiring a car were lacking.

Overall great book if you are on a guided tour and don't need to worry about logistics or detail. Extremely poor book if you are backpacking and budget travel.

Normally I have had good experiences with lonely planet, but this one has changed my mind.
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on 20 April 2015
Limited and outdated information.
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on 21 November 2014
No obvious inaccuracies. Could explain the capital better.
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on 21 December 2015
Excellent guide for our trip through Madagascar
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on 27 November 2015
Good practical guidance and tips
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on 21 March 2016
Useful little book
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on 6 January 2013
to the point, all local areas covered along with great tips, most helpful as is usual with the Lonely Planet series of books.
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on 3 March 2016
Very useful
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on 15 March 2013
It seems to have everything I needed to know about my forthcoming holiday to Madagascar which I'm very much looking forward to.
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