Author Archives: Charlie Barrett

The Taxi Collective in Madagascar

The Madagascan taxi collective: Sometimes a taxi, sometimes packed with nearly enough people to fill a minibus the taxi collective has a foot in both camps when it comes to getting people around. Mostly just a normal car but occasionally a modified pickup truck with seats in the back it is something I was completely […]

The Workhorse of Public Transport: Taxi Brousse

taxi brousse

Taxi Brousse: The Workhorse of Public Transport. The single most important vehicle the public use to move around Madagascar is the taxi brousse. When I was researching how to get around independently there wasn’t actually that much information available but one mode of transport kept cropping up, the taxi brousse and during my time in […]

Travelling Mechanics: magic in rural Madagascar

skilled mechanics at work

Travelling mechanics are an addition to many forms of public transport in rural Madagascar. They accompanies old vehicles weighed down by passengers and luggage along roads too rough to be called roads in areas where only a handful of vehicles per day pass. My first time witnessing these magicians at work was in the 4×4 […]

Camion Brousse (Bush Truck)

much easier getting in and out the window

Even before setting foot on the red soil of Madagascar I knew one of my greatest adventures would be taking a trip on a camion brousse. These beasts of transport are like normal trucks but instead of carrying goods they are fitted out to hold passengers. Long steel seats with padding to make them more […]

Model Cars in Madagascar

2CV with a good paint job

Down an unpaved bumpy road outside the village of Imerinatsiatosika, about an hour outside Antananarivo, I returned a week after my previous visit to see what progress had been made with regard to the model cars I had ordered. Bearing in mind the whole trip back to Madagascar is based around the idea of buying […]