I'll arrive in Manakara with the train from Fianarantsoa but I don't know how to go to Diego Suarez without coming back to Fianarantsoa!
You don't have to go back to Fianar, but you still have to take the RN7 north to Tana via Ambohimahasoa / Ambositra / Antsirabe if you go by road. Other (slow complicated) options are:
Combination of road and pangalanes canal to somewhere around Mahanoro / Toamasina, fly on from Toamasina.
Road south to Fort Dauphin along the east coast then fly on to Tana / Diego.
Really, the easiest route is for you to just follow your tracks back to Tana and then you have choices of by road or by air to get to Diego. almost 9 years ago
Thank you very much!
Is there any other option if I prefer to avoid car? I know that Fianarantsoa has an airport, but near Manakara (not considering Fianarantsoa) is there any other airport? (some hundreads of km are ok, but by car from Manakara to Diego Suarez is quite long) :)
Thanks another time! almost 9 years ago
Sorry to give bad news but the little airports are now mainly closed on the east coast as is Fianarantsoa, although there are occasional flights in peak season. The Air Madagascar website publishes their schedules (but it's all in French). I have checked it and there are no flights scheduled at the moment for any of the airports near there (Manakara, Mananjary, Vangaindrano) and Fianarantsoa also has nothing scheduled.
Your route, Manakara to Diego, will require either great adventure or back-tracking, and since I don't know you I can't say what I would do. I can tell you that the most adventurous option (and adding one extra airfare) is to go south by road to Fort Dauphin and then fly to Tana (there are daily flights from FD to Tana) and the easiest (and cheapest) option is just to backtrack to the RN7 and get back to Tana and fly to Diego from there. Some Australian friends last years highly recommended Ankify (near Diego) as a wonderful place to visit and from there you can get a boat to Nosy Be.
Enjoy Madagascar! almost 9 years ago