What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

Week-end get togethers in each other’s gardens. - Jul 2020


Lots of dinners and get-togethers at people's houses in the evenings and on weekends. Hanging out by a pool. Meeting up at bars and restaurants. Running and walking groups, including an active Hash. Decent nightlife, or so I've heard. Lots of group day trips or weekend trips to places around Tana -- Andasibe, Ampefy, Mantasoa, etc. - Mar 2017


Make your own! There is an active local Hash group. A number of folks are active mountain bikers and seem to find plenty of opportunities for getting out and about. Usual expat social scene. Plenty of lemurs and amazing national parks to visit... however, travel times are usually very long due to distance, traffic, poor roads... - Jun 2016


Not much. Stare at the walls of the compound. Go out for walks and get gawked at (and occasionally groped) by the locals. - Oct 2015


As previously mentioned, the best thing to do is hang out with friends. The upside is that because there isn't a lot to do people are always organizing events (sports, game nights, book clubs, etc.). The CLO at the embassy organizes tons of events year-round that, compared to other posts, are attended by embassy and non-embassy, Americans and non-Americans alike. - Apr 2013


Good. Pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, country clubs, etc. - Dec 2008


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