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Cycle Madagascar: The Last Eden
This 15-day tour is designed for cyclists who are looking for distances of 59 –110 km (36-68mi) per day. Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, lies in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mozambique. The international conservation community has singled it out as one of the most ecologically rich countries on the planet –the last Eden. Please bring a sense of adventure when travelling to Madagascar. It is a developing destination and you will be cycling through remote areas where hotels, infrastructure and travel services are often basic. Be prepared to go outside your usual comfort zone and you will be richly rewarded. Discovering the real Madagascar at close hand is what this challenge is all about.
- CategoryCultural & Historical
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration15 days
- Culture LevelOut There
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance403.9 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance36.7 miles
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts in Antananarivo. Fly into of Toliara airport (TLE).
The tour ends in the unspoilt tropical island of Nosy Boraha (Ste. Marie). There is a domestic flight back to Antananarivo that can be arranged for the final day however, the cost of this is not included in the tour price.
How long is the tour? How many days cycling?
The tour is 15 days long with 11 days cycling.
What's the tour like?
The tour covers 650 km/403mi over 11 cycling days. A support car is available for most of the tour and varying distances can be achieved on this tour as the operator is flexible to support your wishes. The biking terrain varies considerably on the tour as does the landscape as you traverse Madagascar.Madagascar is a third world country that is not fully geared up to tourism. Therefore be prepared to expect changes to the itinerary or accommodation right up the last minute. Due to weather conditions, (rain or cyclones) whole areas can be flooded or bridges may be destroyed. Aircraft may not fly; trains are not always on time – sometimes not at all. The standard of roads and accommodation is not the same as in Europe or other developed countries. Don’t forget: You’re on holidays. The tour operator is flexible in terms of distances and timings. If you need to do some extra miles, they will be happy to arrange this for you. If you think a bit less is fine, the support car is often very close at hand.
Typically, you will be sharing your experiences with like-minded bikers and you'll have a cycling tour manager with you. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends, the tour is good value and a great way to meet new people. Although the itinerary is scheduled, there is some flexibility according to your needs. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as experiencing new cultures.
Please bring a sense of adventure when travelling to Madagascar. It is a developing destination and you will be cycling through remote areas where hotels, infrastructure and travel services are often basic. Be prepared to go outside your usual comfort zone and you will be richly rewarded. Discovering the real Madagascar at close hand is what this challenge is all about.