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Cycle Madagascar from the Highlands to the Coast
Cycling from the Malagasy highlands to the coast is one unforgettable experience to discover the fourth biggest island in the world. From Antsirabe to Ifaty beach you will cover about 580 km (360 mi) of cycling. This trip gives cyclists a good chance to meet local people, learn about their culture and customs, explore fauna and flora and of course cycle through villages and different landscapes. This itinerary is a well-balanced tour, not only the accommodation and highlights but as well the mixing of tarmac road and off-road terrains. Experience this very special bike ride through Madagascar.
- CategoryCultural & Historical
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration16 days
- Culture LevelOut There
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance348 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance43.5 miles
Embark on a 16-day tour of Madagascar from Antananarivo to Ifaty where you will experience a magnificent adventure through diverse landscapes and vibrant cultures.
Starting in the bustling capital city of Antananarivo, arrive at your leisure and spend the day getting to know Madagascar on your own. The route of this two-wheeled adventure will lead you through charming villages where locals will greet you with warm smiles and wave as you pass by. You will witness the traditional way of life as you cycle through rural communities, catching glimpses of farmers tending to their fields and children playing by the roadside.
As you venture further, the landscape will transform into lush rainforests filled with unique flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled for lemurs leaping from tree to tree and exotic bird species soaring above. The air will be filled with the sweet scent of tropical flowers, immersing you in the beauty of Madagascar's biodiversity.
Descending towards the western coast, the landscape will transition into dry, arid plains. Here, you will witness the iconic baobab trees standing tall and majestic against the horizon, their unique silhouettes etched against the sky.
Arriving in the coastal town of Ifaty, you will be greeted by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. The tranquil beaches and coral reefs will tempt you to take a refreshing dip or try your hand at snorkeling. You will have the opportunity to explore the vibrant marine life and immerse yourself in the wonders of the underwater world.
Please bring a sense of adventure when traveling 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.