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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
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.
The tour covers 560 km/347mi (with approximate 165 km/102 mi dirt road) over 8 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. The tour also includes several visits and hikes in the epic landscapes as detailed in the itinerary, these include National Parks - Visit in Ranomafana (hiking) and Isalo NP (hiking); Private Parks - Anja, villagers Park, (hiking); Regional walks - Vakinankaratra region around Antsirabe and Andringitra massif and region (hiking). At the end of the tour, you will also spend two full days at the beach, soaking up the Indian Ocean views. Here you can be as active or sedentary as you wish with snorkeling and swimming available and walks.
Typically, you will be sharing your experiences with like-minded bikers and you'll have a cycling tour guide with you. Whether you are traveling 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 travelers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as experiencing new cultures.
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.