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Cycle from Antananarivo to Manakara on the east coast of Madagascar, and take advantage of the opportunity to see the diverse wildlife at Ranomafana National Park along the way over 17 days. 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.
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration17 days
- Culture LevelOut There
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance329.3 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance29.8 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.
Madagascar was formed by continental drift rather than volcanic eruption (it tore off the African mainland around 165 million years ago). A narrow coastal strip in the east is where most of the rainforest grows; the central plateau in the high altitudes is cool; and there are plains and low-lying plateaux to the west. Madagascar is a continent with wide changes of microclimates, vastly different habitats and a huge number of endemic species.
Discover the unknown in Africa! Uncover the secrets of Madagascar on the saddle, get away from the traffic on remote gravel roads, visit the friendly locals and see all the wonderful animals such as the famous lemurs as you cycle from the highlands to the east coast. During the tour, you will visit the wonderful Ranomafana National Park to go hiking and visit the Anja private park. You'll also trek the Antsirabe and Andringitra massif and region and spend one day relaxing at the beach.
Your bicycling journey takes place over 17 days with 11 cycling days, covering approximately 530 km (329 mi) with around 300 km(186 mi) being dirt roads. This is an average of 48 km (30 mi) per day with a support car available. To get the most out of the trip you should be an active cyclist and enjoy biking in a group.
Typically, you will be sharing your experiences with 6-12 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.
The best time to travel Madagascar is from April to November. From July to October there is a chance to see whales.