Bike and Hike Wild Madagascar

Price from
US$ 3,450
Duration
15 Days/14 Nights
Distance
519 kilometres
Tour code
MDR-MWM
Next departure
18-Jun-2017
Number of Cycling Days 9 (7 full, 2 half) with 3 full days of hiking
Average Distance Per Day: 58
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 613
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2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance 519 kilometres
Accommodation Included
Bike Hire US$250
Single Supplement US$475
Child Pricing N/A

All About this Tour

Separated from the Southeastern coast of Africa, Madagascar’s isolation only adds to its appeal as a tour destination. It’s seclusion is the reason for the rare plants and animals who live here, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Keep an eye peeled for the famed ring-tailed lemur as we explore the lush tropical rainforest on the Eastern side of the isle. And look out for other curious creatures along your trip; tomato frogs, dwarf chameleons, and hedgehog-like tenrecs; all unique to the country and so prolific that sightings are sure to happen.

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Itinerary

Day 1

We meet at the hotel in Antananarivo, and if you arrive early you're free to explore the rich cultural, historical and architectural sites before gathering in the early evening for a trip briefing and welcome dinner.

Day 2

Today we transfer to Antsirabe, a popular retreat since the late 1800s. Upon arrival we'll meet our bikes and go for a short ride at a leisurely pace with a variety of road conditions before we truly start exploring wild Madagascar.

Day 3

Today we explore the crater lakes of Andraikiba and Tritriva, both are full of legends and mysteries. After we have a picnic lunch by the spectacular Lake Tritrivia we enjoy a long downhill back to our accommodation.

Day 4

The longest ride of the journey takes us to Ambositra to visit the Zafimaniry, an ethnic people living in the forested mountains and famous for their wood carvings, which are listed as one of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Day 5

A van transfer takes us to Camp Robin, where we start riding. On a rural road we pedal past rice paddies and through a spectacular valley with towering granite boulders to Ambohimahasoa before ending the day at Ranomafana National Park.

Day 6

Today we switch modes from biking to hiking and explore Ranomafana National Park, which is home to the golden bamboo lemur and more than 100 bird species, 30 of which alone are endemic to the country.

Day 7

From Vohiparara we cycle past locals and observe rural life. After the 22-km section with no vehicle support we ride on a good gravel road to our hotel, with a possiblilty of visiting the Sahambavy Tea Estate, Madagascar's only tea plantation.

Day 8

Riding to Ambalavao, Madagascar's wine region, we take in captivating landscape and stunning views of vineyards, terraced rice paddies and rocky outcrops. If time allows we may visit a craft shop producing the well-known Antaimoro paper.

Day 9

Through the grassland dotted with enormous granite mountains we bike to Anja with bizarre formations of towering cliffs. We take an hour walk into the park before spending two nights in a simple tented camp in the Tsaranoro Valley.

Day 10

We start hiking at the edge of the granite Andringitra Massif well-known for the ring-tailed lemur, bizarre cliffs and other endemic animals and plants. At Chameleon Peak we can appreciate stunning landscape of prairies and alpine patches.

Day 11

Today we bike across the Horombe Plateau to Ranohira. The landscape slowly changes into a wide-open savannah and those wanting to cycle more can ride the last section to our lodge located at the foothills of I'Isalo National Park.

Day 12

We begin with a short ride to the starting point of our hike in I'Isalo National Park with its landscape of the Jurassic-era. On the way visit canyons and look for the ring-tailed as well as other lemurs that epitomise Madagascar.

Day 13

We continue cycling through the national park with rugged canyons and grassland to Ilakaka famous for its sapphire deposits. Then transfer to the town of Toliara and overnight at a charming hotel just steps away from the deep blue sea.

Day 14

Enjoy the beach while sipping your favourite drink or get in the turquoise sea of the Indian Ocean and discover colourful marine life while snorkelling. We have a farewell dinner tonight to celebrate all that we have discovered together.

Day 15

Our tour ends after breakfast but we can assist you in extending your holiday on the beach or help to arrange a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Additional journey information

Meets: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Ends: Toliara, Madagascar
Fly in to: Ivato International Airport (TNR)
Fly out of: Toliara Airport (TLE)
Countries visited: Madagascar
Minimum age: 18 (on scheduled departures)

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