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Bike and Hike Wild Madagascar

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US$ 3,450
Duration
15 Days / 14 Nights
Distance
519 km
Tour Code
MDR-MWM
Next departure
03-May-2020
Number of Cycling Days9
Number of Hiking Days3
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 Distance519 kilometres
AccommodationIncluded
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 250
Single SupplementUS$ 475
Client Rating (based on 31 reviews)

About this Cycle 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 early evening for a trip briefing and welcome dinner.

Day 2

We transfer to Antsirabe, a popular retreat since the late 1800s. We 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

We explore the crater lakes of Andraikiba and Tritriva, both 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, listed as part 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

We switch modes from biking to hiking and explore Ranomafana Nation-al 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

We cycle past locals and observe rural life. There’s a 22-km off-road section with no vehicle support, but then we ride on a good gravel road to our hotel, with a visit to the Sahambavy Tea Estate, Madagascar's only tea plantation.

Day 8

Riding to Ambalavao, Madagascar's wine region, we take in captivating landscapes 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 its bizarre cliff formations. We walk into the park before spending two nights in the Tsaranoro Valley.

Day 10

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

Day 11

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 Jurassic-era landscape. 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 snorkel-ling. We have a farewell dinner tonight to celebrate all that we have discovered together.

Day 15

Our tour ends after breakfast. We can help extend your stay or arrange an airport transfer.

Elevation Profiles

Day 3 - Antsirabe Loop Ride 54km. +569m.
Day 3 - Antsirabe Loop Ride 54km. +569m.

Reviews

This is the fourth Spice Roads trip I have had the pleasure of taking and it was by far my favorite. Solofo, Lucien, Togo, and the drivers were incredible, knowledgeable, friendly, and a joy and pleasure to be around in Madagascar. I feel lucky that I got to see their incredible country with them as guides. The food surpassed anything I could have imagined (who knew Madagascar had such good soup?) and the biking was top notch. Granted, it is not for the faint of heart (the roads of Madagascar are varied and can be challenging) but I felt satisfied and very strong at the end of each day. The scenery was incredible and the places we stayed were perfect. I would highly highly recommend this trip to adventurous and well-travelled souls. I love Spice Roads so much. There is no one else I want to travel with, ever.

Niaina SolofoSeptember 2019

This was a wonderful tour, we were not experienced off road cyclists but with the support of Solofa, Roberd and the SpiceRoads team we had no problems and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The mix of off road and road cycling provided a very stimulating mix with the off road enabling us to visit places that we would never have been able to access by other means. Food and accommodation was great, the tour provided us with an excellent mix of culture, wildlife and the scenery of Madagascar.

David RyderJuly 2019

Great tour. Great guides and support staff!

Rebecca SwanJuly 2019

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