Join this trip to bike and hike Madagascar, a destination for the true explorer, the nature lover, and the traveller who feels like they’ve seen it all.
Join this trip to bike and hike Madagascar, a country dubbed the ‘eighth continent’. Separated from India around 88 million years ago, it is one of the very few places on earth where plants and animals have evolved in isolation making Madagascar truly a world of its own.
The majority of this trip takes place off road so you’ll need to be physically fit and confident riding on rough terrain. You’ll also undertake some hiking through rugged terrain including a hike to Chameleon Peak where you can appreciate panoramic views over this rocky highland with a breathtaking landscape of prairies and alpine patches.
With a variety of flora and fauna endemic only to its territory, this fourth largest island in the world has been recognised as a biodiversity hotspot by Conservation International. Apart from its natural , the island nation is also rich in culture with ethnic groups who have settled and made up the nation for more than two millennia.
This bike and hike tour takes you to appreciate the friendly Malagasy people along with their proud traditions before it’s time to venture away from civilization into the wilderness and marvel at the country’s biodiversity that can’t be matched by any on the planet. Spot unique plants and animals and explore stunning landscape with countless sharp cliffs and bizarre rock formations resulting from volcanic activities and wind.
Get in the saddle and tackle dirt roads for an adventure and hike through the prairies and hills of Madagascar’s massifs to discover a whole new world this country has hidden from the rest of the planet – truly an experience unlike any other.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Varied, mainly off road cycling complimented by 2 days of hiking through rugged terrain
- Bring your own mountain bike or hire one locally
- Great way to see Madagascar's rich wildlife and biodiversity up close
This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.
This journey is a multi-activity tour consisting of 519 kilometres of riding and up to 50 kilometres of hiking. This trip is recommended for confident and physically fit riders looking for a challenging experience with a variety of off-road activities. Although for some riders the journey may at first seem overwhelming, the rewards for your effort are priceless.
- Support vehicle
- Meals (as indicated)
- Snacks and drinks
- Cycling jersey
- Water bottle
- Park entrance fees
- International flights
- Visa fees
- Optional mountain bike hire (US 250)
- Optional single room ( US$475)
This tour starts in Antananarivo, Madagascar. All international and domestic flights to and from Antananarivo are not included in the tour price. At the end of the tour you will need to book a flight from Toliara to Antananarivo. There is one flight daily on Air
Mixture of 3* & 4* standard hotels, boutique bungalow hotels and lodges ( 14 nights)
The selected accommodation is detailed in the itinerary. On rare occasions, due to availability, alternative accommodation is used and this will be of a similar standard.
Malagasy cuisine incorporates many ingredients and culinary techniques in its dishes that reflect Southeast Asian, African and European influences. With rice as the main staple most meals consist of local dishes that include curries, soups, and salads, and you can sample as much variety as possible. Be sure to try Akoho Sy Voanio, a chicken dish made juicy and aromatic with coconut, tomato, onion, garlic and ginger. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please advise at the time of booking.
Who is this trip for?
The majority of this trip takes place off road and therefore it is recommended that participants be physically fit and confident riding on rough terrain. In addition, as this cycling adventure is complimented by two days of hiking through rugged terrain, a moderate level of physical fitness will be an asset.
The off-road portions of this trip are complimented by flat, tarmac and hard-packed roads. While the trails are generally smooth, some sections have loose gravel and sandy patches that could prove hazardous to riders. Additionally, as some of the descents can be rocky, extra caution is recommended.
You will be led by a local English-speaking guide. If the group is 9 people or more another guide to the tour. All the guides are well informed in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.
For the full factsheets, please make an enquiry and they’ll be sent to you right away to help you decide if this is the perfect trip for you.
When's the best time to travel to Madagascar?
Dominated by the southern trade winds from the Indian Ocean Madagascar has two seasons, a warm, wet season (November – April); and a dry, cool season (May – October). However, due to its geographic setting this island country has a variety of climatic patterns – tropical in the north, temperate in the central, and arid in the south. Although the western and southwestern parts are hot in the summer, the weather is warm, with blue skies and a lot of sunshine during the winter months. Also note that in the central highlands the weather can get fairly chilly in the day and cold at night, so warm clothing is highly recommended.
Is fresh water supplied?
Keeping you completely hydrated is taken very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit and soft drinks are included in the tour price.
Is money easily accessible in Madagascar?
Madagascar’s currency is the Malagasy ariary (AR) and is used throughout the country. Euros are also widely accepted, with US dollars occasionally accepted in the capital, major cities and tourist attractions. However, while ATMs are available in Antananarivo and other major towns, you are allowed to draw only around €150 per transaction.
In addition, as credit cards are not widely accepted except at a few luxury hotels, upscale restaurants, Air Madagascar offices and travel agencies, it is recommended you have enough cash on hand. The most useful card is Visa, with MasterCard welcomed only in some stores. Visa and MasterCard can also be used to get cash advances (in ariary) at the banks which also change travellers cheques and cash in major currencies. Ivato Airport also has a foreign-exchange counter offering exchange rates as good as those at the banks, and is quite convenient for tourists upon their arrival to the country, but be sure to count your money immediately so that you haven’t been short changed as there have been a number of reports of fraud committed by its staff.
It is recommeded that you tuck away a few extra dollars, perhaps US$20, for incidentals.
It is customary to tip local tour guides and drivers, however, the amount you give should be dependent on the level of service you receive.
Can I travel as a solo traveller?
Absolutely. There is no compulsory surcharge for travelling alone. Accommodation is arranged on a twin share basis with another group traveller of the same gender. If you cannot be matched, a single room will be provided at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.
Are spare bike parts available?
Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though it cannot be guaranteed there’ll be spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.
Do I need to bring a helmet?
Wearing a helmet is required and is non negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.
What are the local hire bikes like?
Because some people can’t imagine going on a trip without their own beloved bicycle, they are not automatically provide as part of this tour. However, you are able to hire bikes locally for the price listed above. The bikes are Carraro mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes and Shimano components and front suspension. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a road bike and that it is in good mechanical order.
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Bike and Hike Madagascar
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