Bike & Hike
Called the “Eighth Continent” because of its size and natural peculiarity, Madagascar is a destination that defies comparison. With a wide array of ecosystems, from plains to rainforest, and an incredible evolutionary history, the island’s natural wonders are unparalleled. Madagascar is the destination for the true explorer, the nature lover, and the traveler who feels like they’ve seen it all.
- June 13 – 27 * Tour a go!
- July 25 – August 8
- September 26 – October 10
- October 17 – 31
- December 12 – 26
- June 12 – 26 * Tour a go!
- July 24 – August 7
- September 25 – October 9
- October 16 – 30
- December 11 – 25
- Duration: 15-days
- Ride Type: Touring
- Difficulty: Hard (Level 5 of 6)
- Average Daily Mileage: 36
- Price: $3,450
Separated from the Southeastern coast of Africa, Madagascar’s isolation only adds to its appeal as a tour destination. Its 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.
The wilds of Madagascar offer an exciting combination of terrain for the adventurous cyclist & hiker to tackle. From the mix of tarmac & hard-packed dirt roads, the uphill climbs (notably, to the glassy Lake Tritriva atop the mountain of the same name), to the vast downhill trail across the Horombe Plateau. Madagascar is an island of unparalleled landscapes, & this adventure treks it all.
Ascend the ancient stone steps of Antananarivo, the country’s capital. Mingle with the friendly Malagasy people to experience their culture and how they live off the land. Refresh your hard-working muscles in the natural pools & waterfalls we pause at to rest. And ride the wide-open savannah, punctuated by otherworldly rock formations.
DAY 1 – Arrive in Antananarivo
DAY 2 – Antananarivo – Antsirabe
DAY 3 – Antsirabe Loop
DAY 4 – Antsirabe – Ambositra
DAY 5 – Ambositra – Ranomafana National Park
DAY 6 – Ranomafana National Park Hike
DAY 7 – Ranomafana – Sahambavy
DAY 8 – Sahambavy – Ambalavao
DAY 9 – Ambalavao – Anja Park – Andringitra
DAY 10 – Andringitra Massif Hike
DAY 11 – Andringitra – Horombe Plateau – Ranohira
DAY 12 – L’lsalo Massif
DAY 13 – Ranohira – Ilkaka – Toliara
DAY 14 – Toliara Rest Day
DAY 15 – Departure
- Explore architectural sites of Madagascar’s capital, Tana (Antananarivo)
- Crater lakes Andraikiba & Tritriva
- Visit the Zafimaniry – ethnic people living in forested mtns
- UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage site
- Rainforests & eucalyptus forests
- Hike of Ranomafana National Park
- Thermal springs
- Cycling jersey
- Water bottle
- Support vehicle
- Meals (as indicated)
- Snacks and drinks
Bike and Hike Wild Madagascar trip was absolutely fantastic, it was a perfect combination of cycling and 3 days hiking. The lead guide Mr. SN and second guide Mr LR as well as the bike mechanic 3rd ride support RM were so accommodating, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful every pedal stroke and step along the way. The vehicle transport drives very safe – excellent drivers, so courteous – very much appreciated. One of the major surprises was how good all the food options were at 3 meals plus snack breaks while cycling, the use of local food very much appreciated. The homemade lunches prepared by our own bike tour staff were a highlight to look forward to each day. Excellent job on every level. Congratulations “Happy Guy On A Bike.”
– Stephen M