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Cycle Madagascar

From £2599 for 13 days
Trip Overview
Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, offers a cycling adventure like no other. We journey on largely quiet roads through a landscape of dramatic highland plains, unique rock formations and natural swimming pools. We pause to visit the lush chain of rainforest in the Ranomafana National Park with deep canyons and huge waterfalls. Apart from its natural treasures the nation is also rich in culture and the many ethnic groups with fascinating traditions contribute to the melting-pot that is Madagascar. Our cycling is rewarded by a day to relax on the idyllic white sand beach of Ifaty on the coast, scattered with palms and protected by an offshore coral reef.
Essential Info
Starts: Start Antananarivo.
Ends: Transfer to Tulear for flight back to Antananarivo and end.
Ages: Min 18
Theme: Cycling
Trip Code: EMZG
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Madagascar
What's Included

Meals

Food standards in Madagascar can vary and are probably not of the same standard you are used to at home

Transport

11 nights standard and 1 night comfortable hotels 8 days cycling with 100% vehicle support

Accommodation

Trip Highlights

•    Lush agricultural land of the north with paddy fields and fruit orchards

•    Ambositra, the arts and crafts capital of Madagascar

•    Isalo National Park, with its amazing rock formations, and natural swimming holes

•    Dense rainforest and cascading falls of Ranomafana National Park

•    White sand beaches of the fisherman’s village of Ifaty

•    Cycling through vilages

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Price
Availability
Departing: 16th May 2021
Returning: 28th May 2021
£2,599pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 1st Aug 2021
Returning: 13th Aug 2021
£2,599pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 12th Sep 2021
Returning: 24th Sep 2021
£2,699pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 26th Sep 2021
Returning: 8th Oct 2021
£2,699pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 10th Oct 2021
Returning: 22nd Oct 2021
£2,699pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 24th Oct 2021
Returning: 5th Nov 2021
£2,699pp
Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
Our adventure starts in Antananarivo. The group flights usually arrive mid-afternoon. There will be a group meeting and briefing in the evening followed by an optional group dinner in the hotel for those that would like to join. Accommodation: Au Bois Vert Lodge or similar *Comfortable Hotel*
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Reviews
       
Cycling on this trip is still the best way to explore Madagascar in just two weeks. The ever changing scenery from day to day and the terrain just made this trip one of the best, add in an excellent tour guide and support team, nothing was to much for any of them.
       
Absolutely loved it. My only criticism being that I felt like we should have set the bikes up on the evening of our first get-together. We spent a lot of time fussing with bikes on the first morning. That way we could have got away earlier on Day 1. We could have got out of the city earlier and quicker, had more time watching the Dancing Limas at the Reserve and not been biking so long in the hot sun. Also, the trip to Ramofama was unpleasant - too many tourists all there at the same time and scrabbling through and breaking the native forest. We saw very little in the way of Limas - saw many more further on in the trip.The evening event was great so you would really only need to stay there one day.
       
This was a great trip packed with very fun cycling days, a couple days off-saddle to explore the country on foot, and a relaxing day at the end to rest and recuperate while staring at the beautiful Mozambique channel. It was really the perfect mix of activities -- all perfectly planned and executed by the amazing trip leader Armel. The cycling was really fun with some challenging hill climbs and amazingly long, winding, fun descents through some of the most beautiful and interesting landscapes I've ever seen. There was lots of time to explore nature (tons of lemurs!) and the tiny villages we were cycling through. The food was fresh and delicious. Mel was always willing to share information about this interesting country -- it's people, cultures, music, politics, animals, and history -- and went above and beyond to ensure the trip was perfect for everyone.
       
This trip is in a class of its own. The cycling is varied, with plenty of hills and descents through a wide range of landscapes. The country and cultures are fascinating. There is a perfect balance of cycling and other outdoor activities. Mel, the guide, goes the extra mile at every opportunity and is passionate about every aspect of his job and country. If you want long, action packed days with early starts, plenty of exercise, honest, clean accommodation and the freshest food imaginable and you have a spirit of adventure, sign up! I could not fault any aspect of this trip.
       
Eager to catch a glimpse of life in Madagascar from a cyclists perspective I was not disappointed. The terrain and scenery changed as we progressed from Antananarivo to the south and the roadside picnic lunches were great. The roads were fine for cycling despite a large number of pot holes in some places and all the hotels were comfortable and welcoming. The people were also very friendly, I certainly never felt under threat. With the help of Armel, our guide, I gained some valuable insight into life within Madagascar. It was certainly a very worthwhile experience.
       
I had originally booked for the Cycling Nicaragua-Costa Rica-Panama, but it got cancelled 2-3 weeks before the trip due to the situation in Nicaragua. I decided to do Cycling Madagascar instead and I was not disappointed at all. I had an excellent time and I enjoyed every single day of the trip, both cycling and non-cycling days. The landscape is simple breathtaking. I have to say that the tour guide (Armel) made a huge difference and made this trip memorable.
       
I loved every moment of this trip, even the part where I fell off the bike!
       
We enjoyed the variety of the trip - completely different, magnificent scenery every day, comfortable hotels, good food (we're veggies and it can be a bit of a struggle in some countries), a really lovely group of fellow cyclists, a great leader, some challenging hills and lots of amazing descents. The bikes were excellent, safety was always stressed and the back-up team were great. There are always interesting situations in a developing country and these were solved efficiently - the most serious one on our trip was crossing a bridge that had collapsed five days before..... it all came well in the end. We've already booked our next Exodus trip!
       
This was our 5th Exodus cycling trip, and if like me you like a good balance between cycling and sightseeing, this is the trip for you! There was some non-cycling activity almost everyday, whether it be a short visit to some local handicraft workshop, swimming in natural pools or a half day hiking in the rain-forest. This trip combines all the best aspects of a cycling holiday: varied terrains, waving children, wildlife, interesting local culture, a large variety of non cycling activities, great guide.
       
great trip in an exciting and interesting part of the world.
       
Fantastic trip to fascinating but very poor country.Quite hilly cycling but well supported with regular stops for refreshments such as fresh pineapple and papaya.Lovely people with friendly children always running up in rural villages to see you
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