Hike, cycle and row in the unique island paradise that is Madagascar.
Off the coast of East Africa lies a magical island of spectacular mountains, lush rainforests and unique wildlife – a trekker's dream. From Antananarivo to Tulear, encounter beautiful national parks, mythical volcanic lakes, hidden waterfalls, lizards, lemurs, unique Malagasy palms and bizarre boabs. Friendly Bara and Betsileo folk greet you as you hike via small villages, and many modes of transport, from pousse-pousse to bicycle to dugout canoe, allow you to experience this French-flavoured slice of paradise from several different angles.
This trip was previously known as Active Madagascar
Lush eucalypt forest, volcanic lakes, mountainous 'moon' trails and bizarre boabs make this a winning destination for active types
This trip is so much more than a trekking adventure. Explore Antsirabe by pousse-pousse (rickshaw), take to the countryside by bicycle, and cruise the Matsiatra River on a full-day canoe adventure
Take in scenes of local life along the way, with many chances to interact with ethnic minorities such as the Betsileo and the Bara
Enjoy flexibility, with many chances to rest your legs or opt for further activities: a Malagasy artisan workshop, a trek to a hidden swimming hole, or a visit to the Swiss-designed Antsokay Arboretum
See how many species of lemur you can spot in Isalo and Andringitra national parks – there are some 33 different types
This being an active trip, there is quite a bit of walking involved. The hike to the Peak Boby (Day 9) is incredibly scenic and rewarding, but remember it takes around nine hours. Strong and sturdy hiking shoes, and a good level of fitness, are essential.
Road conditions in Madagascar are notoriously poor. This means some of the driving days will be long as well as bumpy.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Active Madagascar trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. A single supplement is available on this trip. However, it is not applicable on nights 4 and 5 while camping in Zafimaniry Country and on nights 8 and 9 while camping in Andringitra National Park.
2. You are required to bring your own sleeping bag on this trip.
Our Active Madagascar trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.
Barnabas was a truly excellent guide and Fabrizio was a very safe and diligent driver. These were possibly the best Intrepid staff I have come across. The itinerary was varied and active even by my high standards. Some of the hotels were really lovely whilst others definitely could do with improving. Our group would have liked to see more wildlife at the start but this comes towards the back end of the trip. Perhaps Intrepid would consider adding the varied landscape of Morondava and the west onto the itinerary. Camping was comfortable and food was good. Toilets were understandably questionable. Nevertheless, highly recommended!
Review submitted 14 Jul 2017
A great way to see the East and South of Madagascar while keeping fit, beautiful and varied scenery, great trekking, well organised camping and a fascinating culture that this trip helps you see into. The physical rating of 4/5 is probably right - a lot of steep downhill trekking which is hard on the knees, coupled with some long transfers by road (due to their poor condition) which makes for some long days - but there is no choice, the roads are awful!
Review submitted 19 Jun 2017