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 Ifaty, 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.
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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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 Madagascar: Hike & Bike trips score an average of 3.88 out of 5 based on 8 reviews in the last year.
Active Madagascar is a great tour to see the dry plateaus of the South of Madagascar. This trip is more for fit and keen hikers. You will be seeing a lot of rice padi's and zebus along the way - the staple food of the nation. However, you will also be exploring a beautiful part of this island, Andringitra National Park, that not many tourists are privileged to see. Andao! (Let's go!)
Review submitted 16 Nov 2017
This trip exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed the opportunities to interact with locals and get an up close look at traditional Malagasy life. The high level of activity and all the time spent outdoors suited my travel style and I particularly liked the fact that we sometimes went several days without seeing another tourist. Madagascar is an amazing country, from the landscape to the wildlife, to the people.
Review submitted 06 Nov 2017