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.
This trip has a lot of camping and conditions are basic, showers are often a bucket of water in front of your tent or a village bush shower, which may not suit everyone in terms of privacy.
We strongly suggest you pay attention to our packing list for this trip
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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 please refer to our packing list
Our Madagascar: Hike & Bike trips score an average of 4.23 out of 5 based on 13 reviews in the last year.
I am totally pleased with Intrepid. The trip was well thought out and coordinated. I will travel with Intrepid again and recommend it to my friends
Review submitted 20 May 2018
This trip is exactly what it says on the tin - Active Madagascar. It was very densely packed trip, but a great way to maximise time in such a diverse and beautiful country. There are ample opportunities to 'get off the beaten track' and mix with local communities, as well as sampling the unique flora and fauna. Expect adventure!
Review submitted 18 May 2018