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Cycle Madagascar

An adventure rich in culture and discovery through unforgettable Madagascar



At a glance

* 11 nights standard and 1 night comfortable hotels
* 8 days cycling with 100% vehicle support
* Mostly surfaced roads, a few rough sections

An adventure rich in culture and discovery through unforgettable Madagascar

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.

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Type: Land Only

Flight prices available from NeenanCycling. Contact us for details

What’s included

* All breakfasts
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader/support staff throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

Food:
The food in Madagascar is generally of a good quality, particularly so by the
coast where the seafood is excellent. A one-course lunch/dinner should cost
£4-6 while a three-course lunch/dinner should cost £9-12 . Please allow
approximately £220 for meals not included, plus a little more if you enjoy a
drink with dinner! Malagasy lager is reasonably priced and easily available.
Malagasy wine is also reasonably priced but is not to everyone’s taste. It is
sometimes possible to get hold of French or South African wine. A delicacy in
Madagascar is the various flavoured rum’s which are widely sold and very
reasonably priced.
Please note that if you eat neither fish nor meat, your food options will be
rather limited (i.e. omelette, cheese, pasta, vegetables and rice) on this
trip. Breakfasts are usually simple, eggs, a baguette, jam and coffee or tea,
and sometimes fruit. You may wish to bring something to supplement your
morning meal (e.g spread, peanut butter etc).

Start destination: Antananarivo

End destination: Antananarivo

Cycling profile

Day 1

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*

Day 2

Leaving the hotel after breakfast we transfer out of the busy city to the
Lemurs Park to encounter these primates which are endemic to Madagascar.
Lemurs Park is a private park with a few species of lemur living freely in a
forested area. After the visit to the park, we start cycling through scenic
farmland with plenty of rice paddy fields. After lunch in Arivonimamo, we
will transfer through a highland region to the top of a mountain pass before
continuing the ride downhill to Miarinarivo, the capital of the Itasy, a
region known its volcanic activity. The road levels out and the following
32km to Ampefy offer reaching views and are a real joy to ride. In Ampefy the
lakeside hotel is our base for the next two nights.
Cycle approx. 72km.
Accommodation: Hotel Kavitaha or similar
*Standard Hotel*

Day 3

We start today by cycling to the geysirs of Analavory. These limestone mounds
are similar to geysirs found in Utah and Nevada; volcanic activity encourages
bursts of warm water to cascade down the bright yellow stone and create a
series of pools, often used by the locals for swimming due to the belief of
the healing powers of the water. The ride starts on a decent road but the
16km route out and back to the geysirs is along a bumpy dirt track, linking
up some fascinating small rural villages. Re-joining the new tar road we head
back towards Ampefy, but before reaching the hotel we will take a small
detour to the Liliha waterfalls, a dramatic series of cascades that provide a
perfect way to refresh near the end of a full day of cycling. This stretch is
also on dirt road.
Cycle approx. 54km (26km on dirt road).
Accommodation: Hotel Kavitaha or similar
*Standard Hotel*

Day 4

Although relatively short, today’s ride is fairly challenging with varied
terrain. We cycle the first 20km to Soavinandriana through scenic landscape
with some hilly sections, including a steady 4km climb up to the town itself.
The road levels out and we continue our undulating ride through spectacular
scenery before a great descent which crosses the river at the small village
of Kelivody. Here we will load up the bikes to drive across a high mountain
pass to the town of Faratsiho. From here the road deteriorates dramatically
and we will need 4X4 vehicles to pass the 47km stretch to Sambaina. This is
an adventurous drive passing through a region that is rarely visited by
tourists and provides a unique insight into the lives of those who live along
the route. From Sambaina we re-join the tarmac for the final drive to
Antisarabe. The entire transfer is likely to take up to 5 hours, but we will
stop regularly to stretch the legs and have a look around. Antsirabe is an
elegant city founded by Norwegian’s in 1856. It has a temperate climate and
has a very European look and feel about it, including the local beer industry
that makes it famous.
Cycle approx. 38km.
Accommodation: Plumeria Hotelor similar
*Standard Hotel*

Day 5

Departing Antsirabe we start with a very short transfer to Vinanikarena to
avoid the hectic morning traffic within the city. This is a long day’s
cycling with a few undulations including a 4km climb to the ‘Col de
Tapia’, a type of tree resistant to bush fires that makes for some
interesting scenery. The support vehicle is with us all day so a rest is
available if needed. Today’s destination is Ambositra, the centre of
Madagascar’s wood carving industry. The highlands are characterised by its
architecture; the houses are made with ornately carved wooden balconies and
shutters with bright colours. Upon arrival, depending on timings, we may
visit a Zafimaniry woodcarving workshop to learn all about this local art
that is listed on the UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage (if
there isn’t sufficient time today then the visit will take place the
following morning).
Cycle approx. 84km.
Accommodation: Artisan Hotel or similar
*Standard Hotel*

Day 6

We have a lot of ground to cover today to get to the famed Ranomafana
National Park. We’ll start the day with a transfer to Camp Robin before
riding towards Ambohimahasoa. The landscape is still dominated by rice
fields, pine forests, eucalyptus trees and jagged mountains. The last
section, from Vohiparara, cruises downhill through a ravine canyon, with a
tremendous view of the Namorona River and the rainforest, to our final
destination of Ranomafana, our base for the next 2 nights.
Cycle approx. 74km.
Accommodation: Hotel le Grenat or similar
*Standard Hotel*

Day 7

We have a day off the saddle today to explore Ranomafana National Park
(approximately 40,000ha). With its rain-forested hills and abundant wildlife
this has long been considered one of Madagascar’s highlights, and is one of
the most heavily visited of the country’s national parks. Its entrance lies
about 7km from Ranomafana village. Altitudes in the park range from 800m to
1200m. In addition to its densely forested hills, Ranomafana’s terrain is
characterised by numerous small streams, which plummet down to the beautiful
Namorona River. Although much of the region has been logged, the easternmost
part of the park retains relatively large areas of primary forest. The
morning will be spent walking through the park, learning about the abundant
flora and fauna and in the early evening there will be the chance to go on a
night-walk in the hope of spotting some the nocturnal lemurs and chameleons.

Accommodation:Hotel le Grenat or similar
*Standard Hotel*

Day 8

We’ll start today with a 2 hour transfer to Fianarantsoa, which literally
translates into ‘good education’ and is known locally as ‘the City
where one learns good things’. It is regarded as the cultural and
intellectual centre of Madagascar and is home to some of the oldest
Protestant and Lutheran cathedrals on the island. We’ll start cycling here
following a windy road to Ambalavao. Ambalavao is the centre of the
Madagascan wine industry – the climate is said not to be ideal for grape
vines but it is a tradition left by the priests and monks who lived in the
area of Fianarantsoa. We climb a steady pass then enjoy a fabulous descent
with great views before arriving in Ambalavao.
Cycle approx. 56km.
Accommodation:Tsienimparihy Lodge or similar
*Standard Hotel*

Day 9

We’ll start cycling from the hotel today and pause to visit the small Anja
nature reserve where we hope to see Ring-tailed Lemurs in their natural
surroundings. Continuing on a straight road flanked by mountains we’ll head
towards Ihosy, the capital of the Bara tribes. This nomadic tribe are
shepherds to the prized Zebu cattle recognisable by their large horns.
We’ll pass through the mountain chain of Andringitra, which serves as a
transition between the dry south and the green highlands, with its famous
‘3 hillocks’ and its huge ‘archbishop’s cape’. Along the way we’ll
pass the ‘Bishop’s Hat’, a sacred place for local people as it is a
place where their ancestors chose a collective suicide rather than to give in
to the Merina tribes. On reaching the town of Zazafotsy we’ll jump on the
bus for a transfer over the mountain-pass and then through the huge
dessert-like ‘Plateau de Horombe’ famed for its deep red soil and
sprawling savannah. Beyond the plateau we arrive in Isalo, our base for the
next 2 nights.
Cycle approx. 95km.
Accommodation: Isalo Ranch or similar
*Standard Hotel*

Day 10

Today we take a break again from our bikes for a hike in the stunning Isalo
National Park. We spend the day exploring this vast region of wind-polished
and water-scoured rock towers, deep canyons, gorges and oases often described
as Eden. During our time we will go walking in the magnificent Canyon des
Makis in search of cheeky Ring-tailed lemurs and the Verreaux’s Sifaka. The
eroded mountains also served as a place where the Bara kept their dead before
they could bury them in their actual tombs. We start our walking and reach
the massif after about 20 minutes, where we will have a spectacular view of
the huge sandstone mountains with its beautiful colours and its strange and
battered formations creating many different images like ‘the tortoise’,
‘the masks’ and ‘the crocodiles’. We also visit the ‘Piscine
Naturelle’ (natural swimming pool), a beautifully lush spot in such an arid
landscape, where we mayswim and relax. Perhaps the magic is just to soak up
the sheer beauty of the park, the combination of coloured eroded rock forms,
strange plants and enveloping silence make this one of the most captivating
places in Madagascar.
Accommodation: Isalo Ranch or similar
*Standard Hotel*

Day 11

Today is our last day cycling and we ride from the hotel through the dramatic
rock formations heading out of the national park. Leaving the canyon, the
ride continues to the sapphire mining town of Ilakaka and through isolated
forests that constitute the most important remnant of dry deciduous forest of
Madagascar. After finishing the ride we transfer through Zombitse National
Park and through areas known for flamboyantly painted ‘Mahafaly tombs’
and ‘Antandroy tombs’. From Tulear we’ll continue north of Ifaty to
Ifaty beach, a seaside beach resort protected by coral reefs. The landscape
is dominated by cactus-like plants and mangrove trees line the coast which is
used by local Vezo communities that earn their livelihoods through fishing.
Cycle approx. 65km.
Accommodation: Hotel de la Plage or similar
*Standard Hotel*

Day 12

Our hotel lies on the beach and today is a full free day to relax on the
beach or take part in some optional activities. From July to mid-September
there is the option to go whale watching as the migration of Humpback whales
passes through to give birth in shallow warm waters. Situated in the largest
lagoon of the country, the area is also protected by a large coral reef,
which makes it an ideal place for diving and snorkelling.
Accommodation:Hotel de la Plage or similar
*Standard Hotel*

Day 13

Today we transfer to Tulear airport for our flight to Antananarivo which will
arrive in the afternoon. Depending on the flight schedule, you may have free
time to explore Antananarivo on your own. Those on the group flights will be
transferred to the airport in the late evening for the very early flight the
next morning.

Please note that flight delays on the internal flight are not uncommon – we
strongly advise not to book your international flights to depart before
midnight.

Prices & Dates

Date: 2018-09-302018-10-12

Trip code: MZG180930

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Price: €2855

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Date: 2018-10-142018-10-26

Trip code: MZG181014

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Date: 2018-10-282018-11-09

Trip code: MZG181028

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Date: 2019-05-192019-05-31

Trip code: MZG190519

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Date: 2019-06-092019-06-21

Trip code: MZG190609

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Date: 2019-08-042019-08-16

Trip code: MZG190804

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Date: 2019-09-152019-09-27

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Date: 2019-09-292019-10-11

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Date: 2019-10-132019-10-25

Trip code: MZG191013

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Date: 2019-10-272019-11-08

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Customer Feedback

A fantastic holiday!

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
For me there were 4 particularly inspirational moments/events:
1) seeing lemurs in both the lemur park and in the wild;
2) the walk across the rocks up into the hills/mountains;
3) the visit to a “typical” dwelling together with a brief description of
how the family lived;
4) the unspoiled beach and shoreline at Ifaty.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Armel was excellent, always cheery, humorous and well informed. He was also
keen to give me/us a glimpse of Madagascan culture in so far as that was
possible.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
In early morning and evening it is quite cold so a fleece or two and other
layers are important. The walk in the rain forest certainly requires a
descent pair if walking shoes/boots.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The small herds of zebu are quite memorable and the zebu steaks are very
tasty.

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Excellent trip

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I can think of more than one!
– Cycling at sunrise riding towards the full moon while the sun was slowly
rising behind us. It was simply surreal.
– Night walk in the rainforest looking for chameleons with millions of starts
shining above us and the sound of the nature.
– Riding through the small villages in the remote areas and the entire family
greeting us and the cute little kids jumping up and down as if we were doing
‘Tour de France’! 🙂
– The exilerating long downhills surrounded with mountains.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Armel was simply amazing. He was very passionate about his country and the
tour. He was full of energy and always had a big smile. He cared about every
single member of the group and did not leave anybody out. Without him, the
tour would not have been the same!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
There are quite a few hills to climb so make sure you have a decent fitness
level.

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Loved it! Excellent and Challenging!

Summary:
I loved every moment of this trip, even the part where I fell off the bike!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Being able to cycle the longest distances I’ve ever cycled in my entire life.
Seeing so much beautiful scenery that my eyes hurt, and feeling on certain
roads that there was noone else in the world.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Mel was a fantastic tour leader. He had a tough job on his hands as I was a
very amateur cyclist with a very strong group. He managed to accommodate
across alllevels.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Ensure that you are fully prepped on cycling on hills. The Malagasy flats are
undulating and challenging. I thought I had a reasonable base level of
fitness, but would have enjoyed it more if I had done more cycling related
prep.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Would highly recommend this trip. I had an amazing time and would do more as
a result of this!

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A fabulous trip!

Summary:
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!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling 100 kms in one day – the furthest we’d ever cycled.
Seeing lemurs on several occasions.
Some of the long descents were absolutely wonderful.
The warm welcome we received in every small village, with children keen to
wave and greet us.
A surprise visit to a village house for coffee.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Mel was extremely good natured and efficient. Getting checked into each hotel
was smooth and organised very quickly. He was at ease with everyone in the
group (we ranged in age from early twenties to late sixties). He was
encouraging and friendly and was happyfor us to cycle at our own pace.
Everything on the trip ran very efficiently – a lot of thought and previous
experience went into things such as ordering our meals a couple of hours
early so that the small kitchens could cope.
Suggesting and organising a group kitty for snacks en route and to pay tips
in the hotels was really helpful. He emphasised safety regularly,
particularly in damp weather and when the roads were steep with sharp bends.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If you’re cycling, a gel saddle cover or your own saddle is useful.
Don’t expect to see lemurs in the wild – we saw plenty, but only in National
Parks.
Don’t expect great wi-fi!
Do expect to see a lot of cloud/rain in the rainforest.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
A suggestion regarding Ifaty beach. A few of us walked to the nearby village
with one of the hotel staff as our guide. We paid the hotel a small amount
for this service. We agreed that travellers would be happy to pay twice as
much and for some of the money to go to the village (whose water pump had
failed).

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Cycling Madagascar

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Difficult to pick one thing, so I have chosen 3 things.
-Seeing so many different types of Lemur, we saw Lemurs on 4 separate
occasions.
-The 10k downhill cycle through Ranomafana national park
-Swimming in the natural pool at Liliha waterfall. There’s nothing like a
refreshing swim when you are hot from cycling.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Armel (Mel) was great. He really loves his country and is personally involved
in supporting the rural communities.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Credit cards are only accepted in Antananarivo, and ATM/Cash machines are few
and far between, so planning money is a bit tricky. Taking extra Euros or
dollars as a back up is an option.
There were lots of picnics, some smart people in our group bought a foam
garden kneeler to sit on.
A sarong makes a good improvised changing room for the 2 natural swimming
days.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Make this your next Exodus cycling trip!

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Cycling in Madagascar

Summary:
This trip had everything we expected and so much more! Fantastic scenery
which changed day by day, varied terrain from good roads to off road dirt
tracks, geysers, waterfalls, natural swimming pools, beautiful coloured
mountains, rain forest, savannah, lemurs, chameleons, great company, lovely
friendly locals and a wonderful guide! The bikes were of excellent quality
and were well maintained both before we started and during the trip. The
accommodation was simple, clean and comfortable and the food was good with
plenty of choice.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There are far too many to single out one but it was lovely to see so many
different types of lemurs in their natural habitat, especially the tiny mouse
lemur seen at night in the rain forest. The scenery was spectacular and there
were many rewarding long descents following hot, slow climbs! Swimming in the
natural pools was a fantastic experience and It was also lovely to be greeted
in the villages by children running to the road, jumping up and down, waving
and cheering!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Mel was a wonderful guide. He was enthusiastic, great fun and very
motivational. He was very knowledgeable about his country, its people and
culture as well as the wild life. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he
looked after us all extremely well. One day our progress was halted due to a
collapsed bridge and he worked tirelessly through the night trying to find a
way to continue the next day. Thankfully the bridge was repaired in record
time and we were able to continue with only a slight reduction in kilometres!
He has a great sense of humour and he is truly inspiring. His love of
Madagascar and its people shines through! He is definitely one of the best
Exodus guides we’ve had. He makes everyone feel special – including
organising 2 birthday parties!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
All of the issues mentioned in previous reviews from last year have been
addressed and the trip is now running like a well oiled machine. The bikes
were of excellent quality and very well maintained both on arrival and during
the trip. We had very few mechanical issues en route but those we had were
sorted efficiently and effectively. Alain the bike mechanic was great.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This trip now in its second year is one not to be missed. If you love
cycling, a new country with varying scenery and lots of unusual wildlife then
this is the trip for you. The local people in the villages are delighted to
see you and you will be sad to leave!

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Madagaskar cycling

Summary:
Altogether a good trip, would do it again!

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing the people happy, although they are very poor (in western standard).

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Friendly and helpful, knows a lot about the nature and animals.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring your own moskito -net, because most hotels don’t provide it.
Avoid milk and cheese and yoghurt …..

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
You shortened the yourney for one day without telling … meaning for nearly
all of us one more (useless?) day in Antananarivo. – Quite angry about that,
I must tell you!

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Sarah

Summary:
Wonderful trip – still not perfect (since it was only the fourth one) .. but
getting there

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Ranomafana – the rain forest

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Armel is a great tour leader and had everything under control at all times –
he did a brilliant job. Excellent knowledge about the flora and fauna – knew
every path and supplied us with lots of snacks (from the kitty).

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
1) Pack lots of disinfection spray
2) Sun factor 50
3) Pack antivomiting pills – 3/4 of the group got sick during the course of
the trip
4) take something to give flavor to your drinking water

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The trip was originally 14 days long – than Exodus shortened it and we were
left hanging there, not knowing if the last night would be included or not
…. We tried to get in contact with Exodus and they told us that it’s not
their problem – we should talk to the company we booked it with. Several
travelers had the same problem and I for my part did not think that with was
handled very well. Our tour guide was brilliant and he successfully sorted it
out – cheers Armel!

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CYCLING HIGHLIGHTS IN MADAGASCAR

Summary:
To summarize, my cycling trip to Madagascar proved to be an extremely
enjoyable experience. Great wildlife,exhilarating cycling,competent and
enthusiastic tour leader and excellent Hotels.Even the weather in November
was brilliant.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Downhill cycling through mountain terrain

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Extremely competent and enthusiastic.

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Seeing rural Madagascar by bike

Summary:
This was an exciting trip, with varied scenery, and the lemurs don’t
disappoint! Madagascar is an intriguing country with rural life lived
without much western influence. The population were universally friendly.
This trip is fairly new and as such not as slickly run as other established
trips elsewhere, but it’s great nonetheless and Armel is very committed to
sorting the fine detail.
Good hotels, good food, good beer – A great choice – book it!

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Roads were quite safe, with many Zebu and people power carts plus chickens,
geese and a few extremely docile dogs. The scenery and village locations are
often quite stunning, and the children endlessly enthusiastic for cyclists
passing through.
In the Parks it comes as quite a surprise when you first realise how close to
the Lemurs you can get in the wild and how many different varieties you see;
not to mention the snakes and reptiles.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Armel was an excellent guide. He was always good humoured and enthusiastic.
Quite rightly, he got us up fairly early every morning so that at least some
of the cycling was before the hotter part of the day. His management of the
snacks kitty was really good -he always managed to produce some surprises at
the right moment to keep us going.
He was also very supportive when anyone was unwell, giving good practical
advice.
Perhaps however, Armel needs more thought and presentational planning prior
to the daily itinerary briefings. People do expect well explained details and
background info, at the right moment.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
By early November the weather was getting hotter. It didn’t spoil the
cycling, but made it tougher.
We used mosquito repellent liberally in the evenings, but in fact saw few
mossies.
Some of the cycling is fairly arduous but the bikes were comfortable and the
low gears came in useful given the number of hills!
Some hotels have pools and the natural pool (and BBQ) at Isalo is excellent.
Don’t miss the optional walk to the fishing village at the beach and the
snorkelling trip via wind powered pirogue.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Credit cards not really usable after Tana. Limited ATMs but probably
adequate. Exodus recommended spending money about right but dodgy to manage
if you stay on at the beach at the end (we extended a few days).
Weak WiFi available every evening.
Take hand gel and wipes.
It will rain in the rain forrest but you will love it !

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

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Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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