Today is an arrival day. You are free to arrive at any time. Upon arrival in Antananarivo you will be greeted by your tour manager and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Antananarivo or Tana takes its name from an episode in Malagasy history.
On foot and with our tour vehicle we do an informative tour around the city. Later we take our bikes
and cycle to Ambohimanga, the blue hill. The hill is classed as holy, due to the earlier presence of
the holy capital of the Merina Kingdom and was named UNESCO world heritage site in 2001.
Continue to Ilafy. On the hill today you can see only the ruins of the priestly Rova.
Km of cycling: 19 Kilometer
Difficulty: Easy asphalt road with some climbs
Type and conditions of trails: National road to the junction, North-East of the Antananarivo city
Transfer along the national road to the village of Antanifotsy by car. On the way we visit an
aluminum pot making factory in Ambatolampy. From Antanifotsy, we ride on the bicycle to continue our journey. Sometimes, the local bike enthusiasts wave to us. At the beginning of our bicycle journey, we drive on a track with fruit trees and rice fields at the edge. After crossing the track, we will be on the national highway number 7 to reach Antsirabe. Because of its position in the highlands, Antsirabe, 4500ft. above sea level, during its French rule was also a favorite recuperation site.
Km of cycling: 52, 9 kilometer
Difficulty: easy track and asphalt road, some easy climbs
Type and conditions of trails: National road from the junction to Antsirabe, North East from the city of Antsirabe
Today we'll take a bike ride. First, we will visit the Andraikiba lake located at 7 km from Antsirabe; it is a beautiful place to hang out. There are also sellers of semi-precious stones on this site. Lake Andraikiba was also an important center for water sports activities.
After we continue with our bike to reach another lake, more spectacular, and full of myth; it is Tritriva lake located 11 km south of Andraikiba lake. This Crater Tritriva lake is the most famous to Madagascar, whose the water level rises during the dry season and decreases during the rainy season.
To return, after the visit of the two lakes, we will take the car. Arriving at Antsirabe, we'll do the city tour by car; we will also discover the artisans of the city with their finished products.
Km of cycling: 18 kilometer
Difficulty: easy asphalt road, gravel path with many climbs
Type and conditions of trails: National road until the junction, West of Antsirabe town
After breakfast we cycle further south on the hilly road to Ambositra. It is situated 93km from Fianarantsoa, the handicraft capital; the region is best-known for its wood work: sculpture, inlays and engravings. The Zafimaniry villages, named for the tribe living in the dense, eastern forests, are especially distinctive. Their fine and delicate woodwork has achieved worldwide acclaim.
Km of cycling: 93 kilometer
Difficulty: easy asphalt road, a lot of turns and climbs
Type and conditions of trails: National road from Antsirabe to Ambositra
A transfer by our vehicle takes us to the small village of Camp Robin. This is at the village of Camp Robin that we take the bicycle to reach the village of Ranomafana. This path is characterized by turns, climbs and descents. Along the way, we will pass in valleys, villages and eucalyptus forests. From the village of Ambohimahasoa, there will be a change in climate, it is tropical humid climate. So it may rain on the way. It will be the end of this path that there will be a long descent before arriving at our hotel.
Km of cycling: 84 kilometer
Difficulty: easy track and asphalt road, some easy climbs and descents, 12 Kilometer long descent at the end of the journey
Type and conditions of trails: Narrow national road between Camp Robin and Ranomafana
The national park of Ranomafana is a full forested park (41 601 Ha) classified World Natural Heritage of Atsinanana, located in the East of Fianarantsoa. You can find there the rare and endangered species of Lemurs. The Varibolomena, a diurnal lemur is the best species of the Park with the Grand Hapalemur. The water of Thermal station of Ranomafana whose sulfur composition is a true therapy for some diseases takes its source in the Park. The relief is hilly and the forest dense cut by beautiful cascades.
Km of cycling: break
Difficulty: 2-5 hours walk in the park, depend on the ability of participants
Type and conditions of trails: Visit of the Ranomafana National Park
We cycle the first km mostly uphill to Andovaka. Then we leave the tarmac and we continue off
road. During the trip we see locals selling piles of sand, gained from the nearby river as well as
women weaving baskets. On a good gravel road we reach our hotel right in the centre of a tea
growing area; tea plantation covering 400ha.
Km of cycling: 70 Kilometer
Difficulty: 12 kilometer climbs in the first route, many turns, track and asphalt road
Type and conditions of trails: National road until the junction, stony track between the junction to the hotel
After breakfast, we leave our hotel. Possibly, we visit the Sahambavy Tea Estate, the only tea
Plantation in Madagascar. After, we cycle through the city of Fianarantsoa which is situated approximatively 410 km from Antananarivo before we continue southward to Ambalavao. Fianarantsoa is the capital of Betsileo ethnic group. The landscape is beautiful with great views of vineyards, terraced rice paddies and rocky outcrops.
Heading south, Ambalavao is the town by some as “the Southern Gateway”; Betsileo and Bara ethnic groups work together to make “Antaimoro paper”. Overnight stay in Ambalavao, the wine region of Madagascar.
Km of cycling: 77 Kilometer
Difficulty: easy asphalt road full of holes from the hotel to the junction, easy asphalt road from the junction until Ambalavao,
Type and conditions of trails: Narrow national road between the junction until Ambalavao with many turns and climbs
Today we drive bike Ambalavao until Andringitra. Andringitra is situated at 47 kilometer south of Ambalavao along the main road n°7, in the Region of Haute Matsiatra. The park shelters the peak at 2658 meter, one of the highest accessible summit of Madagascar. This area is well known for its biodiversity, endemism.
Km of cycling: 47 kilometer
Difficulty: Difficult closely stony track with many ascents, descents and turns
Type and conditions of trails: stony track between Ambalavao to Andringitra
For today we let the bicycle. We will do a circuit called "Asaramanitra»; this is a long hike 6 kilometer loop. This circuit can be done in 4 hours with picnic break; it depends on the physical ability of participants. The Asaramanitra circuit takes you to the foot of the sacred fall Riandahy, 300 meter high.
You will discover its "half" the Riambavy under mist and brilliant water pearls.
You will find the grotto Ijajofo which was a former shelter of dahalo (robber’s zebu).
This tour is ideal for to find more extraordinary species and rare bird, the Lophotibus cristata.
Km of cycling: break
Difficulty: 4 hours walk in the park, depend on the ability of participants
Type and conditions of trails: Visit of the Andringitra National Park
After breakfast, we return by bicycle to Ambalavao to join the national highway going south. Gray mountains and red laterite, the landscape of the West American begins to appear. Everything becomes dry. There are many tombs and standing stones on the summits. Discovery of vast steppes conducive to zebu cattle. Small Houses, dry yellow grass and frequent bush fires appear. The road becomes right. The air becomes hot and dry. We descend to Ankaramena.
After Ankaramena, we take the car to reach Ihosy.
The city serves as a transition between the green highlands of central Madagascar and dry
south. In the afternoon, we cross the vast plate of Horombe to go to Ranohira; those want to bike, you can ride the last kilometers to our hotel situated at the foot of the National Park of Isalo
Km of cycling: 187 kilometer
Difficulty: Difficult narrow stony track with many ascents, descents and turns between Andringitra and Ambalavao; easy wide tarred road and straight between Ambalavao and Ranohira with many ascents and descents
Type and conditions of trails: Runway to the first part, wide national road from Ambalavao to Ranohira
Is located in the region of Ihorombe, the massif of Isalo is a plateau of continental sandstone dated Jurassic. With our bike that we'll discover some sites of Isalo National Park with its bizarre rock formations and interesting flora. Strongly eroded and cut by deep canyons of many kilometers of length, the park is an extraordinary ecosystem. It is endemic rupicole vegetation made of aloes, euphorbes, pachypodes, kalanchoe grow on the exposed sandstone. We also can find there the Maki and the small bird …
We must not forget also the swimwear because we'll visit the natural swimming pool of the National Park of Isalo. It was after this visit that the car expects at the parking lot to take us to the hotel.
Km of cycling: 21 Kilometer
Difficulty: Easy rocky trail with some slopes, turns and descents
Type and conditions of trails: Runway passing in small streams
After breakfast, we continue our bike trip until lunchtime, then the rest of the day by car. In the afternoon, we arrive at Toliara, capital of the southwestern region of Madagascar. The South offers striking images of light and shadows, of people and their villages, of landscape, of plants, of spiny forest, of pale colors and dry smell. Stay 2 nights in Ifaty for relaxing and swimming, on the beach.
Km of cycling: 108 Kilometer
Difficulty: Easy wide tarred road and straight with slight ascents and descents.
Type and conditions of trails: National Road
Transfer to Toliara Airport and return flight to Antananarivo. Our agent with the car will wait you at the airport in Antananarivo. It will take you back in your hotel for the day use. Depending on the arrival time of the flight from Tulear, it will be possible to go to the craft village: the big traditional market of Antananarivo. You will find all gathered Malagasy crafts. And at the end of the afternoon, you'll have time to prepare your luggage at the hotel restaurant quietly. You will be able to have shower and changeyou to be more comfortable for your journey home.
You'll also take your dinner before your transfer to the airport provided by our agent who will assist you until your registration is completed.
And it's the end of our services. Our team wishes you a pleasant journey and hopes to see you soon discover another facet of Madagascar.
Day use: Hotel
This cycling tour on the world’s fourth largest island commences in Madagascar’s lush, green Highlands, leads one along rarely cycled asphalt and remote gravel roads in rural Madagascar. En route, one will become acquainted with the language, songs, customs and cuisine of the Creole people. In addition to cycling, guests will hike through the Ranomafana, Antringita and I‘salo National Parks. The unique fauna includes the lemurs and chameleons, and the unique flora includes the baobab and orchids. The route continues through gorges and dry bush savannah through the south-eastern part of the island of Madagascar until one reaches the warm Indian Ocean, where one can swim at the end of the journey.