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Baobab Alley
Tour Location
Country:
Madagascar
From:
Ifaty, Madagascar
To:
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Tour Information
Support:
Vehicle Support
Duration:
23 days
Level:
Moderate
Terrain:
Mixed On/Off Road
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
€4750
Tour Distance & Dates
Distance:
1700 Km
Riding Days:
16
Daily Average:
106 Km
Month(s):
May, Jun
Departure:
May 17 - June 8, 2017
Tour Operator:
TDA Global Cycling
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Baobab Alley

23 Days Moderate 1700 KmAVG 106 Km

Starting on the stunning beach at Ifaty that overlooks Madagasgar’s Great Reef, this section covers the ‘classic’ Madagascar tourist route. It follows the RN7 and runs through a string of stunning National Parks. The landscape is gorgeous – high plateaus, sandstone massifs, canyons, granite peaks, lush valleys, desert plains and rice paddies. Bustling market towns feature some outstanding colonial architecture. Besides lemurs the cyclists should watch out for herds of zebu, the island’s cattle. Rest days will allow riders to take a refreshing dip in the ‘Piscine Naturelle’ in Parc National de l’Isalo or go for a night walk in the Parc National de Ranomafana and look for chameleons. Along the way the cyclists will have a chance to wander through the ‘ghost’ town of Ambalavao, buy sapphires in the mining town of Ilakaka, shop for arts and crafts in Ambositra, wander through the offerings in the Sabotsy Market or visit the 3 Horses Brewery in Antsirabe.

In Antsirabe, the cyclists will turn west and descend from the hills to the small town of Miandrivazo, considered to be the hottest place in the country. Riders will trade in their bicycles for a boat – a 2 day journey along the Tsiribihina River – cold drinks and delicious food on board during the day and camping on the river banks at night. Sheer red cliffs, crocodiles, marshes and mangroves will delight their eyes before the vessel pulls into the sleepy town of Belo-sur-Tsiribihina. Back on their bikes, the next day’s journey will take them through the gorgeous “Alles des Baobabs” and thence on to a rest day in the seaside town of Morondava and a possible visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. Refreshed riders now head back to the main road. On the final stretch to the capital Tana and the end of this section, riders should watch closely for tombs, painted with abstract designs, the structure indicating which island clan it belongs to.
Accommodation
Camping, Hotel / Guesthouse
Single Supplement:
Inclusions
Camping fees
Hotels fees (on designated nights)
Freshly prepared camp meals
Some restaurant meals
Roadside lunches

Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced Tour Leader
'Sweep' Rider
Bike Mechanic
Medic
Local support
Experienced chef
Tour jersey
Commemorative tour medal
Pre-Tour Information Bulletins
Simple Online registration system
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