Avenue of the Baobabs

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26 Day(s)
Moderate
1685 Km
avg 94 Km
Hosted


Starting on the stunning beach at Ifaty that overlooks Madagascar’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, savannah 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 the sapphire 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 bank 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 two 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 where one can experience the bounty of seafood from the Mozambique Channel. 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.

Information

Tour Location

Country:
Madagascar
From:
Ifaty
To:
Antananarivo

Tour Information

Guiding:
Hosted
Duration:
26 Days
Level:
Moderate
Terrain:
Mixed on/off-road
Accommodation:
Camping, Double Occupancy
Tour Language:
English

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
1685 Km
Riding Days:
18
Month(s):
May, June
Departure:
29 May - 21 Jun 2021

Additional Information

Inclusions

20 Nights in hotels
5 Nights of camping
Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced Tour Leader 'Sweep' Rider
Bike Mechanic
Medic Local support
Experienced chef
Tour jersey
Commemorative tour medal
Celebratory final dinner
Pre-Tour Information Bulletins
Pre-tour rider discussion forum

Booking Conditions

Registration fee of $150 USD to hold your place

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