Madagascar Baobab

A varied journey through lonely lowlands and magnificent mountain areas!

Pricing

Price
Motorcyclist: €4,595.00 $5,111.74 ?
pillion: €3,950.00 $4,394.21 ?
Single room supplement: €520.00 $578.48 ?

Features

Features
Scheduled flight Frankfurt - Antanarivo and back, other departure airports on request, surcharge may apply
Transfers airport Antanarivo - hotel and back
All hotel stays
Rental motorcycle Honda XR 250 ccm, incl. liability insurance
Multilingual tour guide on the motorcycle
Escort vehicle and luggage transport
Mechanic
Travel security note
Travel guide
Not included features
gas
entrance fees
Optional excursions
food and drink
insurances
Pocket money: 600 Euro (This amount is an indication of how much money you will need for this trip). It includes food, drink, souvenirs, optional excursions and gasoline.)

More details

More details
Minimum number of participants: 8
Maximum number of participants: 10
Maximum number of passengers: 2
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Motorcycles:
During this trip we ride with Honda XR 250ccm motorcycles
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Difficulty level of the Reiser:
During the trip we do not reach high altitudes or extreme weather conditions, but there are sometimes days with very difficult off-road routes.
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Offroad:
The distances are not great, and there are not very long distances in the journey. But we have four difficult offroad days. These are in the southeast of the country and the difficulty level depends on the weather. If it is very dry, the subsoil can consist of loose sand and when it rains, the subsoil becomes soft and smooth, the roads are difficult to travel. We also have to take a ferry from time to time.
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Overnight stays:
In the larger towns (and these are the fewest) the hotels are good. In the smaller villages, even the best hotels are simple and basic. One should be prepared for this.
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Climate:
The rainy season in Madagascar is mainly in December to February. June to September are dry and very hot. The best months to travel are October and November as well as April and May. However, the climate varies greatly from region to region. The main wind current, which carries moisture to the east coast all year round, runs from east to west. The central highlands are mild, in the evening the temperatures can drop below 10° C.
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Clothing:
Helmet and motorcycle jacket with protection, gloves and good (motorcycle) trousers with protection or loose knee pads and sturdy (mountain) shoes are mandatory. A summer (air permeable) motorcycle jacket with protection is also advisable. On colder days in the mountains you can - if necessary - wear extra clothing under your jacket. Good sunglasses are important and a helmet with visor or cross glasses against dust and sand is recommended. The trip takes place during the dry season. But especially in spring you have to expect a rain shower.
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Visa:
On arrival at the airport, you buy a visa for about 25 euros (80,000 ares).
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Pocket money and money matters:
Only in the big cities is it possible to withdraw money from ATMs in local currency. It is best to take enough cash with you when you travel.
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Security:
The political situation is stable at the moment. In Antananarivo, you have to watch out for pickpockets. In the capital there is a lot of traffic but here the driving is slow, outside the capital there is hardly any traffic, that makes driving a bit safer.
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More details about the trip and what to take with you can be found in the manual that you will receive about 1 month before departure.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Madagascar is known for its funny cartoons. It belongs to Africa, but most of the population is of Asian origin. They were sailors from Borneo who first settled on the island. It is also a country of extremes in terms of climate. In the mountain areas there is a humid climate, but in the lowlands it is very dry. We start the journey in the capital Antanarivo, after a day trip to the Makis and an old palace we ride eastwards. We visit the beautiful parks of Tsingy and Isalo, ride long off-road routes along the west coast, take a boat trip to the whales and through the Tsiribhina Gorge and, above all, ride adventurous routes on our Honda XR250 cc motorcycles.

TOUR COURSE:

Day 1 - Germany - Departure

Day 2 - Arrival - Antanarivo

A transfer brings us to the hotel in the center of the lively colorful capital. Antanarivo is located in a mountain area, and you can see that. Many paths are steep or connected with stairs. In the center of the city is the Square of Independence, actually more of a two-lane street, separated by a green strip. There is always a lot going on here, but there is also a lot to experience in the streets all around. In addition to Asian and African influences, remains of the French colonial period can be seen here in many places.

Day 3 - Antanrivo - Day trip

We get on our motorcycles for the first time and make a nice day trip. First we ride a great route through full, narrow streets in Antanarivo. We ride through Marktgassen and are probably stuck in traffic jams several times. Once out of town, the traffic gets a little quieter. Royal Hill is about 20 kilometres outside the city. On this mountain there are several temples, built by the first immigrants from Southeast Asia and comparable to the temples found in Indonesia and Malaysia. The place is still very important for many Malay people. The place is protected by UNESCO. Going back to town is an adventure in itself. There's traffic jams everywhere. Thank God we can ride our motorcycles through the narrowest streets and markets.

Day 4 - Antanarivo - Ampefy (115 km)

In the lively morning traffic we ride out of the city. We cross the main road and take a well asphalted road to the west. After one hour we arrive at the Lemurpark, also called Maki Park, this is a reception centre for lemurs. There are many different types of lemurs in the park, and with a guide we walk around the park and learn about the species and their characteristics. We'll stay for lunch. It is then still about 2 hours ride to Chute de Lilz. This waterfall is one of the largest in Madagascar. After the visit we ride back a bit and then further south. We spend the night in a very small village, Ampefy, in a hotel on the shore of the lake.

Day 5 - Ampefy - Antsirabe (155 km)

After about 50 kilometers we meet the first piece of offroad of this trip. It's a distance of about 80 kilometers. The whole day we ride through beautiful hilly landscapes with a few rice fields. In the humid period it is green here, but in the long dry months it is brown and dry. The last 40 km to the beautiful city of Antsirabe in the central highlands we ride on asphalt. Because of the cool climate and the thermal baths to be found here, this city was a luxury health resort for the French. The many dilapidated colonial buildings still bear witness to this today. The city is primarily inhabited by the Merina, a population group with a strikingly Asian appearance. Antsirabe is the main town of the Pousse Pousse, a colorful running rickshaw. It's a pleasant place to stop on the way south.

Day 6 - Antsirabe - Miandrivazo (220 km)

Today we have a short ride of about four hours on the program, but at the destination there is still something to experience. We follow the asphalt road to the west, leave the highlands and continue into a slightly hilly environment. There's 200 km to go before we get to Miandrivezo. Here we park the motorcycles, take time for lunch and ride through the valley in a traditional dugout canoe. At the end of the afternoon we are back in Miandrivezo and enjoy the evening.

Day 7 - Miandrivazo - Morondava (265 km)

We're going down into the valley. First 120 kilometres to the south, then we have lunch in Malaimbandy. They're all little places we pass. The local cuisine has had many good influences: firstly the Asian cuisine, secondly of course the French cuisine, and thirdly Madagascar is an island where there is a lot of fish, but also cattle (Zebu).

So you can also eat delicious food in the small villages. In the afternoon we ride down the tarred road towards the coast. Morodava is a convivial coastal town with a small beach. We have now completed the first four riding days mainly over tarred roads. That will change in the coming days.

Day 8 - Morondava - Bekopaka (185 km)

We leave early, because it's gonna be a long day. We ride through the famous Baobab Allee and on to the private nature reserve Kirindy. After 90 kilometres of dirt road we arrive at Belo Tsiribihna, situated on one of the widest rivers in the country. We'll have to take the ferry here. After lunch we follow 100 kilometres along gravel roads to the entrance of the Tsingy National Park, where we spend the night.

Day 9 - Bekopaka - Day trip Tsingy

The Tsingy National Park is the most fascinating park in the country. It consists of countless pointed limestones, which have bizarre shapes and are up to 30m high. There is a hiking route in the park that connects the various peaks with suspension bridges, not for people who are afraid of heights! If we still have time, there is a second hiking route through the park a little further north. In the evening we spend the second night in Bekopaka.

Day 10 - Bekopaka - Morondava (185 km)

We're going back the same way we came. For lunch we stop again in Belo Tsiribihina and take the ferry again. We get one of the most beautiful impressions in the evening when we enjoy the sunset at the Baobab Alley. For the photographers among us this is a real opportunity! The motorcycles in the dust of dirt roads together in the orange light of sunset and in the background the beautiful Baobab trees - this is a photo!

Day 11 - Morondava - Rest day

Today is a day of rest. While the mechanic does a lot of maintenance on the bikes, we can enjoy the beach, lounge or explore the various restaurants and bars that Morondava has to offer. If you like, you can admire the sunset at Baobab Allee again.

Days 12 and 13 - Morondava - Manja, Manja - Toliara (190 km)

These will be the two most difficult days of the journey. We ride through an area where there are no main roads and only very small villages. Depending on the condition of the paths we will stay either in Manja or in another village which is easier to reach depending on how far we get.

The first part of the completely unpaved route runs along the coast, but we don't get to see the sea. Then the route leads slowly inland, following the river. Manja is situated about 150 km inland from Morondava.

The second part of the route runs in the lowlands and leads us across the Mangoky River. We have to cross it with the ferry. Then it's probably 180 kilometers before we get to the coast.

It's two long days, but the condition of the route also depends on the weather - will it be mud or loose sand, and how much water is in the river that we have to cross? In the port of Toliara we have a nice hotel with warm showers and a good restaurant. We'll stay here two days.

Day 14 - Toliara - Rest day

We will use this day in July and August to make a boat trip to the whales. We need luck to see them, there is no guarantee that we can really observe them. The boat trip starts in the south of the village, where we ride to with the motorcycles. Unfortunately there are no whalewatching tours in the other months. We will then visit the caves of Sarodrane or a beautiful arboretum.

Day 15 - Toliara - Ranohira (210 Km)

We follow Highway 7, which leads us slowly up into the mountains. We climb a pass of 1,056 meters altitude. We get lunch in Ilakaka. This place is known for its sapphires and mines. We can attend a workshop. Nowhere else in the world can you find sapphires in all the colours of the rainbow. After that it is another hour ride to Ranohira, where we spend the night.

Day 16 - Ranohira - Visit the Isalo National Park

Isalo is a park that resembles the Grand Canyon in America. It is not only about the animals, but about the landscapes with rugged rock massifs and extraordinary fauna and flora, such as the Pachypodium, which is literally called "elephant's paw". Gorges, waterfalls and small oases, various endemic plants, but also lemurs can be seen here. The whole day we are on the way with a guide and will enjoy a picnic in the grandiose landscape.

Day 17 - Ranohira - Ambalavao (250 km)

Today we continue on the main road no. 7. On the way you can see wonderful landscapes. We have time to take pictures and stop in small places. At noon we check in at a nice hotel near the park Anja. Anja Park is known for its Catta lemurs, a variety of chameleons and some endemic plants. The Catta lemurs have long curly tails and live together in groups.

Dag 18 - Ambalavo - Ranomafana (120 km)

Today we continue to the highlands of Madagascar. Curvy roads lead us north. We will have lunch in Fianarantsoa.

North of this city we turn east and stop at the Namorona waterfalls. We spend the night in the small village Ranomafana.

Day 19 - Ranomafana - Antsirabe (230 km)

This morning we visit the rainforest of Ranomafana. Then we take another dirt road, return to Highway 7 and head north. After lunch in Ambositra there are still 90 kilometres to go. We ride the whole day through the highest parts of the country and enjoy very nice views.

Day 20 - Antsirabe - Antananarivo (departure) (170 Km)

A beautiful winding route takes us back to the capital. The closer we get, the more traffic. Hopefully we'll get to the center without traffic jams. We hand in the motorcycles at the hotel and say goodbye to the rider and mechanic. Since the departure is usually late at night, we still have the whole afternoon to stroll through the city and do some shopping. In a nice restaurant we finish this impressive journey and ride to the airport for the return flight in the late evening.

In some cases the return flight may take place in the afternoon. In this case it will be checked whether the program needs to be adapted to arrive in time in the capital, so that there is still enough time for showering, changing clothes and checking in.

Day 21 - Arrival Germany