14-days of enduro riding through marvelous Madagascar
Over the course of 14 days, you'll discover Madagascar's exotic wildlife and nature while enjoying some great trails and marvelous roads.
Day 1: Welcome to Antananarivo
After your arrival in Madagascar, you will be met by our tour guide and escorted to the hotel. There, you can get to know your fellow travellers, take a stroll through your neighbourhood or simply relax.
Day 2: Riding to Antsirabe (170 km)
In the early morning after breakfast, we will go on our first ride to Antsirabe. On our way we will discover special views and the beautiful green nature of the Vakinankaratra region. Another highlight: we can observe the natives' life on the road, as most people in Madagascar are agricultural farmers and cultivate rice and other crops. Around lunch time, we will stop at a restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal together.
Day 3: Making our way from Antsirabe to Ranomafana (227 km)
After breakfast we will ride to Ranomafana, where the most famous national park of the island is located. On the way, you will discover the beautiful green landscapes and the unique architecture of the houses while exploring some great trails on your enduro.
Day 4: Discovering Ranomafana
Without a doubt, Ranomafana is one of the most spectacular national parks of Madagascar. The 12 indigenous species of lemurs living in the park are easy to observe for us. A special attraction are the golden bamboo lemurs, some of which live not far from the entrance. We can also see other mammals such as 7 species of tenrecs, carnivorous bats, the Malagasy striped civet and some mongooses. Last but not least, more than 115 catalogued bird species live within the park, 30 of which are endemic to this area. We will explore the park by foot after breakfast and enjoy the varied flora and fauna. On well marked tropical rainforest trails, we will discover ferns, orchids, medicinal plants, rosewood and other rare trees. After endulging in the variety of the national park's inhabitants, we will visit the town in the afternoon.
Day 5: Riding to Mananjary (138 km)
After breakfast we get back on our enduros to ride to Mananjary. This town has a unique beauty: on one side, we can see the Pangalane Channel and on the other side, we can discover the Indian Ocean. On both sides, there are fishermen passing by, providing us with interesting insights into the local's everyday lifes. On our way, we will furthermore be able to enjoy some of the green, beautiful landscapes.
Mananjary was formerly known as Masindrano ("sacred water", a name that one of its neighbourhoods still retains today), and is built around a central street by the sea. It is divided by the Pangalanes Channel and is inhabited by the Antambahoakam, an ethnic group with a rather radical hierarchy. Mananjary is a small town of about 35,000 people, planted with coconut palms and bougainvillea. Furthermore, the town is surrounded by plantations wher coffee, vanilla and numerous spices such as pepper, cinnamon and cloves are grown, forming the region's basis to live.
Day 6: On our way to Ambohitsara (60 km)
After breakfast we will travel about 60 km on the Pangalanes Channel by boat. On our way, we can observe how the local specialities Toka Gasy (liquor) and Betsa Betsa (fermented palm wine) are being transported with the pirogues before arriving in Ambohitsara. Ambohitsara is a small village living of its rice cultivation and coffee, vanilla and cloves plantations. The village is known for its mysterious statue "Vatolambo, the elephant stone". This stone elephant is a sacred monument for the villagers. According to legend, their ancestors brought it with them from Mecca.
Day 7: Continuing our ride to Nosy Varika (60 km)
After breakfast we continue our journey to the east of the island of Madagascar to the coast of Nosy Varika. On the way there, lots of adventures await us. With our enduros, we will enjoy another true highlights: unforgettable moments on the sandy roads of Madagascar!
Day 8: Exploring Nosy Varika
After breakfast we go on a boat trip along the river to Vinany, a beautiful place where the canal Pangalane and the sea meet. After that we will go back to the town and in the afternoon, we will discover other parts of the village by motorcycle.
The name Nosy Varika refers to the numerous lemurs in the forests that originally surrounded the village. It is a rural community on the east coast of Madagascar and has a rich natural environment. On the outskirts of the village, one discovers the Indian Ocean with a great variety of possible activities. The largest waterfall of Madagascar, the Sakaleona Waterfall, is 200 metres high and is also located in the surroundings of Nosy Varika.
Day 9: Riding along Mahanoro to Vatomandry (173 km)
After breakfast we start our day with a special safari and adventure trip to Vatomandry. Before we reach our destination, we will traverse the river three times on a small boat. On our way we will stop for lunch. During the trip we will also discover a great variety of landscapes with green nature, savannahs, the sea and a lake.
Vatomandry is located near the Canal des Pangalanes and was an important trading centre in the 19th century. It is very popular with the inhabitants of the capital because the local beaches are not far away. You can explore the area by foot or bicycle. There are also some good surfing spots to be explored. At Tampolo beach, there is always something going on between the many picnics and the passing fishermen's pirogues.
Day 10: Goodbye Vatomandry - hello Tamatave (185 km)
After breakfast we will leave the city of Vatomandry and ride to Tamatave, where the second largest city of the island of Madagascar is located. Today's route will lead us along normal asphalt, leaving us with more opportunities to enjoy the fantastic landscapes.
Tamatave or Toamasina is the largest export port on the island. Coffee, vanilla, wood, cloves and other spices are exported from here. Next to the capital, it is the second largest city of Madagascar. It is situated between a huge beach on the Indian Ocean and Ivondro Bay. Its colonial past is still very present thanks to the old colonnated buildings and the street names which have remained unchanged. The Bien Aimé square, which corresponds to Malagasy astrology, is especially interesting. In general, Tamatave is a cosmopolitan city today: the greatest ethnic group of the Betsimisaraka happily lives there together with a Chinese community, some Europeans and Indo-Pakistanis.
Day 11: Riding our motorbikes to Ankanin'ny Nofy
After breakfast we will visit the palmarium reserve in Ankanin'ny Nofy on a small boat. There, we will have the opportunity to see around ten species of lemurs, some of them quite close to each other, including Indrilemurs and Sifakas.
Day 12: Spending the day in Ankanin'ny Nofy
Akanin'ny Nofy means "the nest of dreams'' and is also the name of the Palmarium Reserve located on the east coast of Madagascar on the edge of the Ampitabe Lake and the Indian Ocean. During your visit to the Palmaruim Reserves you can discover the famous wildlife such as the elusive Aye-Aye, which lives in complete freedom in the reserve. You will also get to enjoy the most beautiful palm trees of Madagascar. After breakfast you will have the opportunity to visit the national parks of Ankanin'ny Nofy. There you will again meet the cutest inhabitants of the island, the lemurs, and other animals. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to relax on the beach.
Day 13: Off to Andasibe (140 km)
After breakfast we will ride to Andasibe, where another national park, a beautiful natural environment and some extraordinarily windy roads await us, which are great fun to ride along on a motorbike! The Andasibe Mantadia National Park was founded in 1989 and covers two areas with its 154 km². Both parts belonged to the same wet forest and were divided into two parts due to human activities. We can discover the different flora and fauna in this park that makes Madagascar a truly unique destination. In the Andasibe Mantadia National Park orchids, (screw) palms, the heavy precious wood rosewoodand the "peeling tree" Vakoana as well as all kinds of endemic, colorful flowers grow. Most of the trees bloom all year round. In addition, the small rivers are home to some endemic fish and hundreds of insects including some exceptionally large and colorful butterflies. The Indri-Indri is the star of the national park. You will also encounter a variety of birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Day 14: Leaving Madagascar - for now! (143 km)
Today, your journey through Madagascar's diverse flora and fauna is over. After breakfast, on the last day of our motorcycle trip, we will ride back to Antananarivo. Upon arrival, you will be accompanied to the airport in the afternoon and fly back home.
For your convenience, the tour price already includes the rental fee for one of our Honda 110 cc motorbikes that are in perfect condition. If you would instead like to rent one of our Honda 125 cc, Royal Enfield 410 cc, Yamaha XTE 600, Suzuki DR 350, Honda Transalp or Suzuki DRZ 400, you can do so against a small surcharge.
Please consider that you must upgrade to a Royal Enfield 410 cc, Honda Transalp or Suzuki DRZ 400 if you would like to ride with a pillion rider.
If you'd instead prefer to bring your own bike, please see our FAQ section to make sure your motorbike meets all of our requirements for this tour.
For your own safety, we require you to wear a helmet, gloves, a motorcycle jacket or jersey with armor and durable motorcycle boots while riding. For this purpose, you can bring your own protectional gear or rent it from us against a small surcharge.
For your convenience, we have decided against offering set departure dates for this tour. Instead, you are free to choose any starting date you'd like - the best time to travel through Madagascar on a motorbike is between May and October.
In accordance with §651r BGB, you will receive a risk coverage certificate immediately after completing your reservation that protects the amount that you have paid to us in the case of our insolvency.
The minimum number of participants for this trip is 3 persons. However, if you only want to book 1 ticket, that is fine as well. Just pre-book the tour on our website and we will join you with other travelers. Should the minimum number of participants not be reached, we will contact you in time to find a suitable solution. We are also happy to offer this tour to you as an individual tour!
If you've got any further questions with regards to this tour, please go to our FAQ section where we have already answered the most common questions for this tour. Please also get acquainted with our travel advice of the respective country well before your journey and adhere to the advice given. All tours are subject to our terms and conditions. Please also familiarize yourself with the customers' rights when booking a packaged tour before you book your trip.
- 10 guided day tours with an experienced guide - Rental motorbike on all riding days incl. fuel - Program according to the itinerary, if not declared optional - 13 overnights in double bed rooms with breakfast - Airport transfer to the accommodation and back - Support vehicle (for groups of 5 riders or more) - National flight ticket - Welcome gift - Map of Madagascar
- Rent of all necessary protectional gear (bookable against a small surcharge) - Entrance fees for the park - Arrival and departure to the tour's starting point and back - All meals and drinks that aren't explicitly marked as included - Personal expenses and tips - Visa fees