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Magical Madagascar

Magical Madagascar

Magical Madagascar

A magical cycling journey through one of the world’s most unique locations – an island nation of exceptional beauty and unusual wildlife

RIDERS AND STAFF

Emily Currie

Leader

Ifaty to Nosy Be

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Emily Currie

Leader
Ifaty to Nosy Be

South Africa

“‘Happiness is only real when shared’: I think this counts for a whole spectrum of experiences and emotions—pain, hardship, excitement, joy, for instance—and explains why sharing an adventure or journey with a group makes it so very real!”

Who would have thought that growing up on a farm and a career in rural healthcare would prepare me for a job like my job at TDA? I always had the desire to travel and even though I thought working here would be too good to actually come true when I sent in my job application, here I am, six tours and 28 countries later. I’ve learned more about the world and myself then I ever expected.

With so many incredible memories—and so much food shared, so many friends made along the way—it will take me years to process everything I’ve experienced courtesy of TDA. Highlights of my travels so far include finishing the North American Epic (NAE) in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead, cycling Central Asia’s Pamir Highway, Abdul’s pilaf in the parking lot, Colombia, pan con chicharron, Patagonia, a massive thunder storm in Zambia, Hami melon, Madagascar, Samarkand, walnut and honey spread on fresh bread and topped with whipped yak cream, eaten in a warm yurt… and the list goes on! It’s amazing to realize that everything I experience with TDA will have an impact on my life long after these adventures are over.

One adventure I don’t expect to have again is the one I had in Mexico, when we discovered Hurricane Patricia was heading right straight at us. Monitoring the storm’s progress through the night—from stage 4 to stage 5—seemed so unreal. By 5:00 a.m., CNN was calling Patricia the strongest hurricane ever measured on planet earth. A few hours later, we loaded all bikes, riders, kit and crew onto an extra van and bus … and took off, tails between our legs, because Patricia was shaping up to be a beast! By nightfall we were safe and sound in the heart of tequila country, and, as Patricia lost most of her fury at landfall, the party at our lodgings ramped up.

There are so many wonderful aspects to working with TDA but key amongst them are travelling with purpose, meeting people from all over—and the food!

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Yanez Novoa

Chef

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Yanez Novoa

Chef
Ifaty to Nosy Be

South Africa

Exited to be part of the team.

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Jill Cohen

Medic

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Jill Cohen

Medic
Ifaty to Nosy Be

United States

Hi Everyone! I'm looking forward to joining Magical Madagascar 2019 as your Tour Medic. Saddle sores happen--I'm here to help, and we'll get through it. :) A bit about me: I'm an ER Travel Nurse and Dance Teacher, currently on assignment in the lovely little Eastern Sierra mountain town of Bishop, California. I like running amok outside on a bike, a snowboard, a boat, or my own two feet. And I love expeditions, explorations, journeys, and discoveries. If you say "Hey wanna come visit me in Siberia," I am that person who will show up on your doorstep. This is more or less how I started working with TDA. Ok, see y'all soon!

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Dehon Ninon Cedric Ainarime

Assistant Leader

Ifaty to Nosy Be

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Dehon Ninon Cedric Ainarime

Assistant Leader
Ifaty to Nosy Be

Madagascar

Dehon ,26 years old,Tourist Guide. This is always what i wanted to do and I feel so blessed to be part of this trip again. I look forward to meet all of you and having great time in Madagascar

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Mark Wambui

Communications

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Mark Wambui

Communications
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Kenya

Mark Wambui is a Storyteller. I enjoy tackling new adventures that test my endurance and commitment because through each of those moments I learn a little bit more about myself.

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Rider

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Rider
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United Kingdom

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Rider

Antananarivo to Nosy Be

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Rider
Antananarivo to Nosy Be

United States

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Elizabeth (Liz) Crago

Rider

Ifaty to Nosy Be

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Elizabeth (Liz) Crago

Rider
Ifaty to Nosy Be

New Zealand

There are so many interesting places to travel to, and I can't think of any better way to travel through anywhere, than by bike. I enjoy the challenge it brings and I look forward to going to the more out of the way locations and interacting with the locals. I enjoy seeing how different life is in new places and from other perspectives. I enjoy travel, and I love cycling so am looking forward to combining them both for this trip. What will make it even more enjoyable is that my partner and best friend, Steve Caithness, has decided to join me on this amazing adventure.

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Stephen Owen

Rider

Ifaty to Nosy Be

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Stephen Owen

Rider
Ifaty to Nosy Be

United Kingdom

Cycling since school age chasing buses to school, and now aged 53, I have stepped up cycling in the last 7 years with weekend rides and endurance 300/500km rides in 24hrs, wisdom/body is now telling me that multi day riding more fun... More recently cycled across Atlas mountains North Africa and now across Sri Lanka. The Madagascar full trip will be the longest period for me, but love the challenge and expect to wrestle with inner daemons and dig deep for when the ride begins to bite; It always brings a smile to my face once I've sat down with coffee in hand and consider how lucky I am.

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Rebecca (Becky) Lewis

Rider

Ifaty to Nosy Be

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Rebecca (Becky) Lewis

Rider
Ifaty to Nosy Be

United States

I live in Steamboat Springs, CO. I do lots of outside activities in this mountain town, including hiking, biking (road and mountain), fishing, skiing, x-country skiing, show shoeing, and probably more I can't think of right now. I do a lot of volunteer work. I'm divorced and almost retired. I've traveled a lot of the world, and always wanted to go to Madagascar. Can't think of a better way to do it than this. I'm going with my neighbor and friend, Amy.

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Rider

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Amy Jenkins

Rider

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Amy Jenkins

Rider
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United States

I am so excited to join this ride! I have ridden in Italy, Spain, Croatia, Vietnam , Cambodia and across America. This is sure to be the coolest location yet! I am married and have 2 adult children, their spouses and a 6 year old grandson, all of whom are the light of my life! In addition to biking, I love everything outdoors including snow and water skiing and teach adaptive snow and waterskiing as well. Because I am retired, I spend my time volunteering for Hospice, for an adaptive sports program and at our local hospital with our therapy dog Mollie. Life is grand and I look forward to this wonderful adventure with all of you!

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EVAN KENLEY

Rider

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EVAN KENLEY

Rider
Ifaty to Nosy Be

Canada

I have the wanderlust. What better way to do it than by bike? I have traveled extensively and recently did the SAE and Silk Route. What fun and challenging trips. I am hitting that sweet spot in age when the time, energy and desire are there to challenge myself to new adventures. I look forward to sharing this challenging experience with my fellow adventurers.

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Tom Green

Rider

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Tom Green

Rider
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United Kingdom

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Steve Caithness

Rider

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Steve Caithness

Rider
Ifaty to Nosy Be

New Zealand

I'm brand new to cycling, thanks to my partner Liz for enticing me to join her on this amazing trip. I've been pretty active all my life, playing sports, fishing and diving, and especially enjoyed travelling to Truk Lagoon in 2011 and 2013 diving shipwrecks. So I am looking forward to a new challenge and enjoy meeting new people from different cultures and with different ways of life.

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Alan Knight

Rider

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Alan Knight

Rider
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Canada

I look forward to meeting and riding with all of you. This will be my second tour with TDA. I survived Cairo to Cape Town in 2013 and hope to survive Madagascar as well – and not get lost too many times. I retired about two years ago and currently live just outside of Geneva.

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Hugh Green

Rider

Antananarivo to Nosy Be

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Hugh Green

Rider
Antananarivo to Nosy Be

United Kingdom

Mechanical Engineer

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Ellen Kurland

Rider

Ifaty to Antananarivo

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Ellen Kurland

Rider
Ifaty to Antananarivo

United States

I'm a paramedic/firefighter in Washington DC who is looking forward to getting out of the city and politics of DC. Madagascar seemed as far away as I could go and still be on this planet. I am currently reading a book on a researcher who spent a lot of time in Madagascar studying Lemurs and I'm getting pretty excited about being there. I can only get enough time off of work to do the first section. Looking forward to meeting everyone and doing some cycling.

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Rider

Ifaty to Nosy Be

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Rider
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Canada

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James Bowen

Rider

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James Bowen

Rider
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United Kingdom

I am a plump 60 year old barrister who should know better

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Freddie Kennedy

Rider

Antananarivo to Nosy Be

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Freddie Kennedy

Rider
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Rider

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Rider
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Canada

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Rider

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Rider
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Canada

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Rider

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Rider
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United States

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Rita Tellerman

Rider

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Rita Tellerman

Rider
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United States

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Sonia Simard

Rider

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Sonia Simard

Rider
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Henry Gold

Rider

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Henry Gold

Rider
Ifaty to Nosy Be

Canada

“Seeing the impact the tours have on participants gives me great satisfaction.”

I set up TDA in 2002 with the hope of creating a truly unique bicycle adventure in Africa, where I spent a significant amount of time in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The idea was to have fun but also to advocate for cycling and donate some bikes to health care workers in Africa.

I love seeing and experiencing the world so any new place to explore gives me great pleasure. My favorite experience has to be arriving in Cape Town on the inaugural Tour d’Afrique and proving to all the skeptics and naysayers that it could be done—because we did it.

Another story that sticks out was when I wasn’t feeling well in southern Tanzania and took a room in the Baptist Conference compound in order to be close to the toilet. I took my money belt off and put it on a chair. In the morning I put on my cycling clothes but forgot the belt. That afternoon arriving in camp I realized I’d left the belt behind. When I made my way back to the Baptist centre it was gone. Since it contained a substantial amount of money I reported the loss to the local police, who decided to investigate. They got a list of the people who worked at the centre and proceeded to go from house to house, ransacking each one. I felt sick to my stomach and asked them to stop but they refused. In the end, they took me to the police station, insisting they needed to write a report.

Afterwards, I took a local express bus, which actually stopped every couple of kilometres, loading and unloading dozens of people on and off a van that had nine seats. Eventually, the bus reached its destination but I needed to hire a taxi to get to the campsite. The taxi driver and I struck a price and off we went. After a while, the driver decided he’d driven far enough for the price and wanted to drop me in the middle of nowhere in the dark. I prodded him on and he continued for a bit before wanting to stop again; we repeated this exercise several times. Right as we neared the camp, the taxi’s motor died. I pushed the car to the side of the road and paid the agreed amount, adding a generous tip, but the driver was unhappy. It turned out there’d been a misunderstanding—I’d offered him $15 but he’d understood $50. The misunderstanding grew into a heated argument and drew a small crowd. Suddenly there was a huge bang and I felt a whoosh of air as if a bullet had just missed me—a truck without lights had hit the taxi full on. I was convinced people had also been hit but although the taxi had been demolished, no one was hurt. The next morning, one of the staff asked me if I recalled what I’d said after the bang. I didn’t so he reminded me, repeating what I’d said: “What a day I’m having.”

I love my job because it lets me cycle the world and because of the endless possibility for unique experience it affords me. I also derive immense satisfaction from seeing the way tour participants are affected. For most of them, our cycling tours are life-changers.

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Niels van Dongen

Rider

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Niels van Dongen

Rider
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Netherlands

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Ruth Storm

Rider

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Ruth Storm

Rider
Ifaty to Nosy Be

United Kingdom

Joining the Tour d’Afrique in 2007 was the beginning of my love of cycle touring. Since, I’ve cycled independently in Europe, New Zealand, Middle East, North America and TDA Silk Road 2016. I also sail, trek, climb and ski long distances and remotely. Looking forward to exploring with like-minded friends!

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Rider

Antananarivo to Nosy Be

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Rider
Antananarivo to Nosy Be

New Zealand

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Jane Hartwell

Rider

Antananarivo to Nosy Be

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Jane Hartwell

Rider
Antananarivo to Nosy Be

United States

I have wanted to travel to Madagascar for over 20 years, and am really excited to do so via bicycle! I really believe you see the world from different perspective from a bike. This will be my first time on a bicycle tour. I'm looking forward to meeting and riding with everyone else. I don't have any (non-work related) social media links!

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Emily Currie

Leader

Ifaty to Nosy Be

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Emily Currie

Leader
Ifaty to Nosy Be

South Africa

“‘Happiness is only real when shared’: I think this counts for a whole spectrum of experiences and emotions—pain, hardship, excitement, joy, for instance—and explains why sharing an adventure or journey with a group makes it so very real!”

Who would have thought that growing up on a farm and a career in rural healthcare would prepare me for a job like my job at TDA? I always had the desire to travel and even though I thought working here would be too good to actually come true when I sent in my job application, here I am, six tours and 28 countries later. I’ve learned more about the world and myself then I ever expected.

With so many incredible memories—and so much food shared, so many friends made along the way—it will take me years to process everything I’ve experienced courtesy of TDA. Highlights of my travels so far include finishing the North American Epic (NAE) in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead, cycling Central Asia’s Pamir Highway, Abdul’s pilaf in the parking lot, Colombia, pan con chicharron, Patagonia, a massive thunder storm in Zambia, Hami melon, Madagascar, Samarkand, walnut and honey spread on fresh bread and topped with whipped yak cream, eaten in a warm yurt… and the list goes on! It’s amazing to realize that everything I experience with TDA will have an impact on my life long after these adventures are over.

One adventure I don’t expect to have again is the one I had in Mexico, when we discovered Hurricane Patricia was heading right straight at us. Monitoring the storm’s progress through the night—from stage 4 to stage 5—seemed so unreal. By 5:00 a.m., CNN was calling Patricia the strongest hurricane ever measured on planet earth. A few hours later, we loaded all bikes, riders, kit and crew onto an extra van and bus … and took off, tails between our legs, because Patricia was shaping up to be a beast! By nightfall we were safe and sound in the heart of tequila country, and, as Patricia lost most of her fury at landfall, the party at our lodgings ramped up.

There are so many wonderful aspects to working with TDA but key amongst them are travelling with purpose, meeting people from all over—and the food!

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Rider

Ifaty to Nosy Be

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Rider
Ifaty to Nosy Be

United Kingdom

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Rider

Antananarivo to Nosy Be

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Rider
Antananarivo to Nosy Be

United States

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Elizabeth (Liz) Crago

Rider

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Elizabeth (Liz) Crago

Rider
Ifaty to Nosy Be

New Zealand

There are so many interesting places to travel to, and I can't think of any better way to travel through anywhere, than by bike. I enjoy the challenge it brings and I look forward to going to the more out of the way locations and interacting with the locals. I enjoy seeing how different life is in new places and from other perspectives. I enjoy travel, and I love cycling so am looking forward to combining them both for this trip. What will make it even more enjoyable is that my partner and best friend, Steve Caithness, has decided to join me on this amazing adventure.

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Stephen Owen

Rider

Ifaty to Nosy Be

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Stephen Owen

Rider
Ifaty to Nosy Be

United Kingdom

Cycling since school age chasing buses to school, and now aged 53, I have stepped up cycling in the last 7 years with weekend rides and endurance 300/500km rides in 24hrs, wisdom/body is now telling me that multi day riding more fun... More recently cycled across Atlas mountains North Africa and now across Sri Lanka. The Madagascar full trip will be the longest period for me, but love the challenge and expect to wrestle with inner daemons and dig deep for when the ride begins to bite; It always brings a smile to my face once I've sat down with coffee in hand and consider how lucky I am.

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“DO IT. Madagascar is a fantastic country to cycle in. The scenery is amazing, the people are friendly and helpful.”

“Madagascar is one of the last wild places left in the world. It’s a precious place, with an incredible range of landscapes, as well as wildlife and vegetation that can’t be found anywhere else on earth. This tour gives the opportunity to tackle challenging roads, coast through colourful villages, and experience this unforgettable island in depth.”

“The guidance of the tour was perfect. The staff gave all what was possible to support the riders. I enjoyed the mixture of cycling and visiting the natural-sites of Madagascar. The two-days boat trip on the river was a highlight for me.”

OVERVIEW MAGICAL MADAGASCAR 2019


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • MAGICAL MADAGASCAR
  • AVENUE OF THE BAOBABS
  • BEACHES & LEMURS
  • IFATY TO NOSY BE
  • IFATY TO ANTANANARIVO
  • ANTANANARIVO TO NOSY BE
  • MAY 28 TO JUL 4
  • MAY 28 TO JUN 20
  • JUN 23 TO JUL 4
  • EUR 6900
  • EUR 5400
  • EUR 2700
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULL TOUR
    • MAGICAL MADAGASCAR
    • IFATY TO NOSY BE
    • MAY 28 TO JUL 4
    • 6900 EUR
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 1
    • AVENUE OF THE BAOBABS
    • IFATY TO ANTANANARIVO
    • May 28 - Jun 20
    • 5400 EUR
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 2
    • BEACHES & LEMURS
    • ANTANANARIVO TO NOSY BE
    • Jun 23 - Jul 4
    • 2700 EUR
    • FULLY BOOKED

Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour. This fee is in addition to the entry fee listed above and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Returning riders get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details. Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

 

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