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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

Ifaty to Nosy Be

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Yanez Novoa

Chef
Ifaty to Nosy Be

South Africa

Exited to be part of the team.

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Rider

Ifaty to Nosy Be

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Rider
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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.

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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

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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
Ifaty to Nosy Be

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

Ifaty to Nosy Be

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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
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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

Ifaty to Nosy Be

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Alan Knight

Rider
Ifaty to Nosy Be

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

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Ellen Kurland

Rider

Ifaty to Antananarivo

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Ellen Kurland

Rider
Ifaty to Antananarivo

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James Bowen

Rider

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James Bowen

Rider
Ifaty to Nosy Be

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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Charlene Cebryk

Rider

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Charlene Cebryk

Rider
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Canada

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Ifaty to Nosy Be

Canada

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United States

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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

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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.

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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
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • 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
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

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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