Bicycle touring in Madagascar may not be easy from a logistical point of view, but most cyclists who make the trip agree on one thing: it was worth the effort.
German solo cyclist Heike Pirngruber tells us what makes cycle touring in Madagascar so special.
Madagascar’s scenery is very diverse and includes tropical rainforest, different types of desert, mountains, beaches, canyons and rice terraces as pretty as you’ll find on Bali. There is also southern African bushland, with the deep red clay soil that makes the scenery so attractive.
It is just gorgeous where ever you go.
The National Parks are the real treasures of the country. Not only are there many endemic plants that are superb to look at, but also colorful frogs and the countless different reptiles.
There are lizards, the well camouflaged uroplatus and the famous chameleons that exist in every size and color imaginable.
And of course don´t forget the well known lemurs. They are one of the cutest animals I have ever seen.
Every National Park has its own attraction and all are unique.
# 3: Route National 7
The main Hwy is a 1,000 kilometer long tarmac road which runs from the capital, Antananarivo, to Tulear on the southwest coast of the country.
The road is in very good condition and the best part is about 50 kilometers after leaving the capital—you’ll have the road all to yourself. There is absolutely no traffic.
It passes through wonderful and diverse scenery, nice little towns and beautiful national parks. If you include a few side trips it will keep you busy for at least a month.
Best of all, there is no need to get stuck on any dusty or muddy gravel roads. Just hit Route 7 and enjoy easy pedaling downhill to the coast.
The kids are fabulous. Curious but respectful. Happy.
They never beg or ask for school pens, No, they just want to say hello or help you push your bike up a hill.
Not a single stone thrown, no aggression, just friendly kids who keep enough distance from you and your belongings. It´s a real pleasure just to be with them and play together.
#5: Travel Light
You can leave your camping gear (including tent and mattress) as well as your stove and pots at home.
If you don´t expect a lot, you can find cheap but very basic accommodation and small restaurants in nearly every little town.
Just remember, a mosquito net is essential.