We've made a beautiful cyclingtrip in Madagascar. Below are some pictures and below them is some info with our route, GPS tracks and a height profile.
Here you can watch the video we shot during this trip.
Press F11 (=makes screen full frame) before watching the pictures. Use the left/right arrow keys to navigate.
A nice hotel in Antananarivo is the Sakamanga hotel. You can park your bicycle in a locked garage and
there is also a left lugage room were you can store your bicyclebox and use it again on your returnflight. We had a room in the 'soft' categorie and it was
already great (ask for room 15). It's useful to make a reservation.
The roads we cycled were in good condition (sometimes a few holes or bumpy). Only the last part to Morandava is bad but on your cycle it's easy to slalom
between the holes. Also the northern route from the RN 7 to Ranamafana is unpaved and has lots of stones.
In the villages watch for shops/food stalls who sell fried bananas. Very nice and great food for cyclists.
Madagascar is 587.041 km2 big and has 20.653.556 (2009) inhabitants. The Netherlands is 41.528 km2 big and has 16.515.057 (2009) inhabitants.
-Madagascar 1:1.200.000 van Reise Know-How. On the main highway the map is ok. Only the distances are not always correct. For example the stretch from Ambositra to Ranomafana was 138 km instead of 105 km.
-Lonely Planet van Madagascar & Comoren
-Bradt Travel Guides van Madagascar
Tour of Madagascar by Michael Ayers
Madagascar Travel Guide
On the 20th of september we took a bus from Morondava to Antsirabe and on the 26th of september we took the train from Manakara to Fianarantsoa (GPS track train)
|Date||Route||D (km)||A (km/u)||M (km/u)||H (m)||GPS track||Height profile||12 sept. 2010||Antananarivo-Ambatolampy||72.20||15.2||41.5||1093||Day 1||Day 1||13 sept. 2010||Ambatolampy-Antsirabe||98.30||18.3||42.5||660||Day 2||Day 2||14 sept. 2010||Antsirabe-Mandoto||107.63||17.7||47.0||1103||Day 3||Day 3||15 sept. 2010||Mandoto-Miandravazo||119.22||15.3||59.5||1535||Day 4||Day 4||16 sept. 2010||Miandravazo-Malaimbandy||116.47||15.9||37.0||865||Day 5||Day 5||17 sept. 2010||Malaimbandy-Mahabo||113.05||16.5||44.5||908||Day 6||Day 6||18 sept. 2010||Mahabo-Morondava||45.89||14.7||20.5||26||Day 7||Day 7||21 sept. 2010||Antsirabe-Ambositra||96.47||17.2||45.5||692||Day 8||Day 8||22 sept. 2010||Ambositra-Ranomafana||138.95||15.4||40.5||1508||Day 9||Day 9||23 sept. 2010||Walk in Ranomafana NP||7.3||259||Day 10||Day 10||24 sept. 2010||Ranomafana-Irondo||78.79||16.5||42.5||633||Day 11||Day 11||25 sept. 2010||Irondo-Manakara||107.28||15.1||48.5||998||Day 12||Day 12||28 sept. 2010||Fianarantsoa-Ambalavao||57.95||15.6||39.0||652||Day 13||Day 13||29 sept. 2010||Ambalavao-Zazafotsy||104.53||17.9||50.5||1161||Day 14||Day 14||30 sept. 2010||Zazafotsy-Ranohira||128.09||19.8||45.5||944||Day 15||Day 15||02 okt. 2010||Walk in Isalo NP||13.5||454||Day 16||Day 16||03 okt. 2010||Ranohira-Sakaraha||112.5||18.9||51.0||1060||Day 17||Day 17||04 okt. 2010||Sakaraha-Toliara||130.76||20.1||45.0||575||Day 18||Day 18||Totaal||1627.6||14413|