Horse riding tour in the highlands of Madagascar
An unforgettable 11 days horse riding tour
For horse enthusiastswho want to be enchanted by Madagascar's uniqueness in the saddle, we have prepared three offers that include both riding requirement, as well as relaxed trotting make possible. In addition to this 11-day tour, you also have the option of an extensive Horse riding tour for 16 days to undertake or trot in seven days along the beach. This 11-day Tour into the depths of Madagascar's highlands gives you not only the opportunity to be enchanted by the impressive landscapes, but also provides insight into the diverse cultures of the island. Madagascar offers you the opportunity to admire many different landscapes. In the interior, the highlands rise impressively. Rivers caress the mighty volcanic cones and craters and then carry volcanic rock down a rapid gradient, while small, traditional mud huts nestle gently against the hills. Let the 11 days horse riding tour in Madagascar's mystic highlands from Magic of the island under the spell.
Day 1: Antananarivo - Arrival in Madagascar's capital city
After your arrival at the airport of arrival Antananarivo we organize your transfer to the guesthouse Villa Sibylwhere you will spend your first night. On site you will be served a lovingly prepared dinner.
Day 2: Get to know the country and its people
Your riding tour starts in the Midwest the island, where your horses will be ready for you. A local driver will accompany you there after breakfast. On the way you will have the opportunity to visit a Lemurs Park to visit and marvel at the cute semi-monkeys up close. After a lunch typical for the country you will be taken to the ranch where you will meet your horses. You will spend the night here at the ranch after a tasty dinner made from regional products.
Day 3: The first small tour on horseback
Today you will get to know your horse properly. On the still easy tour, you get enough opportunity to Make friends with your horse and get used to the terrain. After a short rest at noon, you will return to the ranch and have dinner together to regain your strength for the next day. adventurous experiences of the next days collect.
Day 4: The beautiful landscapes of the Lily River
(approx. 5-6h riding time)
Already in the morning you will ride along the Sakay River deeper into the mid-west of Madagascar. You will have lunch in Babetville served. A town built in the 1950s by immigrant families from Reunion. In the late afternoon you will witness a picturesque sunset and get a traditional, dinner prepared on the campfire. You will spend the night under the stars the southern hemisphere in a tent camp on the Lily River.
Day 5: The crater lake Mananasy and the town of Soavinandriana
(approx. 5-6h riding time)
The preliminary destination of the fifth day is a small crater lake, which you will reach via paths made of volcanic rock. Arrived at the lake Mananasy, a picnic already awaits you. On partly very steep paths you will ride down to the small town of Soavinandriana. In the town you will reach your accommodation. You will spend the night in the cozy and familiar accommodation Chaumière, which will offer you a unique view of the lake Itasy offers.
Day 6: From Ampefy to Manazary/Lac d'Amparihikely
(about 5-6h riding time )
Through rice fields and narrow paths within the plantations you will climb on horseback on today's day proud 1500m. This challenging ride is rewarded by a impressive 360° panorama, which includes the entire area around Lake Itasy. Riding along the dam at a gallop, you will finally set up camp to the east of Manazary. On the shore of the lake of Amparihikely the small fishing boats sway gently in the waves, while you end the day of riding with a drink in a cozy atmosphere around the campfire.
Day 7: Back to civilization - Ampefy
(approx. 5-6h riding time)
On the seventh day of your riding tour you will follow winding paths above the lake of Itasy. You will cross again and again idyllic, small villages with charming houses and elaborately decorated wooden balconies. You will cross banana plantations and use the sandy paths for small gallops. Next you will reach a crater lake and finally the well greened small town of Ampefywhere you all have time to stroll around a little. In the cozy Belle Vue you will find your camp for the night. A special highlight is the evening program of a local folklore group.
Day 8: Tearing waterfalls and bubbling geysers
(approx. 5-6h riding time)
Cross a unique volcanic landscape on the banks of the Lily River until you reach its source. There you will have a clear view of the paradise Lily waterfalls, which plunge up to 25m into the depth. You will also have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs made of pumice stone, which are made by the locals themselves. After this short rest, you will ride across black volcanic rock and reach in the late afternoon the bubbling geysers. In the evening you will be served a typical dinner of the country. You will spend the night in a cozy tented camp.
Day 9: The rice chamber of Madagascar
(approx. 4h riding time)
Today's program includes a ride to the picturesque lake of Andranomena. On the way you will overcome mountain foothills and can let your gaze wander over Madagascar's rice chamber: 3000 hectares irrigated rice fields lie ahead of you. End the day again at the geysers in the already known camp.
Day 10: Back to Antanarivo
(approx. 3h driving time)
Fleet hoofed you leave the world of geysers and head for the last natural spectacle of your trip for the time being. Your ride ends at the mysterious gorge La Marmite du Diable - the Devil's Cauldron. The river Mazy has dug a round crater in the rock here with tremendous force and through Erosion a fascinating landscape created. After a leisurely lunch, you will travel by car for about 3 hours via Tana to Antanarivo, where you will again stay at Villa Sibylle for the night.
Day 11: Madagascar's capital authentic and close
The last day is yours to do with as you please. After a hearty breakfast, you will have time to explore Madagascar's capital. Stroll through the streets of Antananarivo and witness the of the colorful and cheerful confusion of the city. Browse at your leisure for souvenirs and let the market taste local specialtiesbefore you start your journey home.
At our 11 days horse riding tour you will be guided by a English or French speaking guide accompanied. You will spend the night in accommodation specially selected by us in Double rooms. For the overnight stays in the area we provide you with Modern tents available. Breakfast and dinner will either be served in the respective hostel or provided by us and partly prepared quite traditionally at the crackling campfire. At noon is usually a small snack in the form of a Snack Packs or a small Picnics provided. Unless otherwise specified in the program, we also provide here small dishes ready for you. The tour is suitable for 1 to 10 participants, all of which have already been 2 to 3 years firmly in the saddle should sit. With our Stallions and geldings it concerns well-groomed and sociable animals. Just like the horses, you should be aware of all the 3 gaits safe feel. The mountain stages in particular demand riding skills in some cases. Even though the horses are extremely sure-footed and reliable animals, they must be able to rely on your leadership. You should therefore already Experience with off road riding have. Also ideal is a rider weight of not more than 90kg. The excursions are limited to a Riding time from 5 to 6 hours a day, with the pace changing depending on the condition of the trails. In the mountains, by nature, a calmer pace is often appropriate. The animals are kept at English bridle guided. In the dry season, i.e. from April till October, you will find the best weather conditions for the 11-day tour in the highlands. We will be happy to advise you personally and take suggestions from you to heart.