Road Trip – 15 days on the Harley Davidson® through Madagascar
If you want to explore the island of Madagascar by motorbike, you are looking for a unique experience that is characterized by fascinating and varied landscapes, friendly and courteous people and an indescribable feeling of freedom. However, planning a motorcycle tour on Madagascar is anything but easy, because the road conditions on the island are often not the best. We have taken over this task for you and offer you a completely planned tour with a Harley Davidson®.
They travel on a distance of more than 2,000 kilometers from the Malagasy highlands down to the southern tip of the island. Your drive along the well-maintained RN 7 will take you past bizarre desert landscapes, tropical rainforests and mountain ranges that line your path. You will also see traditional villages, rice fields and extraordinary cities during the 15 days dedicated to this particular motorcycle tour.
You travel on a Harley Davidson® Sportster 1200, a light, simple yet extremely comfortable machine. We chose the Harley Davidson® Sportster 1200 because it is ideally suited to the sometimes very rough road conditions on Madagascar. Safety is always on our tours – therefore these machines are always driven by one person. In the following we present the exact tour planning in detail. If you have any questions or want to contribute your own wishes, please contact us. We are happy to arrange individual tours for you to enjoy an unforgettable holiday in Madagascar.
Day 1: Arrival in Antananarivo
On the first day of your journey, you will land in the Malagasy capital of Antananarivo, where you and our team will welcome you. Then transfer to Villa Sibylle. Once there, a first information meeting is scheduled. Of course you will have plenty of time to take a look at the bikes. In addition, we provide you with plenty of safety tips and information about the planned route. In addition there is a delicious aperitif, which sweetens you the first evening on Madagascar. The night will then be spent in the Villa Sybille or in an equivalent hotel in the city center.
Day 2: From Antananarivo to Antsirabe (168 km)
To avoid traffic congestion in the capital, start in the early morning in Antatanarivo. After just 20 kilometers you will leave behind the noise of the big city and in front of you unfold hilly landscapes with rice fields. The first stop in Ambatolampy will allow you to visit a foosball factory and make a detour to the manufacturers of aluminum kitchen appliances. Lunch is scheduled at a local restaurant, arriving in Antsirabe in the early afternoon. Here you can enjoy a delicious dinner in the Trianon, before you settle for the night in the Hotel Vatolahy.
Day 3: Excursion to Hautes-Terres (70 km)
Today, a trip to the large market of Antsirabe and a city tour on the bike are on the plan, before continuing to Betabo. After arrival you will walk to the local waterfall. There you can either have lunch as a picnic or opt for a pub in Betabo. In the afternoon we head back to Antsirabe for a stopover at the hot springs. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Vatolahy.
Day 4: From Antsirabe to Fianarantsoa (240 km)
In the morning we continue straight on straight roads through the beautiful plain with rice fields glittering in the light of the morning sun. Then you drive to the wooded region „Tapias“, where many endemic tree species grow. In the town of Ambositra, a coffee break is planned and the motorcycle tanks are being refilled. The road will be more intriguing from now on and the surrounding countryside is characterized by numerous hills and traditional villages. The Malagasy lunch awaits you at Hotel Ambohimahasoa, arriving in Fianarantsoa is scheduled for the afternoon. Dinner will be in the restaurant Le Panda. You will stay overnight at either Tsara Guest House or La Rizière Hotel.
Day 5: From Fianarantsoa to Ambalavao (56 km)
In the morning, we first visit the cultural heritage listed Upper Town of Fianarantsoa before returning to the streets in the early afternoon. The road continues past paddy fields and meanders through a breathtaking hilly panorama. Right and left of the trail are now the famous wine fields of Madagascar to discover. Upon arrival in Ambalavao, a visit to the village, famous for its architecture, which combines wood and stone at the tree of houses, is on the plan. Overnight and dinner will be held at the Tsienimparihy Lodge Hotel.
Day 6: From Ambalavao to the Isalo massif (225 km)
In the morning we head to the Anja Forest, a protected original forest area home to numerous endemic plant and animal species. Kattas, chameleons and Co. can be admired here in the wild. Then it continues on the road. After leaving Ihosy behind, you will notice that the landscape is beginning to change as you head for a completely unadorned plateau called Horombe. Afterwards you continue to the Isalo Ranch Hotel, where you can relax by the pool, before you let the day fade away with dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7: From Isalo to Ifaty (276)
After the first part of today’s route, lunch is scheduled in Tulear. Afterwards, the route will cover 39 kilometers of coastline, characterized by dunes and mangrove landscapes as well as sections dominated by thorny bushes. For the overnight stay and the dinner the Hotel Belle Vue is provided, from which you have a great view of a big fishing village.
Day 8: Relaxation in Ifaty
Today you can treat yourself to a day of relaxation in Ifaty-Mangily by the sea. The dinner is planned in the village, the night takes place again in the hotel Belle Vue.
Day 9: From Ifaty to Sarodrano (51 km)
12 kilometers to the south, the scenery changes again: behind Tulear, the barren landscape panorama reminds of the end of the world. Scheduled is a tour of Tulear with a stop for lunch at La Terrasse or Chez Alain. Then it goes on over the Tropic of Capricorn on a road that leads past the coast and numerous thorn bushes. The overnight stay is planned at the Eden Lodge.
Day 10: Sarodrani to Isalo (237 km)
You spend the day on the plane again and travel back north. On the halfway point, a stopover in the Zombitse Vahibiasa Reserve is planned. Afterwards you will arrive at the Isalo Rock Lodge, where the overnight stay is planned.
Day 11: From Isalo to Sahambavy (244 km)
After the journey you will arrive at the Lac Hotel, where you will enjoy attentive service surrounded by a cozy ambience.
Day 12: From Sahambavy to Ranomafana (49 km)
First, today you have the opportunity to visit one of the tea plantations on site. Continue towards Ranomafana via an extraordinary road winding through the middle of the primary forest. After crossing it, stop for a visit to Ranomafana National Park and recharge your batteries. Alternatively, the heated swimming pool in the Thermal Hotel, where dinner and overnight stay are planned. A visit to the village also proves to be worthwhile.
Day 13: From Ranomafana to Antsirabe (217 km)
Today is divided into two stages: First, it goes from Ranomafana to Ambositra. Once there, there will be enough time to strengthen themselves at a lunch for the onward journey. Continue to Antsirabe, where you will find the Hotel Les Chambres du Voyageur.
Day 14: From Antsirabe to Antananarivo (168 km)
Today you spend the last day on the Harley Davidson® and travel back to the capital Antananarivo. It is planned to arrive for lunch or for the afternoon, depending on where you would like to have lunch. After arriving in Antananarivo, you must first hand over the motorcycles. As a result, you have a number of options on how to spend the rest of the day. Our offer: By bus to reach comfortably, the Haute Ville, which invites you to a leisurely stroll through the city. Afterwards you can enjoy a delicious dinner at the restaurant Le Carnivore before returning to Villa Sybille. There you can either bridge the time to departure late in the evening or plan an overnight stay if you have to travel to the airport one day later.
The cost of our Road Trip Harley Davidson® 15 days include:
- Overnight stays in hotels selected for comfort and hospitality
- Luggage transport
- Technical support
- Supervision by a bilingual guide
- Hire a Harley Davidson® Sportster 1200 with unlimited mileage
- LDW Road Insurance
- Deductible (€ 2,000) is at your expense in case of damage or theft, you will receive an electronic printout
- SLI insurance (liability insurance, with a coverage of up to XXX €)
- Admission to the national parks and museums included in the program
- Transfer to the airport and the hotel
- Fresh water as needed
- A Madagascar Riders HD T-Shirt
- Mini Guide for the RN7
The cost of our Road Trip Harley Davidson® 15 days do not include:
- Travel and cancellation insurance
- All meals not explicitly marked as „included in the price“
- Personal expenses
- Excess in case of damage or theft
- All services not included in the above list as „included in the price“