The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations.
Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.
Ifaty - Snorkelling 38 Ariary per person, Whale watching 152 Ariary per person, Diving 152 Ariary per person, Jeep excursion villages and Baobabs 38 Ariary per person (min number required)
Ranomafana National Park - Additional guided walk 38 Ariary per person (min number required)
Toliara - Arboreteum 46 Ariary per person, Spiney Forest Walk 69 Ariary per person (depending on numbers)
Prepare for a variety of weather but generally hot. We recommend you bring padded cycle shorts, cycle gloves and quick drying cycle shirts. In case of rain, waterproofs are essential. We operate this trip in the dry season from April to October at which time it can be cold on the central plateau (including Antananarivo) at night. Isalo on the other hand will be hot in the day and cool at night. Isalo should be dry, while Ranomafana can get very wet. Bring swimwear for the hot springs, rock pools and sea. Culturally it is acceptable to wear shorts.
Luggage: On tour
One bag or suitcase and a daybag.
On all Explore cycle holidays we strongly recommend you bring along and wear your cycle helmet. In case of an accident resulting in personal injury, certain insurance policies are invalidated in cases where a helmet was not being worn. Cycle glasses to protect against dust, pollen and the sun, padded cycle gloves and a water bottle or water delivery system (e.g. camelback or platypus) are also useful. You may choose to bring your own gel seat cover for added comfort. If a handle bar bag or pannier is not provided (check bike details) then you may like to bring a small rucksack to wear while cycling. Other items to consider bringing are a sunhat and sun cream, torch, earplugs and insect repellent. Please carry some or all of your cycling equipment e.g. helmet as part of your hand luggage.
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly, you should allow approx. £35 for tipping.
In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.
International Departure Taxes
Ivato (Antananarivo) Airport:
International airport departure tax is approximately 38Euros
Domestic airport departure tax is approximately 20Euros
There is an additional country departure tax of US$15.00 per person.
Flight tickets issued after 04 November 2016 will include the departure taxes as part of the ticket. If you have booked your flight ticket independently please check with your travel agent/airline if these taxes are included in your ticket. If any are not you will need to pay for the above taxes locally at the airport in cash.