Madagascar is big, some regions are very remote, road conditions and tracks change throughout the season and off road driving can be challenging. If you have never been to Madagascar before, it is tricky to plan your route and estimate your travel time on the basis of Google Maps and Travel Books only.
Therefore, use one of our suggested routes as a starting point and read the 'Before You Travel' Page carefully. We set out some really nice circuits, including the justifiably popular RN7 but also lesser discovered areas, whereby we try to avoid flights where possible. We are happy to point you in the right direction as you prepare for your self-drive holiday in Madagascar.
- Follow a carefully designed route
- Tips on places to stay
- 24 /7 roadside assistance
Follow a carefully designed route
Tantalising white beaches, bounty islands, excellent diving and snorkelling, the red Tsingy and Madagascar's highest mountain - welcome to the natural wonders of the North. 85% of the people visiting the north arrive by plane. So you are lucky to have the road and its interesting sights to yourself. Recommended as a one-way rental trip.
The Baobab route
The west is the best region in which to see Madagascar's most striking landscape - the Tsingy limestones pinnacles that form impenetrable forests of spikes and spires. Clamber its well constructed steps, ladders, cables and bridges. Marvel at giant baobabs and finish of with some days along the beautiful west coast. Recommended as a one-way rental trip.
The Classic RN7
This classic one-way route will whisk you from Tana down to Tuléar at the Mozambique Channel along the famed RN7, a smooth asphalt road. The sheer variety of national parks that is dotted along the RN7 - rainforest, mountains, desert and canyons - is just incredible. Finish off your road trip with a few days relaxing at the beach at Ifaty, before you fly back to Antananarivo.
When you have the time and want to avoid spending money on expensive domestic flights, drive the RN7 up and down. There are so many things to see and do along the way, that you can make your way down the coast completely different from your way up to Tana again. It also allows to stop at hidden gems, less visited.
The Grand Circuit
Love the beach? Experienced in off road driving? Then see it all! The interior highlands are distinctively Asian, the west coast is hot and truly African. You see remote Vezo fishing villages with colorful boats, pristine beaches, the bizar limestones pinnacles of Tsingy de Bemahara, the most beautiful lodges and only a handful of other travelers.
The Tropical extension
The East is the most tropical part of Madagascar. Famous for the Canal the Pangalanes. Created by the French in the colonial times as the water highway of the east, it now boasts some fine lake resorts. Mahambo has beautiful beaches overhung by coconut palms and consistent surf spots. From here, take the ferry to bounty island Ile Sainte Marie, the best place for whale-watching.
4x4 bush camp adventure into the Makay
If you like 4x4 driving, hiking and wilderness - then this bush camping trip is for you. There are few places on earth which are still so untouched as the Makay Massif. The first part of the roadtrip up to Isalo National Park, can still be done as as self-drive trip. Then our driver-guide joins from there, and guides you though the maze of canyons across this vast area. You end at the beach of Tulear.