Mapless in Madagascar - The Tour

As regular followers are aware, I had a great adventure in Madagascar a couple of years ago when I flew out there, bought a bike and travelled around solo for three months.

I had many epic moments on that journey
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Many people were intrigued, entertained and at times downright appalled at my exploits in this incredible country. And there were also quite a lot of people who were so fascinated they wanted to see it for themselves and so I put together a tour to see the best that Madagascar has to offer. We went to places I'd seen before and also to new places and had an amazing time, complete with all the dramas that happen with others around plus of course the added advantage that actually there is someone else there to take the photos and it's not just me setting up my camera with a self-timer and hoping for the best because I'm damned if I'm going to ride through that bloody mud again just to entertain you guys.
And now you're going to hear all about it.

On the flight to Madagascar, I was lucky with the timing and the light, because as the plane flew over north east Africa and I looked out of the window..
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the Sahara desert was revealed below me, I've crossed it three times by motorcycle and each time I am astounded by the vast emptiness of this beautiful part of the world. Having slogged and sweated for day upon day crossing this sandy expanse, it feels strange to fly across it in just a few hours; to my delight I spotted something glittering in the distance and then Africa's mighty River Nile appeared
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I was so excited, I've travelled from close to its source in Ethiopia, right down to where it reaches the Mediterranean Sea.
Another highlight was Zanzibar lit like a Christmas tree at night.

Anyway, back to Madagascar, I'd arrived at Antananarivo (Tana to those who live there) late and went straight to my hotel. The next morning I awoke to  a beautiful sunrise over the rooftops from my room.

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And there, parked outside my room was a sparkling KTM Duke - you've got to be impressed with someone who knows a woman that well -  meet Francois, THE guy to know in Madagascar.

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I was buzzing around town on the Duke for a couple of days
My usual mango stand on the street, for someone with a serious mango habit, this country is perfect - so many and so cheap.
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The kids are sort of shy at times [​IMG]

I gave the KTM back and borrowed a Yamaha for some serious countryside reconnaissance

[​IMG] Villages are often fairly simple and there are always people on foot, walking for miles, to the market or just to the nearest village.
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Beyond the villages in the fertile land, there are rice paddies everywhere [​IMG]

The local guy who tried to race me!! I don't think he's used to being overtaken and I think when he realised that it was a woman who had passed him, he made an extra effort and was desperately throwing his bike into every bend. I felt very sorry for the chickens in the basket on the back that were getting thrown from side to side -a couple of times they squawked.
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Ms Coates with bike and Giant Loop luggage, ready for the road.
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