Riders crossing a river in Madagascar

Ride from the highground to Madagascar's East Coast

On a horseback ride through Madagascar discover the many different facets to this spectacular island. Explore the volcanic region around Lake Itasy, relax in the geysers and ride narrow paths up through the terraced rice fields. In the saddle, ride across Madagascar from the high altitude plains past crater lakes, through subtropical forests and semi-arid desert to the East Coast, where the lush green scenery gives way to the blue of the Indian Ocean breaking over long stretches of gallop-worthy beaches. Discover a country with a rich culture and unique wildlife, including a visit to meet the famed lemurs!
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16 days / 12 days riding
From £2,300

From the horse’s mouth

  • Ride from the highground to Madagascar's East Coast
    August 2019 Jane aged 58
    An extraordinary adventure in a starkly beautiful part of the world giving insight to both the high plains and the east coast (and the odd lemur!) from a viewpoint few will be able to experience. André's team were fantastic from start to finish and the horses I rode were fit, fun and so up to the job. Very special! I... Read all
  • Ride from the highground to Madagascar's East Coast
    June 2019 Jiah aged 34
    It was a very well organised trip. What impressed me the most was Andre's ability to so smoothly come up with Plan Bs when the original plan for some reason did not go as planned. The staff was amazing and attentive. The food was so, so good. I would highly recommend this trip. I had a horse named Question Time, which... Read all
  • Ride from the highground to Madagascar's East Coast
    April 2019 Charlotte aged 69
    After riding all over the world, I can truly say that the Madagascar ride was "something different"! Andre and his well-trained Fava Ranch horses hold a unique position in an otherwise almost horse-less country. All the children in the villages/hamlets ran to great us and follow us to the next village. Adults helped... Read all
  • Ride from the highground to Madagascar's East Coast
    November 2018 Julia Elizabeth aged 65
    For those riders who eschew high end comforts for the sake of experiencing a country in real terms, this trip to Madagascar was perfect. Iris helped me customise a solo trip, which meant that I had lots of time with the operation's people and horses. Four hours a day (which we scheduled to start early to avoid the... Read all
  • Two riders enjoying the view from a high altitude plain in Madagascar
    On this riding holiday, explore the semi-arid landscapes of Madagascar.
  • Woman taking the horses for a swim in the Indian Ocean
    Enjoy the waves of the Indian Ocean with the horses!
  • Riders allowing the horses to drink from Lake Itasy
    Explore the region around Lake Itasy
  • A lemur sitting on a branch in Madagascar
    Interact with a variety of lemur species unique to the island!
  • People leading the horses by the Indian Ocean
    Enjoy a dip in the Indian Ocean
  • Riders passing through a semi-arid desert in Madagascar
    This horseback adventure will lead you to discover multiple sceneries in Madagascar
  • Riders crossing a village in Madagascar
    Get a closer look at the Malagasy lifestyle.
  • Riders riding through Madagascar's countryside
    This riding holiday will take you through the Malagasy countryside!
  • Riders following a trail along the mountain
    Explore Madagascar's East Coast in the saddle



- Discover the beauties of the east coast and the Pangalanes Canal as you gallop across beaches on the Indian Ocean's shore
- Wild camp across this magnificent island and spend time getting to know the way of life here and spend time soaking in the atmosphere in the country's more out-of-the-way areas
- Ride through a large variety of landscapes including the volcanic surrounds of Lake Itasy, pass crater lakes, climb hills and volcanic peaks up steep and craggy paths then ride across semi-arid land as well as through Eucalyptus and tropical forests
- Experience the warm atmosphere and varied emotions that will greet you as you pass through villages dotted through the countryside where the locals will, due to the relatively recent introduction of horses to their island, still find you something of a curiosity!
- Discover and interact with a variety of lemur species, unique to the island, on a private lemur reserve

    On your arrival into Antananarivo airport, you will be met by your guide from the local team and taken to your hotel to settle in for the evening.

    Please note that flights are not included but can be booked on request.

    After breakfast, you will be taken into the city and have a chance find your bearings in your new environment before heading out west. You will visit the Lemur Park where you will get to see the animals that Madagascar is best known for and that are seen as the symbol for the island; Madagascar is home to around 60 species and sub-species of lemur.

    You will have you lunch on the road, starting to get into the swing of the island's way of life, as you travel to Faka Ranch and arrive mid-afternoon. On the ranch, you will meet the horses before having your first traditional Madagascan dinner and then turning in for the night in your accommodation on the ranch's grounds.
  • Day 3 3 - FAKA RANCH - 2-4 hrs riding

    Today you explore the land around the ranch on horseback, getting used to your horses and the terrain before starting the trail. Dinner and night at Faka Ranch
  • Day 4 4 : FAKA RANCH - CHEZ TOTO - FAKA RANCH - 5-6 hours riding

    After breakfast, you will head out in the saddle to start your adventure through the unique Madagascan high plateaus - you will cross the open Sakay peneplain until you reach the river of the same name. You will stop for your picnic lunch in the town of Babet, founded by Reunionese families who immigrated to Madagascar in the 50s.

    You will continue your ride through lush fields along the river banks until you reach the camp where you will leave the horses for the night. After a short road transfer, you arrive back at the Ranch for a well-deserved dinner and night.
  • Day 5 5 : ANTAMBAHOAKA - SOAVINANDRIANA - 5-6 hours riding

    You will be greeted with a hearty breakfast before riding out to ford the Lily River and take the black volcanic rock paths shadowed by the impressive Kasigie volcano. Taking trails past crater lakes, you will ride down to the beautiful Mananasy Lake to stop for lunch.

    The river's banks offer a glimpse of the local life, with groups of zebu, led by the children that herd them, coming to drink in amongst the colourful laundry drying along the riverside.

    After your lunch, you will ride up towards Soavinandriana, where the paths can be both steep and rocky. Riding through the town and its market, your horses and presence are likely to draw some curious looks!

    Your camp will be set up outside the town. Evenings can be chilly as the camp is located at an altitude of 1650m.
  • Day 6 6 : SOAVINANDRIANA - MANAZARY - 5-6 hours riding

    A fantastic day in the saddle awaits you! After leaving the village of Ampefy, you will ride through the regions vital rice fields and climb up through the growing terraces along narrow paths. Once you reach the summit, you will have a breathtaking 360° panorama of the Ankarata mountain chain as well as of Lake Itasy. A 1km wade through shallow waters, leading your horse, will see you reach the remains of an ancient highway that rounds the Lake Itasy to the east.

    In the afternoon, your horses will meander their way along this route that travels the length of the lake. You will pass through lush countryside and encounter groups of chattering children, who will watch you with a mixture of uncertainty and curiosity, but always with a ready smile and joyful shouts! After having climbed the steps of the lively Manazary market, you will reach your camping ground for the evening on the banks of the magnificent Amparihikely Lake. Aperitif in hand and another stunning Madagscan sunset on the horizon, you will watch the fisherman in their traditional dugout canoe out working on the lake.

    Overnight at Camp.
  • Day 7 7 : MANAZARY - AMPEFY - 4-5 hours riding

    During the day's ride, you will make your way right up to the lake whose banks you have been following. Along a beautiful riding path on the north bank you will reach your lunch stop after 4-5 hours in the saddle.

    In the afternoon, the horses get a rest while you explore the village and make your way to the Îlot de la Vierge - a Christian shrine jutting out into the lake. You will then return to the village of Ampefy and settle in to your room before enjoying a lively evening in the company of a local folk group.

    You will have your evening meal and spend the night at the hotel (Hotel Farihy or similar).
  • Day 8 8 : AMPEFY - GEYSERS - 4-5 hours riding

    Setting out in the saddle, you will ride through volcanic mountain passes leaving you with the impression of truly being in the middle of nowhere. You will ride trails overlooking the Lily Valley until you reach its famous waterfall that send plumes of water over a 25 metre drop. Here, you will likely find yourself the object of a hoard of children selling souvenirs and volcanic pumice stones.

    Leaving the thundering falls in your wake, you will once more ride out through the mountain passes to reach the region's geysers. Here, you will stop and enjoy the relaxing and therapeutic quality of the natural thermal springs and bathe in a pool known for its iron-rich waters. After an aperitif around the crackling campfire, you will enjoy another delicious traditional Malagasy meal before retiring to your tent for the night under the clear night sky.

    Overnight at camp.
  • Day 9 9 : GEYSERS - ANTANANARIVO - 5-6 hours riding

    A change of landscape and a day spent riding under the heat of this semi-arid region of Madagascar will lead you to discover the magnificent Andranomenabe Lake. It is here that flocks of wild ducks, pink beaks and teals, bask out of the reach of predators. You will enjoy a superb gallop around the lake during which you will have a glorious view of the rice growing plains of Ifanja an area of over 3000 hectares of fertile land. The ride will lead you little by little back to civilisation but not before visiting the Marmite du Diable (The Devil's Melting Pot) - a true curiosity of the River Mazy, the bed of which has marked its way through the surrounding black rock.

    After lunch, it will be time to say farewell to the horses and hit the road once more as you are driven (approx. 3 hours) to Antananarivo. You will spend the night in a guesthouse.
  • Day 10 10 : ANTANANARIVO - ANDASIBE - No riding

    You will take the road east (3 hours by car) and after a hearty dinner at Moramanga, you will check in to the Feon’ny Ala Hotel (or similar) on the edge dense forest. Here, you will have a chance to interact the lemurs at the Vakona Lodge reserve and/ or visit the village community of Andasibe.

    Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 11 11 : ANDASIBE - PANGALANE - AMBILA - 3 hours riding

    After a good night's sleep, you will be driven to meet the horses that will be waiting for you at Brickaville, a town found at the end of Route Nationale n° 2. The route slaloms its way, in stages, down the cliff sides leading towards the east coast of the island. You will have your lunch at Brickaville before getting back in the saddle and heading out along a back path to reach the ferry crossing the Pangalanes Canal. Here, the view across the Indian Ocean will no doubt top the list of the most memorable parts of your ride.

    You will experience a true adrenaline rush as you cross the open iron railway arch bridge consisting of 2 rails and no parapet, 20 metres above the canal waters. The crossing is well worth it, as on the other side you will find the stunning Ambila beaches, bathed in blue Indian Ocean waves, right at your feet. You will spend the night wild camping against the unforgettable backdrop of the shores of the ocean at Ambila.

    Overnight at camp.
  • Day 12 12 : AMBILA - 4-5 hours riding

    The day's ride will expose you to another side of the Madagascan landscape as you ride through the sand dunes between the Canal and the Ocean, crossing an idyllic lagoon, on horseback, and riding through lush subtropical forest along sublime riding trails. Following unforgettable gallops towards the Rianala River estuary and the Indian Ocean, Andovoranto - with the air of being at the ends of the earth - will be waiting to welcome you.

    Before having lunch in the restaurant Les Cocotiers, you will have a chance to take in the view (and maybe a few photos!) of this magical spot where the ocean and gentle waters of the river meet. If time allows, the more courageous riders may be tempted to take a swim with their horses in the placid waters of the Pangalanes Canal lagoon; here and there, the gushing water from the thermal springs will bubble up to warm your legs and offer a veritable 'natural spa treatment'.

    You will wild camp once more at Ambila.
  • Day 13 13 : AMBILA - VAVONY - AMBILA - 5-6 hours riding

    Today, you will ride north, along a seemingly never-ending, picturesque path flanked by forest and well-suited to a fast pace. Enjoy the temperate heat as you ride the tracks from Tana-Côte-Est station to the beach. On you arrival at Vavony, a fishing village on the banks of Rasoabe Lake, water spirits allowing, you will gallop along the riverbanks through the shallow's foam and spray. You will return to the village of Ambila riding across the beach to a late lunch before enjoying a range of activities in the sand - jumping the wooden canoes, riding into the waves, swimming and vegging out!

    Overnight in a hotel.
  • Day 14 14 : AMBILA - 4-5 HOURS RIDING

    You get back to Vavony from Lake Rasoabe to find the horses later in the morning. You ride back to Ambila, following the coastline. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion in a traditional pirogue to discover the beautiful Pangalanes Canal differently. When you get closer to the stables, you're in for a chance to swim with the horses. In the afternoon, you are greeted by the local children as you head back to Camp.

    Dinner and camping at Ambila.
  • Day 15 15 : AMBILA - BRICKAVILLE - ANTANANARIVO - 3 hours riding / 6-7h transfer

    Your ride will start with you once more crossing the Pangalanes Canal. The horses will push forward, energised by the past 4 days spent in the sea air. You will enjoy a fast-paced and varied ride and make the most of your last gallops through this unique and beautiful countryside.

    You will say your goodbyes to the horses and be driven to Antananarivo, having lunch en route. You will spend the night in a comfortable guesthouse in Antananarivo.

    Today, you will enjoy some free time and a free day to explore the capital city of Antananarivo, often simple called Tana. Here, you will have a chance to visit the city's craft market, be immersed in the fragrance of the local Madagascan vanilla, try the rum and discover the local ambiance and maybe chat to a few locals!

    You will then be taken to the airport to catch your flight back home - arriving back home tomorrow in the morning.

Dates & prices

Price details

No departure for this destination. Please contact our travel advisers for more information.
- Flights to your destination (international/domestic) are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.     

- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a twin or double room/tent during the ride. 

- Groups are composed of a minimum of 3 riders and a maximum of 8 international riders, plus guides. 

- If you sign up to the ride as a solo rider and there are no other riders likely to share your room, you will be charged a single room supplement of approx. €480/£435. You will then be reimbursed if a sharer is found for you at a later date. 

- Ride departures are possible on all dates between mid-April and mid-October with 1 or more riders. Ask us for more details.

- Rider weight limit: 90 kg / 14,2 stones / 198 lbs.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

Price includes

Support team

A riding guide and expedition leader who speaks English, Malagasy and French


1 groom for every 3 horses
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 cook
1 assistant cook
1 vehicle, driver and camp attendant

Inland transport

Minibus organised for all transfers mentioned within the itinerary
Return airport transfers


3-man tents for 2 people sharing - foam mattresses provided
Hotel - rooms for 2-3 people with a private bathroom


Full-board from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on day 16

Price doesn't include


Beverages and personal extras

International transport

International flights
Visa fees


Tips to the local team


Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation
We are currently updating our dates and prices they will be online soon. If you want details of this holiday, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Equestrian info


You will be riding geldings and stallions from local farms, and also from Mauritius and South Africa. These large horses are all in excellent condition, docile, patient and are well adapted to long days riding. They are 1,40 cm to 1,70 cm high.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

This ride is suited to experienced and seasoned riders, at ease in the saddle at all three paces outdoors on varied and uneven terrain. Certain of the horses are livelier than others and best ridden by experienced riders, however the herds also include mounts that are perfectly suited for riders of a more intermediate level.

Rider weight limit: 90 kg / 14,2 stones / 198 lbs.


The base pace of the ride is a walking pace, the terrain will regularly allow for long stretches of trotting as well as some unforgettable gallops. You will experience some long very rhythmic stages.

Tacking ability and participation

A team of grooms take care of the horses throughout the ride. They will also tack and untack your horses at the beginning and end of each day's ride, however if you wish to work alongside them in caring for the horses, you are more than welcome!

Trip conditions and Requested experience

In order to get the most out of this expedition, you need to be in good all-round physical condition. The temperature during the day can reach highs of up to 30°c in May and November, so you must be prepared to ride in hotter weather than perhaps you are used to all whilst spending long days in the saddle.

Previous experience of a ride over several days is a plus but is not obligatory. On embarking on this adventure to Madagascar, you will meet people from a different culture with a different mindset to your own, you must be ready to accept and respect any differences you encounter.

Equestrian equipment

English tack
Saddle bags are provided
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

Travel info


Your nights camping will be spent in 3-man tents shared between 2 riders. A shower and toilet tent will also be set up for the camp.
You will spend 2 nights in bed and breakfast style accommodation - a room for 2-4 people with a private bathroom.
For your remaining nights, you will stay in 2* standard hotels in double rooms with private bathrooms.


Your meals will be had around a camp fire in comfortable chairs. During your lunchtime picnics and dinners, you will enjoy varied and quality Madagascan cuisine.


The area surrounding Antananarivo has a high altitude tropical climate. Although Madagascar is situated in an intertropical zone, the yearly average temperature is moderated by the effects of the altitude. The climate is marked by its cool and dry winters, from May to October, and mild, rainy summers, from November to April. During the cooler seasons, the temperature rarely falls below 10 °C and in the hot season, it rarely tops 30 °C.

Frosts are rare but not completely unheard of; during June, the morning temperature can drop to 1°C. Days when the sun doesn't make an appearance are equally as rare - less than ten sunless days per year!

Guide and local team

Your guide will be local to the area and Malagasy, French and English speaking.


Tipping is customary in Madagascar, especially within the tourism industry. Any tip you leave will be split between the porters at the airport and in your accommodation, your waiters/, the grooms, drivers and camp helpers, the cook and their assistant.

An acceptable tip would be around 20000 Ariary (£4 - £6) each day for the driver and for the guide. For the porters, waiters/ waitresses and other staff 2000 to 10000 Ariary (£0.5 - £3) per worker. These amounts are just a suggestion and any tips left are at your own discretion.

Packing list

- A riding helmet is compulsory and we recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. Helmet makers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème) now offer horse-riding helmets that are ventilated, strong, light and comfortable. You also have the option of buying protective shells to go under your hats (Ranch & Rider, Lexington Safety Products) or western hat helmets (Troxel).
- Sunhat (indispensable under the African heat)
- Sunglasses with high protection lenses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun, wind or rain

Upper body
- T-shirts in cotton and long-sleeved shirts (to protect against the sun) or t-shirts made from rapid-dry material
- 1 lightweight fleece or jumper
- 1 lightweight waterproof jacket made from Gore-Tex or a similar material that is waterproof and breathable

- 2 pairs of lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- 1 change of riding trousers or jeans
- A swimming costume
- Non-irritant cotton or synthetic underwear

Hands and Feet
- 1 pair of comfortable riding or walking boots. We recommend short boots with half-chaps specifically for riding. We don't recommend taking your favourite leather boots in case they get damaged
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

- Tents, sleeping bags and mattresses are provided. We recommend you bring a sleeping bag liner.

Our Recommendations
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera, sunscreen, lip balm etc)
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Other useful items
- Travel bag 60-80 litres (hold luggage)
- Travel bag 25-30 litres (cabin bag)
- Water bottle (1.5 litres or 2 equivalent)
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Toiletries
- Protein or cereal bars for the longer stretches of riding
- Swiss army knife or equivalent (in checking-in luggage!!)
- Small plastic bags for your rubbish
- Ear plugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- A pair of binoculars

Medical kit - our recommendations
Make sure any allergies (to medication or otherwise) and clearly stated in your medical kit. A group pharmacy will also be provided.
- Any medication you regularly take
- Painkillers
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhea medication
- Vitamin C tablets
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Eye drops
- Hydrating/ soothing cream
- Plasters
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..
- 10cm wide bandage
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

General information
- The airline allows only one bag to be checked-in per passenger. Make sure it weighs no more than the specified weight limit; if it exceeds this weight, you will have to pay excess luggage fees at check-in
- Hand luggage mustn't contain any sharp objects (knives, scissors, nail file or nail scissors, etc.) and the quantity of liquid allowed per passenger is limited to 100ml per container. Check with the airline for their imposed weight limits for hand/ hold luggage.
- If you wish to travel 'light' and wash your clothes throughout the ride, please bring with you laundry detergent that is biodegradable
- All waste that could be considered toxic (batteries, aerosols, batteries, empty cream tubes, film) needs to be kept with you and transported back to the UK, where recycling is done well and efficiently. Avoid, wherever possible, to bring with you unnecessary packaging

In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant over 100 ml and all bottles can be decanted into small, clear, plastic Ziplock bags. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- In your hand luggage carry any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.

Visa & Health


You can buy a 30, 60 or 90-day tourist visa on arrival at the airport. Make sure an entry stamp is recorded in your passport. A tourist visa has a maximum validity of 3 months and isn’t extendable.

Alternatively, you can apply for an e-visa on the official Malagasy e-visa website before you travel:

Make sure that your visa is valid for the period and purpose of your journey. Overstaying may lead to detention and deportation.

Your passport must have at least 6 months’ validity remaining on your date of entry into Madagascar. You should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport on arrival.
You will be asked for evidence of onward or return travel at check-in in the UK and on arrival in Madagascar.
There’s no Embassy of Madagascar in London.
For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/madagascar/entry-requirements

Advice for visa application

The information provided by Equus Journeys can evolve and are given for indicative purposes only.

For up-to-date information, please visit:

Addresses of consulates

  • Ambassade de Madagascar
    4 avenue Raphaël
    75 016 PARIS
    Tél. : 09 83 32 45 15
    Fax :
  • Ambassade de Madagascar
    2 av. de Riant-Parc
    1209 Genève
    Tél. : +41 22 740 16 50
    Fax : +41 22 740 16 16
  • Ambassade de Madagascar
    Avenue de Tervueren 276
    1150 Bruxelles
    Tél. : 0032 (0)2 770 17 26
    Fax : 0032 (0)2 772 37 31
  • Ambassade de France à Madagascar
    3, rue Jean-Jaurès
    Ambatomena BP 204
    101 Antananarivo
    Tél. : +261 (20) 22 398 98
    Fax : +261 (20) 22 399 27


There is no risk of yellow fever in this country, however, there is a certificate requirement.Under International Health Regulations, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 9 months of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Travellers should be up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters as recommended in the UK. These vaccinations include for example measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccine.

There is a high risk of malaria in Madagscar: atovaquone/proguanil OR doxycycline OR mefloquine recommended. There is also a risk of dengue in this country, and all travellers should avoid mosquito bites.

The following vaccines in this section are recommended for most travellers visiting this country: Hepatitis A, Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid.

For up to date information please visit:


It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.


In Madagascar the power plugs and sockets have two pins. The standard voltage is 127 / 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. British citizens require an adapter.

Budget and money

Official currency: ariary (MGA).
1 GBP = 4708 MHA (January 2019)

Visa cards are accepted in Madagascar. Mastercards are not always accepted.

Telephone and jetlag

Local time: GMT+3
Phone code: +261

Did you know?

Did you know?

The malagasy horses

At Faka Ranch, you will find hardy horses with incredible stamina. Most of them came to the Ranch at the end of their career on the racetrack in Mauritius. Some are perfect for riders needing to build their confidence, and others are most suited to experienced riders as some can be a little bit feisty! The team of grooms regularly schools and exercises the horses, quietly transitioning them from the racetrack to the great outdoors. 

Customer reviews

Customer reviews

All of our reviews are real, honest opinions from riders who have recently travelled with us. Upon their return, our riders will receive an email inviting them to share their experiences from their trip. Good or bad, each review will be published on our website, provided that they respect our editorial guidelines.
  • Jane aged 58 FITZROY FALLS 1 trip
    August 2019
    An extraordinary adventure in a starkly beautiful part of the world giving insight to both the high plains and the east coast (and the odd lemur!) from a viewpoint few will be able to experience. André's team were fantastic from start to finish and the horses I rode were fit, fun and so up to the job. Very special! I... Read all
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  • Jiah aged 34 London 2 trips
    June 2019
    It was a very well organised trip. What impressed me the most was Andre's ability to so smoothly come up with Plan Bs when the original plan for some reason did not go as planned. The staff was amazing and attentive. The food was so, so good. I would highly recommend this trip. I had a horse named Question Time, which... Read all
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  • Charlotte aged 69 HAREN 2 trips
    April 2019
    After riding all over the world, I can truly say that the Madagascar ride was "something different"! Andre and his well-trained Fava Ranch horses hold a unique position in an otherwise almost horse-less country. All the children in the villages/hamlets ran to great us and follow us to the next village. Adults helped... Read all
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  • Julia Elizabeth aged 65 Lakewood 1 trip
    November 2018
    For those riders who eschew high end comforts for the sake of experiencing a country in real terms, this trip to Madagascar was perfect. Iris helped me customise a solo trip, which meant that I had lots of time with the operation's people and horses. Four hours a day (which we scheduled to start early to avoid the... Read all
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