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Stage Trail: how to support your runner

Stage Trail: You can participate to the race

We offer you to follow the convoy of the stage trail in your 4×4 vehicle with a driver/guide to experience this great adventure: share the atmosphere of camps while visiting famous sightseeing along the way.

Our camps are comfortable and will be located in beautiful locations. We use South African tents for 2 people maximum, bush toilets, outdoor showers, electricity generators and all meals will be served.

The Diego Suarez Region comprises of: national parks, wild beaches, multiple bays, an emerald sea, gray and red Tsingy (pinnacles), volcanic landscapes, and unique Baobabs. The region is also famous for its wildlife. You will be able to see lemurs, chameleons, as well as the endemic bird-life.

We also offer pre or post-race journeys for those who want to discover other parts of Madagascar. All requests will be tailor-made handled by our travel agents as soon as possible. You can get in touch at tourisme@racing-madagascar.com

Stage Trail D1: *Pre-Race* Sunday, July 9 – ARRIVAL AT DIEGO

According to your landing time, you will be transferred and installed at your hotel. The rest of the day will be free. Night will be spent at the hotel (Included).

Stage Trail D2: Monday, July 10 DIEGO to CAMP 1 • Beamalona Waterfall (B, L, D)

The morning will be devoted to meet and greet with the entrants at LA TERRASSE DU VOYAGEUR (from 07:30 am to 01:30 pm.)

If supporters wish not to attend the race briefing, you can discover Diego by walk. Around 02:00 pm., we will leave to the first camp – Beamalona waterfall (around 2h30 drive by bus).

Dinner and night under tents (You must bring your sleeping bag).

Stage Trail D3: Tuesday, July 11 – Start of the race and Tsingy of Ankarana (B, L, D)

Start of the first stage of the Ultra Trail.

During this stage, supporters will not be able to follow the path because the checkpoint is very isolated and difficult to reach by car. Therefore, we offer you the visit of the great Tsingy of Ankarana.

Ankarana national park is a limestone massive 50m height. The plate is highly subject to erosion. You can see there Fauna (Birds, reptiles, bats) and Flora (330 species).

Lunch: Picnic on site.

After the visit (Entrance to the park and guide fee included), we go back to reach Camp 2. Dinner and night will be spent under tents.

Stage Trail D4: Wednesday, July 12 – Crocodile Day (B, L, D)

Start of the Ultra Trail.

“Crocodile” day for all supporters with a visit of the sacred lake of Anivorano (by 4×4).

The village of Anivorano is known for its legendary lake. The story tells that a traveler, tired by his journey, asked for water. The villagers refused to provide him so while he left he cursed the village. The lake rose, drowned the village, and turned its inhabitants into crocodiles. According to the legend, a God transformed himself as an old man. The old man passed by the village of Anivorano, which was placed at the bottom of a volcano crater. Whilst asking for water, all inhabitants of the village refused except for one woman. To punish them the old man transformed all the inhabitants of the village into crocodiles. Only the woman who helped the old man remained safe. Since then, it is said that the woman’s descendants now take care of all those crocodiles by offering them sacrifices during traditional ceremonies.

Today, the crocodiles (who still wear the silver bracelets of former inhabitants) are seen as sacred ancestors and offerings are given for their benediction, prosperity and descendants.

After the picnic lunch, you will continue to the Irodo River (where there are also crocodiles) where amp 3 is waiting for you for dinner and overnight.

Stage Trail D5: Thursday, July 13 – Red Tsingy (B, L, D)

Start of the race.

We will follow with the visit of Red Tsingy: One of the most popular sightseeing around Diego and more largely Madagascar. It is a landscape from another planet at the gates of the reserve of Analamera.

This Tsingy is very different from those from Ankarana because they come from erosion also called “lapies”. This unique geologic formation is due to the combination of bush fires, erosion and infiltration of rainwater, and offers an unearthly landscape. Due to their constitution, they are very fragile. After picnic lunch, drive to Camp 3 near Ankerika village. Dinner and night under tents.

Stage Trail D6: Friday, July 14 – Amber Mountain National Park (B, L, D)

Start of the Ultra Trail.

One hour drive to reach the National Road and then drive to another sightseeing of Diego’s area: the National Park of Amber Mountain. The Amber Mountain is full of endemic species: 77 bird’s species of, 7 lemur’s species and 24 amphibians’ species.

This verdant forest is an oasis of freshness, an escape from heatwaves of this region. The Mountain of amber is part of the seven protected areas most visited in Madagascar. Six lakes and several streams and rivers furrow the park.

After the visit (Park entrance and guided fee included) and picnic lunch, we will continue our way to the camp in Ampondrafeta beach (via Diego): there, you will discover a beautiful and large swimming beach. Dinner and night will be spent in the camp.

Stage Trail D7: Saturday, July 15 – French Mountain and Andovokonko Bay (B, L, D)

Start of the race.

We will then climb the French Mountain for the outstanding sightseeing.

French Mountain is the “necropolis” of the French former colons, its name comes from the battle in 1942 which opposed the French colonial troops to the English ones. You will discover the dry tropical flora, endemic Baobabs (Andansonia Suarezensis) and prickly aloes. The magnificent panorama spans Diego, its Bay and the Sugar Loaf.

After the visit, we will drive to Andovokonko bay for lunch.

Afternoon: Relaxing, swimming, kite boarding and other water activities around the camp. Dinner and night will be spent in the camp.

Stage Trail D8: Sunday, July 16 – Arrival at Diego and Solidarity Race (B, L, D)

4×4 Transfer to the start line, at the bottom of the Mountain of the French.

Drive at the entrance of Diego Suarez where supporters will attend and congratulate their runners at the finish line. You can run for the last 3kms till Diego Suarez Townhouse where the official finish line is. Afternoon is free.

Around 04:30 pm., there will be a closing ceremony with awards and cocktail.

Night will be spent at our partner hotel (included). Breakfast the next day is included.

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8 DAYS - 8 NIGHTS TOUR

D1: *Pre-Race* Sunday, July 9 - ARRIVAL AT DIEGO

According to your landing time, you will be transferred and installed at your hotel. The rest of the day will be free. Night will be spent at the hotel (Included).

D2: Monday, July 10 - DIEGO to CAMP 1 • Beamalona Waterfall (B, L, D)

The morning will be devoted to meet and greet with the entrants at LA TERRASSE DU VOYAGEUR (from 07:30 am to 01:30 pm.)

If supporters wish not to attend the race briefing, you can discover Diego by walk. Around 02:00 pm., we will leave to the first camp - Beamalona waterfall (around 2h30 drive by bus).

Dinner and night under tents (You must bring your sleeping bag).

D3: Tuesday, July 11 - Start of the race and Tsingy of Ankarana (B, L, D)
Start of the first stage of the race.

During this stage, supporters will not be able to follow the path because the checkpoint is very isolated and difficult to reach by car. Therefore, we offer you the visit of the great Tsingy of Ankarana.

Ankarana national park is a limestone massive 50m height. The plate is highly subject to erosion. You can see there Fauna (Birds, reptiles, bats) and Flora (330 species).

Lunch: Picnic on site.

After the visit (Entrance to the park and guide fee included), we go back to reach Camp 2. Dinner and night will be spent under tents.

D4: Wednesday, July 12 - Crocodile Day (B, L, D)

Start of the race.

“Crocodile” day for all supporters with a visit of the sacred lake of Anivorano (by 4x4).

The village of Anivorano is known for its legendary lake. The story tells that a traveler, tired by his journey, asked for water. The villagers refused to provide him so while he left he cursed the village. The lake rose, drowned the village, and turned its inhabitants into crocodiles. According to the legend, a God transformed himself as an old man. The old man passed by the village of Anivorano, which was placed at the bottom of a volcano crater. Whilst asking for water, all inhabitants of the village refused except for one woman. To punish them the old man transformed all the inhabitants of the village into crocodiles. Only the woman who helped the old man remained safe. Since then, it is said that the woman’s descendants now take care of all those crocodiles by offering them sacrifices during traditional ceremonies.

Today, the crocodiles (who still wear the silver bracelets of former inhabitants) are seen as sacred ancestors and offerings are given for their benediction, prosperity and descendants.

After the picnic lunch, you will continue to the Irodo River (where there are also crocodiles) where amp 3 is waiting for you for dinner and overnight.

D5: Thursday, July 13 - Red Tsingy (B, L, D)

Start of the race.

We will follow with the visit of Red Tsingy: One of the most popular sightseeing around Diego and more largely Madagascar. It is a landscape from another planet at the gates of the reserve of Analamera.

This Tsingy is very different from those from Ankarana because they come from erosion also called "lapies". This unique geologic formation is due to the combination of bush fires, erosion and infiltration of rainwater, and offers an unearthly landscape. Due to their constitution, they are very fragile. After picnic lunch, drive to Camp 3 near Ankerika village. Dinner and night under tents.

D6: Friday, July 14 - Amber Mountain National Park (B, L, D)

Start of the race.

One hour drive to reach the National Road and then drive to another sightseeing of Diego’s area: the National Park of Amber Mountain. The Amber Mountain is full of endemic species: 77 bird’s species of, 7 lemur’s species and 24 amphibians’ species.

This verdant forest is an oasis of freshness, an escape from heatwaves of this region. The Mountain of amber is part of the seven protected areas most visited in Madagascar. Six lakes and several streams and rivers furrow the park.

After the visit (Park entrance and guided fee included) and picnic lunch, we will continue our way to the camp in Ampondrafeta beach (via Diego): there, you will discover a beautiful and large swimming beach. Dinner and night will be spent in the camp.

D7: Saturday, July 15 - French Mountain and Andovokonko Bay (B, L, D)

Start of the race.

We will then climb the French Mountain for the outstanding sightseeing.

French Mountain is the “necropolis” of the French former colons, its name comes from the battle in 1942 which opposed the French colonial troops to the English ones. You will discover the dry tropical flora, endemic Baobabs (Andansonia Suarezensis) and prickly aloes. The magnificent panorama spans Diego, its Bay and the Sugar Loaf.

After the visit, we will drive to Andovokonko bay for lunch.

Afternoon: Relaxing, swimming, kite boarding and other water activities around the camp. Dinner and night will be spent in the camp.

D8: Sunday, July 16 - Arrival at Diego and Solidarity Race (B, L, D)

4x4 Transfer to the start line, at the bottom of the Mountain of the French.

Drive at the entrance of Diego Suarez where supporters will attend and congratulate their runners at the finish line. You can run for the last 3kms till Diego Suarez Townhouse where the official finish line is. Afternoon is free.

Around 04:30 pm., there will be a closing ceremony with awards and cocktail.

Night will be spent at our partner hotel (included). Breakfast the next day is included.

DATES TO REMEMBER

Registrations opening : Thursday, 1st of September 2016

Registration closing : Sunday, 11th of June 2017

Tour : From Sunday 9th to Sunday 24th of July 2017

RATE - PAYMENT - SERVICES INCLUDED

Rate for the RACING MADAGASCAR Supporters' Tour is 1 150 euros per person.

Booking procedure:

  1. Fill in the booking form in the left column of this page
  2. Racing Madagascar approve your booking request under 48 hours
  3. Proceed to payment to finalize your booking by:

Services included:

  • Accommodation at hotels as mentioned
  • Full Board meal plan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) from D2 to D8-Breakfast
  • Cocktail during closing ceremony of D8
  • Private car with driver, fuel included
  • Admission fees at parks and reserves visited, guidance fees as mentioned in the program

Services not included:

  • Domestic and international flights
  • Visas
  • Meals not mentioned/included in the program
  • Excursions and visits mentioned “at your charge”
  • Beverages
  • Phone communications, drinks, tips, extras and personal expenses
  • All services in general not provided and / or not mentioned in the program
  • All services and extras not mentioned in the program

All foreigners wanting to come to Madagascar should have a passport with a validity of at least 6 months from the date of arrival.

To book your flights tickets, BOOGIE PILGRIM team can assist you at no extra costs.

USEFUL INFORMATION

VISA

A touristic visa is compulsory for all foreigners no matter what nationality he/she has in order for him/her to enter and stay in Madagascar. You can get it either at the Malagasy Embassy / consulate in your country or directly at the airport when you will arrive. In either case, you will need to provide:

  • Your return or connecting plane ticket
  • A valid passport of six months at least, with regard to your leaving dates (Return)

For 2015, touristic visa is FREE for less than one month stay. For 2016 it may not be the case. It would depend on any legal changes by then.

 MONEY

The ARIARY: which is currently worth around 3 500 Ar for 1 euro.

For your travel expenses, we recommend you to utilize foreign currencies (Euros or dollars). Credit cards are accepted in very few hotels and there are Banks only in the largest cities. We recommend you to change money at the airport when arriving; all banks use the same rate in average. Do not change your money at the black market!

 THE LANGUAGE

People speak more or less French all over the island. Few people speak English or German yet. However, tourism's professionals speak more and more these three languages.

At Boogie Pilgrim, we provide English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Russian speaking guides.

 HEALTH

* Vaccinations

No vaccines are requested by immigration laws to enter to Madagascar. However we highly recommend people to come with up to date vaccinations against:

  • B hepatitis
  • Typhoid fever
  • Diphtheria / Tetanus / Polio

* Anti-malaria treatment

In spite of stronger risks on the coast than in the highlands, during the rainy season more than during the dry season, Malaria is present all over the island all year round. Therefore, an anti-malaria treatment must be taken before, during and after your stay in Madagascar.

WEATHER

Best season to come to Madagascar is during dry season, from April to mid November. Peak season is July to October: book ahead!
Mid June to mid September is winter on the highlands (Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa, Andringitra, Andasibe...): during the day, temperatures are cool, approx. 18°C; but at night, temperatures can drop down till 5°C. On the coast, it is always nice and warm.
Cyclonic season (mid December to mid March) is to be avoided.

CLOTHING & LUGGAGE

Casual, comfortable wash and wear clothing is recommended. A warm jacket is useful during the winter months on the highlands (June to September). Hiking boots are highly recommended due to the fact that some walks and hikes are included in your itinerary.
Keep luggage to a minimum for your own comfort and ease of transport.

Don’t forget: Mosquito repellant, Sun protection, flashlight or headlamp for night hikes.

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HOW TO COME TO MADAGASCAR?

Our exclusive partner Boogie Pilgrim remain at your disposal for free to organize your trip before, during and after the race.

Flying to Antananarivo:

  • From Paris: Direct flights with Air Madagascar, Air France, Corsair
  • From Johannesburg: Direct flights with South African Air Link
  • From Nairobi: Direct flights with Kenya Airways
  • From Mahé (Seychelles): Direct flights with Air Seychelles
  • From Saint Denis (Reunion Island): Direct flights with Air Autral and Air Madagascar
  • From Mauritius : Direct flights with Air Mauritius and Air Madagascar

Flying from Antananarivo to Diego Suarez: Daily flights with Air Madagascar