Rugby Tours to Madagascar

Joseph Ledger | The Action Man

The world’s fourth largest island is famed for the plethora of endemic species that are lucky enough to call this paradise their home. The most famous of all is their iconic poster child; the Ring-tailed lemur. It is fitting then, that the Madagascan National rugby team are affectionately known as the ‘Makis’, the Malagasy word for their furry compatriot.  

Joseph Ledger, Project Manager

Why Madagascar?


It may come as a surprise to some that rugby is so popular here, but for those living in the capital Antananarivo, this is old news. When 2020 arrives, it will be 115 years since the first game kicked off between a French military team and a Madagascan Railway workers’ team. These days, there are 162 clubs and over 20,000 registered players in the capital alone, with numbers climbing year on year. Add to the mix that you could be playing at altitude, in a pleasant climate and in front of thousands of screaming fans, and you have the makings of a brilliant tour.

A rugby tour to Madagascar is a new challenge, a unique challenge, a physical challenge, and one that is solely available through MSG Tours. We operate with Malagasy Rugby Federation in an exclusive partnership to tailor tours in line with your team’s objectives. Move over Maoris, The Makis are in town, and yes, they have their own haka…

Away from the pitch, your squad has an ocean (literally) of opportunities to enjoy some well-earned R&R. The vistas on show here are as diverse and unique as the flora and fauna; including razor sharp limestone karsts and a sunset amongst the Mesozoic-esque Boabab trees to the west, and castaway islands to the north. While up there, why not canoe to (in traditional boats) and trek through Lokobe Forest to spy Lemurs, Boas and Chameleons. Wherever you choose to go during your downtime, the local hospitality will make you want to stay in this magical place.

What to do in Madagascar?

Fill your free time between matches exploring Madagascar. Some excursions in different locations that we recommend are:

  • Queens Palace
  • Lokanga at sunset
  • Lemur Park
  • Nosy Be
  • Boabab Avenue

When to visit Madagascar?

Madagascar has a pleasant climate all year round, with averages temperatures ranging from 20 in the winter to 28 in the summer months. The best months to go are between April to December. Read about our experience in Madagascar here.

Our Recommendations  

“Your rugby tour to Madagascar would be like no other rugby tour. Fact. A true test of your team’s physical and mental resolve, the chance to play at the National Stadium in front of thousands and all on a Treasure Island. What more do you want?” – Joseph Ledger | The Action Man, MSG Tours. You can read about the Action Man’s trip to Madagascar on our blog.

Find out what previous groups have done on their rugby tours:

Tondu RFC take on America

REME Rugby Union: Rugby Tour to Australia and Malaysia

Thomas’s Clapham: School Rugby Tour to San Sebastian, Spain

To read more rugby case studies click here.

Get in touch with us to chat about how Madagascar would make the perfect destination for your next rugby team tour.

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