Wizard’s Eye: Madagascar (PART II)

Tyler Bradt's adventure crew kayaks the Class V Ikopa River

After sailing halfway around the world, Tyler Bradt and his Wizard’s Eye cohorts struck paddling gold this summer in Madagascar.

Over the next three weeks C&K will be debuting four episodes documenting the crew’s white-knuckle, brown-water explorations of powerful, unknown rivers deep within Africa’s massive island nation. This second episode from the Madagascar leg (No. 10 in the series charting Bradt’s five-year circumnavigation) follows the crew off the boat for a month-long exploration of Madagascar’s vast interior. A two-day drive down pitted, winding roads “finds the team at one of the most infamous rivers on the islands: the Ikopa.”

Photo by Benjamin Hjort. See Hjort's Digital Feature on paddling in Russia's Altai.
Photo by Benjamin Hjort. See Hjort’s Digital Feature on paddling in Russia’s Altai.

Bradt, pictured above, and fellow kayakers Isaac Levinson, Benjamin Hjort and Will Pruett have four hours to navigate 15 miles of rarely run big-water Class V. It’s the latest chapter of what C&K Editor-at-large Eugene Buchanan describes in the forthcoming feature Whitewater on the Wind (appearing in Canoe & Kayak‘s December issue, available on newsstands and for digital download later this week) as a “five-year quest to sail a 42-foot floating toy chest named the Wizards Eye around the world in search of all things adrenaline, from BASE-jumping to surfing to spearfishing to standup paddling, and of course, kayaking. Lots of kayaking.”

Photo: Hjort
On the old-world Madagascar shuttle to the Ikopa. Photo: Hjort

— Check out Part I as the crew makes the harrowing crossing from Seychelles to Madagascar.

— Read the full Digital Feature story, Whitewater on the Wind, and check out Part III where the crew heads to the jungle to notch a multi-day descent of the Favory River. Read more about the Wizard’s Eye Expedition and check out previous episodes from the journey.