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MAKAY EXPLORATION FROM NORTH TO SOUTH

1.630 € /personne

12 days of exploratory trek of the Makay massif from north to south, a particularly isolated massif with stages between 6 and 9 hours per day. The elevations are not exceptional but the heat, the steps in the sand and the water make this trip engaged and very stressful. Some steep climbs to discover exceptional panoramas.

Attention, adventure program exclusively for experienced walkers!

Duration: 19 days and 18 nights
Period: APRIL to DECEMBER
LEVEL OF PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY

GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION
PROVIDER: SUDMADATREK VOYAGES
2 * OR 3 * HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
(Local standards), basic double or twin room
HALF BOARD and FULL BOARD DURING THE HIKING
REQUIRED PERSON
Minimum: 4 persons – Maximum: 16 persons.

Day 1: TANA – ANTSIRABE

Meet and great at the hotel. Briefing around a nice little coffee. After departure for the south of the island to discover the Imerina. We start our adventure by car along the famous RN7. Drive through typical landscapes of the highlands between small waterfalls, rice terraces and houses in terracotta. From Antanifotsy in the region of Vakinakaratra. From there the road is beautiful, cross many typical villages. The region of Vakinakaratra is the capital of Bike and “pousse pousse” in Madagascar. Night at the hotel

 

D2 ANTSIRABE – MIANDRIVAZO – TSIAZORAMBO

We continue our journey to reach Tsiazorambo via Miandrivazo and Malaimbandy. Over the kilometers, we rediscover another facet of Madagascar. Picnic lunch. Arrival at the end of the afternoon at the village of Tsiazorambo, starting point of our adventure in the makay.
Night under tent.
• Transfer time: 8 hours / 380 km.
• Meals: morning, noon, evening.
• Accommodation: camp.

D3 to J14 / 150KM TREK EXPLO IN THE MAKAY

THE MASSIVE MAKAY
The Makay is a 7,500 km2 massif located southwest of Madagascar. It is part of the municipality of Beroroha, where civilization stops and nature begins to prevail. The Makay massif is made up of hundreds of inextricable canyons, protecting a unique biodiversity for millions of years. This massif is considered as the last paradise for adventurers and hikers who want to go off traditional trails. This massif is not yet classified “National Park” but it contains many endemic species. Thanks to its isolation, this massif is protected by the harmful impact of the man. This sanctuary of nature protects many species: lemurs, crocodiles, many birds, and insects.
Here we are in another timeless environment. The Makay massif remains the last paradise for hikers in Madagascar. Preserve and mysterious. During our progression we will be led to discover the intact nature of the big island.
Among the different biotopes of Madagascar, the Makay massif is a remarkable work of nature. The yellow and red ruiniform sandstone plateaus are mostly covered with vegetation typical of the dry environments of western Madagascar. The erosion of the massif has at the same time given rise to canyons several hundred meters high which, conversely, are home to moist vegetation not unrelated to the tropical forests of eastern Madagascar. The whole is full of species for some still unknown: life has developed there for millions of years, without any man guessing it.
Accompanied by trackers and carriers, we will cross the makay massif from north to south.
These are 12 full days of hikes that await us in the Makay.
To begin to dream, the Makay is without a doubt, one of the most monumental works of nature on the island. Few people, even in Madagascar know the existence. This massif of yellow sandstone presents parts in heights still covered by a forest or a shrub vegetation typical of dry areas of the west of Madagascar. At the bottom of each canyon or valley, “a life” has developed: lemurs, reptiles, snakes, crocodiles. A place totally untouched by any human observation that has allowed nature to be its absolute master.
During the hikes, we alternate between the crests of this massif, whose different colors form a natural and eternal rainbow, the canyons with sandy crevasses, the points of view, the dense forests, the sacred lakes, the natural pools, the caves with rock paintings ….
Every moment will be appreciated. Renounce the “Bara”, the semi-nomadic ethnic group that occupies the lower plateaus of the south of the island. The opportunity to live and understand their life and their daily life that is so far from any form of civilization. They will make us discover their technique of distilling local rum based on Tamarin and sugar cane! Possibility to taste the Toaka gasy.
During this trek our cooks will be happy to cook good simple, tasty and complete meals. The bivouacs will be installed near a water point or a small river …
Here, we will be asked to leave behind only the sole borrowing of our feet.
No particular difficulties, but the trek is supported, because the environment in which we evolve can be difficult: the heat is omnipresent; we walk in the sand, often soft, and in the water, sometimes up to the knees, which requires balance and agility. Canyons inextricable, vertiginous cliffs, forests sheltering many lemurs, tortuous streams, but also pebbles that roll under the shoe …
We will cross the gorges where a crystalline water flows, then run along the watercourse deep in canyons. We could qualify part of this adventure “aquatic” as the water is ubiquitous during the hike
A lost world, a true sanctuary of nature that has not yet unveiled all its secrets.

  • Walking time: 6-9 h per day
    Meals: morning, noon, evening.
    • Accommodation: camp

D15 MAKAY SOUTH – RANOHIRA

Transfer to Ranohira along the isalo massif.
Night at the hotel

Transfer Time: 9 h
• Meals: morning, noon, evening.
• Accommodation: Hotel

D16 RANOHIRA – IFATY

Transfer to Ifaty.
Night by the sea

Transfer Time: 4 hrs
• Meals: morning, noon, evening.
• Accommodation: Hotel

D17 & D18 IFATY

The village of Ifaty offers beautiful beaches bordered by Vezo fishing villages. Formerly nomads, the Vezo seem to gradually settle there. To believe that they found in Ifaty a peaceful and pleasant place to live, a little corner of paradise!
But Ifaty owes its reputation above all to the beauty of its seabed. The Ranobe Lagoon is an exceptional site for fishing and underwater discovery. Ranked among the largest of the island, this coral reef is full of diving spots in which abound a multitude of marine species; some even say that Ifaty is one of the most beautiful dive sites in the world.
Lovers of diving, traditional fishing or big game fishing or idleness, you will find your happiness here.
Night at the hotel

Meals: morning, noon, evening.
• Accommodation: Hotel

D19 IFATY – TANA

Transfer to the airport, fly to Tana. Visit the capital and the dike market. Transfer to the airport and return flight.
End of our services

HILIGHT TOUR

• An exploratory trek from north to south of Makay
• An alternation of entangled canyons, ruiniform mountains and beautiful forests
• Lounging on the Mozambique Channel at the end of your stay

PRICE PER PERSON SHARING : 1420 € TTC
Conditions

The indicated price is per person,
for a package stay of 19 days / 18 nights. Non-contractual program that can be modified at any time.

Includes
Tour of 19 days / 18 nights

  • Accommodation on the basis of a double or twin room
  • The meals as specified
  • Meet and greet at the airport
  • Entrance Parks/ reserve and local guide fees
  • Visits and excursions mentioned in the program
  • Private 4X4 with Driver
  • An English speaking guide for the whole tour
  • All the transfers airports – hotels – airports

Excludes

  • All flights coast and visa fee
  • The single room supplement (230 €)
  • All drinks.
  • Extra and other expenses than those proposed by the formula.
  • Personal expenses Tips.
  • Cancellation, assistance and repatriation insurance

MANDATORY DOCUMENTS:

Passport (children included) valid at least 6 months after returning to home country. Out of European Union, consult your consulate

HEALTH

We strongly recommend the classic vaccines for Madagascar.

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