Great trek – The Trans-Makay – 22 days

From 4 à 8 people. See details below.

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© Malagasy Tours | Carte A few years ago we wrote, in introduction of our trekkings into the Makay: ” We are among the first to enter this mysterious massif …”.
The earned reputation of this huge ruiniform plateau absolutely exceptional, made that today, certain zones, in particular those of the South, are visited from time to time by the hikers. Numerous prospecting in the region allowed us us to have of this massif a thorough knowledge, a high respect and an intimate relation.
We also wrote: “It is with a pioneering spirit that an incursion into Makay should be approached.” It is always true and more than ever for this new crossing which we propose you.

Highlights

  • A unique exploration of one of the most secret massifs of Madagascar;
  • A long impregnation smoothly, on foot, of the jewel of the biodiversity;
  • The sharing of singular moments with the inhabitants of this massif;
  • The extraordinary show of a generous and protected nature.

Travel identity card

  • Duration : 22 days (from Tana to Tana)
  • Participant: In a group of 6 to 10 people
  • Accompaniment: English speaking Malagasy Guide
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in a hotel and the rest in camping
  • Travel: 4×4 vehicle
  • Service: Full board
  • Period: from July 10th to July 31st
  • Effort = 5

    “Engaged”

    This trip requires a prior physical and psychological preparation. Intense and prolonged effort on long hikes from 6 to 8 hours of walking per day for several days. The gradients may be important some day, more than 1200m. The isolation of the areas crossed is important.

  • Confort = 1

    “Expedition”
    Majority of of nights in a tent on their own. Comfort of bivouac rudimentary (climate, terrain).Meals on expeditions prepared by the team of Malagasy Tours. Food is often made with fresh local products.Participation may be required for meal preparation and installation / uninstallation of the camp according the team composition.

D 1 : Antananarivo – Miandrivazo

Malagasy tours team meet you at your hotel. As our main purpose is to reach Makay, we will not crawl along the road.
Leave Antananarivo and head straight to the south. Rice fields and typical villages of the Highlands represent the landscape right after city. 
We stop in Ambatolampy to discover how amazing the work of aluminum to make cooking pot for the whole country. 

We take lunch in Antsirabe and continue to Miandrivazo where we spend the night.

  • Duration : +/- 7h
  • Distance : 400 km de route
  • Meals : Lunch include at the restaurant / Dinner at hotel
  • Your hotel : Miandrivazo. Princesse Tsiribihina.

    Princesse TsiribihinaPrincesse TsiribihinaPrincesse Tsiribihina opened in may 1st 2012. This comfortable structure consists of 12 guestrooms with private bathroom and hot water, double and twin room or family bungalow. Far away from town, quiet, you can admire the sunset of Menabe landscape from the restaurant, the swimming pool and the room terrace.It is an ideal stop before starting the river trip on Tsiribihina river, before an incursion into the Makay or before going on to Morondava.View site on : http://www.princesse-tsiribihina.com

D 2 : Miandrivazo > Malaimbandy > Makay

Drive to Malaimbandy and a track will lead us to the north base of the massif of Makay after 4 to 6 hours drive. It is the starting point of the expedition. It’s here that we find our guides and porters , they will be our fellows during these wonderfull days in the mountains. We set our tents at the exit of the village.

 

 

  • Duration : +/- 5h
  • Distance : 200 km dont 80 de piste
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner at hotel
  • Your hotel : . Nuit sous tente.

    Nuit sous tenteNuit sous tenteA night under the stars around campfire, in the nature,… we like it !We provide SVALBARD brand FERRINO tents. These tents are for 3 persons but we only put 2 persons inside. Both sides have access door with mosquito net and the entrances are a kind of apse where we put a mat for your bags.We also provide a 5 cm thick foam mattress.You should take your sleeping bag.

D 3 to 18 : Transmakay

The ruiniform sedimentary plateau Makay is composed of friable sandstone, it is also the northern extension of the Massif of Isalo. The slow and inexorable work of time, some tectonic movements aided by the flow of water patiently eroded these rocks. The deep canyons that cut and parceled make our progress in these areas very difficult.

Local people living in rare remote village wander rarely inside these lands. Many “fady” (taboo), some beliefs and fears actually protect this fortress in some way.The local population living in the rare villages in the outskirts of the massif, ventures only very rarely on these little hospitable lands, except to find refuge there. Of numerous fady (taboos) and a number of faiths and of fears protect at best this fortress.

This spectacular and inextricable geomorphology allowed, at the bottom of the unexplored canyons, groups of animals and original plants to develop away from the world, in the point to give birth to new species. Lemurs are very present in these isolated forests, but we perceive them more than we observe them, because they are not used to our presence.

Evrard Wendenbaum of the association Naturevolution whom Malagasy Tours accompanied during its second expedition in 2010 qualified these pockets of vegetation of ” real safe of the biodiversity “.

Rock paintings and carvings are found in some caves and excavations to make the place more mysterious, and  we know almost nothing about it. Red blood, brown and ochre colors showing animals as hippotatamus, geometrical drawings and human shapes, all is just hypothesis.
We walk slowly and sometimes hazardously in this unique setting. We often have to go up hill to the top of the eroded summit, firstly to enjoy the spectacular view and  to locate where we are as well, trying to find the best way to continue to the south.
Going straight line is not the shortest way in Makay !

The walk takes us in the depth of these gorges, feet in the clear water of running rivers with white sand in the bottom. We can even paradoxically call it a ” water trek” in this mineral world ! We put up our tents on the sandbank against the rocky face bottom, and we sleep there.
Parrots are omnipresent here, their calls resound in these long gullies. Birds of prey soar above the mountains as buzzard, kites and sparrow hawks. Bats as guards, come out at night to make their quiet patrol.

  • Duration : 7 to 8h walk a day
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner at hotel
  • Your hotel : . Nuit sous tente.

    Nuit sous tenteNuit sous tenteA night under the stars around campfire, in the nature,… we like it !We provide SVALBARD brand FERRINO tents. These tents are for 3 persons but we only put 2 persons inside. Both sides have access door with mosquito net and the entrances are a kind of apse where we put a mat for your bags.We also provide a 5 cm thick foam mattress.You should take your sleeping bag.

D 19 : Makay > Beroroha > Ranohira

We leave Makay mountains behind us after having crossed the Mangoky river. We are rushing straight ahead towards the road N7 … We stop in Ranohira for the night.

 

 

 

  • Duration : 6 to 7h
  • Distance : 150 km of track
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner at hotel
  • Your hotel : Ranohira. Isalo Ranch.

    Isalo RanchIsalo RanchLocated in 5km to the south of Ranohira, in the savannah of Isalo massif foothill. Bungalows are simple and made in traditional way, they have private or outdoor bathroom, swimming pool is also available.The straw hut restaurant offers local and European dishes. One among those good hotels we like.View site on : http://www.isalo-ranch.com

D 20 : Ranohira > Tuléar > Ifaty

We progress to the south west towards the Mozambique Channel.
Drive on 245 km from Ranohira to Tuléar through different botanical settings in the morning.
We stop on the way to see Mahafaly tribe typical tombs so nicely painted and decorated, on which are erected some amazing wooden sculptures. The sea can be seen from far away before we reach Tuléar.
Walk around to the market before taking lunch.
Sandy road along the coast leads us to Ifaty. Installation to the hotel, almost feet in the water.

  • Duration : +/- 6h
  • Distance : 280 km
  • Meals : Lunch include at the restaurant / Dinner at hotel
  • Your hotel : Ifaty. Belle Vue .

    Belle Vue Belle Vue Located in the heart of a Vezo village in the North of Tuléar, BELLE VUE  hotel offers an optimal comfort and authenticity during your stay. From the bungalow by the beach or the panoramic room you can attend upon the arrival of about 200 fishermen’s dugouts, what a show!.You will discover a sea products menu in the restaurant, depending on the catch of the day (fishes, shrimps, squids, crabs, spiny lobsters, cicadas of seas, etc.) and Malagasy traditional dishes with zebu and  fresh products.View site on : http://www.hotelbellevue-mada.com

D 21 : Day at leisure at Ifaty lagoon

You can explore different activities from the hotel during the day at leisure on the edges of Mozambique channel.
If you want to make the most of the sea and the lagoon : diving, dugout ride with Vezo fishermen, swim or just leisure.
Hikers can discover the inland, a specific and extraordinary vegetation composed of euphorbia, baobab, didieracea, aloes … , those with thorns are kings in the south.

  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner at hotel
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 22 : Ifaty > Tulear > Antananarivo

Morning at leisure and transfer to the airport organised by the hotel.

End of Malagasy Tours services.

Fly to the capital.

 

  • Duration : 2h drive and 1h15 flight
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included

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