North Makay Trekking – 9 days

From 4 to 12 people. See details below.

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We went all over the south of Makay, from Mangoky river to Andranomita cave, so we went around and start from the north to discover new faces of the massif. We got so excited to what we found there that we went back again and again, now we know it enough and we are able to take you for an unusual trek.
Leaving Antananarivo, we head straight to the massif and spend 5 days on spot with guide and porters crew. Huge plateau, canyons, long faults of sandy rivers, it is a passionating discovery of this exceptional site.

Highlights

  • Highlands road towards Makay ;
  • Trekking and exploration of Makay ;
  • Sharing experience with our travelling companion.

Travel identity card

  • Duration : 9 days
  • Participant : from 4 persons
  • Support crew : English speaking guide
  • Accommodation : hotel, gîte and tent
  • Transport : 4WD
  • Service : almost full board
  • Period : from April to November
  • Effort = 4

    “Steady”
    Days are from 5 to 7 hours of walking and these during several days in a row (5 to 10). No technical difficulty, but the elevation changes can be consequent: from 800 to 1200 m certain days. In Madagascar, the height is not a determining factor but it is to be considered. Your bag contains your personal belongings for the day.
  • Confort = 2

    “Adventure”
    Majority of of nights under tent (camping) with hotels and / or hostels where possible.
    In camping, meals are prepared by the Malagasy Tours team with fresh products, even in trek.
    Attentive service in bivouac. Frequent showers, but not daily.
    Travel by all-terrain vehicle on tarmac roads and / or tracks.

 

D 1 : Antananarivo – Miandrivazo

Malagasy tours team meet you at your hotel.
Depart southward. Right out from Tana rice fields and characteristic villages of the highlands draw the landscape. At Ambatolampy we have a break and are going to discover the work, rather amazing, of manufacturers of aluminum cooking pot), those that we find in all Madagascar. We have lunch in town. Lunch at Antsirabe and drive to Miandrivazo where we spend the night.

  • Duration : +/- 7h
  • Distance : 400 km de route
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
  • 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 included
  • 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 7 : Trek in north Makay

This part of the massif has been prospected in 2013 ; we’ve been dragging on more than fifteen days there searching for the best spots, camp points and view points. We have good knowledge of the south and centre part but we are particularly impressed by this area.

Now we guide you inside these huge straight faults where sun ray rarely gets through and amazing plants grow along the walls. We’ve discovered several traces of big crocodiles there.

Sakapaly river runs right through these mountains, we “navigate” inside those canyons and put up our camp on the white sandbanks.

Our hike passes inevitably inside sections of forest where lemurs can be observed easily but difficult to get close.

This trek is quite a sustained pace, there is no particular difficulties apart from the heat, the walk in the soft sand or in the water up to the knees, short going up hills but very steep, going down hills inside canyons might need ropes, underhand itching plants, pebbles rolling under shoes, numerous saka-saka, deep cliffs where it is better not to have vertigo, pass rocks piles with stability and nimbly.

So no difficulty … apart from being isolated, we are indeed far from everything here, so these 8 days trek are just unprecedented.

In addition of all that, several evening campfires with guides and porters will be unforgettable moments.

Nights are in tents or under the stars of southern sky.

  • Duration : 6 à 7h de marche par jour
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner included
  • Your hotel : The same as the day before

D 8 : Massif of Makay > Miandrivazo

All good things must come to an end, we leave the local crew and Makay with regret. We join back Malaimbandy on the track, then the main road to Miandrivazo where we’ve been for quite some time. We are back in our little bungalow by the pool.

 

 

  • Duration : 6 à 7h
  • Distance : 80 km de piste et 120 km de route
  • Meals : Picnic lunch included / Dinner not included
  • 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 9 : Miandrivazo > Antananarivo

Drive to Antananarivo via Antsirabe where we visit local artisans ; work of zebu (cow) horn, shaping and polishing, transformed to tat jewelery and different inside decoration items ; miniature workshop (bycicle, cars …) recycled tins and cans. Lunch in town and drive along Ankaratra massiftowards Antananarivo.

End of Malagasy Tours service in Antananarivo.

  • Duration : +/- 7h de route
  • Distance : 400 km
  • Meals : Lunch not included / Dinner not included
Number of person 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Supp single
Prix par personne 839 € 822 € 810 € 778 € 744 € 742 € 719 € 708 € 705 € 44 €

Price includes:

  • Guide/driver during the travel,
  • 4WD,
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program,
  • Kitchen equipment and camping gear,
  • Guides and porters in Makay,
  • All transfers.

Price does not include:

  • International flights,
  • Meals as mentioned in program,
  • Tips and drinks,
  • Personal insurance.

 NB : provide yourself with sleeping bag, automatic air matress and a warm jacket.

 

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