440 € /personne
SPORTS TREK THROUGH THE MOST ENCLOSED AREAS OF THE ISLAND
AMBOHIMAMASINA – MANAKARA
Intensive course requiring a very good physical shape.
Early morning departure and picnic lunch
Prepare for the experience of a lifetime. We have very recently opened this trek linking the high plateaus of the betsileo people to the shores of the ocean, through the rain forest, forest corridor wet. 5 days, you will walk in Madagascar unaltered for centuries, at the lush nature and to the village population living totally in autarky. You will see multiple climates and ethnicities, in landscapes varying drastically from one day to another. It will be also a chance to testify to the scarcity of these spaces called “protected” and to hit you the modest but sufficient lifestyle of deep Madagascar, where we live without worrying about outside world. You will come out changed and serene of this journey, we guarantee it; these lands are conducive to contemplation and humility
Day 1 :
Departure from Ambohimamasina at dawn, we start the descent into the valley to the surrounding villages. The passage through the rice fields is enchanting and water is everywhere. We must cross the hills that separate us from the pass to get to the edge of the secondary forest. A small river has hollowed out a bed within a dense vegetation. We are already leaving the Betsileo region, the dialect is changing and we cross many rum bearers, who come to sell their cans in the highlands in exchange for coffee. Most are “tanala” (people of the forest). We enter the primary forest and start climbing to the cliff that marks the extreme frontier of the province of Ambohimamasina. Rainforest however, the tavi, the burn culture and the deforestation. This part of the forest is one of the last bastions of a group of lemurs, whose population that is becoming scarce from year to year. The descent is technical, in trenches of red earth dug by the transhumance of zebus. Despite the dry season, the stream gushes and forms cascades below and night falls quickly. There is no bivouac in the first clearing we meet. A family Ten, very poor, took up residence and cleared the area with machete and fire. The place is very quiet, on the bank of the torrent.
To get to the village of Tsarakianja where we will spend the night, we need go down through the mountains. Each small valley is home to a family. These people live as their ancestors have always lived, practicing agriculture at very small scale and an archaic craft. In one of the small boxes, a blacksmith repairs his tools. We go down again, always following the water, and we go through many very peaceful and picturesque villages. Very few “vazah” (foreigners) go through here, so it’s in the middle of insistent glances and hospitality extraordinary that we arrive in a green circus where the villagers have laid out large rice fields. The landscape is breathtaking, and after installing the tents, we can contemplate the light of twilight flood this cut valley of world. Day 3: After a few kilometers of walking through the rice fields, we arrive at the first real city since our departure: the city of Ambolomadinika where still reigns a king who , fadi oblige, is the only one to be able to reveal the secrets of his city, by means of 30 000 MGA. The river is our best guide to go down until the sea, it widens and calm down as we continue to follow it until the village of Ambalavari. The 4 * 4 bush nearest is three days walk. The population always growing in this region has made the culture burnt and its consequences inevitable. There are still 8 years, lemurs lived in this forest but the inhabitants did not spare them.
The climate has changed a lot since the cool humidity that fogged the primary forest. It is now much hotter and the air is more suitable for “ravinalas”, the famous”arbres duvoyageur”(trees of the traveler) who repopulated the deforested hills. Education of young people is very difficult because the closest colleges are at several hours of walk, and represent a big blow for peasant families. The average number of children per household is close to 8, contraception does not exist in practice or in theory here, and each generation must expand the cultivated areas, to the detriment of the forest. We look for gold (red money) among zebus and kingfishers. We can even see our starting point, the mountain of Anbondrombe which throne on the horizon. .Just after crossing the river on a dugout particularly unstable, the small town of Ambudimangavula. The population is shows still very interested in foreigners and there is not even the slightest trace network. The trail, from there, becomes a road and we can travel much more distance. However, we must reach a small village in another two hours of walking to set up the camp.
So it’s on a road that we walk to our next stop, Bekatsa. The population here is struggling to develop because of the lack of infrastructure and means for to repair. A charming stream passes there; the growing population, the traces of 4 * 4 and the bikes indicate that we have left the isolated highlands, and that’s now in the antemoro ethnic group (the shoreline people) we pass. The road the sea breeze and the coconut trees quickly replace the ravinalas. A few more dozens of kilometers to reach the city of Ambahive. The sea seems close, but be brave because you have to spend the night, and push on the last 38 km to join Manakara and the ranomasina “salt water”, as the Malagasy call the sea
The road is flatter, and the sea air more salty. We still have to walk, on a dish this time, to join Manakara, but it is still possible to take a bush taxi on this portion. Once arrived you will get a well deserved rest, in a city and a very different region of those you will have crossed in 6 days. Night at the hotel
In the morning, visit of the canal and the city from Manakara in “pousse pousse”, and center of the city and then transfer on Fianarantsoa by a road in very good condition. You will pass in particular by Ranomafana.
PRICE PER PERSON SHARING from 670 €
The indicated price is per person, for a package stay of 7 days / 6 nights. Non-contractual program that can be modified at any time.
Circuit of 7 days / 6 nights
English speaking guide for the whole tour
Accommodation on the basis of a double or twin room
Camping equipment (tent and mattress)
The meals as specified
Carriers for trekking
Meet and greet at the hotel
Visits and excursions mentioned in the program
Transfers Fianarantsoa/ambohimahamasina and Manakara/Fianar
Extra and other expenses than those proposed by the formula.
Personal expenses Tips.
Cancellation, assistance and repatriation insurance