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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.

Day 2:

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5:

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

Day 6:

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

Day 7:

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 €

Conditions


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.

Includes


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
VTA

Excludes

Sleeping bag
All drinks.
Extra and other expenses than those proposed by the formula.
Personal expenses Tips.
Cancellation, assistance and repatriation insurance

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