Trek of Makay Massif

Antananarivo, Fianarantsoa, Makay




10 days

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4.4 by 3 reviews
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The Makay has become the place to travel in Madagascar. This trip allows you to discover extraordinary landscapes and canyons which shelter endemic flora and fauna.
Refuge of biodiversity, you will be seduced by the spectacle of raw nature.
After setting up our fixed camp in a spectacular tangle of canyons, we radiate on foot between narrow gorge with clear waters and white sand climbing plateaus with magnificent panoramas.
This voyage of discovery, accessible to any motivated and curious person, provides access to the heart of the Makay massif and to approach its treasures of biodiversity.


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  • 1 Meal Per Day
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Tour Amenities

Car Parking
Free Coupons
Laundry service
Outdoor Seating
Smoking Allowed
Wireless Internet

Tour Plan

Meet & greet at the airport and transfer to the hotel for the first night of the trip. Hotel Gasy Country House or similar.

After breakfast, we head south along the RN7. We cross the characteristic landscapes of the Malagasy Highlands by taking a winding road bordered by a mosaic of fields of various cultures and rice fields arranged in terraces. We stop for a lunch break in Antsirabe. In two more hours drive we arrive the city of Ambositra, Madagascar's capital of wood crafts. Quick visit of the boutiques to continue to Fianarantsoa, 4 hours away.

Through the patchwork of rice terraces and various crops where all the shades of green are declined, we continue south to Ambalavao known for its vineyards. We stop at the small Anja reserve: a gallery forest of ficus, lianas and orchids has developed between spectacular rock formations, sometimes forming caves adopted as shelters by some animals and humans in the past. On the slopes succulent plants such as kalanchoes and pachypodiums can easily be seen. In this green paradise live in small colonies these ring-tailed lemurs, the makis catta. They spend a lot of time on the ground, are not too fierce and are therefore easily observable. After visiting Anja, we continue south to Ranohira, the land of the Bara situated in one of the largest plateau of Madagascar, the Ihorombe. Hotel Isalo Ranch or similar.

Transfer by car to the village of Beronono, we drive northwards along a dusty track passing the Mangoky river before passing Beroroha the main village of the region. Arrival expected by the end of the afternoon, installation of the camp just by the Makay river. Overnight camping near the river.

Today we will start exploring on foot the Makay region. We will walk along the Makay river then continuation towards a small forest to reach the Mahatiny Cave. In this cave we will find some of the oldest paintings of Madagascar, geometric figures dating centuries ago. In the afternoon, we take a small path that leads us to a part of the ridge where we will have a view on the massif before returning to the edge of the Makay river. Overnight camping by the river.

After breakfast, we hike in the reeds to continue then over a large part of the ridge, where we will have magnificent views of two lakes. Here, the parrots are omnipresent, their cries echo in these long corridors. Some raptors such as buzzards, kites and striped polyboroides soar above the mountains. In the afternoon, small descent before arriving by the Lake Anosilahy. Then we go up a small river which leads us to the place of the bivouac. Overnight camping by the river.

We begin the day by exploring a superb deep canyon where we can see surprising vegetation. We then follow a path that lead os on a plateau to join a another canyon which takes us to Lake Sariaka. Overnight camping by the lake.

Today we head back to Beronono, our start point, where we expect to arrive by early afternoon. Overnight camping by the river.

Back on the dirt road to rejoin Ranohira on the RN7. Hotel Isalo Ranch or similar.

We depart from Ranohira very early in the morning (5AM), we need to be in Toliara by 9 AM. In Toliara, we board the direct ferry to Anakao, the main fishing village of the Vezo people. Here we will spend the next 2 nights. Hotel safari Vezo or similar.

The ferry for Toliara is expected to depart by 6.30 AM. Upon arrival in Toliara, transfert to the airport to catch the direct flight to Antananarivo.

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Location 4/5
Amenities 4.67/5
Services 4/5
Price 4.67/5

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  1. 3.6

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    We always stay at here when in town. The location is great, staff is wonderful and we love the overall feel. Beautiful view from the here.

  2. 4.6

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    It is a great place to shop not too far from New York. We took the bus from Port Authority and traveled through the countryside to get there.

  3. 5

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    This is the best tour on the east coast! It was amazing how many places we visited and what great memories we made!

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