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12-Day Hiking Tour of Makay’s South and Extreme North

1-chōme-10-5 Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo 107-8420, Japan

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12 days (approx.) - English

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Embark on a thrilling expedition through Madagascar’s untouched Makay Massif in 9 days! Trek through the wilderness, experience the magnificence of nature, and be one of the first few explorers to set foot in this lush part of Madagascar.

Highlights
  • Trek your way to the uncharted Makay Massif and be one of the first few explorers to set foot in this part of Madagascar’s exceptional wilderness!
  • Visit the beautiful Isalo National Park and get a chance to see some of Madagascar’s majestic treasures such as lemurs and baobabs.
  • Explore the Mahatiny Cave to search for the notable ancient drawings and get an insight into Madagascar’s history.
  • Appreciate the beauty of nature and enjoy the beautiful vistas of the Sakamaly River and the canyons that cut into the massif.
  • Hike your way through gorges, canyons, and rivers in the Southern part of the Makay.
Description

Trek your way to the uncharted Makay Massif and be one of the first few explorers to set foot in this part of Madagascar’s exceptional wilderness! Blaze a trail through the dry and humid forests, taking you through a number of natural lakes and springs, grottos, and other scenic vistas. You will also get a chance to see some of Madagascar’s majestic treasures such as lemurs and baobabs and visit the beautiful Isalo National Park. Wear out the soles of your shoes, leave behind your comfort zone, and experience one of the most challenging yet rewarding expeditions on this 12-day Makay Massif trekking adventure! 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Isalo – Beronono

Meet and greet your driver at the designated pick-up point before embarking on a drive off-road through to Beronono, a small village where you will come together with your local guide and porter team. Overnight in a bivouac at the edge of the Makay River. 

Day 2 to 4 – Beronono – Makay South

Start your fascinating and exhilarating journey to the Makay Massif. Regarded as a true sanctuary for a number of extremely rare and uncommon species of flora and fauna, the Makay is not well-known and left unexplored. Hike your way through gorges, canyons, and rivers in the Southern part of the Makay. You will also visit the Mahatiny Cave to search for the notable ancient drawings and get an insight into Madagascar’s history. Set up a bivouac at the base of well-preserved cliffs, where you will spend the night. 

Day 5 to 10 – Makay South – Makay North

Continue traveling through Makay North to learn more about the diverse flora and fauna that can be found in Southwestern Madagascar as you pass by caves, canyons, gorges, ridges, rivers, and forests. Appreciate the beauty of nature and enjoy the beautiful vistas of the Sakamaly River and the canyons that cut into the massif while getting up close to lemurs, crocodiles, and other wildlife. Despite the walk’s ease, the surroundings might be unfriendly due to the heat, the soft sand, the bararata (spicy reeds), the karibo (brambles), and the water that requires balance and agility. Spend the night in a bivouac. 

Day 11 – Makay – Miandrivazo

Depart from the campsite early in the morning and hike through the Makay Massif to reach Miandrivazo via Route Nationale 34. Upon arrival in Miandrivazo, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 12 – Miandrivazo

Check out from the hotel after breakfast. With the help of your guide, transfer to Miandrivazo Airport for your journey back home.

Inclusions

  • Pick Up and Drop Off

  • 11 Nights Accommodation

  • Camping Equipment

  • Meals during the Trekking Tour

  • Porter Fees in the Makay Massif

  • English-Speaking Local Guide

  • Transportation as Per Itinerary

  • Admission Fees and Activities as Per Itinerary

Exclusions

  • Local and International Flights

  • Airport Transfers

  • Sleeping Bag

  • Meals Not Mentioned

  • Drinks

  • Activities Not Mentioned

  • Visas

  • Travel and Medical Insurance

  • Personal Expenses

  • Gratuities (Optional)

Additional Information

  • This experience involves a moderate amount of walking; Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • This experience requires good weather conditions. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you will be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum is not met, you will be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

  • This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded. 

  • Arrival time at each location may vary depending on the season.

  • If there is insufficient time for all attractions/destinations on the itinerary, the tour guide will adjust the length of time spent at other attractions/destinations. 

  • Delays, shortening of the tours, or omissions to the itinerary due to traffic, weather, or other unforeseen circumstances are not subject to refund.

  • Itinerary is subject to change and the attractions may be closed due to traffic, weather, and force majeure. An alternative itinerary may also be omitted depending on road conditions.

  • Please note that on days in which no activities are planned, you are free to explore at your leisure; all activities and purchases will be at your own expense. You will have your tour guide’s mobile number in case of emergency.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Isalo – Beronono | Meet and greet your driver at the designated pick-up point before embarking on a drive off-road through to Beronono, a small village where you will come together with your local guide and porter teamOvernight in a bivouac at the edge of the Makay River.
Day 2 to 4 – Beronono – Makay South | Start your fascinating and exhilarating journey to the Makay MassifRegarded as a true sanctuary for a number of extremely rare and uncommon species of flora and fauna, the Makay is not well-known and left unexploredHike your way through gorges, canyons, and rivers in the Southern part of the MakayYou will also visit the Mahatiny Cave to search for the notable ancient drawings and get an insight into Madagascar’s historySet up a bivouac at the base of well-preserved cliffs, where you will spend the night.
Day 5 to 10 – Makay South – Makay North | Continue traveling through Makay North to learn more about the diverse flora and fauna that can be found in Southwestern Madagascar as you pass by caves, canyons, gorges, ridges, rivers, and forestsAppreciate the beauty of nature and enjoy the beautiful vistas of the Sakamaly River and the canyons that cut into the massif while getting up close to lemurs, crocodiles, and other wildlifeDespite the walk’s ease, the surroundings might be unfriendly due to the heat, the soft sand, the bararata (spicy reeds), the karibo (brambles), and the water that requires balance and agilitySpend the night in a bivouac.
Day 11 – Makay – Miandrivazo | Depart from the campsite early in the morning and hike through the Makay Massif to reach Miandrivazo via Route Nationale 34Upon arrival in Miandrivazo, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 12 – Miandrivazo | Check out from the hotel after breakfastWith the help of your guide, transfer to Miandrivazo Airport for your journey back home.

Starting Location
1-chōme-10-5 Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo 107-8420, Japan.
Itineraries are subject to change.
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