Three days to discover the beauty of the landscape and the Zafimaniry culture. Visit of several typical Zafimaniry villages with their unique architecture and having the opportunity to see local carpenters building a new house or an artisan making a carved object.
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Three days trekking
4 hours walk – about 302m ascent and 590m descent
6 hours walk – about 629m ascent and 448m descent
5 hours walk – 501m ascent and 406m descent
The Zafimaniry region is one of the wettest areas of Madagascar; rainy days regularly occur also in the dry season of the year. Don’t forget to pack your rain jacket, rain overtrousers and a rain cover for your backpack. The paths can get very muddy and slippery. The hike is not very difficult in dry weather but can become very tricky if the ground is wet. The final part of the path on the first day is a steep descent into the village of Sakaivo over very smooth rocky surfaces which become extremely slippery in the rain. Waterproof hiking boots that give you a good grip on the rock are therefore an absolute must.During the evenings it can be quite chilly and also inside the houses in the villages it is not very warm (only the kitchen areas have a fire). Make sure you carry enough warm and dry clothes with you.
The campsites in the villages are very basic. Drop toilets are available (no showers). Our support team will heat some water for you to wash upon arrival in the village.
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4 hours walk – about 302m ascent and 590m descentLeaving Ambositra and heading to the Zafimaniry country following the RN7 for 15km to the south until Ivato Centre, and a left turn onto a dirt road for about 25km. Crossing rice paddies, eucalyptus forests and Betsileo villages, after 1 hour 30 minutes we will arrive in Antoetra, the main village of the Zafimaniry country. We will leave the car for three days and are accompanied by a local guide for 4 hours walking through the eucalyptus forests, grass land and mimosas to reach Vohibe. This is a rocky platform where Catholics were building a large cross. Stop for a very unique view before embarking down on a slab of granite to reach the village of Sakaivo. We will spend the night in tents.
6 hours walk – about 629m ascent and 448m descentOn the second day, the trail to the next village where we will overnight does not seem long but there are plenty of things to discover along the way. After breakfast, we will head North-East, starting with a descent through rice paddies followed by a way up between the fields to appreciate the view of the village of Sakaivo. Today, our path consists of endless up- and downhill because all the villages we are going to visit are always on top of the hill. After a short break, we will continue our route to the village of Tetezandrotra. Here we can see woodcarvers carving objects. From here, 1 hour and 45 minute walk to the village of Vohitrandriana. We will have a beautiful view and discover another aspect of a Zafimaniry village. After a tour of the village, we will go back for 1 hour 45 minutes to reach the village of Faliarivo. We will have a picnic lunch in a nice place with a great view. Dinner and night in tents at the village.
5 hours walk - 501m ascent and 406m descentYour PlanOn this day our path crosses mountains and valleys bare of vegetation because of the practice of tavy (slash and burn culture) for several generations. Picnic lunch and then return to Antoetra to take the car and head to Fianarantsoa or back to Ambositra.
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