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Two days trekking starting and finishing in Ambositra

Day 1:
7 hours walk – about 881m ascent and 1130m descent

Day 2:
4 hours walk – 590m ascent and 302m descent

Additional Information:
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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Day 01

7 hours walk – about 881m ascent and 1130m descent

Early start from Ambositra heading to the Zafimaniry country following the RN7 for 15km to the south until Ivato, and then 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. Here we will leave the car for two days and are accompanied by a local guide for 7 hours hiking. Today our path crosses mountains and valleys bare of vegetation because of the practice of tavy (slash and burn culture) for several generations until the village of Faliarivo, a nice typical Zafimaniry village built on the top of the hill and overlooking the mountain around. From here, our path consists of endless up- and downhill because all the villages we are going to visit are either on top of the hill or in the bottom of the valley. We carry on toward the village of Vohitrandriana then continue through fields and rice paddies down to Tetezandrotra. Here we can see woodcarvers carving objects. After sharing a moment with them we continue our route to end our hiking toward Sakaivo, a colourful village in the foot of the mount Vohibe where we will spend the night in camping or in the villager’s house to experience Malagasy villager’s life.

Day 02

4 hours walk – 590m ascent and 302m descent

After breakfast, we will head North-West, starting with a steep way uphill on a slab of granite to reach the rocky platform of Vohibe where Catholics were building a large cross to bring the legend of “lolo” (ghost) on discredit. We will stop here to take a breath and admire the last panorama view of this scenic landscape. After this nice stop, we carry on the path through the mimosas, grass land and eucalyptus forests to go back to Antoetra. The loop is closed and with the enthusiasm from sharing that fabulous moments with villagers and those nice pictures in the mind, we will take the car again and heading back to Ambositra.

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