Discover the amazing Makay river
Enjoy hiking through Makay canyons
Hiking Makay massif and peaks Makay virgin forests and its lemurs and birds
Enjoy the unique views of Makay fascinating lakes
A 5-day trek into the heart of the Makay region, an area of dramatic sandstone gorges, soaring mountains and untouched lakes and forests. Very few people visit this particularly unhabited area, much of which remains to be explored.
This is a challenging trek for those with a real sense of adventure but the rewards in terms of stunning scenery and idyllic campsite under star-filled skies are plentiful.
We recommend combining this tour with a few days in the beautiful surrounding of Isalo National Park where there are a number of comfortable lodges to relax after your adventure in the wilderness of Makay.
Transfer from Isalo by road with an early morning start.We will drive to Beroroa where we will stop for lunch. We will arrive at a village Beronono situated on Makay river where we’ll spend our first night camping on the sandy bank of the river.
In the morning, wetrek through farmland and forests and gradually start to gain hight. We visit a cave where we will see some mysterious cage paintings which are believed to date back to the 12th century. We have lunch here before continuing upwards to a high viewpoint with stunning views of the areas we will be exploring in the coming days. Tonight’s campsite is situated on a wilder stretch of Makay river.
This morning, we follow the dry bed of a lost river which takes us deep into the Makay. Then we ascend steeply to a high ridge with spectacular views. We overlook a hidden gorge where if we are lucky we will be treated to the spectacle of hundreds of fruit bats in flight. Then we follow the high ridge to our lunch stop overlooking tow lakes below after which we descend very steeply to a narrow canyon which we follow to our idyllic beach campsite.
This morning we continue to follow our canyon, wading through shallow water as it gets narrower and narrawer until, in some places, it is only a few feet wide. Then it gradually opens up again to a wide dry river bed. We hike up to a viewpoint from where we can see typical Makay landscape. Then we follow another canyon to another secluded beach campsite near a lake.
In the morning we visit the nearby lake Sariaka and then follow a shallow river which takes us out of the main Makay massif to more open land. We cross a large expanse of Savanna type landscape. Having lunch along the way, as we make our way back to the village of Beronono where we camped on the first night. We camp once again at our campsite next to Makay river.
We have an early morning start as we have a long journey ahead today back to Isalo. End of the afternoon arrival in Ranohira.
Overnight in Isalo.
Morning drive to Toliara. Fly back to Tana. Overnight in Tana
Morning at leisure. Meet your international flight home.
Two-person tents at carefully chosen campsites alongside on the banks of rivers. You drive on lure on delicious food under the stars and lowd to sleep by the sound of running water. Tents and other camping equipment are carried from site to site by porters.
1- You will be trekking 8 hours or so per day, sometimes over challenging terrain with some scrambling on steep slopes and a good level of fitness is required.
2- During the day, you will need to carry a day pack with water, camera equipment etc.
3- t ‘s necessary to bring along water purification tablets. Look up technical requirements and water bottle.
4- Good walking shoes will be required and we will also spend a significant amount of time wading through shallow water when you may wish to go barefoot or use lightweight sandals.
5- The trek involves too long transfers on rough roads by 4WD from the starting point at Isalo.
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