In Madagascar, there are spaces and different terrain for some long days trekking. Wether in protected areas like Andasibe, Isalo, Andringitra, Marojejy or in typical sites like “Zafimaniry villages”, “Makay massif” or just in open area linking a region to another.
There is a lack of infrastructure in a big part of the island and when talking about trekking, we mostly have to think of nights under tents in an arranged camp site or just in the wild. Only few places like in the Zafimaniry village where one can stay in a local guest house.
Madagascar doesn’t have animals who are able to transport luggage like a donkey or a mullet. Using porters is then the most efficient way to insure a good organization when trekking in most those places. This help tourism to create work for local by using local porters and at the same time share the benefit into the population until far away in the bush and in different region.
Depending on how much time you have for your holiday in Madagascar, you can choose among those sites which are good for trekking and link them with driving tour or/and domestic flights. Feel free to share your idea of trekking trip so that we can help you arrange a tour which answer your wish.
The most popular itinerary which can be easily adapted to more trekking tour is the one from Antananarivo to Toliary. With this itinerary, possible to do some trekking around the village of Betafo/Zafimaniry, then Ranomafana/Andringitra/Isalo national park. Combining those different places allow visitors to enjoy walk in the nature far from the rush of civilization, to exchange experiences and cultures with local people, contribute directly to local development.
Makay massif attract more curiosity at this time despite its difficult access and more complicated organization. It can be reachable from the South by half day off-road driving from the Isalo national park or from the North via Morondava or Miandrivazo following other more adventurous tracks. To enjoy the most of the Makay, it is better to have at least a week and be ready with long walk (6 to 8h a day) and camping in the wild.