THE CROSSING OF SAINT MARY, WEST TO EAST
Departure to 8:00 to avoid the hot and you're off on a road trip to the village well to cross from west to east of the island. Trees "grésillia", a plain raffia, Cassava, the lingoza (red and black seed), plants that heal wounds, the fruit of the fern Tsitrapanga used for Chinese soups and many other plant and animal species that you will discover as you walk your. After crossing rice, and the dam, walking takes place in primary forest "Añalan-Janhan" where eucalyptus set the tone, are not present or in close you will also find this funny bird, black drongo with its forked tail and puff or multicolored butterflies.
Many other discoveries with this trip since rosewood is revealed at the edge of a sandy path or "Penjy", so long stems, vegetable fibers used to weave mats and other handicrafts. We arrive at the sea where swimming awaits you or fishing tek-tek, delicious shellfish (such as clams) you can enjoy an aperitif in the evening. After the picnic, Return to St. Mary Lodge.
Duration : day, about. 5h00 walk
Difficulty : Easy.
CRACKS THE WILD NORTH
Early morning, we go north by car to arrive at the start of the hike. Two stops on this journey for superb views.
Then, this is the way coves and inlets to discover a supernatural landscape, Language of golden sand, une host more translucent, a setting worthy of Britain and some corals, porcelain, shellfish and small fish to decorate hiking. Between beach and land, la vanille, trees passenger, the king of all black birds whose head is surmounted by a plume, the cuckoo, you will end up at the Natural Pools site to bathe and have lunch on the beach with an excellent lobster or fish. Return by car in the afternoon
Duration : day, about. 5h00 walk
Difficulty : Easy
LA BAIE D’AMPANIHY
Departure around 8:00 a.m., and here you are on a path around the village well to cross the island to Apanihy Bay, a long arm of the sea that sinks into 4 km inland.
After about two and a half hours of walking, , we reach the end of Ampanihy Bay, where a boatman awaits us. Forty minutes of paddling takes us to the Ampanihy peninsula, its superb lagoon and the deserted beach of Clipper Bay.
One hour of swimming on the most beautiful beach of Sainte Marie, then crossing by canoe, passing through the mangrove, totally preserved, where prawns and crabs abound between the roots of the mangrove trees. Aquatic and vegetal paradise !
Meal at Hélène's, at the Paradise of Ampanihy, who prepares a succulent mangrove crab and the best Sainte Marie coconut sauce.
Then return to the hotel by car 4×4.
Duration : Day, 3 hours of work.
Difficulty : Easy, but reserved for good walkers.
We descend in 2 hours of walking and ½ hour of canoe following the mangroves to reach Manompana. and leave for St. Mary boat.
Duration : A day and a half leaving from the hotel, 5 to 7 hours of work
Difficulty : for walkers in good shape, or + Depending on the weather.
MANOMPANA, LA GRANDE CASCADE
An incursion on Grande Terre
Departure 3:30 p.m.. The boat is in 60 minutes. We arrive at the edge of the bay of Manompana, as privateers who had once take shelter in the event of cyclone. This berry contains indeed a perfect shelter against storms, by far the best on the east coast of Madagascar.
The password is easy, and wreck borders the north ; once back in the lagoon, ç'est wonder !
A lagoon bleu-vert, then a small sand fringed cape after which we discover the famous shelter : a perfect pond lined with mangrove, and not a ripple on the water even in windy.
Then the boat glides gently to the bottom of the bay, also named Bay Tintingue.
We drop anchor near the pontoon local cottage, a nice simple place, wood and thatch dressed, "At Wenki", where we spend the evening and the night.
Early morning, around 7h00, our guide will take you to the Grand Cascade which is actually three in number. We can see Sainte-Marie. ½ hour walk, then ½ hour by canoe to go up the Manompana river which means "both at the same time" according to a legend. Then it's 2 to 4 hours of walking, with some real difficulties if the rain has soaked the course because we cross important rice paddy areas where we are up to our knees. Other passages delicate, river crossings make this work, an adventure that resembles a jungle expedition.
This walk is simpler from September to January, little rainy season. But the scenery is beautiful, the discovery of different woods, and rarer as rosewood and rosewood, elephant ears, des vintanos, Multipliants of palms, of ravenalas (traveler's tree) single or few whose difference is seen in trunk.
Birds, kingfisher, weaver, swallow, sparrowhawk, are to perceive or hear as rattles. During this escapade, with little chance of lemurs, Makis of whose traces can be seen crossing the bamboo which were devoured ... Then we come to the first waterfall where we stop for lunch or a, either a short break to leave for 3/4 hours on a very steep slope in the forest to discover the following two waterfalls. At the bottom of the last, an opportunity to swim reward all efforts…