By participating in this trip we are helping a reforestation project we started in 2011 along Manandona river and is currently developing a local campground on the foot of these steep gorges. The association maintains a 5000 tree nursery and the project works in a 1000 Ha zone, totally barren from the riverside to the top of the mountains. We usually have an early lunch in Antsirabe, (a tidy, well maintained town which combines the tranquility of a small European provincial town with the exuberance of Madagascar) so we can proceed on our trail early in the afternoon. This splendid hike (mainly flat and downhill) towards sunset takes us to Andranomangatsiaka where a group of enthusiastic young locals terraced the ground and developed a campground for visitors on this off the beaten path spot, away from mass tourism.
For every tourist who are travel this tour we will plant some extra trees. Therefore we are helping the enviroment as well as the community.
During this trip you will be guided by a local guidem and will overnight by local people. Therefore we support the community.
Following on from an ongoing commitment to reforestation in Madagascar, in 2011 we launched a long term reforestation project in Tsarasoa. We are now investing in a new long term project, which was launched in 2011. We have set up a tree nursery and orchard for a local school. We have already started building the fencing (350-400m) and are in the process of planting a well designed/equipped 100 tree orchard as well as 100 luguminous and 100 moringa Oleifera (nutrional plants) on a piece of land we have bought for the school.
After the first couple of years this will produce 200 young fruit trees saplings (to be planted on student's family land) + 1800 leguminous trees (to be planted on community land).
The plan is that the first harvest of Ananambo nutritional leaves will be ready by 2013/14 to supplement the daily diet of students. Once the trees start growing and with the first seeds (papayas, passiflores, moringa, etc, ...) a small poultry operation will be launched, providing eggs and occasional meat for special school events.
The association of poultry and fruit trees is extremely beneficial for both and is a long long time old practice in Madagascar.
After 5-6 years, daily fruit distribution for students will be possible.
We employ one permanent gardener to maintain and direct student's works and are able to implement this with the support of our clients traveling to Madagascar with us (approximately 2% of the trip cost is donated to this project) and our local partner who is extremely active in reforestation of this area.
Everyone visiting the South of Madagascar with us will be able to visit this tree nursery / orchard as well as assist with additional reforestation efforts. Or if you would like, this can be the main focus for your hoiday.