Location ✦ Allée des baobabs
Region ✦ Morondava
Country ✦ Madagascar
Length ✦ 24kms
Vertical drop ✦ 25m
Difficulty ✦ MD
Duration ✦ 5h to 7h
Interest ✦ ★★
Access to the place
Map & topo
Hiking to the start 0'
None, with the trek starting from Baobab Alley
The route is not technically difficult, but it is quite demanding because of the distance and the heat. Bring plenty of water, as there are no refreshments along the way. The itinerary is not signposted, but always follows tracks or paths used by the villagers. While the 1st part to Mangily is easy to find your way around, the second part is much trickier.
Part 1: Allée des baobabs to Mangily
A long straight stretch in a picture-postcard setting! The wide track runs alongside magnificent baobabs, and local traffic completes the picture: rickshaws, taxi-brousse, zebu carts, bicycles... At the end of this long track, fork left onto a narrower track that runs deep into the bush. We follow it for a while to discover superb new spaces and to pass at the foot of the baobab tree in love.
Continue on the main track, with new baobab panoramas, until you reach the village of Mangily, about halfway along. A short visit is in order: the school, the mud houses, the well and why not the mangrove behind accompanied by the fishermen.
Part 2: Mangily to Kimony beach
Leaving the village, we enter a different zone, where the baobabs have disappeared, giving way to mangroves and dunes. A long crossing on the sand before weaving our way through denser bush. Here the route is much trickier.
Finally, you cross a dune to reach a fishing village. Follow the road for a long time and finally emerge behind the Kimony hotel, which you can walk alongside to reach the beach via the main track from Morondava.
Walk back from the beach to the track, from where you can easily head back to Morondava.