Nine hours’ worth of parched land pass by our 4×4 as we travel from Toliara to Fotadrevo. Cacti, shrubs, scant trees and now and then a village of mud huts. Sand and dust reach as far as the eye can see, in shades of red, brown and grey.
In the 2015 rainy season, after a bad drought in January and an ensuing famine in some areas of southern Madagascar, the region experienced the heaviest downpour in years.
40 feet and 140 horsepower for southern Madagascar
The cattle roads and tracks around Fotadrevo are not surfaced, so in the months of the rainy season especially, they can often become impassable for weeks on end, even for off-road vehicles.