The small village of Andasibe is worth the detour for its western allure and its pretty wooden houses. It is the entrance to one of the most visited National Park of Madagascar, Andasibe-Mantadia.
Antsirabe is located not far from the Malagasy capital, at an altitude of more than 1,400 meters: we have to say that during the austral winter, it is cold for Madagascar. This ancient spa town has kept its quaint colonial style. Antsirabe is peaceful and calm, perhaps a little sleepy. You can go on lovely mountain bike or horse rides in the Vakinankatatra. In addition, the city has thousands of beautifully decorated rickshaws. Great for hikers, Lac Tritriva and Mt Ibity are great destinations.
90 km from Antsirabe and 1,350 meters above sea level is Ambositra, a pretty town with beautiful adobe and brick houses. Numerous plows drawn by zebus that roam the city. Ambositra is a big peasant town full of charm and relaxing. The surrounding mountains and the visit of artisan villages can be the occasion for pleasant strolls.
These famous "Zafimaniry", 25,000 in number, are said to be "Betsileos" who had taken refuge in the highlands of the East due to the military conscription of Queen Ranavola 1st. There, they would have learned to master the art of woodworking. The magnificent Zafimaniry villages will most certainly be classified by Unesco.
Ranomafana is a small village lost in the mountains, hidden at the bottom of a large deep valley and immersed in the dense forest of the East. It would never have left anonymity if its natural hot spring had not revealed it towards the end of the 19th century. Today is arguably the most the entry town of the most known National Park of Madagascar.
Sahambavy is particularly known for its tea plantations which extend over more than 300 hectares. It is very interesting to visit the tea factory.
Ambalavao is a charming town with several very beautiful betsileo style buildings. It is the hub of the zebu trade in the region. The cattle that pass through the city every day create a pleasant animation. The Ambalavao region is known for its land of wine, wild silk and chewing tobacco. From here we can visit the National Park of Andringitra.
The Tsaronoro valley offers splendid landscapes, dominated by granitic mountains. At an altitude of 850 meters, you can discover the pretty village of Morarano, with its adobe houses in glowing colors. The Tsaranoro massif, starting from Fianarantsoa, is the ideal place to learn or improve in climbing. Tsaranoro is distinguished by the beauty of its majestic landscape dominated by a cliff 800 meters high. This natural setting lends itself to hiking and discovery. The scattered villages still live at the ancestral pace of rice cultivation. An authentic and sporty stop!
The village of Ranohira is located in the Isalo massif. This is the starting point for exploring Madagascan Colorado. Ranohira is just a small town with little interest.
Town located in the southwest of Madagascar, also called "City of the Sun" or "White City", is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Big Island. Toliara has many historical and cultural sites to discover but also superb beaches not far from the main center.