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.
The Zafimaniry Village
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.
Mananjary is a small, charming and peaceful coastal town with a colonial atmosphere. Many discoveries await you: visit its spice plantations, lose yourself in its colorful market where you will find a multitude of local products, explore the region and the richness of its fauna and flora, take a bath in sun on one of its superb beaches. Above all it is the starting point of all voyages going north via the Canal de Pangalanes.
Mahanoro is a small rural town located on the Pangalanes Canal, in the east of Madagascar. The town takes its name from a nearby spring with healing properties, which never runs dry. Even if you are not sick, it is very pleasant to go for a walk there! It is possible to visit the Tsidiana, Ambetoafo and Maibola Falls not far from Mahanoro. Then end your day with a stroll through the streets of the city, where you can observe the peaceful daily life of the inhabitants.
Also called Nosy Boraha, Sainte-Marie Island is a little piece of tropical paradise. Bathed in its idyllic and original decor, it is a vacation spot par excellence. Moreover, it hides many treasures such as its deserted beaches bordered by its countless fishing villages. Especially since many outdoor activities, and relating to the sea such as walks, possible swimming with humpback whales, scuba diving ... are possible. Under a wonderful sunset, relaxation awaits you.
With a climate that remains humid throughout the year, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Madagascar. The place has one of the richest flora and fauna in the region. A visit to Andasibe National Park will allow you to admire unique species of birds such as hawks and parrots as well as nearly eleven species of lemurs. In one morning you could encounter up to five different species of lemurs without having to walk long distances.