Nestled in the Haute Mahatsiatra region, Ambalavao is a city that spreads its charms to visitors who embark on a journey in the south of Madagascar. The city limits are a border between the southern region and the highlands. Located near the RN7, it is nestled between the mountainous terrain of Andringitra. On the side of the surrounding hills are endless fields of paddy fields. A multitude of charming houses with railings covered with a tiled roof punctuate the landscape.
A high place of crafts
Ambalavao gives its letters of nobility to Malagasy handicrafts. The region is home to a factory that produces much of Antaimoro paper exported from Madagascar. From the transformation of the bark of the "Avoha", this decorative paper makes the island famous throughout the world. In this peaceful Betsileo town, many craft companies also breed silkworms to make beautiful wild silk fabrics. In addition, the items made by the embroiderers of the region are also famous for Ambalavao.
The cultural richness of Ambalavao
In addition to the richness of its crafts, Ambalavao is also famous for its wine products. Indeed, some great Malagasy wines come from the vineyards of the region. In addition, the city is also considered as the crossroads of zebu sales. With its extensive market square on 2 hectares, it is home to the largest zebu market on the island. From the south of Madagascar, particularly from the Bara region, the cattle sold in Ambalavao are sent to the capital and other major Malagasy cities to supply butcheries.