Andringitra is a mountain range located in Ambalavao, 60 km south of Fianarantsoa on the RN7. Ambalavao at the gateway to the great south of Madagascar is known to be an essential hub for zebu trade in the region. If the landscape becomes quickly desert at the entrance of the agglomeration and evokes the southern Malagasy, Ambalavao is however an integral part of the Highlands with its Betsileo style houses. Other specialties that make the reputation of the city, its wine, its wild silk and its chewing tobacco without forgetting his antemoro paper made manually in the city since 1936.
The best addresses in the city
If you plan to stay a few hours or a few days, here are some good places to know in Ambalavao: the Hotel Samoina, with its four bungalows, Bougainvillers, very flowery and very clean, whose restaurant offers its card for a price correct. After having visited Ambalavao and its specificities, then go to conquer the Andrigitra, granite and gneiss massif with the picturesque Bara and Betsileos Villages scattered around. You will get there from the park entrance at Sahalava-Namoly in the village of Ambalamanandry after about an hour and a half bush taxi. You can also go by motorcycle or 4X4.
The circuit "Imarivolanitra"
After you have paid your fees to ANGAP, who is in charge of the management of the area and you are dealing with housing and catering issues, you can negotiate the ascent of Bobby Peak. It is included in the circuit called Imarivolanitra, literally "near the sky" which takes two days for the round trip and which will take you to 2658 meters, on one of the highest peaks of Madagascar. Plan food and camping equipment. The climbing of the Andrigitra is to begin in the morning, starting from the north face of the massif to benefit from the excellent sight on all the valley at the sunrise. The circuit has magnificent bivouac points, between rivers and pools where it is possible to swim. After two hours of climbing, you will reach Bobby Peak and enjoy an exceptional panorama at the top of Andrigitra.