Impressive landscapes, exuberant nature, the Andringitra is a mountain that offers visitors the most complete change of scenery. A large part of the mountain is integrated into the Andringitra National Park, where you can admire several endemic species of animals and plants.
Unsuspected natural wealth
Because of its exceptional natural wealth, the Andringitra massif region was established as a national park in 1999. The mountain is accessible from motorized roads, but the state is not suitable for small cars. All-terrain vehicles are recommended. From the city of Ambalavao, on the national road 7, you will have to travel about fifty kilometers before reaching the entrance of the park. Another entrance is also possible from the village of Tanambao (35 km south of Ambalavao on the RN7). In total, the Andringitra National Park contains 14 species of lemurs, whose distribution varies with the slope. On the eastern slope of the massif, there are nine species of these unique mammals in the world while on the western slope, there are five. Andringitra is also home to more than fifty species of reptiles, including snakes (all non-venomous) and chameleons. The flora of the national park is just as bloated as more than a thousand species of plants have been recorded. You will remain speechless in front of the beauty of orchids. Several kilometers of hiking trails have been developed to explore this vast area, but it is necessary to be accompanied by a guide, especially for the ascent of Pic Boby, the second highest mountain in Madagascar (2658 m). For thrill-seekers, the huge outcrops of granitic rocks offer climbing walls that rival the best spots in the world.
Around Andringitra, discover a rich culture
The surroundings of Andringitra National Park offer a cultural route that will make you discover an endearing people still deeply rooted in tradition. North of the massif, it is the Betsileo country, especially in Ambalavao. You will be conquered by these houses in red earth or brick with a veranda where the ears of corn dry. Along the roads are all kinds of cultures that allow people to live. The cassava fields are among the most important. To truly appreciate the cohesion of Malagasy society and its sense of society, it is essential to spend time at the weekly market of Ambalavao, where farmers and buyers from different villages meet. Bargaining is the golden rule for every transaction, and it's even frowned upon to buy something without discussing the price. The visit of this region Betsileo will also be an opportunity to understand the manufacture of paper Antemoro, ornate and very decorative for your home. South of the massif of Andringitra begins the country of the Bara, an ethnic group of pastors who lives mainly cattle breeding. The life of a Bara is closely linked to the transhumance of livestock. Sometimes a man spends several weeks away from his family to find the best pastures. During your trip, your car will surely be slowed by a herd consisting of several hundred heads. This situation is one of the best opportunities for visitors to take out their camera.