Tourists visiting eastern Madagascar will pass through Mananjary, a quiet and authentic city in the south-east of the country. Mananjary invites you to discover its plantations of spices and vanilla, without forgetting the excursions on the channel of Pangalanes.
Peaceful city on the Indian Ocean
Quiet and relaxing city at the edge of the Indian Ocean, on the east coast of Madagascar, Mananjary is located 160 km north of the city of Manakara and 450 km from Antananarivo, the Malagasy capital. Mananjary is at the heart of a region dominated by coffee, vanilla and spices. It also houses a port through which cargoes of cocoa, rice, olives, etc. are transported. The city of Mananjary has about 35,000 inhabitants, mainly belonging to the Antambahoaka ethnic group. The climate of the Mananjary region is hot and humid. Enjoy your stay in Mananjary to discover the local population, its customs and culture, but also for pleasant visits and excursions in the city and its surroundings.
Customs and spices
One of the specificities of the city of Mananjary is the traditional circumcision ceremony of the Antambahoaka. This small ethnic group organizes every 7th year a big party to mark the "Sambatra", preparing the initiation of little boys to adolescence and adulthood. The traditional rituals of the Sambatra attract each time many tourists and curious. During a stay in the city of Mananjary, visit the plantations of the city and its surroundings is essential. For example, you can see the plantations and the packaging of spices of all kinds at the Plantation of the Vahiny Hotel. Do not miss the opportunity to go to the market, with its many local products. In the city center, we can see some colonial houses. Do not hesitate to go on an excursion on the Pangalanes canal. The beautiful beaches of Mananjary are dangerous and you can swim at the beach of Sidi Eden.
Go on an adventure
From the capital, Antananarivo, several bush-taxis depart daily towards Fianarantsoa. This former provincial capital is located on National Highway 7. A bush taxi line also connects Fianarantsoa to Mananjary. The journey takes about 6 hours and costs Ar 15,000, a little more than 5 €. The easiest way is to rent a car in Antananarivo and follow the RN 7 to Fianarantsoa. If you decide to rent a car, it is better to opt for an all-terrain vehicle. Indeed, if you the road between Ranomafana and Irondro is good, the remaining 50 km, between Irondro and Mananjary are in very bad condition. This is also one of the reasons why it is better to go to Mananjary in the dry season, from May to November. In the rainy season, even the 4 × 4 may get bogged down on the tricky roads of the region.