The Ambohitantely Special Reserve is relatively small compared to many other protected areas and includes only a Base area of 56 square kilometers. Ambohitantely is located about 130 kilometers northwest of Tana and is just over 30 kilometers from Ankazobe. The area was founded at the beginning of the 19080s and is basically easy to reach all year round. If you start in Anatananarivo, you need a well four-hour car ridebefore you reach the special reserve. Between September and October is the most recommended time to visit Ambohitantely, as temperatures are pleasantly mild during these months, even at night, inviting you to spend the night in a camp. While visits are also possible during the rainy season and offer a wide variety of fascinating creatures to observe during this time, the Trails in the reserve from November to March only quite laborious Ambohitantely is composed of different areas, some of which are covered with primary rainforest. In the central plateau of Madagascar there is very little primary rainforest left, making Ambohitantely all the more amazing and all the more important as a protected zone. However, the vegetation as well as the wildlife in this special reserve are of a constant threat exposed, as slash-and-burn agriculture is commonplace among the ethnic populations that settle in the area. In addition, the Water supplies of the surrounding area strongly tappedto be able to successfully cultivate the rice fields.
In Ambohitantely you can go on various hikes, which in the classic case are between two and five hours include. The experienced guides on site will be happy to discuss the specific tours with you in order to take your physical condition into consideration. Ambohitantely is excellent for trekking and thanks to the scenic diversity offers very many visual highlights. The easiest and most uncomplicated hikes lead you around the Botanical garden. There you can admire various animals, palm trees and orchids alike. Other tours, on the other hand, will take you to a cave that is home to many bats or to a waterfall that will give you the opportunity to take a natural and refreshing bath. Another option is a Tour to the highest point of this reserve, the Doany of Ampasandoaka (1,660 m), which gives you a spectacular view over the landscape surrounding you.