Antananarivo, Antsirabe and Betafo
Dreamlike vacation scenery
Your Madagascar vacation should become an incredible experience and you want to get to know as much as possible of the country, nature and culture of this island? Then
you should use the Section between Antananarivo, Antsirabe and Betafo absolutely integrate firmly into your tour planning. The colorful hustle and bustle of the cities, the breathtaking landscapes and the sometimes adventurous methods with which the inhabitants of the island of Madagascar make money - all this will be revealed to you on this little tour.
In the following we present some stops on your journey from Antananarivo via Antsirabe and Betafo. So you can already get an impression of what you can expect in your Madagascar vacation can expect. Of course, you can choose all the stations that interest you personally from the various proposals. We will then, if you wish, put together a trip that is completely tailored to your wishes. All you have to do is to give us the corresponding order. So take right away Contact us on.
The start of your trip is in Antananarivo
Antananarivo is one of the few Malagasy cities where life really pulsates. Poor and rich people live here door and door, so to speak, and for the start of your Journey through Madagascar Antananarivo is an exciting and practical place at the same time. If only for the fact that international flights from Europe usually land in Antananarivo, we like to move the beginning of the trip to this city. Already during the drive out of the city you can enjoy a Impression of the nature of Antananarivo get, even though it may not be the best one at this moment: After all, at first you will most likely be stuck in a traffic jam for a while, as Day after day huge avalanches of cars through the streets of Antananarivo.
Once you have left the suburbs of the city behind and reached the Ikopa River have crossed, a wide view of the fantastic surrounding landscape then finally opens up to you. The ground in the central plateau is quite formidable, which you can see from the numerous strawberry and rice fields that now surround you. But also eucalyptus trees and pineapple plantations line the way. Lush green and pleasantly exotic surrounds you this fantastic landscapeThe typical red highland houses with their grass roofs are positioned here again and again. Also Brickmakers' kilns can be seen again and again on this section of the route. In these kilns, the clay, which is won in the rice fields, is burned to unfortunately mostly not very stable bricks. Discover the stacked bricks, which are dried in the sun before firing and let your gaze at the same time over the lush green of the plain ramble.
After a few kilometers you will reach the Ambatolampy city. This is a rather small town, which is nevertheless known and famous throughout Madagascar. After all, from here come most of the Aluminum casseroles, which are used throughout Madagascar. The reason for this location is due to the special soil found in the Ambatolampy area, which is needed to make the molds for the pots. Particularly exciting, however, are the Procurement methods of the aluminumThroughout the country, metal scraps are collected and then transformed into pots in an almost adventurous way. You are welcome to take a look at one of the factories, but we advise this only with strong nerves, because the Working conditions of the workers there are anything but healthy and justifiable.
It goes on to Antsirabe
Antsirabe is about 170 kilometers away and can be reached within a day trip. For a detailed exploration of this place and its surroundings we recommend you to plan a few days, because there is a lot to see in and around Antsirabe. Antsirabe is the highest city in Madagascar and is still considered a health resort today, since Antsirabe on the one hand captivates with a very mild and pleasant climate and furthermore some hot thermal springs has to offer. The water, which bubbles out of the ground with a temperature of about 60° C, you should definitely enjoy during an extensive bath.
Antsirabe is considered to be former spa from times of the French colony still as a relatively prosperous city and is important center of the gemstone and semi-precious stone trade. Accordingly, you should definitely take a look at the regularly held Gemstone market in Antsirabe throw. However, it is also worthwhile to take a tour of the city, where the numerous historical buildings of Antsirabe are presented. The Catholic cathedral, built by Norwegian missionaries, proves to be a particularly appealing example. However, Antsirabe is also home to numerous secular buildingswhich are worth a look: In particular, the Star Brewery, which produces the famous and popular THB beer in Madagascar, can be highly recommended for a visit.
If you are still not sure about the best way to explore Antsirabe city, we suggest you take a Ride with the pousse-pousse to the heart. These are rickshaws pulled by men, of which there are about 600 in Antsirabe. The colorful vehicles are already quite adventurous when you look at them, a Ride with the rickshaws but can certainly be perceived as pleasant. During your Journey through Madagascar not only in Antsirabe, but also discover the diverse highlights of the immediate surroundings. For example, pay a visit to the volcanic lakes Lac Andraikiba and Lac Tritriva. Especially at the Lac Andraikiba you can expect numerous picturesque remnants from the colonial era, such as the diving tower and various changing rooms. If you follow the humpy road that led you to the lake a little further, you will reach the top of a mountain, a so-called Volcano cone, which is filled with emerald green water. Lac Tritriva is also something very special: The enormous Depth of about 150 meters is remarkable. The fact that the water level falls during the rainy season and rises during the dry season also exerts a certain fascination. Since the water in the lake has a slightly acidic pH value, you can find in the emerald green waters no fish at all. Because of the impressive view and the inimitable atmosphere that prevails around the lake, a trip is definitely worth it.
It continues to Betafo
Compared to Antsirabe, Betafo is an even smaller and more more tranquil place, which is located about 20 kilometers to the west. You can either reach the place by car or rent a bike in Antsirabe and ride a small Bike tour through the beautiful countryside undertake. The village of Betafo is known for its numerous rice fields, through which a walk is definitely worthwhile. Be enchanted by the wonderful landscape that will remind you of regions in Indonesia or Laos and listen to the atmospheric noise quietly flowing water, which will make you feel from the inside out in a indescribable peace will put you in the right frame of mind. The walk around Betafo will also take you past small villages where you will be surrounded by laughing children, you will see numerous tropical plants and a small waterfall discover and simply enjoy the volcanic landscape all around. There are also some attractive thermal springs near Betafo that you should not miss towards the end of your walk.
If we can provide you with the various suggestions for possible Excursions between Antananarivo, Antsirabe and Betafo we would be pleased if you would get in touch with us. Then we will be happy to plan for you a individual tour, which is based on your personal ideas.