Antsirabe and Ambositra:
Experience dreamlike encounters
If you already have a few Days in Madagascar After you have spent some time in Antsirabe and visited the nearby volcanic lakes or the spectacular gemstone market, you can continue south on the RN 7. In this direction various exciting adventuresYou can look forward to a wonderful trip, scenic highlights and the encounter with many friendly and open-minded people.
How about a tour from Antsirabe to Ambositra and the Zafimaniry villages? Experience the extraordinary mixture of culture, nature and adventure that can only be found in one place. Madagascar vacation can be discovered. We give you for this in the following numerous tips for excursions and experiences and would like to give you with our explanations an little foretaste on what you will be doing during your Journey through Madagascar awaits you. Let us take you to a world that is so strange and different from anything you have ever seen before. If our suggestions and ideas have inspired you, we would be delighted to receive a Feedback and would love to take over the travel planning for very specific tours for you. Profit from our extensive experience as well as our knowledge of the best and most beautiful places in Madagascar. We are looking forward to meeting you.
From Antsirabe the trip goes south
The start of this small, but extremely fine tour or this section of the route is in Antsirabe, from where you move further south. The RN 7 presents itself here with numerous curves and loops and thus allows you a ingenious view on the surrounding environment. Rice fields, eucalyptus and also pine forests line its path, because the area is fertile and offers fruits and numerous other natural products almost in abundance. But not only the edible natural products are high on the popularity scale in this region: Also the Mineral resources of the surroundings are by no means to be disregarded: Numerous semi-precious stones can be found in this area, although it should be noted that many deposits have not even been developed yet.
A little further south, you will reach Mount Ibity, which is already known by many tour operators as a little insider tip applies. Especially the change in the population can be seen well here. While in the previous regions mainly the Merina lived, about 40 kilometers south of Antsirabe you reach the land of the Betsileo. You will surely meet numerous people in this region, who are mainly known for their colorful robes noticeable. The houses of the Betsileo are usually equipped with a small balcony and the agricultural skills of their inhabitants are recognizable everywhere. Let yourself be captured by the sight of the people living here: The hustle and bustle of the fields, villages decorated with flowers and women washing their clothes on the riverbanks - all this has an almost hypnotic attraction.
It goes to Ambositra
On this tour, Ambositra is the next point on your itinerary. Ambositra is considered to be the former capital of the Betsileo people and is located in a picturesque area. Often thin clouds of fog form around the small town, because it was built in a rather humid region on an imposing hill. Not only the Betsileo feel at home in Ambositra, because the small town is also famous for the Zafimaniry. The name of this people translated means something like "the children of the wishing" and the people are especially known for their Wood carving art famous. This art was from the UNESCO even to the world cultural heritage explained and fortunately you can buy the carvings in many stores and also street stalls. Rosewood, ebony and rosewood are the popular materials of the Zafimaniry. Of course, you are welcome to take a trip to the surrounding villages.
The Zafimaniry villages are worth a visit
If you want to get to know the Zafimaniry, the creators of the extraordinary wood carvings, a little better, you should make your way to the nearby villages of this small tribe. However, the way there is a bit arduous, because the roads running next to the RN 7 are often not much more than better moguls that promise little comfort during the journey. The main village of the Zafimaniry is Antoetra, but also the other villages, which however can only be reached on foot and with local accompaniment can be reached, are definitely worth a look. In these same villages you can see the Wood carving art of this people finally discover not only with the small figures, but also at the various houses of the village. Accordingly, photographic motifs are comprehensively provided.
If you want to go to the villages, however, make sure you have the right equipment and a experienced guide eighth. Antoetra is also the starting point to the other remote Zafimaniry villages: Ifasina, Ankidodo, Ambohimanariva, Ambatolampy, Faliarivo, Fempina, Tetazandrotra, Vohitrandrina, Antetezandrota and Sakairo, but you can only get there on foot and with a local escort. Especially in the winter months, it can get surprisingly chilly at night as well as during the day. Furthermore, most of the villages do not offer recommendable overnight accommodations, which is why the Taking a tent set seems to make sense. If you need help with the logistical planning of this tour episode or need any further Tips for excursions you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us. We have been living in Madagascar for several years and have made it our business to pass on our knowledge about the island to open-minded and positive vacationers. So your Trip to Madagascar become a unique and unforgettable experience.