Antananarivo: The Central Region of Madagascar

Antananarivo: The Central Region of Madagascar

Antananarivo: The Central Region of Madagascar, also known as the Central Highlands, Hauts Plateaux

With their old massifs featuring vigorous reliefs, their bowls and broad plains, it's no wonder that the Malagasy Highlands have reminded travellers of the French Massif Central.

But the scarcity of forests, the immensity of the steppe savannas and the terraced rice fields reflecting the Asian ancestry make the Central region unique. The folds and faults of the crystalline primary basement, its generally granitic bars, ridges, perched synclines and inselbergs (islets of hard rocks), intense volcanism and severe erosion have given this region its phenominal characteristics.

There are also the other 'hills', the 12 Sacred Hills of Imerina of historical significance to the Merina people of Madagascar. Located throughout Imerina, the central area of the highlands of Madagascar, the sites mark ancient capitals, the birthplaces of key public figures and the tomb sites of esteemed political or spiritual leaders.

The main city is Antananarivo (Tana), the capital of Madagascar at 1,275m overlooked by the Rova of Antananarivo palace complex, the centre of the Merina kingdom from the 17th century.

Going East is Parc National de Ranomafana, a vast area of rain forest, the home of many lemur species including the Golden Bamboo and Broad-Nosed gentle lemurs. 

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, about 15km north from Andasibe, is also a protected rainforest area in Central Madagascar. The park includes the Analamazaotra Reserve, home to the largest lemur, the Indri, which is known for its distinctive loud call. The Park is the habitat of many native species including the big Parson's chameleon, plus rare orchids and ferns. Trail circuits weave through dense forest, past lakes and the stunning Sacred Waterfall.

Antsirabe, 170km to the south of Tana is a spa town, the name meaning 'place of much salt' and hence its relaxing theraputic baths. Equally relaxing, perhaps, is the produce of The Star Brewery in Antsirabe, the popular THB (Three Horses Beer).

MAJOR CITIES/TOWNS: Antananarivo, Moramanga, Andasibe, Antsirabe, Ambatolampy, Ambositra

NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES:
Analamazaotra Reserve, Mantadia-Andasibe National Park, Ranomafana National Park.

Where to stay, Where to Eat and What to do

Hotels in the North
Restaurants in the North
Activities in the North
In the North there is so much to see and do in Ankarana Reserve, Montagne d'Ambre, Lokobe Reserve, Nosy Komba, Nosy Mangabe, Nosy Tanikely., Nosy Hara, Marojejy Reserve, Anjanaharibe Reserve.
Click here to find out more

Central Destinations

Some will appreciate backpacking, others trains, cars ... However, the great adventure takes place on quad and buggy.

Adventure on Quad and Buggy

Some will appreciate backpacking, others trains, cars ... However, the great adventure takes place on quad and buggy.....

Read more
On holiday in the Island and eager to play a round of golf? Ranging from 9 holes to 18 holes, take a dream swing in the most beautiful parts of the island

Golf courses - Madagascar

On holiday in the Big Island and eager to play a round of golf? In this article find out about the four existing golf courses in Madagascar. Ranging from 9 holes to 18 holes, take a dream swing in the most beautiful parts of the island.....

Read more
Tsimbazaza Zoological and Biological Park contains hundreds of species of fauna and flora. Founded in 1925, it includes a lake, a botanical garden & a zoo

Tsimbazaza Zoological Park

Tsimbazaza Zoological and Biological Park, located 15 minutes from downtown Antananarivo is a pleasant garden that contains hundreds of species of fauna and flora. Founded in 1925, it includes a large lake, a botanical garden and a zoo.....

Read more
Fianarantsoa has many unique tourist attractions in Madagascar. The unmistakable statue of the Virgin Mary, one of the most visited attractions.

Fianarantsoa

Capital of the Haute Matsiatra region, the city of Fianarantsoa is a must-see landmark on the "route du Sud". It has many unique tourist attractions in Madagascar. The unmistakable statue of the Virgin Mary, one of the most visited attractions.....

Read more
Show that riding is above all a sports activity with multiple health benefits regardless of its quality of hobby

Horse Riding - Mantasoa

Considered a discipline reserved for a privileged public in Madagascar, riding is a natural desire that manifests itself from a young age before developing into a passion. We will refute this idea of restriction and show that riding is above all a sports activity with multiple health benefits regardless of its quality of hobby.....

Read more
Anosibe An'ala takes its name from the omnipresence of forest. These are indeed nearly 61,000 hectares of forested areas still intact to this day

Falls of Anosibe

Located in the north-east of Madagascar, Anosibe An'ala is located in the region of Alaotra Mangoro. It is 72 kilometres from the city of Moramanga. Reached by taking a difficult track a little, Anosibe An'Ala is accessible only in 4X4.....

Read more
A thermal town, recognised by its water and its volcanic massifs, it is the ideal city to spend a weekend or a holiday with family or friends

Antsirabe Story

A thermal town, recognised by its water and its volcanic massifs, Antsirabe is located 170 km south of Antananarivo. Third largest city of Madagascar, it is the ideal city to spend a weekend or a holiday with family or friends.....

Read more
Rova, monuments and remains will restore the history of the Merina kingdom since the eighteenth century for you, especially if your visit is a guided tour

Ambohimanga Rova

Relive the Malagasy monarchical era as if you were really there! While visiting the palace or Rova d'Ambohimanga, monuments and remains will restore the history of the Merina kingdom since the eighteenth century for you, especially if your visit is a guided tour.....

Read more
Prime Magazine Madagascar 2018 | All Rights Reserved