The central region of Madagascar stretches for over 1,000km and comprises a large plateau interspersed with hills, mountains, rivers, rice paddies and large lakes. Towns such as Anstirabe, Ambositra and Ambalavao offer fascinating glimpses into the culture and history of Madagascar. The rural landscape is spectacular.
Reasons to visit the Central Highlands include:
Because of the altitude, temperatures tend not to be so hot as on the coast, and it can be cold at night. The hottest – and wettest – period is from November to April and, as with any visit to Madagascar, the cyclone season (January – April) is not recommended.
It is possible to fly between Antanananrivo and Antsirabe to cut down on driving time, however the driving is on main roads and affords the opportunity to see more of the countryside, so it's really down to budget and time.
There are some lovely options in the towns of this area, from guest houses to small hotels. Coleur Cafe offers peace and quiet in your won private bungalow set amidst beautiful gardens in Antsirabe. La Varangue Betsileo is a delightful family run hotel with a quirky swimming pool in the shape of Madagascar. Let our consultants know what you are looking for and they can recommend the perfect fit.
Pretty cottage-style accommodation in the pleasant spa town of Antsirabe between Tana and Ranomafana.
This little family-run hotel has a wonderfully peaceful setting where you'll immediately feel at home.
Set in delightful gardens, this hotel is a lovely place to rest and enjoy some delicious, home-cooked food.
Time: GMT +3 hours
Flights from Europe to Madagascar take about 10/11 hours.
Language: Malagasy and French are Madagascar's official languages. English or German is spoken by a municipal workers and guides.A basic working knowledge of French will make communication easier.
Most nationalities require a Madagascar visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.
Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory.