Andringitra National Park
mountains are a granite outcrop in
It is also one of the most
biologically diverse and
endemic places in all of
three cultural groups living within the boundaries of the park, each
its own identity and value system and is adapted to the local habitat.
tropical forests to the east host the ethnic group of the Bara Haronga,
main subsistence crop is the rice. Betsileo tribe live in the northern
foothills of the massive and have developed an irrigation system for
cultivation on the mountain flanks. The Bara in the west and south uses the open
savannah as grazing fields
for their cattle.
Climates range from humid tropical in the eastern lowland rainforests to extreme temperatures at higher elevations, which can descend to -8°C.
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are two tracks to access the park at the moment. One from Ambalavao to
The other one starts at 37 km of the RN 7 to Ambalavao near the
There are two ANGAP offices,
one located in
Antanifotsy (Namoly) and the other one in Morarano (near
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There are different circuits within the park. The paths in this park are maintained in a very good state. On difficult patches of the paths one has created solutions, so everyone who is fit can make the hike.
- Asaramanitra: this 6 km long track takes you to a beautiful 300m high waterfall passing through dense forest.
- Diavolana: The Diavolana trek begins at the main campsite. The initial forest is slowly substituted by alpine meadows covered by orchids at the end of the rainy season. The path passes by the Riambavy (the queen) and Riandahy (the king) sacred waterfalls, which tumble 250m down the escarpment. They are said to be the embodiment of a royal couple who could not conceive a child. They climbed up to the falls with a spiritual healer and sacrificed a white-faced zebu to the ancestors, so that they could conceive a child. As the path gains altitude, the granite peaks and pleated escarpment dominate the view. At the highest point, 2,100m, there's a rock slab that serves as a convenient picnic spot and offers an excellent viewing point to spot the ring-tailed lemurs on the opposite cliffs. These high mountain lemurs have grown thick feather to protect themselves against the cold of this high altitude habitat. The whole tour takes about 10 hours, it is strenuous but certainly one of the most beautiful trackings in the area!
- Imarivolanitra climb (ascent of Pic Boby): The view from Pic Boby offers a breathtakingly panorama on smooth granite blocks and the rice paddies of the Betsileo tribe. Usually this trecking is made in two days from the main campsite. On the first day the path follows the same circuit that the Diavalona route. But after you have arrived at a bifurcation on the falls, hikers continue at a steep path leaving the forest that comes out onto the Andohariana plateau and climbs up further on a higher plateau behind granite mountain tops, where the second campsite is located. On the second day hikers climb to the Pic Boby very early in the morning (at about 6 am). You have to cross the river behind the campsite and follow the path that runs along the slope aloft. At a basin in front Pic Boby, the path is marked by "stone men". The ascent takes about two or three hours, depending of you pace. The peak, which is the highest accessible peak of the country, is easy to climb. The mountain was name by the French after a dog (the Malagasy name is Imarivolanitra). It is said that a French botanist was camping in 1920 with his dog called Boby below the summit. One night Boby got lost. The investigator, who had heard his dog barking in the fog, tried to find the dog. But instead of finding him he he reached the summit of the mountain.
- Imaitso: This trail leads you to the primary forests that build the Eastern corridor east of the park. The circuit is 14 km long and usually involves 8-9 hours of walking through a humid environment.
- Isahavato: Ishavato is the name of a high altitude plateau where some rare palm tree species grow up. You can also visit a nearby waterfall and admire the wonderful sunset over the rocky plains below. The circuit is 15 km long and can take about 12 hours to complete. Mostly it will involve a camping night.
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Within the park you can sleep in one of the ANGAP rooms at Namoly and Morarano (about Ar 15,000 in Namoly -quite comfortable place with warm water supply- and Ar 5,000 in Morarano).There are several campsites in the park.
The main campsite for both Asaramanitra and Diavalona circuits is located at Belambo, and is equipped with a kitchen, water and WC.
The two-day ascent of Pic Boby involves overnighting at the Andranolava (kitchen, water from the river, WC, no showers!) and Andriampotsy campsites (with kitchen, water, WC and showers). If you have decided to make the Isahavato trekking, you can overnight at the Iataranomby campsite which is equipped with a kitchen and a WC, but has no showers or drinking water.
Outside the park you can stay overnight at the beautiful bungalows and luxuy tents of these two lodges both located in the amazing Tsaranoro Valley:
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CBP 1372 - Fianaranatsoa - 301
Tél: 261 20 75 923 58
Fax : 00 33 5 17 47 50 11
This camp offers different accommodation options. There are four comfortable bungalows equipped with private facilities and solar water heaters at the price of 50 € / 60 € (low and high season respectively). It offers also eight traditional-styled bungalows with private and shared facilities at prices starting from 20 € and some tents equipped with a foam matress at only 7 €-10 € for the budget travellers. If you have your own tent you can also pitch it here for mere 3 € per night.
Ile aux Oiseaux - Tsarasaotra Antananarivo 101
Tel: + 261 202 253070
Fax: + 261 202 253069
Accommodation is provided in ten fully furnished tents, each equipped with two simple beds. Hot water is provided every morning in a wash-basin next the tents. Behind each tent is a small private bathroom with an outside shower and chemical toilet. No electricity.
Regional Directorate of Madagascar National Parks in Fianarantsoa
BP 1363 Antsorokavo, Fianarantsoa
Phone: (261 20) 75 512 74 / (261 32) 02 450 25
Mail: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Andringitra National Park
BP. 07 - Lot H III 50 - Ambohitsoa - 303 Ambalavao
Phone: + (261 20) 75 340 81 / (261 33) 12 340 81
Mail: email@example.com arg.parks @ gmail.com