andringitra
ankarafantsika
ankarana
baie de baly
bemaraha
isalo
mantadia
marojejy
masoala
montagne ambre
ranomafana
tsimanampesotse
namoroko
 

place of worship, the mountain of the spirits.


highlights
  • sacred falls ”rian-dahy” and ”riam-bavy”
  • ”imarivolanitra”, 2’658 m above sea level, second highest mountain in madagascar,
  • lunar landscape of the circuit ”diavolana”
  • primary forests and cloud forest,
  • succulent plants and orchids,
  • lemurs, birds and reptiles.

what to do:
  • hiking and trekking.

lodging:
  • lodges,
  • camping.

andringitra national park is a breathtaking landscape of prairies, forest patches, bush of ericoid and open grassland at sub-alpine to alpine heights. the landscape is dominated by impressive formation of granite inselbergs from the crystalline basement which makes up the island of madagascar running from the north tip to the southern tip. the granite inselbergs as much as the highest mountains of the andringitra massif culminating at an altitude of 2’658 m are daily struck by thunderstorms and lightnings.

andringitra national park is a prized site of worship and burial, where pastoralist land use and natural regeneration gets to perfect synergy. historically indeed, andringitra was discovered and settled by livestock owners, the bottom of the mountain chain between 1’000 and 1’400 m and its natural vegetation was converted into cultural landscapes variably used by settlers of different origin and group, the bara haronga in the tropical rainforest eastwards of andringitra have perfected rain fed rice cultivation, the northern foothills of the massif have been sculpted onto terraced rice fields irrigated by a sophisticated irrigation system while the savannah in the west and south parts of the massif are used by the bara tribe in an agropastoral farming system. in no other place can mystical and spiritual values be more vivid than at andringitra.

since its discovery by french explorers, perrier de la bathie and humbert, and in recognition of the importance of the landscape and habitat diversity, andringitra, in particular the central part of the mountain range was declared strict nature reserve in 1927. andringitra remained little known until its establishment as national park in 1998. for the richness of the vegetation comprising forestal and savannah areas, succulents, orchids and epyphites, for the endemicity of its fauna comprising lemurs, birds, chameleons and a gorgeous landscape, andringitra national park is one of the most spectacular and worth visiting national parks in madagascar. visitors will love the long hours hike and trek in the open discovering lunar like landscapes, historical waterfalls, unique prairies and being surrounded by regenerating and relaxing silence which only nature can provide.

for further information please visit andringitra national park.
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