Introducing Parc National d'Andringitra & the Tsaranoro Valley
The beautiful Parc National d’Andringitra (an-dring-itr) is a paradise for walkers and climbers. It has spectacular views of huge granite peaks towering above the Namoly and Sahanambo Valleys, 100km of well-developed hiking trails and the opportunity to climb Pic Imarivolanitra, which at 2643m is Madagascar’s second-highest peak. The roads into the park are no less spectacular, surrounded on all sides by the glittering mud and symmetrical patterns of thousands of paddy fields.
The areas around the northern part of the park (where the main tourism area is located) are primarily inhabited by the rice-cultivating Betsileo, while the largest group in the south is the cattle-herding Bara. Andringitra is administered in partnership with the local communities, who can be visited in the villages bordering the park – ask your guide to arrange a trip, or inquire at the WWF gîte near the park entrance.