Attractions

Top Choice Plantation in Manakara

Domaine Aavyland

Some 18km south of Manakara on the road to Vohipeno, you'll find Domaine Aavyland, a 31-hectare organic plantation and distillery producing medicinal and fragrant essential oils such as ravintsara, niaouly, clove, c…
Top Choice Area in Fianarantsoa

Haute-Ville

The oldest and most attractive part of town is the pedestrian Haute-Ville (known as Tanana Ambony in Malagasy). It's famed for its architecture – two-storey brick houses with steep roofs, balconies and tumbling plan…
National Park in Central Madagascar

Parc National de Ranomafana

Ranomafana appears after a fantastic entrance through a dry rocky valley, and after a long day’s travel, it feels like you've reached a mysterious island. The air is fresh and cool and the forest, with all of its st…
Wildlife Reserve in Ambalavao

Réserve d'Anja

This 370,000-sq-metre reserve encompasses three mountain-size boulders (the three sisters) ringed at the base by a narrow forest full of ring-tailed lemurs. Anja's lemurs are famous for sunning themselves on the bou…
Cultural Centre in Parc National de Ranomafana

Centre ValBio

This international training centre for the study of biodiversity is housed in attractive buildings on the edge of the national park. If you have any interest in the scientific research going on in and around Ranomaf…
National Park in Massif de l'Andringitra

Parc National d'Andringitra

Parc National d'Andringitra is the pièce de résistance of the wider Massif de l'Andringitra. It encompasses high-altitude plateaux of epic beauty, small tracts of primary rainforest, scenic trails along mountain str…
Monastery in Fianarantsoa

Maromby

The monks at this monastery continue to do what they have for centuries: make wine (red and white, and flavoured aperitifs) and honey (which you can buy in the shop). The modern church, with its striking stained gla…
Farm in Sahambavy

Sahambavy Tea Estate

This is Madagascar's only tea plantation. Visits take you from the fields to the processing plant and finish with a tasting. Tea is picked every day from October to April, and three days a week the rest of the year …
Brewery in Antsirabe

Brasserie Star

Wondering where all that Three Horses Beer comes from? Look no further. Madagascar’s dominant and unmissable brand is made in this, the country’s biggest brewery. Starting at the THB billboard on the corner of Ave F…
Market in Antsirabe

Sabotsy Market

A Madagascan version of a Moroccan souk, this sprawling open-air market, with distinct areas of jewellery, clothing, food, and more, will keep you occupied for hours either shopping or simply absorbing the spectacle…