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Andringitra Madagascar – Explorer guide
Andringitra national park
Andringitra is a beautiful and rugged mountain massif that is home to the second highest peak in Madagascar called Pic Boby (2658 m.) and is therefore on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
In this Andringitra Madagascar – explorer guide you’ll read that this park is full of beautiful rock formations, natural pools, sacred waterfalls and some of the most scenic landscapes. But, it is also one of the most biodiverse parks of Madagascar with a lot of endemic flora and fauna species.
The mountain range divides Andringitra into two parts, with on the east the Namoly valley and on the west the Tsaranoro valley. A trekking or tour through the Andringitra national park almost always starts in the Tsaranoro Reserve (valley).
Andringitra lies in the southeast of Madagascar in the Haute Matsiatra region. The whole reserve covers 31,160 hectares and the altitude varies from 700 m. to the peak of ‘Pic Boby’ at 2658 m. Here you’ll encounter the most amazing landscapes, plant species and animals!
Bara & Betsileo
There’s three groups of people living inside the park borders, being the Bara people (north) and two different groups of the Betsileo (east, south & west).
The Andringitra national park and the Tsaranoro reserve are very mystical places for the Malagasy people. With lots of beautiful traditions and fady (taboo) this park is therefore a unique highlight on your trip to Madagascar.
How to get there
Andringitra has two different park entries, but there’s no public transport. So the only way to get there is by 4×4 on a bumpy dirt road.
This is the best road to take if your are coming from the south or if you are already in the Tsaranoro reserve. The village of Andonaka is the place to stay when you’re visiting the Tsaranoro reserve and from here you’ll drive straight ahead, don’t turn right at the guide office towards the town. After about 10 min you’ll arrive at the park entrance in the town of Morarano.
From Ambalavao, along the RN7, it’s about 47 kilometers to the park. Drive through Ambalavao towards the south and turn left, just before the busstop. From here it’s about 43 km on a dirt road to the town of Namoly, which should take you about 2 hours.
When to visit the park
The best time to visit Andringitra or Tsaranoro is April, May and August and September, because this is the time that the park blooms and is at its most colorful. Also, small animals are most active during these months.
Dry season & wet season
Like in the rest of Madagascar, dry season is from April to October and rainy season from
November to March.
Dry season is the best time for hiking in Andringitra, with the months of April, May, August and September being the best. The temperatures and rainfall will be mild and stable, which makes Dry season is convenient for hiking, but keep in mind that the temperatures are mostly below zero at night.
Tours & guides
In Ambalavao, about 47 km from Andringitra, you can arrange your tours & guides. Like almost all other national parks in Madagascar, you’ll need to be accompanied by a guide to explore the park. This is mainly for safety reasons, but also because they have the knowledge about flora, fauna and fady in these places.
Entrance fees Andringitra NP
Entrance price per person: 45.000 ariary (€10,65)
Community price/tax per person: 11.000 ariary (€2,60)
Guides & tour per person: 1.054.729 ariary (€250)
Keep in mind extra costs for porters, camping fees & tips.
Expect a minimum of €500 for two people, when you choose the 3 day-trekking tour to Pic Boby.
Trails & circuits
Andringitra national park boasts over a 100 km of stunning hiking trails, from easy to difficult. Here you’ll find some of the most popular trails and circuits of the park.
Disclaimer: In our opinion, the most beautiful and diverse trail is the 3 day trekking to Pic Boby, the second highest peak in Madagascar. It’s challenging at times, but definitely a rewarding experience!
Trekking to Pic Boby (3 days) - Imarivolanitra trail
This beautiful trek takes you in three days through the most beautiful parts of the national park. After your first overnight stay on a campsite in the wilderness of Andringitra, you'll rise to the summit of Pic Boby. Then descend down to the second campsite where you will stay for the night. Day three takes you to the other side of the mountain, where you will pass some villages amongst the rice fields.
Ansaramanitra trail - (6 km, 4 hours)
This is an easy 6 km hike, which is the most accessible one in the national park. You'll pass through a beautiful dense forest with a rewarding view at the end of the Riambavy waterfalls (300 m high). There's also a hidden cave to be discovered and a natural pool that brings fertility.
Diavolana (13 km, 10 hours)
This is a 13 km which takes you to the king and queen waterfalls, a strong ascend to 2100 m height and through beautiful green meadows with orchids and wildflowers in rainy season. This whole trail takes about 10 hours.
Imaintso circuit (14 km, 9 hours)
This is a 14 km loop, which takes about 9 hours and is perfect for bird lovers. You'll cross a variety of forest land, wet forest and low-altitude forest and have the chance to spot very rare bird species.
Isahavato circuit (15 km, 12 hours)
this is a 15 km long circuit, which takes about 12 hours to complete. You'll pass beautiful waterfalls and a natural pool, a high-altitude plateau and enjoy views for miles over the rocky plains below. This circuit includes one overnight stay in the national park.