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News of Andringitra protected area
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Andringitra
The National Park of Andringitra is located in the South East. It shelters the Boby Peak, the roof of Madagascar. The nature, traditions and mystery surrounding Andringitra have made this Park a mystical and a panoramic place to discover. GPS: 22°07’South - 22°21’South and 46°47’ - 47°02’East



Andringitra is located 47 km in the South of Ambalavao along the National Road No. 7, in the Region of Haute Matsiatra . The Park covers 31,160 ha. Perched on the heights, its altitude varies between 650 and 2658 m.

The fauna

Andringitra counts seven species of crustaceans, 205 species of bugs, 78 species of amphibian, 50 species of reptiles, 54 species of mammals (lemurs, carnivorous, bats…) and 106 species of birds.

The best of Andringitra’s fauna

1. Lemur catta, a brown fur lemur with the tail ringed with black and white.Meet it, between October and November, (L. catta can be seen all year round, but October and November are good time because it is the period of birth) through the circuits of Sahavato and Diavolana, from 2,000m of altitude.

2. Alectroenas madagascariensis, red feather bird. Its throat to the lower face of its body is white; its tail is purple red and its body is greyish blue. The Circuit of Imaitso crosses the habitat of this bird.

3. Buteo brachypterus is a diurnal raptor. His chest is white and light brown stained with white. We can see it in less than 2,300m in all the original forests, and degraded forest areas and the rocky areas at high altitude.

4. The Yellow-bellied sunbird-asity Neodrepanis hypoxantha is an endemic species and classified as threatened (EN) by IUCN in 2008. This species prefers the high altitudinal and Andringitra is one of the best areas to observe it.

5. The Pollen’s Vanga Xenopirostris polleni . This is one of threatened species of Vangidae family. It’s recorded along the eastern rainforest but very scarce. Andrigitra is one of the best areas to observe this species.

6. The rufous-headed ground-roller Atelornis crossleyi is classified as threatend species by IUCN (2008). It’s recorded along the eastern rainforest of eastern of Madagascar but very scarce at each site.

7. The Madagascar blue pigeon Alectroenas madagascariensis a beatiful endemic birds is common at Andringitra.

8. The Furcifer campani, a medium sized colorful chameleon with three yellowish strips on the flank and a medio-ventral light band. This reptile lays eggs in rainy season from January to March. Calumma nasuta is a small size chameleon characterized by a leaf noise appendice. The female is bigger than male and the color pattern of light green is associated with brown geyish or reddish. The rostral appendage is often bleue.

The flora

Some 1,000 plant species are known within the National Park of Andringitra. The vegetation varies according to the forest, dense humid lowland and medium altitude. But the mountain vegetation is the most interesting: trees are smaller, branching with a tendency to sclerophyllous.

The best of Andringitra’s flora

1. Aloe andringitriensis, endemic aloe of Andringitra, is reputed for its spectacular flowers that bloom from June to September. Your slinging camera, takes the Diavolana circuit to find it

2. The immortal or Helychrisum mirabile is a plant of mauve leaves the white flower of which opens up between July and August. We can find this rare plant in the rocky zone of the Diavolana circuit .
 
3. Rhipsalis baccifera is a species of epiphyt Cactus., this plant pushes on the swappings of tree. It is green luscious color, and lives in the forest. Rhipsalis baccifera is famous for its hanging branches. The Imaitso circuit is the best place to meet it.

4. Ficus rubra. It is an epiphyte plant that rolls up itself around a trunk from the ground level to the top. The tree is strangled thus until it dies, after few years. A wild plant that the Imaitso circuit will make you discovers.

5. Osbeckia andringitrensis is an endemic bush of Andringitra. It is known for its small green leaves the ramifications of which are in the shape of an egg. Discover this plant while borrowing the Diavolana circuit.

 

Travel shrewd...

Several places are sacred in Andringitra and its surrounding, due to the deep link that the custom is sealed with the ancestors. The region also has some taboos; pork meat and its derivatives are forbidden in the whole Park. Washing black pots in a river is a taboo. Washing mourning clothes is also forbidden in all rivers of Andringitra.   
 
Bring hot clothes and a raincoat in your suitcases, the time is fickle in Andringitra. Provide yourselves with good walking shoes for the trekking. Think about supplying yourself with drinks and canned foods in Ambalavao.

The nearest banks are in Fiarantsoa.  In emergency,a health center in Namoly and the hospital of Ambalavao and can accomodate you. The telephone networks of orange and Zain cover the region. Several calling spots exist inside the Park.
 

The Park history

The Complete Natural Reserve of Andringitra was founded in 1927. In 1998, Andringitra became a National Park which was inaugurated in 1999. It is one of the six classified Parks in 2007, as World Natural Heritage of the Atsinanana by UNESCO. Andringitra is the country of the Betsileos. This tribe lives with the rice cultivation in terrace and breading. The tribe of the Barabory live in the western part of the Park, and the Baraharonga in the East which are descendants of the migrants coming from the Southeast of Ivohibe.

A forest corridor

Andringitra is joined to the Special Reserve of the Ivohibe and to the National Park of Ranomafana throught to a forest corridor of 180 km. This corridor is an authentic shelter for fauna and flora. Situated on a high crystalline plateau, Andringitra is formed on the west by the gneiss of Amboropotsy and to the east by the magmatic granite. A series of huge rock domes and chain of rocks with the narrow bones draws themselves on the heights, giving a moonscape

Fresh and rainy

The heart of the tourist area is the coldest: temperatures ranges from -7°C to 25 °C. The weather is capricious in altitude: how unforeseeable would you expect the drizzles! February is rainy in the Andringitra and August and July are cool. The eastern side that has a humid tropical climate beats the records of rainfall with 4,000 mm of rain per year. The average temperature is 21º C. The west suffered a fœhn effect, a hot dry wind. The rivers of Zomandao, an affluent of the Mangoky, Menarahaka and Iatara, affluents of Manampatra and Rienanas furrow the Park.


The microprojects of Andringitra
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Antananarivo - Andringitra is a secondary road of about 10h, practicable all year. However, it has barrier of rain closed 12 hours after a downpour. The road has 4 gates subject to tolls whose recipes are for maintenance:

East entrance :

- 4x4 car : Ar 3,900
- Light car: Ar 3,000 
- Motorcycle / Bicycle: Ar 400

West Entrance:

- Car 4x4: 3,900 Ar
- Car Light: 3,000 Ar
- Motorcycle / Bicycle: 400 Ar

In addition, each visitor pays 5,000Ar through the barrier of Vohitsaoka.
Indications

By Road :

One road journey is necessary.

Antananarivo-Fianarantsoa-Ambalavao

- Take the National road N°7, toward Toliary. Branch off in Ambalavao (56 km from Fianarantsoa) then roll along 47 km
Or
- Branch off in Tanambao that is located at 35 km from Ambalavao toward Ihosy while bordering the National Road No. 7, and browse 25 km until the Park.

By Taxi-brousse :

Antananarivo - Ambalavao
Bus station: « Fasan’ny karana », Route digue : Taxis-brousse available everyday.

Ambalavao – Namoly:
Bus station: Ambanintsena Ambalavao : Tuesday and thursday
Or
Ambalavao –Vohitsaoka
Bus station: Ambanintsena Ambalavao: everyday

By Plane :

The Air Madagascar Company provides a flight to the airport of Fianarantsoa, but the flights are irregular. The transfer of Fianarantsoa toward the Park is done by car.  That's 103 km of road to join the entry of Namoly or 118 km, for the entry of Morarano. The site is accessible by bicycle or motorcycle.

Three circuits cross the National Park of Andringitra, with for each surprises that are waiting for you on the way. Five campsite are set up to accomodate tourists.


Easy circuit
Circuit name Specifications Tariffs
The Asaramanitra circuit Duration : 4 hours walk on a loop
Distance : 6 km

Asaramanitra will take you to the foot of the sacred waterfall of Riandahy, with 300m high. You will discover its other "half" the Riambavy, under the mists and the pearls of brilliant water. You will also find the underground cave of Ijajofo hidden under the forest. It is the ideal circuit for finding several extraordinary species and the rare bird the Lophotibus cristata.
Tariff for a departure and an arrival in Namoly :
- Ar 10.000 for one day.
- Ar 20.000 for two days
- Ar 25.000 for three days
- Ar 40.000 for four days

The tariff of the carriers (including service cooks if you wish it) for a maximum of 20 kg :
Ar 7.000 per day

Available camp at Belambo, with kitchen, running and sanitary water. 12 tents for 24 people are available.
Tariff : Ar 6.000 / tent / night

 

Hard circuit
Circuit name Specifications Tariffs
The Diavolana circuit Duration : 10 hours walk on a loop
Distance : 13 km

Diavolana is a difficult access and the capricious climate is very fickle. Prairies of wild flowers of mountain such as the Immortal, the Dombeya leiomacrantha, rare orchids such as the Jumellea rigida, a moonscape and in front of us, mountains as far as visible in a soothing silence. The ideal circuit to feel the" mystic " Andringitra. This circuit also allows you to meet the famous Lemur catta, lemur of the high altitudes, some endemic birds like the Buteo brachypterus, reptiles and amphibians like the Phelsuma barbouri or the Mabuya boettgei.
Tariff for a departure and an arrival in Namoly :
- Ar 12.000 for one day
- Ar 20.000 for two days
- Ar 25.000 for three days
- Ar 40.000 for four days

The tariff of the carriers (including cooking services as you wish it) for a maximum of 20 kg :
Ar 7.000 per day

Available Camp in Belambo, with kitchen, running and sanitary water. 12 tents for 24 people are available
Tariff : Ar 6.000 / tent / night

 

Hard circuit
Circuit name Specifications Tariffs
The circuit of Imarivolanitra Duration : two days of walk
Distance : A loop of 28 km

Imarivolanitra leads you on the roof of Madagascar: the Peak Boby that culminates up to 2658 m. This circuit is an authentic botanical garden of geophyt orchids that blooms in March on the tray of Andohariana.

The Helichrysum abietifolium var gracilifolium and the Alchemilla andringitrensis also grow on these heights. Species of endemic birds as the Neodrepansia hypoxantha or the Hypsipetes madagascariensis overfly the sky of Imarivolanitra.
Tariff for a departure and an arrival in Namoly :
- Ar 20.000 for one day
- Ar 25.000 for two days
- Ar 30.000 for three days
- Ar 50.000 for four days

The tariff of the carriers (including cooking services as you wish it) for a maximum of 20 kg :
Ar 7.000 per day

Available camp at Andranolava, with kitchen, water of river, natural, sanitary bath. 12 tents for 24 people are available
Tariff : Ar 6.000 / tent / night

Available camp at Andriampotsy, with kitchen, running water, shower, sanitary. 15 tents for 30 people are available
Tariff : Ar 6.000 / tent / night

The combined circuits :

For a departure and an arrival in Namoly, you also make the choice between :

Place of departure and return to Namoly One day 2 days 3 days 4 days
Imaintso 10 000 20,000 25,000 40,000
Isahavato   20,000 25,000 40,000
Asaramanitra - Imaintso   20,000 25,000 40,000
Asaramanitra - Diavolana   20,000 25,000 40,000
Asaramanitra - Imarivolanitra   26,000 32,000 50,000
Imarivolanitra - Diavolana   30,000 35,000 60,000
Asaramanitra - Imaintso - Imarivolanitra   30,000 40,000 60,000
Asaramanitra - Diavolana - Imarivolanitra   30,000 40,000 60,000
Imaintso - Asaramanitra - Diavolana   30,000 40,000 60,000
Imaintso - Imarivolanitra   27,000 35,000 60,000
Imaintso - Diavolana   20,000 25,000 40,000

For a departure from Namoly and an arrival in Morarano, you have the choice between :

Places of departure at Namoly and Morarano 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days
Imaintso - Isahavato   25,000 30,000 40,000
Diavolana   20,000 25,000 40,000
Isahavato   20,000 25,000 40,000
Imarivolanitra   25,000 30,000 50,000
Asaramanitra - Isahavato   28,000 32,000 50,000
Asaramanitra - Diavolana   28,000 32,000 50,000
Asaramanitra - Imarivolanitra - Isahavato     40,000 60,000
Asaramanitra - Imarivolanitra - Diavolana     40,000 60,000
Imarivolanitra - Diavolana     40,000 60,000
Imarivolanitra - Isahavato     40,000 60,000
Imaintso - Asaramanitra - Imarivolanitra - Diavolana     50,000 65,000
Imaintso - Asaramanitra - Imarivolanitra - Isahavato     50,000 65,000
Imaintso - Asaramanitra - Imarivolanitra - Diavolana - Isahavato     55,000 70,000

For a departure from Morarano and a return to Namoly, you have the choice between :

Place of departure at Morarano and return to Namoly : 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days
Imarivolanitra   35,000 45,000 60,000
Isahavato   30,000 45,000 60,000
Diavolana   30,000 45,000 60,000
Isahavato - Imarivolanitra   40,000 45,000 60,000
Diavolana - Imarivolanitra   40,000 45,000 60,000
Isahavato - Imaintso   30,000 45,000 60,000
Diavolana - Imaintso   30,000 45,000 60,000
Isahavato - Asaramanitra   30,000 45,000 60,000
Diavolana - Asaramanitra   30,000 45,000 60,000
Imarivolanitra - Asaramanitra   40,000 45,000 60,000
Imarivolanitra - Imaintso   30,000 45,000 60,000
Diavolana - Imarivolanitra - Asaramanitra   40,000 45,000 60,000
Isahavato - Imarivolanitra - Asaramanitra   40,000 45,000 60,000
Diavolana - Imarivolanitra - Imaintso   40,000 45,000 60,000
Isahavato - Imarivolanitra - Imaintso   40,000 45,000 60,000
Imarivolanitra - Asaramanitra - Imaintso   40,000 45,000 60,000
Isahavato - Diavolana - Imarivolanitra - Imaintso   45,000 50,000 65,000
Isahavato - Diavolana - Imarivolanitra - Asaramanitra   45,000 50,000 65,000
Diavolana - Imarivolanitra - Asaramanitra - Imaintso     55,000 65,000
Isahavato - Imarivolanitra - Asaramanitra - Imaintso     55,000 65,000
Isahavato - Diavolana - Imarivolanitra - Asaramanitra - Imaintso     60,000 70,000


For safety reasons, these tariffs concern a group of four people maximum. Several areas of equipped camping have been arranged for these combined circuits :

Tariffs of camping : Ar 5.000 / person / night
Tent : Ar 5.000 / tent / night
Sleeping bag : Ar 5.000 / bag / night
Mattress : Ar 3.000 / unit / night

 





Two offices welcomes you at the entrances of the Park, in Namoly and in Morarano where agents are at your service to facilitate your stay and answer your questions. 35 French-speaking and English-speaking guides, from the bordering villages of the Park are to your service. Every payment is done at the unique ticket desk of Madagascar National Park.

There are also lodgings of stages to the heart of the Park of Andringitra. The lodging of Namoly has a living room with chimney, one big room with chimney, a kitchen and cooks, a common shower with hot water and, toilets, a solar lighting and a parking.

Under booking, you will find:

Three rooms, a bed to two places: Ar 20,000 / bed / night 
A room, two beds one-seaters: Ar13,000 /bed / night 
A common dormitory with three beds one-seaters: Ar13,000 /bed/night 
A common dormitory with six beds one-seaters: Ar130,000 /bed/night 
A common dormitory with seven beds one-seaters: Ar130,000 /bed/night 
Mattress: Ar 5,000 /night 
Plaid: Ar 5,000/night

Contacts :

InterRegional Directorate of Madagascar National Parks in Fianarantsoa
BP 1363 Antsorokavo,
Fianarantsoa
Madagascar

Tel : + (261 20) 75 512 74
GSM : + (261 32) 02 450 25
            + (261 32)40 481 75

Email : mnpfnr@mel.moov.mg
             mnppfnr@yahoo.fr
             fnr.parks@gmail.com

Andringitra National Park
BP. 07 - Lot H III 50 - Ambohitsoa - 303 Ambalavao
Tel. : + (261 20) 75 340 81 (Standard)
Tel. : + (261 20) 75 341 30 (Park Director)
GSM: + (261 33) 12 340 81 (Standard)

DP: RAZAFINDRALAISA Hariniaina Leon
Email: pnandringitra@yahoo.fr
            arg.parks @ gmail.com

Trekking, birdwatching and camping are common in the National Park of Andringitra.

Andringitra doesn't lack any good attractions. Here is our selection :

An extract of Andringitra biodiversity, scenic landscape, histories and traditions, united in only one place: the center of interpretation, situated close to the entry of the park, in Sahalava. It is a foretaste of your exploration in the park. The township of Iarintsena, not far from Ambalavao, is absolutely a place to visit if you are thirsty of mystic.

You will be able to discover the makis and crocodiles in Anja, At 12 Km from Ambalavao, along the national Road N°7, in Sakaviro, to 10 Km and at Angora, to 15 Km. You will also find in these sites rare orchids, ficus, lianas, kalanchoe, and pachypodium, as well as important colonies of lemurs and chameleons. Andranobe, some natural and primary forests also are sheltered in the township of Ambohimandroso and Manambolo, 60 Km from Ambalavo, where the birdwatchers will have the pleasure to see the birds furrowing the sky. Besides, the legend tells that every year, all birds of Madagascar give themselves appointment in Amboromena, a mythical place situated in the park!

But these sites don't only have the scenic landscape and the wild nature in common: these are places full of mysteries, sacred sites of traditional burials very important for the local population. Here, the forebears and the living live in harmony…

Every year, from June to September, the traditional demonstration known as "Kiridy" is organized in the region of Andringitra. A very expected event, the "Kiridy" regroups several ancestral traditions as the "Famadihana" (exhumation of the deaths) and the circumcision.

Don't hesitate to come to the meeting of the inhabitants, cordial and welcoming. In the commune of Iarintsena, living and particularly animated, come to taste the traditional dishes at the inhabitant's, admire the local handicraft made to the precision of a lapidary and impregnate yourselves of the Betsileo culture. The market days and the famous market of the zebus of Ambalavao are as many opportunities to live in the Betsileo!  Finally, amateurs of wines, this region are the storeroom of Madagascar. Come and taste  the vintage of Ambalavao, an inescapable one if you pass by Andringitra.  And don't leave without a pretty Anteimoro paper in your luggages!
 


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