Discover Mount Antety is one of the wonders of the city of Ambositra

Mount Antety is located in Ambositra, famous for its breathtaking views of the city and its surroundings, as well as for its interesting flora. The path that leads to Mount Antety crosses rice fields and fields from the city.
At the beginning of the ascent of the mountain, we notice the cavities dug in the embankments, that the inhabitants of the region come to look for ochre which is used to paint the walls of their houses. On the road to Mount Antety, we cross a few medicinal plants, among which Harongana or Haronga (Harungana madagascariensis), tree 6 to 8 metres high whose leaves are used by the Malagasy people to treat stomach upset and stimulate digestive functions.
At the top, the mountain offers a beautiful panorama of the plain and its cultures. On the road to Andina 17 kms to the southwest, you will see breathtaking landscapes on rice terraces that stretch as far as the eye can see between pine forests and jagged rocks. Natural environments ranging from high altitude dry grassland to woodland areas (pines and eucalyptus), wetlands including peat bogs. You can also discover many species. You can see lizards of impressive size at the top of Mount Antety, this is a spiny-tailed iguana (Oplurus quadrimaculatus). This species lives in rocky areas in thecentre and south of the island. An endemic animal in Madagascar. Some individuals can reach 40 cm long.
This article was featured in Prime Magazine February 2018

Useful Information

When to go

Ambositra has a warm ocean climate with dry winter. The average temperature in Ambositra is 18.5 ° C, and the precipitation is average. The best months to go to the city are February to April and November to December.

How to get there

The city is located 90 km from the city of Antsirabe and 167 km from the capital. To reach Ambositra the best is to drive there and enjoy the scenery on the southern route, the National Highway No. 7.

Where to stay

The hotel L'Artisan is one of the best hotels in the city, with bungalows made entirely of wood by the talented artisans of Ambositra. Note that its bungalows are replicas of the old Zafimaniry houses. They are thus made of carved wood to the floor.

Where to eat

At the hotel L'Artisan. The restaurant offers traditional Malagasy cuisine. It is also possible to eat outdoors at lunch with the accompaniment of a traditional Malagasy musical group. It is strongly recommended to book in advance as the restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in the city.

What to see

Ambositra is known for being a cradle of traditional Malagasy craftsmanship, now inscribed in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Visit the colourful Anjoma-Akona market held every Friday. There, you can buy many souvenirs: baskets, mats, pottery and carved objects.