The Ambato peninsula: the Malagasy peninsula with undeniable charm

Madagascar abounds in magnificent landscapes. The Ambato peninsula, located in the northwest of the Big Island and nestled at 26 meters above sea level, is an example. The arrival is pleasant, the roads and bridges are well maintained and all around the peninsula, punctuated by the sea, are settled the typically Malagasy fishing villages. The primitive way of life of the population, recalls the beauty of simplicity out of the tumults of the city. Calmness is the watchword.
The peninsula of Ambato is a peninsula with incomparable charms, embellished by cashew trees, ravenalas and shreds of forest. A total immersion in nature that can only do good. The views are worth a visit starting with a wonderful view of the Mozambique Channel, natural luxury if any. At the other end of the peninsula, in the village of Ampasimena, the panorama of mountains flowing into the peaceful bay of Ambato is a postcard landscape. This place is ideal to isolate yourself from time and noise.
This article was featured in Prime Magazine June 2018

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When to go

Ideally, because of the savannah climate with dry winters, the best times to explore the Ambato peninsula are from April to November.

How to get there

From Antananarivo, you have the choice of going by road to discover Malagasy folk landscapes or take a flight from Air Madagascar to Diego. After Ambanja, join the village of Ambaliha 25 kilometers from the RN6. A sustained track leads to the peninsula of Ambato, about 15 kilometers.

Where to stay

Opt for a hotel facing the sea and small Malagasy islands Nosy Be and Nosy Komba. For a heavenly setting, married to undisputed comfort, go to the hotel "L'Hermitage", well located in the peninsula of Ambato. Further, the ecolodge "Ankify Gardens", opposite the Nosy Komba and overlooking the village Doany invites you to change the scenery in its green setting.

Where to eat

The restaurant "l'Hermitage" offers many specialties. World cuisine, French, Creole, Italian and of course, local specialties.

What to see

In front of the peninsula of Ambato is the island Nosy Faly, also called holy island. Just a few paddling strokes to join her. It is a sacred island containing the history of the ancient local dynasty known for the burial of Sakalava Bemazava. Well-preserved ecosystem, lush vegetation and remarkable land and sea fauna, the island offers an incomparable view of its neighbors Nosy Komba, Nosy Be and Nosy Mitsio. Possibility also to discover the city of Mahilaka at PK 443 of the RN6. This ancient fortified city of Arab sailors is considered the first city of Madagascar. It was through it that the Big Island was connected commercially to the rest of the Indian Ocean. It is also the first archaeological site to have opened to the general public.