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Marcel’s bonbon manufactory

Chez Marcel

For those who have a sweet tooth, Antsirabe in Madagascar’s southern highlands has a special adress for you. 170 km away from the capital Tana, there is a small house in the west of the city, with a candy workshop called “Chez Marcel”. It has no shop windows, only a sign shows you the right way. Marcel, the owner of …

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Viticulture in Madagascar

In 19th century yet, jesuitcal missionaries and with them their knowledge about viticulture reached the island of Madagascar. In 1802, the botanist André Michaux cultivated vines of the sort “Isabelle” (Vitis labrusca) in the area around Ivondro for the first time – rather more due to curiosity than because of economical reasons. In 1845, the French man Jean Laborde produced …

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Chez Joseph

Antsirabe, one of the largest cities in the southern highlands of Madagascar and only 170 km from the capital Antananarivo, is not only known for its thermal springs. Antsirabe has been a meeting place for gemstone dealers and jewellers for years due to the numerous sapphire mining areas a little further south. If you are looking for a special gemstone …

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Handcrafts’ market of Tana

Handwerkermarkt Tana

Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital, is not only full of life, but also full of markets. One of those is the handcrafts‘ market Andravoahangy on Route Digue, located few kilometres from Ivato airport. Hundred of artisans merged together here to the biggest handcrafts’ market of the country, which offers really everything the heart could wish for. Boothes side by side make a …

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Atelier “The six brothers”

The zebu is Madagascar’s most common kept animal, and shapes the country today strongly. Whether on the road, in the middle of the city, on rice fields or in the smallest hut villages – everywhere you will find cattle with the typical hump. They provide many Madagascans with a small income, offer meat and – admittedly relatively little – give …

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Aluminium foundries of Ambatolampy

If you take the RN7 from Antananarivo towards Antsirabe, you will reach the small town of Ambatolampy after about 80 km and almost two hours. The name means “city of rocks”. The city belongs to the Vakinankaratra region. With all surrounding hut villages Ambatolampy has estimated over 25,000 inhabitants. They live mainly from rice cultivation, but now also grow vegetables …

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The royal hill of Ambohimanga

About 25 kilometres northeast of Antananarivo in the central highlands of Madagascar lays the royal hill of Ambohimanga. The road there is relatively good, but due to the very chaotic and dense traffic in Tana, a drive to Ambohimanga alone can easily take one to three hours depending on chosen day time. If you want to visit Ambohimanga, it is …

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The city of woodcarvers

Ambositra in the Amoron’i Mania region is a larger city with around 30,000 inhabitants. It is located about 180 km south of the capital Antananarivo in the highlands, directly on the RN7, and is very easy to reach from Antananarivo. The city is famous for its many woodcarving workshops, many of which can be visited and watched over the artists’ …

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Lily’s waterfall

Lilys Wasserfall

150 km west of Antananarivo lies Ampefy, near which a large, very worth seeing waterfall rushes. The RN to Ampfey is in good condition, the waterfall itself is reached by a slightly slippery dirt road that can be used by an all-terrain vehicle. Legend has it that a white man once lived here on his plantation, his daughter’s name was …

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Antsirabe

Antsirabe (“where there is a lot of salt”),is located about 170 km south of the capital Tana in the highlands in the province Antananarivo. It is easy to reach via the RN7. Antsirabe is one of Madagascar’s largest cities with over 200,000 inhabitants and a lot of sights. Economically Antsirabe is one of the most important cities in the south …

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