Highland hideaways in Madagascar’s rainforest

Slip away to the heart of the ancient highlands  and breathe in the rich history and biodiversity of Central Madagascar, a woody savannah that prospers at the highest parts of this island. Retrace the revered steps of Imerina royalties from the 14th to 17th centuries who ruled from these vantage hills in remarkable royal houses. Antananarivo, the island’s ancient capital is within the Central Madagascar region. Begin your journey here into the secluded heart whispering with legends.

Explore the region's Parc National de Ranomafana,  home to endangered birds, mammals and amphibians. Be blown away by the expanse of the Imerina kingdoms and rich history at the 12 Sacred Hills of Ambohidratrimo and travel across the woody savannah south to Fianarantsoa, a city clustered on a hill with ambient architecture. Experience a glimpse of 19th century French history and taste Madagascan wines produced here.

Central Madagascar is for the adventurous soul who doesn’t mind rugged and challenging transport routes. Catch a flight to Ivato Airport, 20km north of Antananarivo to begin the journey. To visit national parks, sacred sights and towns, be prepared to hire a driver and a 4x4. The route across Central Madagascar is long and hard but the reward is personal victories and campfire stories to tell.

Highlights

  • Situated in the central highlands, which is dotted with rice paddies, rainforest, crater lakes, and quaint villages and towns 
  • The climate here is much cooler than the rest of the country
  • Thermal baths have made the area a health spa getaway since the early 20th century
  • The rainforest is home to several lemur species, some of which are critically endangered 
  • Good base while exploring the country due to its central location 
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