Ambositra, meaning “where there are many cattle”, is a Betsileo town in Madagascar with around 30,000 inhabitants, many whom are students. The town is renowned for woodcarving and there are countless stores selling souvenirs and other wood products, especially around the 1½km central ring road.
Tourists usually come here shopping for handicrafts and visit the French colonial Benedictine monastery where the resident nuns make cheese. Various excursions to nearby Betsileo villages can also be arranged from town by guides and tour services. Apart from woodcrafts, the Ambositra area is largely dependent on rice farming and fruit crops.
Ambositra is the capital of the Amoron'i Mania region and the Ambositra district. The town is located along the RN7 (route national), about 250km south of Antananarivo.
Hotels in Ambositra
Angelina Tsaralaza (8 rooms)
Tel: +261 (0)47 71192 or +261 (0)32 0786881
Hôtel Violette (6 bungalows and 6 rooms)
Tel: +261 (0)47 71084
Tel: +261 (0)32 5199609
Tel: +261 (0)47 71036
Le Relais des des Tropiques (12 rooms)
Tel: +261 (0)47 71126
Hôtel Mania (11 rooms)
Tel: +261 (0)47 71121
Hôtel Restaurant Jonathan