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'''Ambalavao (New Valley) is a town in the central highlands of Madagascar, near [[Fianarantsoa]]. The town has the largest zebu market in Madagascar where herdsmen come to sell their cattle after walking with their zebu herds from virtually all parts a population of the country. The cattle market is on Wednesdays and Thursdays31,000. The zebu market can be found on a hill approximately 1km south from the town along the RN7 road. Ambalavao is also the centre for of [[Antaimoro]] paper making.'''
Andringitra park borders the north edge of the town where an WWF office provides information and guides{| class="imageTable"|-|colspan="3" | [[File:Ambalavao 011.jpg|600px]]|-|[[File:Ambalavao 021.jpg|196px]]|align="center"|[[File:Ambalavao 022.jpg|196px]]|align="right"|[[File:Ambalavao 023.jpg|196px]]|-|[[File:Ambalavao 024.jpg|196px]]|align="center"|[[File:Ambalavao 016.jpg|196px]]|align="right"|[[File:Ambalavao 028.jpg|196px]]|}
Ambalavao is the location of the largest zebu market in Madagascar where herdsmen come to trade their cattle after walking their herds from virtually every part of the country. The zebu market takes place on Wednesdays and Thursdays on a hill approximately 1km south along the RN7 road. [[Andringitra]] park borders the north edge of the town where an WWF office provides information and guides. <googlemap version="0.9" lat="-21.832102" lon="46.936426" type="satellite" zoom="14" scale="yes" controls="large" style="width:100%;max-width:600px;">
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[[Image:Ambalavao_02Ambalavao_023.jpg|left|70px]]Ambalavao market
The National road (RN7) connects Ambalavao with [[Fianarantsoa ]] and [[Toliara]].<br clear="all"><br> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0"><tr><td valign="top">[[Image:Ambalavao_01.jpg|thumb|186px|none|Ambalavao town]]</td><td>[[Image:Ambalavao_02.jpg|thumb|186px|none|Ambalavao market]]</td><td>[[Image:Ambalavao_03.jpg|thumb|186px|none|Rickshaws in the city]]</td></tr></table>
== Accommodation ==
[[Image:Ambalavao_05Aux_Bougainvillees_05.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Aux Bougainvillées]]'''[[Aux_Bougainvillées|Aux Bougainvillées]]'''<br>
MG-303 Ambalavao<br>
Tel: ++261 2075 340 01<br>
Email: [ ragonfr auxbougainvilleesambalavao@wanadooyahoo.mgfr]<br>
Website: N/A<br>
This small pleasant hotel has 16 solar-powered rooms and a restaurant. Guides can be organised at the reception for excursions to Pic Boby, the highest accessible mountain in Madagascar. The hotel is a regular overnight stopover for bus services passing through Ambalavao.<br clear="all">
 [[Image:Ambalavao_04Ambalavao 004.jpg|thumb|left|150px|View from Hôtel Tsienimparihy]]
'''Hôtel Tsienimparihy'''<br>
MG-303 Ambalavao<br>
This hotel is overlooking the market place on one side and has a panoramic view of the picturesque lanscape on the other. Check into the big room on the top floor for the best view.<br clear="all">
[[Image:Trano_Gasy_Guesthouse_01.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Trano Gasy guesthouse]]
[[Image:Trano_Gasy Guesthouse 01.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Trano Gasy guesthouse]]
'''[[Trano Gasy]]'''<br>
Maison d'hôtes<br>
Tel : ++261 331 1264 27 or 331 4306 78<br>
Email: []<br>
Website: []]
Trano Gasy, meaning traditional Malagasy house, is a guesthouse in style of traditional housing of the [[Betsileo]]style, entirely made of materials from the country. It has eight quiet rooms overlooking the Andringitra National Park.
'''Note:''' This guesthouse is located in [[Namoly Village]] approximately 45 km from 45km outside Ambalavao.
== Further information ==
* [[Ambalavao photos]]
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