Ambalavao (New Valley) is a town in the central highlands of Madagascar with a population of approximately 31,000, 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 of the country. The zebu market is on Wednesdays and Thursdays and can be found on a hill approximately 1km south along the RN7 road. Ambalavao is also the centre for Antaimoro paper making.
Andringitra park borders the north edge of the town where an WWF office provides information and guides.
The National road (RN7) connects Ambalavao with Fianarantsoa and Toliara.
Tel: ++261 2075 340 01
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.
Tel: ++261 2075 341 23
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.
Trano Gasy, meaning traditional Malagasy house, is a guesthouse in style of traditional housing of the Betsileo, 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 Ambalavao.