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Ambalavao (New Valley) is a town in the central highlands of Madagascar with a population of 31,000. 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 of 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.

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Ambalavao town
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Ambalavao market
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Rickshaws in the city


Aux Bougainvillées

Aux Bougainvillées
MG-303 Ambalavao
Tel: ++261 2075 340 01

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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.

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View from Hôtel Tsienimparihy

Hôtel Tsienimparihy
MG-303 Ambalavao
Tel: ++261 2075 341 23
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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 guesthouse

Trano Gasy
Maison d'hôtes
Andringitra Lot II D 68 Bis
Ambalakajaha 303
Ambalavao, Madagascar
Tel : ++261 331 1264 27 or 331 4306 78

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.

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