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is located in the Eastern region of Madagascar.

The town of Ambalavao lies on the RN7 around 350km south of the capital Antananarivo and marks the point where the highway turns west to leave the central highlands.

The town itself is a pleasant enough place, with broad views across the surrounding agricultural landscapes and distant mountains. It is best know as a centre for traditional paper-making. The busy streets can be fun to explore and there is a fair amount of crumbling colonial architecture to look out for. But there are no recommended accommotion options.

Around 40km south of the town lies the Andringitra National Reserve, an extremely impressive range of mountains which offer some superb hiking and trekking options, from half day hikes to scenic waterfalls to the three night expedition to the summit of Pic Boby, which at 2658 metres is teh second highest in the country. The area is also a centre for climbing, paragliding and base-jumping.

The best accommodation within striking distance of the reserve is the relatively simple Tsara Camp.

The RN7 turns southwest to cross to the Isalo area.
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