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Madagascar East

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... a large region of the island of Madagascar.

This eastern section of the country is traversed by a continuous mountain range running northeast to southwest and peaking around 100km in from the coast.

These mountains define the weather and ecology of the country, with a humid tropical climate to the east and a dry cooler climate in the central highlands to the west. On the high peaks themselves are the remnants of the rich tropical forests which once covered much of these lands.

Most of the best agricultural land is to be found to the west of this range, which is why the French colonists took pains to drive two separate railways up from the coast, one to the capital Antananarivo, the other to the more southerly town of Fianarantsoa.

Most visitors pass through these landscapes on the RN7 highway, starting in the capital Antananarivo.

It is also possible to drive east on the RN2 to the mountainous lemur reserve at Andasibe. From there most people return to Antananarivo in order to fly to more remote locations or pick up the RN7 south, but it is possible to continue east down to the coast at Toamasina.
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