"Views from Mangabe hill" Faritanin' Antananarivo Off The Beaten Path Tip by Norali
Faritanin' Antananarivo Off The Beaten Path: 3 reviews and 12 photos
Views, yes. 360°, check. Aerial, check. Scenic, check.
"King of the world feeling", check.
But first, the climb. Short & steep. Great. Silent. Scary. Not dangerous, just risky to climb the pinetree frest underwood there as a solo female. Haven't encountered any danger, any threatening behaviour. Surprising. Busy climbing the steep slope, I came across a woman carrying a bucket of vegs on her head. She said Hi, to which I replied. She was as shy as I was surprised. Who would guess people would actually live there & would grow vegs to sell at some markets down there ? In fact, Mangabe inhabitants are family members of the doany guide up there. That , for me, makes it a still authentic place to see, not rushed in as was the Ambatondradama hill with those many doany. Here, there is only one doany with polite locals.
Now, the views... what can I say ? Just click on the set of pictures & you'll get some samples.
This shot showing Ambohimanga hill from this angle, just unusuall ! I've never seen it elsewhere before. Pic #2
Location: Mangabe crest is the one next to Ambohimanga, meaning that "Big Blue" crest is the one next to "Blue Hill". Woudn't it help for your mnemotechnique when about to embark to Madagascar ? ;-)
Anyway, Step down at Ambohimanga (20 km from Tana) & walk along the road below the Ambohimanga primary forest. Soon, you'll make it to Andakana area, you'll have to climb the light slope till you find some houses. Soon, you'll find some way to make it to the foot of Mangabe. Then, climb to make it to the top.
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