Your gaze will immediately be drawn to the brilliant green colour of the vast rice-fields stretching out between the plantations of cassava, sweet potato and tropical fruits. Delicious fragrances of cloves, vanilla, spices and coffee wafts over the town.
The stunning beach of Ampatsinakoho, protected by its coral reefs and teeming with marine life adds to the beauty of the landscape. The spot is the source of the Mananara river, which crashes down into a series of natural pools. 

Vangaindrano is also an ethnic-cultural hotspot. It is the stronghold of the Antesaka and occupied by several tribes, mainly the Antefasy, Zafizoro and Rabakara (ethnic groups from the south-east of Madagascar). This cultural diversity holds promises of a colourful stay, in contact with exceptional ancestral cultures. The atmosphere of the town is typically Malagasy, with the comings and goings of the rickshaws.

This article was featured in Prime Magazine February 2020

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When to go

Vangaindrano has a savanna-type climate, with heavy rainfall. Despite a very wet period, it can be very hot, but has an average temperature of 23.8°C. The ideal months to visit Vangaindrano are from June to November.

How to get there

Vangaindrano is located 75km from Farafangana, at the end of the RN12 coast road. The drive from Antananarivo to Fianarantsoa passes the towns of Antsirabe and Ambositra. From here, you can catch a train, a journey that will take you through remote villages as far as Manakara a14-hour scenic journey. From Manakara, a practicable road will take you as far as Farafangana, then Vangaindrano.

Where to stay

You can choose between the Tropic Hôtel Guest House at Vangaindrano, the Bungalow Shell, the Eden Hotel at Manambondro, and the Relais du Sud-Est at Sandravinany.

Where to eat

Taste the dishes concocted by the chef of the Relais du Sud-Est at Sandravinany especially the lobster and the sérum orangé. The Ezaka restaurant will also be very happy to offer you dishes prepared with local ingredients.

What to see

Visit the special reserve of Manombo and the National Park of Midongy du Sud to observe species endemic to Madagascar, such as lemurs, reptiles and birds. Visit the whole south-east coast: Manakara and its paradise-like beaches, then Farafangana with its picturesque scenery and finally Mananjary with its plantations of vanilla, coffee and pepper.