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Plateau de Tampoketsa

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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
One hour by car from Antananarivo
When to go
From April to November
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Plateau de Tampoketsa

Simon Hoffmann Seasoned Traveller
185 written opinions

Between Antananarivo, the capital, and the city of Mahajanga in north-west, there are huge rolling plateaus as far as the eye can see: the Tampoketsa. This Malagasy term designates a landscape of bare, grassy hills shaped by erosion.

My suggestion:
You will necessarily come across them during your tour of the Madagascar Highlands: keep your eyes open!
My review

Once covered by immense forests, the Tampoketsa plateaus are typical of the landscapes of present-day Madagascar. The vast hills have been gradually cleared to permit agriculture and especially livestock, leaving only a few remnants of forests isolated in the hollows between the hills where there are a few streams. Like true oases, these nooks of greenery have survived thanks to their craggy locations which form natural barriers against fire.

The Tampoketsa plateaus promise great walking in an environment shaped by the hand of man and the action of time, which together have formed a remarkable and surprising panorama.

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