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Ambohitsara

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3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Twenty km from Manakara
When to go
From April to November
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Ambohitsara

Simon Hoffmann Seasoned Traveller
185 written opinions

Bordered by the Canal des Pangalanes, the Indian Ocean and the Fanantara river, Ambohitsara is a small village in eastern Madagascar. 

My suggestion:
The main attraction of the village is its mysterious sculpture... go have a look at it!
My review

This village of approximately 2000 inhabitants is mainly peopled by members of the Antambahoaka ethnic group, which originates in the region. The main economic resources of Ambohitsara are the plantations of rice and fruit trees, but also of coffee, vanilla and cloves for the local and national market.

The village is known for a statue wrapped in mystery: the Vatolambo, or "wild boar stone". This stone elephant is a sacred shrine for the inhabitants of the village and according to the legend was brought back from Mecca by their ancestors. In fact, the stone is more likely to have been sculpted in Madagascar and then transported to Ambohitsara by river, which does nothing to solve the mystery of its origin and does not explain the presence of an Asian elephant in Madagascar, even one made of stone...

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