A four hour drive east from Antananarivo, our office is located on the left side of the road as you drive towards Andasibe village after the turn off Route National 2.
Mitsinjo Park is adjacent to Andasibe National Park and is within walking distance from most hotels in the area. Torotorofotsy Ramsar Site is 14 km northwest of Andasibe and takes around 1 hour to drive to from the village, or is a 2-3 hour walk.
Travelling to Andasibe
Taxi-brousse from Antananarivo
In Tana, go to the Gare Routiere in Ampasampito to take a taxi-brousse to Moramanga. They leave frequently throughout the day until around 17:00-18:00. The trip takes 2-3 hours.
Once in Moramanga, transfer to a taxi-brousse to Andasibe. These operate from the morning until around 18:00 and usually take 1-2 hours. You will be dropped off in Andasibe village unless you ask to get off at a hotel elsewhere.
Taxi-brousse from Toamasina (Tamatave)
In Toamasina, take a taxi-brousse to Antananarivo in the morning and ask to get off at “Antsampanana Andasibe”, which is the junction of Route National 2 and the road to Andasibe. Taxi-brousse depart Toamasina for Tana between 6:00 and 8:00 and usually arrive at the junction between 11:00 and 13:00.
At Antsampanana Andasibe there are several hotels nearby for accommodation. Our office is another 2 km walk down the road from here.
Hiring a private car is the easiest way to travel. Though our Land Cruiser is currently unavailable, we can arrange a vehicle and driver for you for transport to and from Antananarivo, Toamasina, Moramanga or elsewhere. Please contact us to make a reservation.
Located at approximately 900 meters above sea level and at 18°46 south latitude, the climate of Andasibe is comfortable throughout the year. The cyclone season is between January and March. Our driest months are October and November, though it can (and does) rain any time. The months of June through August are cold and damp, with nighttime temperatures frequently dropping as low as 6-8°C. If you visit during these months don’t forget to bring warm clothes!
There are more than a dozen hotels in the Andasibe area, many of which are within walking distance of our office. For the naturalists and travelers on a budget, we offer covered camping sites at the entrance to Mitsinjo Park. Shared flush toilets and hot water are provided for campers. There are also rooms for travelers at the Mitsinjo-Mad Dog Initiative Research Station next to the camp sites. We have 3 single rooms and 5 rooms that can accommodate 1-3 persons. 4 flush toilets and 3 showers are available for the visitors.
We can also arrange food if notified in advance.
We are arriving in the Tana airport at 4:15 pm on Nov. 6. We would like to be taken from there to the Mantadia Lodge, where we have reservations for 2 nights. We would like to see Mitsinjo and the animals there with a guide. Then on Tuesday, Nov. 8, we would like to go back to the Tana airport in time for our 2:50 pm flight. Can you do this? Thank you very much. I look forward to your response! Peter and Olivia Narins
Hello Peter and Olivia,
I am very sorry to reply you so late. It was only this morning that I found your message. It has not come directly to my email. Do you still need transportation from the airport to Mantadia Lodge and back to Tana? If yes, it can be arranged. Mitsinjo would send a car to take you from Ivato on Nov 6 and return on 8 Nov. The same car could also take care of your trips in Andasibe. The cost of transportations, fuel included, would be 900,000 Ariary. We would be happy to help you.