Mount Ibity – The aloe Mecca of Madagascar and of all kinds of activities
Give yourself the opportunity to discover the beauty of nature as well as the cultural richness of the Vakinankaratra by visiting Mount Ibity. Lose yourself in a fascinating landscape alternating rice terraces and emerging rocks. Mount Ibity which culminates at 2292 meters of altitude - just outside the second largest city, Antsirabe - is one of the most geologically and botanically interesting locations in Madagascar. The beauty of the flora is the first attraction of this great massive of quartzite. Well known among gemologists and botanist alike, the mountain hosts some plants found nowhere else in the world.
Indeed 70% of the vegetation of this site is endemic. This mountain is very rich in succulent; the most typical are undoubtedly its Pachypodium and Kalanchoe. Pachypodium brevicaule is a common sight on Mount Ibity and is unique that it is a dwarf species. There are also several species of orchids there.
The Ibity massif has a high level of diversity when it comes to Aloes. 12 aloe species are in the area, with four endemic to the massif itself. You have a chance to see one of the nicest aloes of Madagascar. Aloe laeta’s finely toothed margins and beautiful color range have made it highly sought after by collectors. It can only be found in habitat on this mountain. Orchids are abundant at the higher elevations on Mount Ibity. But when not in flower, they are hard to identify.
Mount Ibity is a must-stop location during your trip through Antsirabe. Experience your passion for hiking or trekking and explore the attractions of the Ibity. Our tours will take you to the famous precious stone mines where tourmaline, quartz and beryl are extracted. Of course, your journey will inevitably lead to the imposing mass of Ibity. The caves and rocks will delight lovers of all kinds of challenges. A seasoned sportsman, go beyond your own performances during a climb or a trek discovered in the valley.
The surroundings of Ibity are suitable for all kinds of activities. Discover Betafo with its waterfalls, lake and thermal baths. It is also possible to visit the famous volcanic lakes of Tritriva and Andraikiba.