About 100kms along RN2, at the outskirt of Antananarivo which is told to be The high land “Les hautes terres”; rice field and hills appear alternatively. At a glimpse, you can see houses with thatched roofs making a charming village. Rural areas always seem so serene and quiet. Malagasy people plant and eat rice. It is a very popular food. The weather of the high land also suits farm vegetables like potatoes, peas, cauliflowers… Especially in this area crossed by the first hundred kilometers on RN2. The high land is also rich in eucalyptus trees. All of these combined make an incredible sight. This road is surrounded by a lot of beautiful nature. You have to admit that you can’t be bored by the trip. Just open your eyes, take photos at the spot and enjoy it!
One interesting place you can visit at this first hundred of kilometers on RN2 is Mantasoa.
Mantasoa is a town and rural commune in Madagascar. It belongs to the district of Manjakandriana, which is a part of Analamanga Region. The population of the commune was 10,604 in 2018.Mantasoa is located at 70 km East of Antananarivo. 60 villages in 11 Fokontany (localities) are part of the commune. In addition to primary schooling the town offers secondary education at both junior and senior levels. The majority 95.5% of the population of the commune are farmers, while an additional 0.5% receives their livelihood from raising livestock. The most important crop is rice, while other important products are beans, cassava and sweet potatoes. Services provide employment for 3% of the population. Additionally fishing employs 1% of the population. ( Source : Wikipedia)
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