Itasy Region

Coordinates: 19°00′00″S 46°46′00″E / 19°S 46.7667°E / -19; 46.7667
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Itasy Region
Analavory geyer near Ampefy
Analavory geyer near Ampefy
Coat of arms of Itasy Region
Location in Madagascar
Location in Madagascar
Country Madagascar
 • GouvernorSolofonirina Maherizo Andriamanana
 • Total6,993 km2 (2,700 sq mi)
 • Total897,962
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
 • Ethnicities
Time zoneUTC3 (EAT)
HDI (2018)0.520[3]
low · 11th of 22

Itasy is a region in central Madagascar. It borders Analamanga region in northeast, Vakinankaratra in south and Bongolava in northwest. The capital of the region is Miarinarivo, and the population was 897,962 in 2018.[2] It is the smallest of all the 22 regions in area with 6,993 km2 (2,700 sq mi), and is the most densely populated region after Analamanga.[4]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Itasy Region is divided into three districts, which are sub-divided into 51 communes.




The National road 1, National road 1bis and National road 43 cross this region.

Bodies of water[edit]

There are 58 rivers in Itasy. 21 rivers are flowing in Miarinarivo District, 17 rivers in Arivonimamo District and 20 in Soavinandriana District. 3500 ha are covered by lakes: 40 lakes in Miarinarivo, 9 lakes in Soavinandriana and 2 in Arivonimamo.[5]

Lake Itasy[edit]

The region of Itasy is named after Lake Itasy, the fourth largest lake in Madagascar. The lake is in Ampefy, 120 km from the capital city of Antananarivo.


According to the ONTM (Office National de Tourism de Madagascar), more 60% of domestic tourists from the capital city use this as their short-stay holiday destination each year. However, this still amounts to less than 200 tourists per day, or up to 1200 tourists per day on national holidays. Ampefy, by lake Itasy, is the main tourist town.

Tourist sights[edit]

The waterfalls of the Lily

The region is famous for several features:

  • Lake Itasy, which is a source of livelihood for 3000 fisherman, with over 100 small canoes out daily;
  • The monument of the Virgin Mary, on the edge of the lake, marking the very centre of the country;
  • The isle of the Lake Itasy King, with a stone circle;
  • The two Lily Waterfalls, of which the first is 16 m high by 35 m wide and the second over 22 m high, but not as wide;
  • The Analavory Chute, which is over 20 m high;
  • Over 20 small lakes;
  • Boating and trekking experiences;
  • The Analavory geysers, which are coldwater geysers that occasionally reach a height of nearly 3 m and have formed high travertine mounds;
  • An ancient double-moated hillfort which can be seen near the town of Soavinandriana;
  • Substantial numbers of huge extinct volcanic craters, some with crater lakes; and
  • Lemurs' Park, which is seen at PK 22 (22 km) en route to Lake Itasy from the capital city.


Base of the economy is agriculture. Main crops and their size of cultivation (ha) are:

There is also cattle breeding. Itasy produces 2.7% of the zebu bread in Madagascar and 4,9 % of the porc that is raised in Madagascar.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ EDBM
  2. ^ a b "Troisieme Recensement General de la Population et de L'Habitation (RGPH-3) Resultats Provisoires" (PDF). Institut National de la Statistique Madagascar. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 18, 2020. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  3. ^ "Sub-national HDI – Area Database – Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  4. ^ Ralison, Eliane; Goossens, Frans. "Madagascar: Profil des marchés pour les évaluations d'urgence de la sécurité alimentaire" (PDF) (in French). Programme Alimentaire Mondial, Service de l’Evaluation des besoins d’urgence (ODAN). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
  5. ^ Guide Region Itasy
  6. ^ Guide Region Itasy

19°00′00″S 46°46′00″E / 19°S 46.7667°E / -19; 46.7667