Moramanga District

Moramanga District is a district in the Alaotra-Mangoro region in Madagascar. Its capital is Moramanga.

Moramanga
Moramanga market
Moramanga market
Moramanga is located in Madagascar
Moramanga
Moramanga
Location in Madagascar
Coordinates: 18°56′49″S 48°13′49″E / 18.94694°S 48.23028°E / -18.94694; 48.23028
Country Madagascar
RegionAlaotra-Mangoro
DistrictMoramanga
Area
 • Land9,396 km2 (3,628 sq mi)
Elevation
980 m (3,220 ft)
Population
 (2018)
 • Total350,724
ClimateCwa
Moramanga

It is situated between the capital Antananarivo and the east coast on the crossroad of RN 2 and RN 44. The name of Moranmanga originates from the slave trade. To differ them from other social classes, they were dressed in blue or manga. As they were among the cheapest (mora) in Africa, it became Moramanga.[1]

PeopleEdit

Moramanga is also the capital city of the Bezanozano people (one of the eighteen Ethnic groups of Madagascar).

CommunesEdit

The district is further divided into 22 communes:

TransportsEdit

The national road RN 2 connects the city with Antananarivo (115 km) and Toamasina (254 km), the Route nationale 44 to Ambatondrazaka (157 km), Imerimandroso and Amboavory.

The city is at the TCE (Tananarive-Côte Est) and the south end of the MLA (Moramanga-Lac Alaotra) railways, so it's the only railway junction in Madagascar (except for the capital).

EconomyEdit

The nickel and cobalt mine of Ambatovy is situated near this town.

WildlifeEdit

Protected areas near Moramanga are:

The Peyrieras Reptile Reserve (a butterfly farm and reptile center) is at Marozevo, 40 km (25 mi) west of Moramanga on National Route NR2.

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