Antsirabe (Malagasy [anˌtsiraˈbe]) is the third largest city in Madagascar and the capital of the Vakinankaratra region. The city had an estimated population of about 186,000 in 2001. In Madagascar, Antsirabe is known for its relatively cool climate, its industry and the high concentration of pulled rickshaws or "pousse-pousses", amongst other things.
The name Antsirabe translates into "the place of much salt".
Antsirabe is situated at an altitude of about 1,500 m (4,900 ft), ensuring a relatively cool climate. During the winter the temperature can fall below 0 °C (32 °F) at during the night.
May to September form the coldest and dryest part of the year with average monthly temperatures between 14 °C (57 °F) and 17 °C (63 °F) and an average number of days with precipitation per month of 1-2. From November to March the climate is warmer and wetter with on average 12 to 17 days with precipitation per month and average temeperature of about 20 °C (68 °F). April and October have average temperatures of 19.2 °C (66.6 °F) and 18.5 °C (65.3 °F) respectively and 5–6 days of rain.