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    Tourists Guide To Antananarivo & General Information

    Antananarivo is the capital City and largest City in Madagascar, an island Country of the Mozambique and South African coastline. The City was historically founded in the early 1600’s, and is the educational, political, economic and cultural hub of Madagascar.

    An Overview & Informative Guide To Antananarivo

    Antananarivo is a truly unique City, with components of African, Asian and European styles making up the City and it’s outskirts. Antananarivo was formerly known as Tananarive and is often still referred to as Tana.

    What You Need To Know About Antananarivo

    There are a few important things to take note of when travelling to Antananarivo.

    When Is The Best Time To Visit Antananarivo?

    April to October are the best times to visit Antananarivo.

    Do I Need A Visa To Visit Antananarivo?

    Depending on what Country you reside in will determine whether or not you need a Visa to visit Antananarivo. It is best to consult a travel or booking agent regarding Visa requirements.

    What Should I Pack To Visit Antananarivo?

    Antananarivo’s climate during the best times to visit can be quite cool. It is unpredictable so a fair amount of winter clothes and summer clothes should be packed. Make sure you bring a camera, sunscreen, a waterproof jacket and insect repellant.

    Do I Need Vaccinations To Visit Antananarivo?

    You currently do not need any vaccinations when travelling to Antananarivo. You should make sure by asking your Travel Agent a few months prior to your visit.

    Transport & How To Get Around Antananarivo?

    The Ivato International Airport is about 15 kilometers from the Antananarivo city centre. Taxis and buses often concentrate around the airport as well as hotels and tourism destinations, making public transport a fairly easy process. You can also rent a car or inquire about transport through your travel agent.

    Attractions and Places to visit in Antananarivo

    Antananarivo, also known as Tana, is the capital of Madagascar. Built on a narrow, rocky ridge, Antananarivo occupies a strategic point at the center of the island of Madagascar. Two forts watch over the city from the east and southwest, while within the city limits lay royal palaces, embassies, some fifty churches and a mosque.

    The city's most distinguishing feature may be the burnt out remains of the Rova, or Queen's Palace, situated on a prominent hill. Its steep alleys and stairways make Antananarivo a challenging but rewarding city to explore on foot.

    Where to go when visiting Antananarivo

    The lack of tourist infrastructure is said to be part of the attraction! First stop is Rova (Sovereigns or Queen's Palace). As a structure it is merely a shell due to severe fire damage, there are some outbuildings statues and a Chapel though. The site offers good panoramic views of the city, as it is on the highest point in the hills.

    You can also visit the Prime Minister's Rainilaiarivony's Palace - near the Rova. A freelance guide lets visitors in for a fee and gives a comprehensive account of the historical artifacts, which are on display. For a more cultural experience The Musée d’art et d’archéologie of Isoraka an institute of civilizations, which shows several archaeological works. You can learn a lot about Madagascar's history, its people and its traditions, since the 1st century.

    Nature wise the Croc'Farm is the most exciting experience in Antananarivo. Located on more than 3 hectares of plants, trees and flowers in Madagascar. You can watch the crocodiles, 80 other species of animals (turtles, snakes, lemurs) and the smallest chameleon in the world. The best time to see crocodiles in action is during feeding time. And for the brave, the Croc'Farm restaurant prepares several crocodile meat dishes and a favourite dish is the "Croc burger".

    How old is the city of Antananarivo?

    The city was established in around 1610 or 1625 according to varying accounts.

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