Fly Nairobi to Antananarivo
Antananarivo is literally translated as "City of a Thousand", in reference to the 1,000 Merina Tribe warriors, used by the king as protection of his city, but is also familiarly known as 'Tana'. Split into two regions (upper and lower towns), the city itself is a maze of bustling streets and alleyways, full of colourful markets, interspersed with ancient stone steps and historical sites.
Antananarivo City Tour
This tour is not about the sites but more a chance to get a feel for this captivating capital city. Start with Rova, the Queen's palace, rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 1995, and continue on to the Prime Minister's Palace, containing gifts from past monarchs including Queen Victoria. Both palaces offer commanding views across the city, with some traditional Malagasy houses in the foreground.
Continue to the Mahamasina market, colourful and full of life this is a market that sells almost everything. There is also the chance to explore one of Madagascar's most colourful places, the daily flower market, near Lake Anosy, where a dazzling array of bouquets are on display.
You will be staying at La Varangue, Bed & Breakfast