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Analakely Market, Antananarivo, Madagascar

Antananarivo

Often overlooked as a place to endure for a night at the start or end of your Madagascar holiday, there is so much more to the capital (known locally as Tana) than just as a stopover city.

Literally translated as “City of a Thousand” in reference to the king’s 1,000 Merina warriors used to protect it, the city resembles a chaotic Mediterranean hill town, built on hillsides rich in jacaranda, running down to the rice paddies that surround it.

Antananarivo landscape music tour
Antananarivo, Madagascar

A little more about Antananarivo

Split into two regions (upper and lower towns) the city is full of bustling streets, many of which are interspersed with hundreds of ancient stone steps leading to fascinating historical and architectural sites, and market stalls selling every kind of goods imaginable.

Travel in Madagascar may mean that you may have to spend a few nights in Tana during your trip, so make the most of the fascinating Merina tombs nearby and the World Heritage Site of Ambohimanga – off-limits for many years to Europeans.

Experiences

Antananarivo Markets

Explore avenues and alleyways, taking you through markets, museums and daily life.

Explore Antananarivo

Explore this hill city of coloured houses surrounded by rice paddies.

Merina Culture

Experience the rich culture of the Merina people – the dominant tribe in this area.

Antananarivo Music Tour

Take an urban Malagasy music tour around Antananarivo.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Chris Johnston

Having trekked through rainforests, searched for ancient tombs and been mistaken for a priest, Chris continues to travel the length and breadth of this beautiful, baffling country. Whilst many people consider Madagascar a wildlife destination, he finds the culture and landscapes just as captivating.
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