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Usually referred to as ‘Tana’, Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo sprawls across a succession of wooded ridges and low swampy valleys in the heart of the central highlands. It’s an appealing and characterful city, and rich in historical interest, having effectively served as the Malagasy capital since it was settled by King Andrianjaka of Imerina in 1612.

Discover Antananarivo

The bustling Ville Basse (Lower City) is a French colonial creation whose grandest edifice is the Gare Soarana, a railway station built over 1908-10.

The historic Haut-Ville (Upper City) runs along a ridge overlooking the CBD. Its most prominent landmark is the three-story Palais de Manjakamiadana built for Queen Ranavalona I over 1839-40 in the royal compound founded by King Andrianjaka centuries earlier. Nearby, the Musée d’Andafiavaratra is housed a 19th-century nobleman’s residence notable for its baroque facade, conical turrets and massive sky-lit inner courtyard.

The Parc Botanique et Zoologique de Tsimbazaza sprawls in attractive suburban grounds that recreate various Malagasy habitats. It incorporates a noisy natural heronry and a lemur zoo. An attached museum houses an extensive fossil collection including the extinct elephant bird and koala lemur.

Madagascar’s largest handicrafts market, Marché Artisanal de la Digue, comprises more than 100 stalls that sell everything from homegrown fabrics and woodcarvings to locally sourced spices.

The island’s only cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rova Ambohimanga is a sacred hill topped by a trio of royal palaces including a traditional one-story wooden structure built for King Andrianampoinimerina in 1788.

Camps & Lodges

We have curated a selection of accommodation options for Ngorongoro Crater. Our recommendations are based on firsthand experience and are chosen for their unique character, location, and exceptional service.  Our consultants are able to suggest properties that are perfect for your travel style.

Featured Trips

Our itineraries will give you taste of what is possible when you travel in Ngorongoro Crater, and they showcase routes we recommend.  Consider them as inspirations because each of our programs are uniquely created by our knowledgeable consultants.

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