Antananarivo

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Antananarivo, Tananarive or simply Tana is the capital of Madagascar. Most foreign visitors to the country will pass through the city as almost all international flights to the country connect with its nearby Ivato International Airport. This page includes information on various city attractions, hotels and restaurants etc.

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If you are accessing this site within Madagascar, this page is open for editing. Feel free to add any local advise here.

Places to visit

Day excursions

  • Ambohimanga - a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the original kings and queens that once united Madagascar lived, about 24km northeast of the capital. A great view of Antananarivo on clear days.
  • Green Club Vontovorona - one of three Green Club health spas in Madagascar which offers a quick getaway from the capital.


Markets

View from Carlton
View of Queen's Palace
Staircase to Analakely Market
Market street

Souvenirs and shopping

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Overland transport

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Taxi Driver Richard is a reliable and reasonably priced English speaking taxi driver in the capital.

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Tina's Tana Taxi is one of only two or three female taxi drivers in Antananarivo who with a big smile and a good sense of humour will likely find you the quickest as well as the most entertaining route to your destination.

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The ADEMA shuttle bus is a convenient bus service operated by the airport authorities (Aeroports de Madagascar) stopping at various hotels in the city.

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Madarail is the national intercity rail service which operate freight and passenger trains.

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Mountain bike rental (part of La Ferme d'Ivato).

Madagascar airlines

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Air Madagascar - the national airline with international and domestic flights

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Madagasikara Airways - a domestic airline since 2015.

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Private Charter Flights - various small private aircraft operators.

Taxi-brousse stations in Antananarivo

  • the eastern station in Ampasampito
  • the northern station in Ambodivona
  • the southern in Lalana Pastora Rahajason
  • the western station a couple of hundred metres west of the southern station


Accommodation

Tana Hotel
Tel: +261 (0)20 22 313 20/26
Email: tanahotel@moov.mg
Website: www.tana-hotel-madagascar.com

Tana Jacaranda
Tel: +261 (0)20 22 562 39 or +261 (0)34 22 562 39 (mobile)
Skype: noro_rh
Email: tana-jacaranda@tana-jacaranda.com
Website: www.tana-jacaranda.com

Villa Besoa
32 rue de Russie, Isoraka
Tel: +261 (0)20 22 21063

Madagascar Underground
18 Lalana Rainitovo, Madagascar
Tel: +261 34 29 909 07
Email: [mailto: madagascarunderground@gmail.com]
Website: www.madagascarunderground.com

Fara's Guest House
Tel: +261 (0)33 14 294 83

Hotel Isoraka
Tel: +261 (0)20 22 355 81
Email: saka@malagasy.com

Hotel Colbert
Tel: +261 (0)20 22 202 02
Website: www.hotel-restaurant-colbert.com

Hôtel La Résidence
Tel: +261 (0)34 01 807 70
Website: http://www.hotel-restaurant-laresidence.com

Hotel Carlton
Tel: +261 (0)20 22 26060
Website: www.carlton-madagascar.com

Hotel de France
34 Avenue de l'indépendance
Tel: +261 (0)20 22 213 04

Maison Lovasoa
Lot VE28 Bis Rue Razanakombana
Tel: +261 (0)34 9352065

La Medina
52 Avenue du Général Ramanantsoa
Tel: +261 (0)34 0413433 (mobile)
Website: www.lamedinatana.com

Le Louvre Hotel & Spa
Tel: +261 (0)20 2239000
Website: www.hotel-du-louvre.com

Lemur Hostel

Relais des Pistards
Tel: +261 (0)32 29 471 65 / +261 (0)32 29 471 65

Le Combava
Ambodihady Ambohimanarina (between Antananarivo and Ivato International Airport
BP 8271- 101 Antananarivo
Tel: +261 (0)20 23 584 94 / +261 (0)20 26 328 47 / +261 (0)20 23 252 49
Email: contact@hotel-combava.com

Villa Isoraka
Lot IB 78 Isoraka
Tel: +261 (0)20 24 22052 or +261 (0)32 05 712 69
Email: demay.christoph@yahoo.fr

Hotel Saint Ange
Soarano Tana 101
Tel: +261 (0)33 13 66569 / +261 (0)34 4883700
Email: st.ange@hotmail.fr
Website: www.st-ange.fr

Hotel Secret de Tana
Alarobia Ivandry
Tel: +261 (0)33 1117453

Hotel Ibis

Hotel Maison des Cotonniers
Ambatonakanga
Tel: +261 (0)20 2220954

Restaurants

Malagasy

Malagasy / Chinese

  • Au Bon Accueil - simple Malagasy-Chinese restaurant with a great panoramic view over Tana
  • Chantaco - Malagasy with a Chinese influence

Indian

  • Little India - traditional north and south Indian cuisine (reopened with new management and a genuine Indian menu and kitchen in 2015)
  • Shalimar - Indian/Pakistani cuisine
  • Terrace Exotic - authentic Indian restaurant

French

  • Le Phare - Bretange-style crêperie
  • Pourquoi Pas ! - French/Europan/Malagasy popular with the expats community

German

Vietnamese

Upscale

Others


Coffee shops

Food shopping

Street food

Spa


Jewellers and gemstones


Tour operators


Phone networks

There are three major phone operators in Madagascar offering prepaid cards, all of which have have good connections in cities but with varying quality throughout the countryside:

IT services

  • Dot.mg domain registration and hosting services

Money exchange

Medical services

Banks

Various

Media

Google Newsfeed

It is impossible to not fall in love with the rustic paradise that is Madagascar - The Express Tribune (blog)
22-Sep-2017 09:37
Antananarivo – Hausse des cas suspects de peste - L'Express de Madagascar
22-Sep-2017 06:07
Antananarivo leans over backwards to tout renewable energy - Africa Intelligence (subscription)
25-Aug-2017 03:55
'Assassination' of Malaysian consul Zahid Raza in Madagascar fuels new MH370 conspiracy - NEWS.com.au
01-Sep-2017 22:23
PUDI Antananarivo: les enjeux du développement durable - NewsMada - Les Actus De Madagascar
22-Sep-2017 06:36
Madagascar health minister separates siamese twins - The Sun Daily
20-Sep-2017 04:05
Madagascar opposition prays for world support - Independent Online
13-Sep-2017 00:26
Rideau sur les Vacances numériques à Antananarivo - orange.mg
22-Sep-2017 14:21
Mystery virus fells 154 Madagascans - Independent Online
13-Sep-2017 15:17
Madagascar plague: Some additional details, updated case count - Outbreak News Today
20-Sep-2017 11:01


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