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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.


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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Eric RASOLOHERY is a taxi driver in Antananarivo sporting a vintage 1958 2CV in immaculate condition.

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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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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.

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Tsaradia - a domestic airline launched in 2018.

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


Tana Hotel
Tel: +261 (0)20 22 313 20/26

Tana Jacaranda
Tel: +261 (0)20 22 562 39 or +261 (0)34 22 562 39 (mobile)
Skype: noro_rh

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

Tsanga Tsanga Hotel
Crossing of Lalana Idira Gandhi and Lalana Reallon

Maison Vue Royale
Lalana Printsey Kamamy
Tel: +261 (0)43 20 388 38

Madagascar Underground
18 Lalana Rainitovo, Madagascar
Tel: +261 34 29 909 07
Email: [mailto:]

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

Hotel Isoraka
Tel: +261 (0)20 22 355 81

Hotel Colbert
Tel: +261 (0)20 22 202 02

Hôtel La Résidence
Tel: +261 (0)34 01 807 70

Hotel Carlton
Tel: +261 (0)20 22 26060

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)

Le Louvre Hotel & Spa
Tel: +261 (0)20 2239000

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

Villa Isoraka
Lot IB 78 Isoraka
Tel: +261 (0)20 24 22052 or +261 (0)32 05 712 69

Hotel Saint Ange
Soarano Tana 101
Tel: +261 (0)33 13 66569 / +261 (0)34 4883700

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

Hotel Ibis

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



Malagasy / Chinese

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


  • 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






Coffee shops

Food shopping

Street food

Health & 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

  • domain registration and hosting services

Money exchange

Medical services




Google Newsfeed

Antananarivo: Paris with Rice Paddies - Newsweek
28-Aug-2019 07:00
Veteran defender Uanivi roped in for Madagascar clash …as Warriors leave for Antananarivo - New Era Live
19-Sep-2019 06:06
10 places that make Antananarivo in Madagascar look magical - Face2Face Africa
04-Sep-2019 07:00
In Africa, Pope tells nuns to beware of "educated devils" - Crux: Covering all things Catholic
07-Sep-2019 07:00
Pope at Mass in Madagascar: Following in Jesus' footsteps is demanding - Vatican News
08-Sep-2019 07:00
Pope's ex-student to welcome his mentor to Madagascar quarry 'cathedral' - Reuters
02-Sep-2019 07:00
Indian Ambassador to Madagascar unveils commemorative plaque of Mahatma Gandhi road in Antananarivo - ANI News
27-Aug-2019 07:00
Solidarity is strong in the Church in Madagascar, priest says - Catholic News Agency
03-Sep-2019 07:00
MADAGASCAR: 35 MW hydroelectric power plant in project in Antananarivo - AFRIK 21
29-Aug-2019 07:00
Pope Francis begins his Apostolic Journey to Madagascar - Vatican News
06-Sep-2019 07:00
MADAGASCAR : International donors fret at Antananarivo's silence - Africa Intelligence
20-Sep-2019 03:40
French-owned STAR group commits to maize audit in Madagascar - Reuters
17-Sep-2019 18:08
The role of healing in the life of the church - The Lutheran World Federation
18-Sep-2019 12:08
Francis and the Spirit of Fraternity - Commonweal
20-Sep-2019 19:19
Warriors going for the jugular against Madagascar - New Era Live
20-Sep-2019 08:23
City of hope rises from Madagascar garbage site - Malay Mail
06-Sep-2019 07:00
Pope reveals African priorities - The Catholic Weekly
11-Sep-2019 07:00
Madagascar's 'angel makers' flourish in ban on abortion - New Straits Times
06-Sep-2019 07:00
Hard work, tender hearts: Pope prays for Madagascar's working poor - Intermountain Catholic
13-Sep-2019 03:41
Madagascar religions, new and old, joust for followers - Malay Mail
07-Sep-2019 07:00
Pope condemns culture of privilege and corruption in Madagascar - The Irish Times
08-Sep-2019 07:00
For Africa, Fridays for the Future marches are just beginning - Africa Times
21-Sep-2019 20:00
MADAGASCAR - VATICAN Pope leaves Madagascar on return flight to Rome - AsiaNews
10-Sep-2019 07:52
The anti-poverty project Pope Francis will visit in Madagascar - America Magazine
05-Sep-2019 07:00
Excitement, Prayers for Peace Ahead of Pope's Mozambique Visit - VOA News
03-Sep-2019 07:00
Uanivi gets Warriors nod - Namibian
18-Sep-2019 22:11
Pictures of the Day: 9 September 2019 - News - The Telegraph
09-Sep-2019 07:00
Who was the Jesuit priest the Pope mentioned in Madagascar? - Vatican News
07-Sep-2019 07:00
Antananarivo Recommendations mark milestone in African sport policy development - Mirage News
13-Sep-2019 13:23
Pope Francis' apostolic visit –joy and fihavanana - Vatican News
21-Sep-2019 07:00
Parc de Tsarasaotra – Antananarivo, Madagascar - Atlas Obscura
30-Apr-2019 16:02
What type of weapon was Edward I's Warwolf? The Weekend quiz - The Guardian
31-Aug-2019 07:00

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