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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)

La Résidence du Rova
Place Ratsimandrava
Tel: +261 (0)20 22 341 46 or +261 (0)32 07 245 03 (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

Restaurants and bars


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

Madagascar: Floods - Jan 2020 - Reliefweb
26-Jan-2020 13:34
Zaza Kanto: On the impoverished island nation of Madagascar, the joyful sounds and viral videos of an a capella group of young boys have elevated them to national fame - CBS News
26-Jan-2020 14:44
Madagascar - Floods (FEWS.NET, Meteo Madagascar, FloodList, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 22 January 2020) - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
22-Jan-2020 10:32
At least 13 killed in torrential rains in Madagascar - WTOP
23-Jan-2020 17:51
Death toll up to 26 from flooding in Madagascar; 20 missing - Washington Post
24-Jan-2020 13:04
Q Analysts Expands Its International Footprint Launching An Offshore Q TestLab Facility In The Republic Of Madagascar - Yahoo Finance
21-Jan-2020 14:00
Chinese Juncao technology helps accelerate Madagascar's sustainable development: official - Xinhua | - Xinhua
11-Jan-2020 15:55
Madagascar authorities ask residents to vacate dangerous area due to the heavy rain - News Ghana
05-Jan-2020 08:00
Antananarivo: Paris with Rice Paddies - Newsweek
28-Aug-2019 07:00
WATCH: Boys Form Singing Group on Streets of Madagascar’s Capital City - Breitbart
26-Jan-2020 18:57
Torrential rain kills dozens in Madagascar - UrduPoint News
24-Jan-2020 19:30
26 killed in torrential rains in Madagascar - citytoday
27-Jan-2020 03:29
Madacascar Is Planting 60 Million Trees in Ambitious Drive Inspired by Its President - EcoWatch
21-Jan-2020 14:07
Carlos Ghosn’s Private Jet Escape Could Impact The Airplanes’ Owners - Forbes
03-Jan-2020 08:00
This week on "Sunday Morning" (January 26) - WCBI
24-Jan-2020 17:36
Madagascar's First Lady meets Indian envoy - Big News Network
16-Jan-2020 08:00
Barber N° 7 - Vatican News
17-Oct-2019 07:00
Zaza Kanto: In the impoverished island state of Madagascar, the joyful sounds and viral videos of an a capella group of boys have made them national fame - Daily Gaming Worlld
26-Jan-2020 14:53
India hands over 100,000 academic text books to Madagascar - Devdiscourse
14-Jan-2020 08:00
Tree of life - Frontline
17-Jan-2020 08:00
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
FIBA Africa opts for Antananarivo to host Oceanic Basketball Africa League - Xinhua | - Xinhua
26-Sep-2019 07:00
Pope's homily at Mass in Madagascar: Full text - Vatican News
08-Sep-2019 07:00
Exhibition: Wateraid - photography bringing stories from Ambohimanatrika in Madagascar - London News Online
10-Jan-2020 08:00
Pope Francis begins his Apostolic Journey to Madagascar - Vatican News
06-Sep-2019 07:00
MADAGASCAR: 35 MW hydroelectric power plant in project in Antananarivo - AFRIK 21
29-Aug-2019 07:00
Madagascar paddy farmers rise up against 'new city' - FRANCE 24
12-Nov-2019 08:00
Madagascar oil tanker delay sparks scramble for fuel - Seychelles News Agency
25-Oct-2019 07:00
At Least 31 People Killed in Madagascar Floods - Communal News
26-Jan-2020 21:03
Pope's ex-student to welcome his mentor to Madagascar quarry 'cathedral' - Reuters
02-Sep-2019 07:00
Parc de Tsarasaotra – Antananarivo, Madagascar - Atlas Obscura
30-Apr-2019 16:02

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