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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

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Thousands gather in Antananarivo to mark 5th International yoga Day - Business Standard
23-Jun-2019 11:36
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05-Jul-2019 03:35
Vatican publishes itinerary for papal trip to Africa Sept. 4-10 -
28-Jun-2019 17:49
Combatting pollution and its effects on the health of children in Madagascar - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
11-Jul-2019 07:16
Visitor growth creates opportunities for Madagascar hotels - Hotel Management
10-Jul-2019 19:50
Madagascar president charters plane for Afcon fans - The East African
03-Jul-2019 07:00
Study finds lemurs in degraded Madagascar forest skinny and stunted -
15-Jul-2019 15:24
Madagascar President awards AFCON squad after impressive display - GhanaWeb
16-Jul-2019 01:31
Madagascar provide Afcon with its most unlikely success story - The Guardian
06-Jul-2019 07:00
Soccer - Madagascans elated by AFCON success, eye semi-finals - Reuters Africa
10-Jul-2019 11:57
From Helsinki to Minneapolis to Madison, scientist gives back in Madagascar - University of Wisconsin-Madison
21-Jun-2019 07:00
NORDEM expert ensures safer elections in Madagascar - Norwegian Refugee Council
19-Jun-2019 10:24
Toe Poke Daily: Neymar says Barca comeback vs. PSG is his best football memory - ESPN
14-Jul-2019 12:17
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15-Jul-2019 13:00
Parc de Tsarasaotra – Antananarivo, Madagascar - Atlas Obscura
30-Apr-2019 16:02
Air Seychelles commences Antananarivo service - CAPA - Centre for Aviation
08-Jul-2019 02:04
Longest surname at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and other Madagascar facts - The South African
11-Jul-2019 18:57
Madagascar president honours Africa Cup of Nations squad as "Knights of the Malagasy National Order" -
15-Jul-2019 15:29
Gichira re-elected as East Africa President - The Star, Kenya
09-Jul-2019 02:00
Radisson signs 3-property deal for Madagascar - Hotel Management
25-Apr-2019 07:00
Logistics Cluster workshop 1-3 August 2018 | Antananarivo, Madagascar - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
28-Sep-2018 07:00
From a lake high in Madagascar, Africa's own caviar - Independent
03-Jul-2019 07:00
'At least one dead and 37 injured' in Madagascar football stadium stampede - The Independent
09-Sep-2018 07:00
Severely disturbed habitats impacting health of Madagascar's lemurs - Science Daily
11-Jul-2019 15:57
China to finance rehabilitation of national road in Madagascar - Xinhua | - Xinhua
11-Apr-2019 07:00
Eat the insects, spare the lemurs -
11-Jul-2019 17:59
Labeling Elections 'Good Enough' Lets African Leaders Get Away With Fraud - Foreign Policy
14-Feb-2019 08:00
Madagascar: Crime threatens biodiversity - Science Magazine
22-Feb-2019 08:00
Air Seychelles to operate seasonal flights to Antananarivo | Buzz travel - Travel News | eTurboNews
18-Feb-2019 08:00
Madagascar's fast internet fuels outsourcing boom - Quartz
10-Jan-2019 08:00
Thousands protest 'election fraud' in Madagascar -
02-Jan-2019 08:00

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