Antananarivo (also known as Tana) is Madagascar’s capital city, and the largest on the island. There are some fine historic buildings, interesting museums, shops and markets and some great views from the city’s various hills. The surrounding countryside and nearby towns also offer some fascinating opportunities to learn more about traditional rural life.
Reasons to visit Tana include:
Tana is located on a rocky ridge in the Central Highlands, and has a more temperate climate than other areas, with mild, rainy summers (October-December) and dry winters. The cyclone season (January to March) is not recommended.
This vibrant capital city is easily accessed by scheduled flights from Europe, Nairobi or Johannesburg, there are no direct flights from the UK. We can arrange for you to be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel and from there you can explore the city on foot or by taxi.
As with most cities you have plenty of choice of accommodation across different levels, to suit all budgets. Many of the better hotels, restaurants and bars are located in the area known as Isoraka which lies between the high town and the avenue.
These two hotels share facilities and are set in private grounds just a short drive from Tana airport.
An elegant 19th building overlooking Tana, with 4 guest rooms, attractive finishings, a garden and a pool.
Just a few minutes drive from the airport in Tana, this modern hotel is ideal before or after a flight.
Just 5 minutes from the city centre, Tamboho Hotel is a modern property in a quiet lake-side location.
Time: GMT +3 hours
Flights from Europe to Madagascar take about 10/11 hours.
Language: Malagasy and French are Madagascar's official languages. English or German is spoken by a municipal workers and guides.A basic working knowledge of French will make communication easier.
Most nationalities require a Madagascar visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.
Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory.