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Address: 23 km north of Antananarivo, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Phone Number: 00248323422
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The former royal capital and its palace on a steep hill offer stunning...

The former royal capital and its palace on a steep hill offer stunning views overlooking rice terraces.

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Great for the views and local history

It takes some time to drive out there depending on what side of town you are staying. I recommend taking one of the official tour guides available. We had a young woman who spoke... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Prague, Czech Republic
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Trip to Ambohimanga, near the Antananarivo, takes about one hour. There is a "summer house" of queen. It is about decorated rooms, views and about garden. It is great for trip in relax mood and for photographes.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

It takes some time to drive out there depending on what side of town you are staying. I recommend taking one of the official tour guides available. We had a young woman who spoke superb English. You could tell she really loves her country and her country's history. I normally dislike taking a tour guide but she shared the information... More 

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Antananarivo, Madagascar
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Ambohimanga occupies a special place in the history of Madagascar. It is the dwelling place of Andrianampoinimerina, the king who initiated the unification of the country. He started by initiating the Imerina region and his son finished his job by unifying the island. If one wants to learn more about the country, this spot is a must-see. Although somehow a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

It was very interesting as there is a lot to learn of the history of Madagascar in a little over an hour tour. The place is well preserved and it is also a Unesco world heritage site. We had a very good service from our guide who was very knowledgeable and friendly at the same time so we enjoyed that... More 

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Salford, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

The palace was the only place on the trip where we saw some of the history of Madagascar. It was a very interesting place to see with amazing views of the city. The guide was very knowledgeable and very interesting to listen to and this was one of my highlights.

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Bangalore
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316 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

We visited this place on 7th Nov, as we had one extra day in Tana due to the schedule of flights ( Tana to Seychelles is available only 3 times a week). It was a pleasant surprise. It fascinated us being a history buff! The wooden chamber is well preserved and also the beds and other furniture in the palace... More 

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

A World Heritage Site, Ambohimanga still retains the living quarters of the kings - the wooden house of King Andrianampoinimerina is well-preserved with displays of everyday utensils - the sacrificial and ritual rooms, where ceremonies were performed for fertility, and the royal baths. One of the seven entrances is marked with a massive granite disc that was rolled before the... More 

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Llanasa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The Kings Palace is worth a visit if for nothing more than the great views of Tana. Interesting to see the tombs and palace. Everything can be seen in an hour or so.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Here you may have better understanding of Madagascar history and life of past Madagascar people. It is interesting to know the life of old kings and queens. Worth to pay a visit here when you visit Antananarivo.

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LONDON
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

A friend who lives in Madagascar told me about Ambohimanga.(The Blue Hill) It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. very interesting to visit and you learn about the history of the country.A haven of peace and quiet I found it relaxing.

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