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Address: 23 km North of Antananarivo, Antananarivo 101, 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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You do not want to miss this site!

Tana does not have much in the way of tourist attractions, but this is definitely the one you do not want to miss! Steeped in history, traditions, fady, and intrigue, this site... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
CJW913
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De Pere, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I give all the credit to Nona the female guide for making this visit perfect. She spoke great English for me to understand the traditions and the history of the summer house. I enjoyed that a lot of stuff was still original. During your visit you can get a feeling of how the king and the queens lived. The setting... More 

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tana does not have much in the way of tourist attractions, but this is definitely the one you do not want to miss! Steeped in history, traditions, fady, and intrigue, this site has so much to see and understand, that it is imperative to have a local guide. I enjoyed learning that the compound walls were constructed with cement made... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is very attractive the palace with its original furniture and the paper wall of the 17th century it is a big big must to visit and its a sacred place for the locals while visiting this place the guide explained every thing you want to know its a midlle age guide very friendly the tomb of the king... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

It was a nice drive out of town seeing something else than the city. Great views of the surroundings.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

we visited here on our last day & enjoyed a look at the local history after what had been a wildlife/ beach holiday . worth a look with you have time in Tanna

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

An hour of fighting through Antananarivo's traffic delivers you into a unique bit of Madagascar's past. This palace reflects the sometimes turbulent past both before and after the arrival of European missionaries and colonists. The day we visited the special fig tree by the entrance to the palace had just received a fresh set of Zebu horns as descendants of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

As we arrived at this peaceful hilltop a man passed us carrying a basket of live geese on his shoulders. A great contrast to the chaotic traffic from which we had recently emerged. The fortress stands on a high hill to the north of Antananarivo. A pleasant guide showed us around and explained the various wooden buildings on the site... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

You can't go all the way to Mada and not visit their only UNESCO World Heritage sight. We visited at the tail end of a 6 day tour en route back to Tana. It is over priced and a bit of a tourist trap, but it did give us some insight into Malagasy aristocracy. Entry price is a bit much... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Ambohimanga (Blue Hill) has great views of the entire Tana basin. A visit there helps in understanding the history of Madagascar from approx. 1700-1900. Knowledgeable guides offer a lot of perspective on life at the site when occupied by the local kings. Typically mediocre-to-poor roads and Tana traffic make the 21km drive 1-2 hours from town center. Not a Wow!... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

Once we had fought our way through the traffic in Antananarivo, what we found at Ambohimanga was a simple and peaceful royal residence. Historical sites are all too rare in Madagascar. This one is well tended and full of meaning for Malagasy due to the presence of several royal tombs. It also offers an excellent viewpoint (though in the dry... More 

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