Antananarivo – Madagascar

My last stop in Madagascar was the capital city Antananarivo or Tana. I hadn’t heard great things about the city, but Ivato airport is the only real option for international flights in and out of Madagascar, so most visitors end up staying at least a night here. From my hotel there was a lovely view across the city, with the last rays of the sun lighting up the Rova.

A view over the hill in Tana with the Rova on top.

A view over the hill in Tana with the Rova on top at sunset.

I started of the day in search of breakfast which took me around Lake Anosy, which would be beautiful if it hasn’t become part of the sewage works giving it an off putting smell.

The Rivo on top of the hill reflected in lake Anecy.

The Rova on top of the hill reflected in lake Anosy.

After breakfast I decided to walk to the Rova and Presidential palace, by following my waitresses instructions – ‘go around the stadium, then find the steps and follow them up the hill’. My route took me across busy streets and through numerous markets before walking up some steps that snaked through locals back yards. Over an hour later after passing the Hollywoodish ‘Antananarivo’ sign I made it to the hilltop on which sat the Rova and the Prime Ministers Palace. The Rova is an old Queen’s Palace that has been was burnt down in 1995. Now the palace is partly restored and you can wander around the grounds by yourself, or hire one of the free-lance guides.

The Rova, partly restored following the 1995 fire.

The Rova, partly restored following the 1995 fire.

My guide also showed me around the Prime Ministers Palace which contains a museum containing the artifacts rescued from the Rova.

The presidential Palace.

The Prime Ministers Palace.

From the Prime ministers Palace I made my way back down the hill exploring the area around the the Rue d’Indepèndance, enjoying one last Zebu steak at the beautiful Café de la Gare. There wasn’t many more tourist attractions in Tana so I wandered the city in search for interesting churches or viewpoints.

The Andohalo Catholic Cathedral in Antananarivo.

The Andohalo Catholic Cathedral in Antananarivo.

A view over the city centre of Tana at sunset.

A view over the city centre of Tana at sunset.

As the sun set on my last day in Madagascar, I was very sad to leave, but excited to start the next chapter of my travels.

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