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