VISIT THE CAPITAL CITY

VISIT THE CAPITAL CITY

Pick up in your Hotel then star tour walk to discover the capital of Antananarivo with publique transportation (Bus) or in private little car (Taxi).  First, we will head up to the hills of Queen Palace where you will learn the royal story and the sovereigns of the Kingdom of Imerina tribe in the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as of the rulers of the Kingdom of Madagascar in the 19th century.

This Palace occupies the highest point on Analamanga region, formerly the highest of Antananarivo’s 12th hills, from here as well you will have a nice view point of the capital for panorama picture.

 

 

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Day 1: ANTANANARIVO

We will have a look at Praiminister Rainlairiviny Palace who governed the island kingdom in the late 19th century. The building currently serves as a Museum and the estimated 1,466 objects of historical importance to the Kingdom of Madagascar that were rescued from the 1995 fire at the Rova of Antananarivo are housed here. Then we will head down to visit the oldest cathedral of FJKM, the first church created in Antananarivo. After few minute break in church, we will take you out from the center to join the private park called Tsarasaotra. It is the smallest and only private park to be classified RAMSAR (International Convention on Wetlands). The reserve is an important refuge and breeding ground for 14 threatened endemic bird species including Miller’s duck and Madagascar little grebe. It’s the only place on the highland where you can observe the endangered Madagascar birds. After the visit, then we will head out back on the mine road to cross to the center to visis the local open market where you will see the unique local wood craft for a souvenirs and see the local Malagasy life. You will be accompany by local expert Tour guide during the visit, to give you a maximum information about the city story and about all you want to know. The Tour will finish after lunch somewhere at the restaurant. Will drop you back to your Hotel. End of Our services!


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VISIT THE CAPITAL CITY OF MADAGASCAR

Antananarivo was historically the capital of the Merina people, who continue to form the majority of the city's 1,275,207 (2018 Census[2]) inhabitants. The surrounding urban areas have a total metropolitan population approaching three million. All eighteen Malagasy ethnic groups, as well as residents of Chinese, Indian, European and other origins, are represented in the city. It was founded circa 1610, when the Merina King Andrianjaka (1612–1630) expelled the Vazimba inhabitants of the village of Analamanga. Declaring it the site of his capital, Andrianjaka built a rova (fortified royal dwelling) that expanded to become the royal palaces of the Kingdom of Imerina. The city retained the name Analamanga until the reign of King Andriamasinavalona (1675–1710), who renamed it Antananarivo ("City of the Thousand") in honor of Andrianjaka's soldiers..


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