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Antananarivo Travel Guide

by our Madagascar expert Terry Emery
 
Terry EmeryNot one of the world’s best-known capitals (or the easiest to say) Antananarivo is nevertheless the principal entry to the wonderful and unique world of Madagascar’s wild-life. Like a huge-scale Galapagos, the islands’ tectonic separation from the African mainland allowed the evolution of striking species variations, many only found here. Most of us are familiar with the athletic and entrancing lemurs, at least, from the revealing eye of TV, but Antananarivo’s international airport and a rapid growth in tourist infrastructures make it increasingly straightforward to see for yourself. And there is so much to see. Almost 100 lemur variants alone, from tiny pigmy to near-ape size, ‘unheard of’ mammals such as the tenrec, birdlife to fascinate twitcher and layman alike. Plus a range of landscapes from mountain and coastal rainforests to arid to jungle. With many relax-after resorts on the coast or offshore small islands. The capital is calmer than some others on the continent though it has had minor disturbances - but it’s essentially a starting point for the handful of reliable roads plus the local flights needed to reach the other parts of this large and fascinating country.
 

Madagascar Facts

National Flag: Malagasy Flag
Language(s): Malagasy
French
Currency: Malagasy ariary
Dialling Code: +261
Time Zone: GMT + 3

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