The Ivato International Airport is the main international airport in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. The airport facility is located approximately 16 kilometres from centre city Antananarivo and is easily accessible by a taxi. The IATA code used for this airport is TNR. Arriving passengers can either rent a car from the airport or go ahead and make an online booking in advance to save time.
Antananarivo has gained much popularity in recent years as an exotic tourist attraction in southern Africa, and much of it is owing to the majestic Queen’s Palace in the capital. Located on the top of the highest hill in the region, it served as the royal residence of the rulers of the kingdom. The rehabilitation of the site has added in monuments while preserving a chapel and other landmarks.
Ambohimanga Wildlife Park:
A nature reserve spread around the ruins of an old fortress which served as the residence of the royal family once. The site includes several relics and a cemetery, in addition to the ruined fortress. Today, it is a sacred site visited by the Merina people on pilgrimages. Ambohimanga is actually the name of the hill on which the royal keep is sited, which makes it a suitable location for hiking as well. Conveniently located in the outskirts of the city, Ambohimanga Hill is about 30 kilometres from the Queen’s Palace, and 24 kilometres from central Antananarivo.
For wildlife species native to Madagascar, pay a visit to this Lemur sanctuary. Lemurs are to Madagascar what kiwis are to New-Zealand. There are over nine different types of Lemurs at the conservation, living in a natural and protected habitat. If you have seen lemurs before, albeit animated, and found them fascinating, why not see them for real?
Towards the upper borough area, the oldest colonial neighbourhood of Andohalo exists, which is highly regarded for its catholic Christian roots as well as red brick buildings. The St. Lawrence Cathedral and the Prime Minister’s Palace are all located here. The palace serves as the national museum for preserving artefacts from the Queen’s palace as well as other landmarks.
Head over to the famous Anosy Lake and explore the various textures that define the exotic landscape of Madagascar in general and Antananarivo in particular. The lake, shaped like a heart, is an ideal spot to get away from the havoc of city life. Time spent at its serene banks is definitely time well spent.