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Best time to go

April - November

Time difference

GMT +3 hours

Flight duration

14 hours, one stop

Fly to

Antananarivo via Johannesburg

Get a taste of French gastronomy in Madagascar’s capital city

Our Antananarivo holidays and tours offer you the chance to get acquainted with one of Africa's most striking capitals. The largest city on the island of Madagascar, Antananarivo (known locally as Tana) is rich with brightly coloured buildings that seem to bloom over the nearby hillsides.

A melange of red clay houses and churches, your expert guide will take you on an Antananarivo tour that shows off the best of the twelve sacred hills of the city. Tana’s roads also bustle with life. Honking cars and buses bounce past the local Malagasy people, some of whom you’ll find trundling along with wheelbarrows piled high with fresh produce.

Antananarivo’s famous market, Zoma, is one of Africa's largest. Here you can purchase anything from fresh fruit to household goods and local souvenirs. For a sense of the market at its best, we recommend visiting on a Friday, when the locals travel long distances to peddle their wares and catch up on the week’s events.

With intimate knowledge of the island’s colonial history, your guide will point out all the key French influences still evident in the city’s architecture. They’ll also recommend the best restaurants, including those off the main tourist track, giving you a genuine taste of Antananarivo’s delectable French gastronomy.

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