Welcome to Ambohimanga


The entrance to Ambohimanga village is marked by a large traditional gateway, one of the seven gateways to the eyrie-like hilltop. To one side is a large, flat, round stone. At the first sign of threat to the village, the stone would be rolled by up to 40 slaves, sealing off the gate.


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$145.98 Cultural & Theme Tours

Antananarivo Tour with Lemur Park and Ambohimanga Palace

Departing Gare at 7:00 a.m., you will first make your way to "Tana", the most vivid and vibrant city in Madagascar.  Tana offers a kaleidoscope of ethnic foods, flavors, fashion, and is built on a hill overlooking the planes of the central rift of the island. Next, you are onward to Rova which looks out over the city below for a great viewpoint. Lake Anosy, the government and historical buildings, the president's house, and the central markets and antique train station of Tana intertwine with the San-Francisco-like hills and winding roads with faded French splendor and unique local architecture. In the afternoon you will drive more than an hour out of the city to visit Lemurs in the closest park to the city where you can see several species.  Along the way you will detour to Ambohimanga, palace of the queen of the old kingdoms of Madagascar. In the evening, return to your chosen hotel at approx 4 p.m.

$112 Private & Custom Tours

Full-Day Antananarivo, Ambohimanga and Lemurs Park Private Tour

You will be picked up from your Antananarivo hotel 8.30am in the morning and depart for Ambohimanga - the blue hill classified as one of the old heritage sites of UNESCO. There are said to be twelve royal hills surrounding Antananarivo - and you will be going to visit Ambohimanga village which is it is located 25km from the capital. It has long been one of the most important spiritual and historic sites for the Malagasy people. The site includes a complex of royal buildings and places of ritual. Ambohimanga is protected under Madagascar’s heritage laws and is listed as a world heritage site. It simply means “blue hill”, the most important and highest one of the twelve sacred hills of Madagascar’s capital. Andrianampoinimerina is the most famous king of Ambohimanga, his wish and dream is to unite the Malagasy tribes and principalities to one single people. After visiting this palace, you will have the opportunity to see the local lifestyle in this village before enjoying lunch at Relais Du Rova. After lunch, continue to the Lemurs' Park. It is a private reserve located 25km from the capital, close to Katsaoka river and between Fenoarivo and Imerintsiatosika. You will find birds, medicinal plants, reptiles and mostly lemurs here (black and white ruffed lemur, common brown lemur, coquerel’s sifaka, crowned sifaka, eastern lesser bamboo lemur, mongoose lemur and ring tailed lemur). It will take approx 45 minutes to visit the reserve. After, you will be taken back to the city center and have time to roam the streets of art. Around 4.30pm, you will be taken to visit the handicraft market, where you can find  souvenier items like embrodiery - usually colourful and simplistic on white cloth, wood carvings - of almost everything, amonites and semi precious stones, raffia lemurs and giraffes, model bicycles and pousse pousses made from metal cans and paper with dried flowers in it. Once you are done with the shopping at you will be dropped off to hotel around 5pm.