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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$900 Cultural & Theme Tours

Madagascar in 3 days. Private Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Antananarivo full day city tourStop At: Ambohimanga, Antananarivo, Antananarivo ProvinceEarly in the morning to bit the traffic we will drive directly to the North part of the city, to the world heritage monument of Ambohimanga, literally means Bleu Hills. Ambohimanga is a hill and traditional fortified royal settlement in Madagascar, located approximately 24 kilometers northeast of the capital city of AntananarivoVisit will take 2 hours. After visit we will return back to Antananarivo city and go for coffee shop tasting and have traditional Malagacy food for lunch (included)Next stop is Lemur’s park to spot some species of lemur among them the famous ring tailed lemur. From Lemur's park we will proceed to the upper city for view point and sunset. We will visit former palace of the Queen of Madagascar former Prime Minister house built during French colonial time. Visit the old city of Antananarivo to understand and learn about the history of Malagasy Kingdom.Later return back to the hotel.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Liliy Waterfalls and GeyserStop At: Lily Waterfall, Ampefy, Antananarivo ProvinceEarly in the morning we will proceed from Antananarivo to the West of Madagascar (approximately 2 hours drive) to visit Geyser of Analavory where you can take some bath. Depends on the year water in the geyser can be cold or hot but it will be mesmerizing experience you should try. From Geyser we will proceed to Lily Waterfalls where you can admire the beauty of falls and the landscape of the nature, interact with villagers and hike around the mountain to see the second part of the waterfalls and take absolutely gorgeous photos. We will then have local lunch (included) at Farihy Hotel by the lake and will drive back to Antananarivo.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Peireyras and AntsirabeStop At: Gare d’Antsirabe, Antsirabe, Antananarivo ProvinceEarly in the morning we will drive to Peireyras reserve where you can spot and interact with different species of chameleons (you will be able to hold them and touch them and take photos with them), see different species of reptiles and snakes. It will be your unforgettable experience.From Peireyras we will proceed to the town Antsirabe, called the water city. Antsirabe is the third largest city in Madagascar and has very unique touch and gorgeous landscape. Admire traditional houses and old French architecture. This tour will take you to volcanic crater lake Tritriva which is sacred for Malagasy people. It is also the deepest lake in Madagascar. We will hike around the lake to admire the beauty of it. Afterwards we will proceed to local restaurant for lunch (included) and drive back to Antananarivo.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

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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.

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Antananarivo and Lemurs Park Full-Day Private Tour with Lunch

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.