Attractions

Top Choice Palace in Ambohimanga

Rova

Poised atop Ambohimanga hill is the Rova, the fortress-palace. The walls of the compounds were constructed using cement made from sand, shells and egg whites – 16 million eggs were required to build the outer wall a…
Top Choice Farm in Ambanja

Millot Plantations

This beautiful plantation, established in 1904, is a leading producer of organic cocoa, spices and essential oils, and a visit to this little slice of paradise is not only highly informative but a true festival of t…
Top Choice Historic Building in Antananarivo

Rova

Tana’s rova (fortified palace), known as Manjakamiadana (A Fine Place to Rule), is the imposing structure that crowns the city's highest hill. Gutted in a fire in 1995, it is still under restoration but the compound…
Top Choice Gardens in Tuléar (Toliara)

Arboretum d'Antsokay

This is the one must-see attraction in Tuléar. Essentially a 400,000-sq-metre distillation of the entire spiny forest in one place, it's a fantastic collection of 900 plant species. Established by a Swiss botanist a…
Top Choice Plantation in Manakara

Domaine Aavyland

Some 18km south of Manakara on the road to Vohipeno, you'll find Domaine Aavyland, a 31-hectare organic plantation and distillery producing medicinal and fragrant essential oils such as ravintsara, niaouly, clove, c…
Top Choice Area in Fianarantsoa

Haute-Ville

The oldest and most attractive part of town is the pedestrian Haute-Ville (known as Tanana Ambony in Malagasy). It's famed for its architecture – two-storey brick houses with steep roofs, balconies and tumbling plan…
National Park in Tsiribihina River Region

Parc National des Tsingy de Bemaraha

If you visit one place in Western Madagascar, make it the Parc National des Tsingy de Bemaraha. A Unesco World Heritage–listed site, its highlights are the jagged, limestone pinnacles known as tsingy and the impress…
Nature Reserve in Morondava District

Réserve Forestière de Kirindy

This reserve, 60km northeast of Morondava, covers about 12,500 hectares and is a protected area that's popular with scientists and travellers for its amazing wildlife. Kirindy is one of the few places in Madagascar …
National Park in Parc National Andasibe Mantadia

Parc National Analamazaotra

This is the most popular park within Parc National Andasibe Mantadia. The real draw of this reserve is the rare indri, Madagascar’s largest lemur, whose unforgettable wail can be heard emanating from the misty fores…
National Park in Parc National Andasibe Mantadia

Parc National de Mantadia

Part of the Parc National Andasibe Mantadia, this park is located about 17km north of Andasibe. Created primarily to protect the indri, Mantadia also hosts the black-and-white ruffed lemur. A quiet, beautiful area w…