TANA AND SURROUNDINGS

Antananarivo and surroundings:

On arrival or return from your trip through Madagascar, take a day to explore the main features of the capital, Antananarivo, and find some souvenirs to take home for family and friends.
We offer you a car and driver/guide, so you can move comfortable from one place to the other while picking up some good stories about the buzz in Tana. There are many things to do in Tana and you can’t do them all in one day. The driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel at 09.00 and you can decide where you like to go. Around 17.00 o’clock you will be back at your hotel.

Hotels in Tanà:

Suggestions for visits:

Social:

Mada Nearby Tours works with Akany Sarepta of Ambohitsimeloka (not far from the airport), where poor orphan children (16 in 2013) of the area are educated, your visit will encourage the responsible for this center to pursue their effort.

Nature:

  • Croc farm (2 km from international airport)
  • Botanical, Zoological park of Tsimbazaza (Center)
  • Lemur’s Park (20 km west of Tana)

Culture: Visit of the city itself including

  • Anosy Lake (center)
  • Upper town (high city) and Rova (Queen’s palace)
  • Ambohimanga Rova (Sacred hill at 21 km from Tana)

Shopping:

  • Analakely market (center town)
  • Dike market (special handicraft market)
  • Andravoangy market (handicraft and ordinary market)
  • Flower market (in Anosy)

Special for spices:

  • Pili Pili Dock (the best and reliable products)

Price of a vehicle for 2 persons in 1 day : please contact us
Tour guide on request : please contact us

Andasibe National Park (140km from Tanà)

andasibe-madagascar-tripsThe east coast is covered with evergreen rainforest. It is the home of many species of orchids and endemic plants, lemurs, frogs, chameleons, geckos…and the biggest lemur of them all…..the Indri Indri.
You will have also the opportunity to visit the Peyreras reserve which will give you the chance to see lemurs up close, many species of chameleons and insects endemic to the region.
Do not miss the visit of the Island of Lemurs, a private reserve, where you can feed lemurs – a unique opportunity to make photos with lemurs on your shoulder!!

Pricing:

Please contact us

Excursion in 01 day:

Services included :

  • Car, driver with his indemnity, with fuel
  • Entrance fee in the park and reserves (Peyreras, Lemurs’ Island, Analamazaotra)
  • Local guide for visit in the park

Not included:

  • Lunch and personal expenses in general
  • Visit not included in the program
  • Tips and insurance

Excursion in 02 days:

Services included :

  • 01 double room in a midrange hotel, in bed and breakfast
  • Car, driver with his indemnity, with fuel
  • Entrance fee in the park and reserves (Peyreras, Lemurs’ Island, Analamazaotra)
  • Local guide for visit in the park

Not included:

  • Lunch and dinner and personal expenses in general
  • Guide that accompanies you during the two-days tour
  • Tips and insurance

Ambohimanga (20km from Tanà):

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These rice fields are shaped like Madagascar (view from the top of the Sacred Hill)

The enchanting capital city of Madagascar, Antananarivo, is surrounded by 12 sacred hills of which one is Ambohimanga. A World Heritage Site and popular tourist attraction the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is located only 20 kilometres from Antananarivo which makes it an ideal venue for a day excursion.

Explore the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga set in a lush green countryside environment and a peaceful atmosphere. The charming village of Ambohimanga is undisturbed by the regular flow of pilgrims and tourists and has a wonderful serene character. The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is a significant symbol of cultural identity and has retained its spiritual and sacred appeal and remains a place of worship. Explore the compound which consists of a royal city, burial sites and an ensemble of sacred places. Take in the astounding views from the royal site which overlook the surrounding villages, the rice paddy filled plains reaching over the tranquil gardens and hilltops back to Antananarivo.

The wooden buildings is an interesting blend of European and Malagasy influence, surprisingly small and unpretentious with a bedroom and meeting rooms simply furnished, yet it embodies the soul of the nation and will deepen your understanding of the Malagasy people’s rich cultural heritage. Stroll through the compound to the royal Zebu where pilgrims gather to pray, explore the historic museum and the ancient royal bath, or visit the royal burial sites on the two other hills. The tombs still plays an important religious role and therefore remains a sacred and special place. From the modest local guy sitting quietly on the steps playing his guitar, the unobtrusive way of selling tourist souvenirs, the spectacular surroundings and the rich cultural and religious history, the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is truly a magical place and is not to be missed when exploring the sights and sounds of Antananarivo.

Pricing:

Please contact us

Excursion in a half day:

Services included :

  • Car, driver with his indemnity and with fuel
  • Entrance fee in the site
  • A guide that accompanies you during the half day visit

Not included:

  • Lunch and personal expenses in general
  • Visit not included in the program
  • Tips and insurance

Ampefy (150km from Tanà)

ampefy-madagascar-tripsAdmire this magnificent landscape of the Ampefy volcanic region. As the village is situated at high height, so you will have a fantastic view over the Itasy Lake, the vastest third lake of Madagascar. Diverse activities are available on these lakes: fishing, water sports, etc, and do not miss to navigate Itasy by pirogue. Then, further south, appreciate a beautiful walking tour on the track leading towards the Island of the Virgin, well-known for its beautiful hills; you go down the valley – admiring the magnificent landscape that volcanic hills offer – meeting the inhabitants so warm of the region, and you will be at the fall of the Liliha river, another jewel of the Ampefy region. And finally, in approximately 20 km of the village of Ampefy, a visit on the géyser andranomandroatra is a must; it is unavoidable when we pass by the region. For your information, Ampefy possesses a very very fertile ground which produces tobaccos, manioc, tobaccos… This region is also famous for big fishes (almost more than 4kg) from the Itasy lake and the other swamps, so do not miss the opportunity to have a break in one of the numerous local restaurants to taste these famous big fishes cooked with tastes!

Pricing:

Please contact us

Excursion in 01 day:

Services included:

  • Car, driver with his indemnity and fuel

Not included:

  • Lunch and personal expenses in general
  • Tips and insurance

Excursion in 02 days:

Services included:

  • 01 double room in a midrange hotel, in bed and breakfast
  • Car, driver with his indemnity, with fuel

Not included:

  • Lunch and dinner and personal expenses in general
  • Guide that accompanies you during the two-day tour
  • Tips and insurance