Things to do in Antananarivo

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Following is an Antananarivo things to do guide for tourists planning to visit this fascinating city in Madagascar. It lists some of the best ways to spend your time in the city.

Tsimbazaza Zoo

One of the things tourists in Antananarivo must do is visit the Tsimbazaza Zoo, located to southeast of the city. The zoo has appropriate enclosures and beautiful gardens which make it a pleasant place to visit. Tsimbazaza zoo houses a superb assortment of Madagascan wildlife. Tourists will also get a chance to see the best variety of flora and fauna in Madagascar in the zoo. Some of the species to look out for here include giant turtles and aquatic birds. Tourists who want to become familiar with Madagascan species can also visit the museum inside the zoo where tribal carvings and a number of other things are displayed.

Ambohimanga Palace

Located in the north of Antananarivo, this is a village steeped in history inside the city mainly because it was once the royal capital. The palace in this village is situated on a steep hill and offers beautiful views overlooking rice terraces. On the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga, tourists will also find a burial site, the royal city and a few other sacred places. This is one of the best places to get a glimpse into the history and culture of Madagascar that dates back to the 17th century. Tourists will also find authentic local crafts sold on the lower grounds and stairway to the palace.

Lac Anosy

Tourists who want a quiet and beautiful place to spend their day should visit Lac Anosy, which is in the heart of the city. The lake is small and gorgeous and is far from the bustling city. The emerald green waters of the Anosy are surrounded by Jacaranda trees with purple blooms, creating a wonderful oasis of peace and tranquility. There is also an island in the middle of the water on which a large White Angle has been erected. Known as the Monument of the Dead, it commemorates the French soldiers who died in World War I.

Analakely Market

If you to shop want in Antananarivo, this is the best place to be. Also known as the main market, Analakely is a sprawling area where tourists can buy just about anything they want. From clothes to accessories, furniture to DVDs, books to stationery, meat, vegetables, fresh fruits or flowers--you’ll get almost everything here. Prices for products can be negotiated, but not too much. However, remember to keep your valuables safe as there are a few pickpockets in the area.

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