Antananarivo or Tana as it is called for short, is the capital city of Madagascar. The bustling city has a population of just under one and a half million and was the capital of the Merina people.  It was founded in about 1625 by King Andrianjaka and in 1793 it was made the capital of the Merina kings.

The city occupies a strategic point at the centre of the island of Madagascar. The Haute-Ville area of the city contains many beautiful colonial buildings. There are also numerous restaurants, bars and clubs in the city and it’s possible to catch a “hira gasy” event - a traditional Madagascan show of music, acrobatics and speeches.

Around Antananarivo, there are a number of places worth visiting including Lemur’s Park, a private reserve with nine species of lemur and Ambohimanga which was the original capital of the Merina royal family. The Rova is the fortress where the famous King Andrianampoinimerina lived.

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