Antananarivo refers to the largest city which also doubles up as the capital of Madagascar. The greater urban locality around the city is referred to as Antananarivo-Renivohitra which is taken to mean Antananarivo- Capital or Antananarivo-Mother Hill. The city also doubles up as the capital of the Analamanga region.
The city of Antananarivo is a busy capital city but it has still managed to retain its natural charms amidst all the modernity surrounding it. There are a number of attractions in the capital of Madagascar including the Prime Minister’s Residence, the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga, the nature reserves as well as the Queen’s Palace. To get to these attractions you need to rent a car in Antananarivo.
There are a number of activities that one can engage in while in the city of Antananarivo and its surroundings. Sightseeing is a popular activity among visitors and tourists. There are a number of attractions that you will have to cover and it would be appropriate if you were to tour the area for at least five days or so to fully visit all the attractions that the city has to offer. There is no shortage of flora and fauna in and around Antananarivo that one can engage in and in Madagascar as a whole. You will be treated to one of the most exotic sightseeing excursions ever and you can bet that you will not leave disappointed. There are also a number of nature parks and hills will most definitely strike a chord with most nature lovers. These spots are also ideal locations for adventure sports. To get to visit all these attractions you need to hire a car in Antananarivo.
One of the notable attractions in Antananarivo is the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga which is home to a royal residential site complete with a burial site and a number of sacred shrines. It is a favorite location among pilgrims coming to pay homage. A number of pilgrims from Malagasy and other parts of Africa converge on these hills to perform a number of rituals. It has served the purpose of a religious site for more than half a century. To get to this attraction, you need car rental in Antananarivo.
The other popular attraction in Antananarivo is the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve. It features beautiful limestone landscapes and rock formations which are as a result of erosion by water. It features sinkholes, gorges and potholes which make it an ideal attraction for hiking and trekking. It is also home to a number of flora and fauna.