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Address: 23 km North of Antananarivo, Antananarivo 101, Madagascar
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The former royal capital and its palace on a steep hill offer stunning...

The former royal capital and its palace on a steep hill offer stunning views overlooking rice terraces.

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Great to learn about the history of Madagascar

My english speaking guide was excellent - she provided a comprehensive history of Madagascar kings, queens and prime ministers while we toured. The location is the former... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
Anne L
Austin, Texas
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Hannibal, Missouri
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent a morning visiting this location and learning a out the history of Madagascar. Beautiful view from a large rock near the palace.

Thank dgz
Kampala, Uganda
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place reveals the history of Madagascar. The guide was very nice and shared with us all the historical information related to Ambohimanga. Nice place to be

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Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although every palace inside is so tiny, it is great to see Malagasy respect their history so seriously. They are well preserved. Almost every item has their own story behind, the lady guide told us a lot of them. Much appreciated. Looked over from the hill, Tana is quite far away. The view is very open, a great contrast with... More 

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

My english speaking guide was excellent - she provided a comprehensive history of Madagascar kings, queens and prime ministers while we toured. The location is the former residence of the royalty. Worth the drive - though I would recommend hiring a driver - Madagascar roads and traffic = crazy.

Thank Anne L
Victoria, Seychelles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

visiting the ROVA - Kings & Queens palace, the remarkable effort in keeping and maintaining the place is evident. from the gate till the palace itself is very clean. the buildings painting are vibrant, the surroundings are well taken care of. around this area also alot of small restaurants and leisure parks has been erected. well designed and affordable. the... More 

Thank Solo A
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

mainly a good trip into the countryside. The historic buildings are a bit underwhelming, but you can wander a bit and enjoy the view

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Reviewed 6 December 2016

The highlight of our visit to Antananarivo and its surrounding. Interesting local history and culture. Definitely worth spending the money on an official guide. The region itself is relaxing in contrast to the bustling and polluted city, suffering from heavy traffic. Great views from the hill.

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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

I give all the credit to Nona the female guide for making this visit perfect. She spoke great English for me to understand the traditions and the history of the summer house. I enjoyed that a lot of stuff was still original. During your visit you can get a feeling of how the king and the queens lived. The setting... More 

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

Tana does not have much in the way of tourist attractions, but this is definitely the one you do not want to miss! Steeped in history, traditions, fady, and intrigue, this site has so much to see and understand, that it is imperative to have a local guide. I enjoyed learning that the compound walls were constructed with cement made... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

The place is very attractive the palace with its original furniture and the paper wall of the 17th century it is a big big must to visit and its a sacred place for the locals while visiting this place the guide explained every thing you want to know its a midlle age guide very friendly the tomb of the king... More 

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