Central Madagascar

Antananarivo (known locally as Tana), is situated in the central part of the island of Madagascar. The city is dramatically set around three hills with a ridge that rises to above 1400m, bisecting the city. It was founded as a fortress in the early 17th century by the Merina rulers.

The Queen’s Palace that overlooked the Antananarivo from the top of the ridge was a spectacular monument until it was recently destroyed by fire. The ruined palace is well worth a visit, along with the central market and Botanical Gardens.

The central highlands form the backbone of Madagascar and stretch from the densely forested area north of Antananarivo all the way to the bone-dry south of the country. The Route du Sud (N7) covers most of this area, making for relatively good driving conditions. The winding road takes you past pretty mountain villages, Madagascar’s largest zebu market and several national parks.

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Hotel Colbert

Antananarivo, Central Madagascar, Madagascar

Hotel Colbert is a four star business hotel with 140 rooms and suites located in the embassy district of Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital, close to many of Antananarivo's attractions, making it a perfect base from which to explore this fascinating city.

Best for: Adventure, Culture, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track

La Rose des Vents

Antsirabe, Central Madagascar, Madagascar

A charming, family-run guesthouse with four rooms and two suites located in Antsirabe in Madagascar's Central Highlands, a lovely area to discover more of this charming center of Madagascar - explore the lakes or visit one of the local markets.

Best for: Adventure, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track

Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne

Antananarivo, Central Madagascar, Madagascar

Pavillon de L'Emyrne is a 13-bedroom guesthouse in the heart of the old town of Antananarivo, with views over the city and two excellent restaurants nearby. Its character is enhanced by the originality of the architecture and flamboyant décor.

Best for: Adventure, Culture, Short Break

Setam Lodge

Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

Setam Lodge is situated inside the mountainous Ranomafana National Park in Central Madagascar. All the rooms have a river view and are surrounded by rainforest. It is the perfect base from which to explore Ranomafana and spot the lemurs found here.

Best for: Adventure, Family, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track

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