Reasons To Visit Antananarivo
Antananarivo, often shortened to Tana, is the capital of Madagascar located centrally on the island and with an elevation of over 4,000 feet. There are plenty of things to do in and around the capital, while you are also ideally situated close by to many of Madagascar’s most beautiful natural areas. One of the most interesting landmarks is the Rova Palace which also offers excellent views of the city below from its perch upon a hill, or you can spend a day at the fascinating Museum of Art and Archeology to learn more about the rich history of Madagascar. You will also definitely want to venture out and explore some of Madagascar’s most famous sights like the Avenue of the Baobabs and the Tsingy de Bemaraha Reserve.
Arriving In Antananarivo
Ivato International Airport is the primary international airport in Madagascar offering a range of regional and international flights. Travelers looking to book flights from the UAE to Antananarivo will need to make a stopover somewhere as there are no direct flights available. Thankfully the airport has excellent connections in the region, so UAE-based travelers will be able to get to Antananarivo with only a single transfer.
Ivato International Airport is situated around 15 km from Antananarivo and offers a decent range of facilities and amenities to keep travelers occupied. Inside the airport you can find a few different places to eat and drink, while there is also as duty-free shopping available. Once your flight has touched down at the airport, you can find an airport bus service or catch a local minibus to reach your destination. However, taxis are also readily available just outside of the airport if you would rather have a direct route to your destination.
Antananarivo Travel Information
Where to stay: Ratings and booking information for the best hotels in Antananarivo for every budget
As a UAE national traveling to Madagascar, you will need a visa so make sure you get an application complete before your trip. In Antananarivo the hottest time of year is from November to March which sees average highs of around 27 degrees, although this also coincides with a rainy season. If you would rather visit when temperatures are a little cooler and the weather is drier, sometime between May and September would be ideal. You will need to put your clocks forward by just an hour to get on local time in Madagascar, while prices in the city will tend to be cheaper compared to prices in the UAE for things like dining out and accommodation.
* This information is correct as of April 2018
Flexible where you fly? Search nearby airports for bigger savings.
Airports near Antananarivo
Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.