21 thoughts on “Madagascar Updates: Chapter 7

  1. Zephyrin ZANARISON says:

    Please note that : “Mada3Carent “(TRANSPORT & TRIP PLANNING) 10 years after , has become “Mada3TravelTours” organising group or individual tours, car rent ;same phone contacts:m 03308 298 67/03446 433 96 e: run by Zephyrin Zanarison ( Jeff )

  2. Helen Jackson says:

    Maison Gallieni – If you want to stay in central Tana, I’d recommend Maison Gallieni. As well as being a four-bedroom boutique hotel, Maison Gallieni is the home of the Monaco Consulate. The building, dating back to 1879, is located on the site of a former granite quarry. It originally housed Madagascar’s first bank and its hill-top location ensures good views over the capital, Antananarivo.
    Our ground-floor room, Fara, was a good size with wooden floor, large double bed with bedside tables and lights. Two large windows with long white cotton curtains made it light and airy. There was a desk and chair, wall mounted TV, a painting above the bed of zebu, wardrobe, tea and coffee making facilities and safe.
    The large bathroom was white and bright with open powerful shower, lots of hot water and Clarins toiletries. There was a good hairdryer near the mirror and double sinks and loo but only one white towelling bathrobe. Unfortunately, there was no door between the bedroom and bathroom and the bamboo blind which could be pulled down for privacy, made going to the loo in the night tricky.
    Although there was complimentary Wi-Fi, the signal wasn’t great.
    There is no bar, but drinks can be ordered, and we enjoyed reasonably priced glasses of rose (9,000 Ariary Ariary – £2) and complimentary crackers on the first-floor lounge which also had a balcony overlooking the small swimming pool and gardens. There was an unlit open fire, coffee table books and interesting and tasteful object d’art including a cow in a bird cage, French writing (Desiderata) in wire hung on the wall, and large eggs from the extinct, endemic elephant bird; we were told the wife of the Monaco consular is responsible for the interior design.
    Dinner must be pre-ordered and as we hadn’t, a table was booked in the nearby Pallisandre Hotel and Spa. The city is said to be unsafe, so the hotel security guard got out his baton and torch and escorted us the short distance down the hill and around the corner. We thought the state of the pavement, with its huge dips and raised uneven sections, far more dangerous than anything else we might encounter.
    Breakfast was served at a communal table, but others had already eaten by the time we arrived. The long wooden table was beautifully, but simply laid with monogrammed fine china. We were offered tea or coffee and served watermelon juice, a bowl of fresh fruit (pineapple, papaya and banana), a jar of creamy, sour, plain yoghurt and a platter of crepes with a dish of three preserves. It was simple but very tasty and reasonably quick.

  3. Lemurs Park, just outside Antananarivo on the west side, opened in 2001. It typically receives 7,000 or so visitors annually (in Madagascar’s peak year for tourism, 2008, there were 12,000). The park has approximately 50 free-ranging lemurs in seven dirunal species: Coquerel’s sifaka, ringtails, crowned sifakas, black-and-white ruffed lemurs, mongoose lemurs (currently one pair), eastern grey bamboo lemurs, and common brown lemurs. Nocturnal lemurs cannot be seen here as the park does not open after dark and they no longer have any caged nocturnal lemurs. The lemurs tend to be most active in the mornings and around feeding times, which are just before opening and then 10:30, 13:30 and 16:30. In addition to the lemur attractions, the park is planted with many palms, succulents, pachypodiums, baobabs, and other botanical wonders from around Madagascar.

  4. A nightclub called Taxi Be opened in the Behoririka district of Antananarivo earlier this year, right next to where Cookie Shop used to be. Cookie Shop closed down some time ago.

  5. A new Leader Price supermarket opened last month next to Tana Hotel in Antaninarenina. Almost next door to it (with just a bar in between), a Shoprite supermarket is also being constructed and is expected to open imminently.

  6. It has existed online for about five years, sharing historical images from Madagascar via social media, but now Musée de la Photo Madagascar has a visitable site in Anjohy, not far from the Rova in Tana. It is an attractive brick colonial building – a renovated mayoral residence – housing photographic exhibitions of Madagascar through the years, representing both daily life and special events. In addition to a modern indoor gallery space and projection room, there is a café, a shop selling several interesting books, and an attractively planted garden featuring more photographic display boards.
    Details: Rue Andriamanalina Ravelomanantsoa; entry 5,000Ar (garden free); open Tue-Fri 10.00–17.00; web http://www.photo-madagascar.com

  7. A new hotel called Havana Resort opened this year in Tana’s Ambohidahy area, not far from the business district and government ministries. The name Havana means ‘family’ as they aim to offer a warm and friendly welcome in a setting that combines Malagasy and contemporary architecture. It has 17 apartments, 19 standard rooms and 6 suites, as well as three dining spaces including a restaurant called The Moon with panoramic views of the city and surrounding hills. (4 Rue Razafindratandra; mob 034 05 889 10; email contact@havana-resort-madagascar.com; web http://www.havana-resort-madagascar.com)

  8. Karin Rudvin & Bruce Piercey says:

    I want to recommend Maison d’Hotes Mandrosoa, the place we stayed when we were in Tana. We loved everything about this place – the family in the house, the staff, the rooms, the pool, the location, and we recommend it to everyone we meet. The website is http://www.mandrosoa.com/en/
    In addition, Fanoo displays her beautiful collection of textiles for sale (which she designs herself) in a cottage on the property. Well worth a visit. We had a wonderful time in Madagascar (our 3rd visit) and next year we plan to come back and volunteer teach in Andapa. We especially enjoyed Marojejy and actually saw Daniel Austin who was on his way back down with a group.

  9. Daniel Austin says:

    A new hotel has recently opened in Antananarivo’s central Isoraka district, called Hôtel La Villette. It has a bright modern style with ten newly refurbished clean and spacious suites, featuring Wi-Fi, AC, sat-TV, en-suite facilities, safe, desk, kitchenette (with kettle and fridge) and dining area. Buffet breakfast is available each morning and a fitness centre is at guests’ disposal. Cards accepted. Contact: 18 Rue Dr Villette; tel 22 261 79.

  10. At the end of 2017, Hotel Combava celebrated its 9th anniversary with the opening of four new rooms. Combava is located 11km from Tana city centre on the road towards the airport, not far from the Digue handicrafts market, and is perhaps best known for its restaurant. This brings the total number of rooms to 21, for which prices start at 235,000Ar per room per night.

  11. At the beginning of this month, Madagascar’s first proper cinema opened in Antananarivo with a three-day festival of Disney movies. With 800 comfortable seats, Le Plaza is an impressive-looking venue, equipped with modern audiovisual technology and the facility for 3D screenings. Prices range from 10,000 to 30,000Ar per person, depending on the seat and film.
    According to online reviews, there have been a few teething problems. Some cinemagoers complained that the queue for popcorn was so long that they missed half the movie, while others criticised the overpriced refreshments, but overall the experience has gone down well.
    The cinema is located in the Ampefiloha district of Tana, on Rue Martin Luther King, some 500m west of Lac Anosy. Contact: 034 02 407 77 or Facebook plazacinemaa.
    For photos, see our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bradtmadagascar/posts/924516911057537

  12. Smack bang in the centre of Antananarivo, at the top of Avenue de l’Indépendance (on the corner opposite Le Glacier), is a fancy new hotel called Pietra. It offers 10 luxury suites and 5 de luxe rooms, as well as an on-site gym, hammam, sauna, spa, 4th-floor lounge bar, and top-floor restaurant with great views over Analakely. Contact: 22 246 85; contact@hotelpietra.com; http://www.hotelpietra.com; 37 Avenue de l’Indépendance.
    Next to the hotel, and part of the same grand building, is a huge new branch of Gastro Pizza with seating for almost 200 people. It’s great if you need food in a hurry and is one of the few places open to eat on a Sunday.

  13. Ethiopian Airlines (www.ethiopianairlines.com), which now flies to Madagascar, has an office in Antananarivo city centre. It is just off the Avenue de l’Independance, on Lalana Rabefiraisana, a few metres west of the famous Glacier hotel & restaurant.

  14. Paul Whitehead says:

    About 35 km from the centre of Tana, off the RN 2, there is a very pleasant Protected Forest called Angavokely. There is an easy climb of about 1 hour and a quarter to the summit of the mountain through the forest, with wonderful views and absolute tranquillity. When you arrive at the satellite dish look for some stone steps, which take you to the summit. There is no admission charge and we had the park to ourselves. According to a friendly worker at the satellite centre they receive only about two visitors per month, so there is a good chance you would have the place to yourselves as well. From Tana, go along the RN 2 until you reach the railway station Carion. Take the first right on to a dirt track (there is a faded sign for the Forest) which is about 4 km long and leads you directly to it. The track is in poor condition and would be very difficult to use in the rainy season.

  15. Linda Gray says:

    What are the best Indian restaurants in Tana now?
    I can recommend the Korean (Corean) restaurant in Isoraka, near Bio-aroma natural oils shop.

    • Little India in Antaninarenina is very central and seems highly regarded. A little lacking in the décor department when I last ate there but the food was fabulous.

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