Travel Blogs from Antananarivo
After a short 4 hour flight :) we arrived Tuesday October 22 in Anatananarivo (Tana) the capital of Madagascar. I think I've got this island already on my travel wish list for maybe 20 years and now we are here! We bought a visa for 3 months on the airport for $85 pp and actually this went very smooth and quick. During the transfer to our hotel …
... The next day I set off through the windy streets, past the grand government buildings and through a small park past some souvenir sellers onto the Av de Independence. This grand sounding street looked more like a car parking lot, initially - but on closer inspection I found many of these parked cars were actually shops, with people in the front seats selling phones, mending electrical appliances and doing all sorts of trade next to the ...
... he then began to wave regally at the passers by. Eventually we arrived at the zoo gates and I weaved through the waiting classes of primary school children and their teachers to buy our tickets, and then to get them all into the zoo.
The zoo was rather grubby and tired ; lemurs in cages, a weary croc beside a green algae covered pool, birds and snakes in cages. But the little ones had never seen anything like it..... and were amazed ...
... was taking an extra long wide circle walk to make sure we did not spook the elephant by being upwind of him.. finally the beautiful sunrise with our Masai guides leading the way and nothing was amiss. But as I have said before .. TIA.
So what happens.. well, James "the man" our driver had been slowly helping every disabled land rover on the way back from the JK Mara camp. This included identifying a broken leaf spring for one driver and picking up ...
... driving. He ended up cat calling a girl on the side of the road to ask directions/ to translate where we wanted to go. Once he figured this out he demanded more money but we knew he would drive us for 6, and of course we were right. The zoo was nothing like those back home, it was pretty depressing. The crocodile barely had room to turn around in, let alone enough to swim in and the eagles couldn’t even fly in their cages, probably couldn’t even ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTana-Jacaranda Antananarivo
The Tana-Jacaranda was a bit our home in Madagascar. If you travel around you will have Tana always as a central point! The people of the hotel are so kind and helpful. The rooms are super clean, great place to hang around on the balcony and living room. Computer and wi-fi available. And the location is perfect, maybe a bit dark in the night but we went so many times our at night and never had a bad experience. close to the nice restaurants and in about 10 minutes you're down at the Rue Independencia were the market, supermarket, shops etc are. I think all thanks to the very kind manager, she is very active to update her hotel all the time.
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