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The former royal capital and its palace on a steep hill offer stunning views overlooking rice terraces.
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23 km North of Antananarivo, Antananarivo 101, Madagascar
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a traditional fortified settlement that served as the spiritual seat of the Merina royal family from the 15th century onwards. The walled village includes wonderfully preserved royal residences and graves, and is considered a sacred site.

Thank daveedwilliams
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the palace of a Malagasy queen who decided that the Christians were undermining her rule and decided to get rid of many - by throwing them over a cliff nearby. Her rule did not last long, but it was very cruel in other...More

Thank Michael L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Getting to Ambohimanga is a bit tiring if you are coming from Tana, battling through the traffic jams. It took us 75 minutes but it was worth it. We got a guide who was really excellent, not only with information about the palace but also...More

1  Thank ron d
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This sacred hill has been declared world heritage site by unesco in 2001. From here began the line of king and queens who were to unite Madagascar. The site contains various interesting features like the wooden house of king adrianampoinimerina. I would strongly recommend to...More

1  Thank DjangoDjango
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The royal compound in Ambohimanga is a UNESCO World Heritage site.It is not very large but gives great insight into Malagasy history, culture and architecture. It is a fascinating place to visit. Our guide was excellent and carefully explained all of the details of the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely beautiful palace and grounds. Great views and a very interesting history. Having a guide is optional but recommended. The nearby restaurant is decently priced.

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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

We hired a car and driver for the day to visit here and a few other places around Tana. The guide was excellent with wonderful English and annexing knowledge of the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. As others have mentioned the site is clearly revered by...More

1  Thank Mal R
Reviewed 29 April 2018

Pick up a local guide and you'll get real value from your visit, far more than from the occasioanl sign boards and notes. You may possibly get access to some of the palace areas not normally open to visitors. The palace of the king demonstrates...More

2  Thank famwag
Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

We took a taxi that took as there and waited for us for 80000 Ariary, but it is easy to get there using the taxi brousse. We took a guide ( you can tip them, they are not suppposed to cost anything) who really knew...More

1  Thank liditagomez2
Reviewed 6 December 2017

It was interesting to find out how the olden days king and queens live. Their culture and history. It is like historical museum. Lovely the higher mountain view. Must climb staircase to reach the temple. The burial of the king and queen.

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Response from esemmes | Reviewed this property |
I am just not sure as we arranged all our guides well in advance. They were local as they met us at the various reserves but we organize them through a great company in Antananarivo. Cactus Tours