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Ambohimanga

23 km North of Antananarivo, Antananarivo 101, Madagascar
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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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  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
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23 km North of Antananarivo, Antananarivo 101, Madagascar
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"a unesco world heritage site"
in 7 reviews
"local guide"
in 12 reviews
"summer palace"
in 5 reviews
"historical place"
in 5 reviews
"royal hill"
in 3 reviews
"fascinating insight"
in 3 reviews
"queen victoria"
in 3 reviews
"great contrast"
in 2 reviews
"views are spectacular"
in 2 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 6 reviews
"school children"
in 3 reviews
"half day trip"
in 2 reviews
"his son"
in 2 reviews
"hired a car"
in 2 reviews
"take photos"
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"kings"
in 19 reviews
"traffic"
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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

Thank Mal R
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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

1  Thank famwag
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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
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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.

Thank Gomathy23
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Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

Although a very small “palace”, it is worth a visit. Our guide was able to really help us visualize the customs and life of the Madagascar royalty — from zebu sacrifices to how to walk in to the King’s rooms properly. You must start on...More

Thank esemmes
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

If you like historical museums, Ambohimanga would be of interest to you. As we wandered through the rooms and levels, I found it insightful to know how kings and their families from times past had lived.

Thank Karen G
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

We hired the local guide at Ambohimanga and were so pleased we did. Her English was excellent and she brought the site and its previous inhabitants alive, reinforcing the importance of this UNESCO site. She was enthusiastic and informative so that it didn't seem to...More

1  Thank Margaret B
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

At the left side of exit, a women selling hear handmade products. Please help for her, and buy something.

Thank Tibor P
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

This was a tour with Exelans Tourism. Our local guide gave us a very detailed background regarding the history of this Royal UNESCO Heritage Compound. It was like taking a walk through the Malagasy history amongst Queens and Kings, years of peace and violence. The...More

Thank Britt B
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

This property has such a wonderful intact ground that you can't really believe its so old. You get to literally walk through history in a way that makes you feel like you were able to see it when it was current. They have preserved the...More

1  Thank Gabriela J
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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
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