Day 0 : Welcome to Tana !
We set off on our 27-day Adventure of Madagascar with an effortless 3-hour flight from Johannesburg to Antananarivo or ‘Tana’ as the local Malagasy fondly call it.
Landing at Antananarivo airport takes one back in time to when terminals where much smaller, a walk on the tarmac wasn’t out of the question, and there was no mistaking which carousel your bags are on as there is only one!
Mike and I were greeted by our transfer driver Ubi, who took us on the 1-hour transfer to the centre of Antananarivo in a spacious modern minivan, much to our relief after spying some well-worn Renault Taxis in the parking lot.
Terminal at Antananarivo One of the many Old Reno's Mike enjoying his first THB
The road to Tana travels in and out of small villages dotted with rice fields. Football is massive in Madagascar, and with it being a Sunday we pass many matches played on dirt fields between rival villages. While the streets are busy in Tana everyone drives respectfully, and a short beep of the horn is universal to let others know you are approaching.
Arriving at our guest house Les 3 Metis, a traditional Madagascan home that has been converted with friendly staff. After all our traveling it was time to sample the local beer, Three Horses Beer, a great drop! We enjoyed Dinner at Les 3 Metis restaurant and thought we better have the Zebu steak to tick it off our Madagascan experience. flavor.experience. Zebu Cattle are prized on the Island, and the meat has a delicious lightly gamey flavor.
Day 1 : Royal Hill of Ambohimanga
Before our evening Adventure Briefing which would officially kick off the adventure we took a day trip to visit the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga.
After a hearty Madagascan style breakfast which has an unmistakably French feel with delicious baguettes and a rather large omelette!
Ambohimanga is a short but slow drive out of town providing us ample opportunity to take in all the road side stalls that sell everything from food, spare parts, timber yards you name it you will find it !