Cheap Flights to Antananarivo, Madagascar
Antananarivo is chaotic and noisy, filled with colour and craziness and a seemingly endless sea of motion. Every street is filled with people, pushing through frenzied traffic, and dodging merchants selling everything from fruit and flowers to live animals. The lack of any effective tourism infrastructure is perversely charming, as it makes experiences in Madagascar’s capital feel truly authentic. Adventurous travellers will find a thousand unusual entertainments here, and even cautious visitors will admit that Antananarivo is a jewel in the rough.
Find the cheapest flights to Antananarivo from South Africa using the online flight search tool above. It’s the gateway to Madagascar and all the country offers, but it’s definitely worthy of a visit in itself.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Antananarivo, Madagascar. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy to Madagascar is situated in Antananarivo. Lot IVO 68 Bis Rue Ravoninahitriniarivo, Ankorondrano, 101 Antananarivo. Phone: + 261 20 224 3350.
See and do
Antananarivo’s markets are a great place to see the locals in action, so set aside a good few hours to wonder around the main market area. You’ll find some very unusual fresh produce here, including a massive variety of different rice. Madagascan green peppercorns in brine or locally grown vanilla pods make lovely gifts for people back home, and you’ll find some interesting handicrafts as more permanent souvenirs.
For a taste of Madagascan wildlife, visit the Antananarivo Lemur Park, the Croc Farm, and Tsimbazaza Zoo. Madagascar Exotic is a bit of a drive from central Antananarivo, but the wildlife centre is filled with a fantastic array of exotic creatures, and is well worth the trip if you have time to spare.
Getting around Antananarivo is possible on foot, but its steep hills and countless stairs make it tiring, to say the least. Taxis are the simplest form of transport for visitors, as rates and routes are easy to clarify before departing. “Taxi-be”, or minibus taxis, are preferred by the locals, but can be crowded and confusing if you’re not familiar with their routes. They’re the most cost-effective form of transport in the city, to be sure, but the savings might not be worth the hassle of attempting their use. Travelstarters that have visited Antananarivo recommend hiring a driver – do not self-drive.
Ivato International Airport – TNR
Food and beverage: There are restaurants in both the domestic and international terminals, but not in the departures area, after check-in.
Currency Exchange: Travel Exchange has an office across the parking lot from the airport, but there are also exchange bureaus on the airport premises.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found in the airport itself to the information desk in the central hall.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Hotel Manoir Rouge, Orchid Hotel, Le Relais des Plateaux Ivato, Hotel Carlton and Sakamanga Hotel.
Car Hire: Honk, Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Budget and Avis.
Airport Hub: Ivato International Airport (code TNR) is a hub for Air Madagascar.