Population: 2,610,000

Living in Antananarivo, Madagascar:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Antananarivo, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked five people living in Antananarivo what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Where I live is the capital of Madagascar, so it is a very modern town. There are many activities like shopping, visiting the park, going to the cinema or just having lunch at the restaurant. We are a poor country so you will see many people on the street begging for money or food. However, I love living here.

Tahina, says: 2020

It is a very beautiful city I you do not see that it is very crowded, and that there are a lot of traffic jam. You can find gorgeous place to visit like the Palace which is in the middle of the city and up in a little mountain.

Nathaniel, says: 2020

Antananarivo is not a very big city but it is ours. In the center on a mountain there is the Rova, the former home of the Merina monarchy. At the bottom there is the stadium of Mahamasina and the lake anosy. Further, there is the avenue of independence. 67Ha which is further west of the city is the most popular district. Going southwest you will find the Anosibe market.

Tahina, says: 2020

Antananarivo is the third dirtiest city in the world and the dirtiest city in Africa. know that you will see litter practically everywhere. Secondly, crime rate is high here: I do not recommend taking selfies in the street if you don’t want to lose your device. Oh, and beware of street vendors. Apart from that, this city is really great!

During the day, you can walk around, but take care not to have anything precious or ostentatious on you. At night, you really shouldn’t go out on foot, but only get around by car (at worst by taxi) and go to known places. One of the must-sees in Antananarivo is the Queen’s Palace (Rova of Manjakamiadana). Antananarivo is quite viable for an expatriate job and a French community lives there permanently.

Tahina, says: 2020

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