Fort Manda, Toamasina (Tamatave)

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Climb the walls of Fort Manda, a 19th-century structure built for king Radama I. Its days were short-lived: in 1898, the French occupational forces pillaged the fortress. Roam the ruins, exploring the corridors and rooms that remain intact. Notice that, although the fortification appears stone-made, it actually consists of coral, eggshells, and sand. The walls rise as high as 8 m (26 ft), and in certain places stand 6 m (19 ft) thick. Several old cannons still occupy their original positions, aimed towards the open grounds. From the stronghold's higher points, take in views of the Indian Ocean's horizon. Plan your visit to Fort Manda and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Toamasina (Tamatave) trip planning tool.
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  • The tour was short, about 20 minutes. Our guide, Fidel, gave us great insights into the fort. He is the 7th generation of King Ramada I, the king who built the fort. The fort is the last of its kind.....  more »
  • Went to tamatave port twice. Lovely place, great people. Had a wonderful time. The beach in Tamatave is very nice. We had a fun time at King club. Cheap drinks and lot of locals. I don't know what...  more »
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