Fiona Herring
Fiona Herring Travel Specialist
"Tourism provides vital funds to support the work of conservation in Madagascar. Entrance fees to national parks for example helps to fund important projects."

Ankarafantsika Holidays

Ankarafantsika National Park is 120km southeast of the west coast port Mahajanga, about 2 hours’ drive. Its 13,000 hectares of western dry deciduous forest protects much the same wildlife as the Anjajavy Forest Reserve, with the addition of the Western woolly lemur and the Golden-brown mouse lemur.

This long-established wildlife and birding hotspot is extremely rewarding year-round. Its trails, which traverse gentle terrain, are well maintained. The best accommodation is in the simple lakeside chalets of Gite d'Ampioroa, which have private facilities (cold water). 6km away at Andranofasika village, there is another, more recently opened lodge, the equally basic Blue Vanga.

Visitors have the chance to see the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust's largest Madagascar-based project, 'Projet Angonoka' which is at the centrally-located campsite and near the open-air restaurant. The aim of this project is to establish captive populations of Madagascar's four endemic tortoises and 1 endemic freshwater turtle.

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Wildlife of Madagascar
  • Wildlife
From £4650 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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On this private guided tour which can be adapted to suit your specific interests, you visit four of the most wildlife-rich forests of Madagascar: Andasibe (Analamazaotra aka 'Perinet') and the nearby Mantadia National Park in the humid eastern rainforest band, Ankarafantsika National Park in highly threatened tropical dry deciduous forests of the western lowlands (this can be substituted with Kirindy for the western region) and Berenty Private Reserve in the arid south.
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