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 rare Mongoose lemur; Western woolly lemur and the Golden-brown (Lac Ravelobe) mouse lemur.
This long-established wildlife and birding hotspot is extremely rewarding year-round, so is part of all comprehensive birding itineraries to the country. The bird list also resembles that of Anjajavy, with the addition of Schlegel's asity and Van Dam's Vanga.
The trails traverse gentle terrain and they are well maintained.
The best accommodation is in the basic akeside chalets of Gite d'Ampioroa, which have private facilities (cold water only; 24-hour electricity). All reports from 2016 clients indicate that food is excellent; the restaurant has new management from Mahajanga.
6km away at Andranofasika village, there is another, more recently opened lodge, the equally simple 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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