Ankarana, on the northern circuit, presents a fantastic landscape, with its expanses of razor-sharp pinnacles (tsingy). The 35km-long limestone massif is pierced by caves and canyons, and, between sheer cliffs, sunken moist deciduous forests harbour rare wildlife. The reserve contains ten species of lemur, with large concentrations of Crowned, Sanford’s and vociferous sportive lemurs.
Other mammals include Madagascar striped civet, tenrecs, fosa – and at least 13 species of bat! The 54 endemic birds include Coquerel’s coua, White-breasted mesite and various vangas. Of the island’s tsingy plateaus, Ankarana is by far the most rewarding for wildlife enthusiasts and also, the most accessible.
With hot and cold running water, Relais de L'Ankarana is one of the more comfortable choices at Ankarana Est, but we also arrange camping in the park or accommodation in simple bungalows (with shared facilities) and very good meals nearby.
One km from the entrance of Ankarana Est, Tsingy Lodge offers spacious accommodation, including three en suite bungalows and the added attraction of being a rewarding site for nocturnal wildlife. Lemurs, chameleons and other wildlife inhabit the area around the lodge. Ankarana Est can also be visited as a day excursion from Joffreville or Diego Suarez.
Nearer to the spectacular Ankarana Ouest – an area noted particularly for its awe inspiring caves and the imposing grand tsingy formations – is the Iharana Bush Camp, a small establishment where the rooms are tastefully decorated and service rated by our clients as excellent.
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