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Derek Schuurman
Derek Schuurman Product Manager Madagascar and Alternative Africa
"Madagascar always delivers for those keen on wildlife – seemingly around every corner and along each trail, wonderful surprises await."

Ankarana National Park Holidays

Ankarana National Park (formerly Special Reserve) 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 present include Madagascar striped civet, tenrecs, fosa – and at least 13 species of bat. The 54 endemic birds include Crested coua, White-breasted mesite and Blue vanga. Of the island’s tsingy plateaus, Ankarana is by far the most rewarding for wildlife enthusiasts and also, the most accessible. 

One km from the Mahamasina Gate at Ankarana Est, Ankarana Lodge offers comfortable accommodation with the the added attraction of being a rewarding site for nocturnal wildlife. Lemurs, chameleons and other wildlife inhabit the area around the lodge.

Nearer to the spectacular Ankarana Ouest – an area noted particularly for its awe- inspiring caves and the imposing 'grand tsingy' formations – is Iharana Bush Camp, a true 'bush camp' renowned for its creative design. Note that while Ankarana Est is accessible year-round, Ankarana Ouest can be reached only from May to November.  

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Madagascar Rainforests, Wildlife, Tsingy & Beach
  • Wildlife
From £5025 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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A long-standing favourite with our clientele, this sample itinerary combines Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Madagascar's Number 1 'must see' protected rainforest) with the otherworldly Ankarana, for its tsingy, sunken forests, baobabs and rare wildlife.
Madagascar Wildlife: Endangered Oddities and Icons with Daniel Austin: 2022 and 2023
  • Small Group Tours
  • Wildlife
From £8195 per person
20 day holiday
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Join Madagascar expert, tour leader and author of Bradt Guide to Madagascar; Madagascar Wildlife: A Visitors Guide and Madagascar...
Madagascar Nature & Nurture in the North
  • Beach
  • Honeymoons
  • Wildlife
From £3955 per person
15 day holiday
Flights included
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Explore lemur-rich forests, tsingy pinnacle-fields and sacred caves in the north, followed by beach time on the balmy tropical beaches of the reef-ringed Nosy Be archipelago and secluded Eden Lodge
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