The National Park of Ankarana
The Ankàrana Special Reserve (National Park) allows you to see tsingy, these karst formations offering the rather breathtaking vision of hundreds of sharp limestone needles and peaks, erect towards the sky. In addition, water erosion has caused the creation of more than 100 caves which were inhabited during inter-ethnic conflicts. Some even house royal tombs. A dream place for hikers.
It is a Nature Reserve of about 30,000 hectares, with very varied landscape, made up of subtropical primary forest, stoneware massifs and calcareous formations called Tsingy. Great variety of lemurs, we can also find a great variety of woes (49 different species), endemic plants, reptiles (chameleons and snakes) and a large number of amphibians.
The Red Tsingy of Irodo Valley
50 km south of Diego-Suarez is a group of beautiful red tsingy, to visit in the afternoon before sunset to profit from the great colors. These tsingy are the result of an erosion also called limestone pavement. The mixture of different oxides and the work of time gave birth to a set of a few hundred small fairy chimneys.
Twenty kilometers from Diego-Suarez, Ramena a small authentic fishing village with a great choice of shacks that serve the most amazing seafood at great prices. The beach is also great with great warm clear water. A great destination for beach lovers.
The Nosy Hara archipelago, in the north in the province of Antsiranana, is located between Cape Anorintany and Cape Vohilava. Covering an area of approximately 75,000 ha, it consists of 17 islands surrounded by vast coral reefs. An escape from the real world.
At the northern tip of Madagascar is Diego-Suarez (Antsiranana). It is the 3rd port of Madagascar. Former French garrison, the city has lost its grandeur but still retains a feeling of nostalgia and great atmosphere. The marks of colonization haunt her like ghosts. There is an amazing cultural diversity in the city, always ready to party. Great place for nature lovers, natural and marine parks are a stone throw away from the city.
The island of Nosy Be and its multiple islets look like a postcard. There are few beaches but the sea is magnificent. Diving lovers will be delighted by the multiple spots. The surrounding islands are splendid. The interior of the island of Nosy Be is ideal for nice walks between sugar cane fields, lakes and isolated beaches of the north.
The island of Nosy Iranja is the furthest from the islands close to Nosy Be. Nosy Iranja is made up of two paradisiacal islets linked by a white sandbank. The impression it gives is simply extraordinary: an air of Robinson ... if there are not too many people on the day.