Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)
In the far north of Madagascar is Diego-Suarez (now known as Antsiranana), the third largest port in Madagascar. Former French garrison during the colonial era, the city has lost its grandeur but still retains a feeling of nostalgia and great atmosphere. The signs of colonization haunt her like ghosts. There is incredible cultural diversity in the city, always ready to party. Great place for nature lovers, natural and marine parks are very close to the city.
Ramena, a small fishing village with a beautiful beach of golden sand, bathed by the clear and warm water of the Antsiranana Bay with its many beach shacks, it is perfect for lovers of fresh fish. If you order in advance, you can eat a lobster for 10 euros. or less A great destination for beach lovers looking for a young vibe.
Amber Mountain National Park
The Park constitutes an endemic ecosystem, being covered by a dense dry forest to the east, a dense humid forest to the west and a dense mountainous forest at the top. Several animal species have found refuge: 19 species of mammals, of which 8 are lemurs of which two main species: the crowned lemur and the brown mouse lemur (the smallest lemur in the world). There are also 49 species of reptiles in the area, including 11 species of chameleons and we cannot fail to mention the brookesia, the smallest chameleon in the world. 77 species of birds and 20 of amphibians have been sighted in the park. The flora is equally exceptional. There is a wide variety of oleaceae (lianas), a wide variety of rare orchids, along with tree ferns, palm trees, epiphytes, lichens, ficus, and a host of fine woods. Some trees are used by local people for healing purposes. The park brings a note of freshness to the warm and dry environment of the region. The park has crater lakes from which dense networks of rivers start. The city of Antsiranana gets its water from Mahasarika Lake.
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.
Ankarana National Park
The Ankarana Special Reserve is famous for the Tsingy, an imposing limestone formation that rise into the sky for over 50 meters. Water erosion has created more than 100 caves which were inhabited during inter-ethnic conflicts. Scientists have estimated that Ankarana has some of the largest underground cave labyrinths in the world (over 100km). Some even house royal tombs. Some caves, are so inaccessible that have allowed different species of plants and animals to live in harmony in perfect solitude. The vegetation of the karst plateau is made up of invasive plants, as well as Canarium of Madagascar, pandamus, lianas, aerial orchids and baobabs that you can discover by following the botanical paths. 10 species of lemurs have found refuge there, including the endangered gray lemur, the fulvus lemur and the northern sportive lemur. The white-breasted mesite (endemic specie) is one of the 92 bird species that populate the park. A troglodyte fauna lives in the rivers, some species of which have neither pigments nor eyes. Get ready to encounter bats in the caves. 13 species have been recorded in the park. There are also crocodiles of over 6 meters. Ankarana is a dream place for lovers of hiking and adventure.
Ambanja is a small leafy town on the Sambirano River and a crossroads for overland travel to and from Nosy Be. It is known for its large cocoa, spice and vanilla plantations, some of which can be visited.
The valley of the Sambirano River
Between sea and mountains, the river of the Sambirano valley originates in the Tsaratanana massif and flows into the sea south of the city of Ambaja. The area enjoys a warm and humid climate, favorable to the production of many cultures including that of cocoa. Spectacular landscapes and authentic excursions.