Situated 120km north of Mahajanga, the remote Anjajavy Peninsula is a natural mineral reserve 450-hectares in size. This area is a paradise for nature and sea lovers and the neighbouring fishing villages offer you the chance to view local life at its own pace.
The Decidouous forest is home to more than 1,800 plant species, most of which are endemic and used for medicinal purposes. The forest is also home to many animal, reptile and bird species including the critically endangered Madagascar fish eagle.
Located 120km south of Mahajanga is the 13,000 hectare Ankarafantsika National Park, which is one of the best places in Madagascar to see limestone massifs rising up from the deciduous forest. Well maintained pathways lead through the lower levels of the park, where several caves are home to large bat colonies. Crowned lemurs and Sanford’s brown lemurs can be seen during the day and the grey mouse lemur and the northern sportive lemur are nocturnal species that are most active during the night.
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Ankify is a small town, which acts as the main port for boats and ferries between the Malagasy coast and Nosy Be.
Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)
Diego Suarez, named after a Portuguese captain who arrived in 1543, (or Antsiranana to give it it's Malagasy name) is the fifth largest town in Madagascar. The harbour is encircled by hills and is set on a small promontory jutting into a large bay that forms one of the finest natural harbours in the Indian Ocean.
The city has a cosmopolitan population of Creoles (descendants of Europeans), Indians, Chinese and Comorans. The town is commonly known as Diego.
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"Seeing animals unique to Madagascar in their natural environment and able to photograph them as they fed and interacted with each other [was inspirational]. The tour guide, Tokey, had an amazing knowledge of all of the wildlife, plants - latin names included - and the history of the country and its people and customs."