Ankarana Reserve


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The Great Ankarana

Written on: August 06, 2013   |   I visited in December 2010 OK, if you've come halfway around the world (quite literally, if you happen to be Californian) to visit Madagascar, you can take the time to journey to the far north near Diego Suarez (or Antsiranana, if you're a spelling masochist).
It is here that Mada has locked away one of it's finest natural experiences - Ankarana Reserve.
Go ahead - do a Google image search.
That's right! While the tsingy on the west coast are fairly difficult to access some times of year and impossible at others, you can hike in to Ankarana - surrounded by lemurs and weird lizards and the usual mind-blowing Mada fauna - and be out crossing the tsingy on suspended bridges in no time.
There are spelunking options, grand vistas of emerald lakes at the bottom of 300ft cliffs and more.
Camping to allow more grandiose adventures - unless it's scorpion season.
Do NOT tangle with these scorpions.
Of course, as with everywhere in Mada, you must have a guide, so they won't let you get destroyed by the creepy crawlies.
One of the most amazing places in Mada and on Earth.
Don't miss it.
The lodging across the street is great! The people are kind and the food portions HUGE.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Aug 25, 2014   |   Visited: May 2014.
This part of the island is SO different from the cool, rainy area of Andasibe. I couldn't believe how hot it was here! Like the other parks, there were lemurs galore, and I got to see ones that I did not see in the southern part of Madagascar.
The other cool thing about this area is the tsingy. I've not seen something like this since Bryce in Utah. It's so worth ... read more

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