Eastern Madagascar

Sights

Top ChoiceNational Park in Parcs Nationaux Masoala et Nosy Mangabe

Parc National Masoala-Nosy Mangabe

This 2100-sq-km national park contains one of the best primary rainforests in the country. It is famous for its vegetation, which includes rare hardwoods, bamboos, and dozens of species of fern, palm and orchid....

Top ChoiceNational Park in Parc National Andasibe Mantadia

Parc National Analamazaotra

This is the most popular park within Parc National Andasibe Mantadia. The real draw of this reserve is the rare indri, Madagascar’s largest lemur, whose unforgettable wail can be heard emanating from the misty...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Parcs Nationaux Masoala et Nosy Mangabe

Nosy Mangabe

Part of Parc National Masoala-Nosy Mangabe, this thickly forested and mountainous tropical island is one of the crown jewels of the Antongil Bay. With huge soaring canarium trees arising from flying buttress...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Parc National Andasibe Mantadia

Parc National Mantadia

Part of the Parc National Andasibe Mantadia, this park is about 17km north of Andasibe. Created primarily to protect the indri, Mantadia also hosts the black-and-white ruffed lemur. A quiet, beautiful area with...

Top ChoiceBeach in Île Sainte Marie

Piscines Naturelles d'Ambodiatafana

In the north of Sainte Marie, near Ambodiatafana village, these natural pools are separated from the Indian Ocean by a granitic gate of about 100m. During each tide, the sea fills these natural basins by crashing...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Île aux Nattes (Nosy Nato)

Maison Blanche

No stay on the island would be complete without a sundowner at Maison Blanche: this atypical house has a rooftop terrace with 360-degree views of the island, Sainte Marie and the surrounding lagoon. It is...

Park in East of Antananarivo

Mahay Mitia Ala

The Mahay Mitia Ala (VOIMMA) park, opened in 2011, is managed by a local association to promote biodiversity, conservation and local development. The species found here are the same as in nearby parks, including...

Nature Reserve in East of Antananarivo

Réserve de Maromizaha

If you want real unadulterated wilderness then the Réserve de Maromizaha is what you're looking for. This 100-sq-km ecotourism reserve, about 8km southeast of the Parc National Mantadia is more the preserve of...

Park in East of Antananarivo

Parc Mitsinjo

Located on the main road opposite the MNP office, Mitsinjo is a private reserve run by Association Mitsinjo, set up by guides to promote conservation and community tourism. It’s a great idea to add this to your...

Cemetery in Ambodifotatra

Cimetière des Pirates

This is a fascinating spot from which to contemplate the history of the island. The cemetery overlooks the Baie de Forbans just south of Ambodifotatra, the perfect pirate hang-out. Missionaries, and colonial and...

Nature Reserve in East of Antananarivo

Vohimana Forest

Established as a private reserve in 2001, this crucial 1.6-sq-km corridor links the Andasibe area parks with the forests of the south. At present facilities include around 20km of walking trails, from two hours...

Zoo in Parc Zoologique Ivoloina

Parc Zoologique Ivoloina

The Parc Zoologique Ivoloina (ee-va-la-ween) is a very well-run zoo and botanical garden set on a lovely lake just north of Tamatave. Visitors can enjoy four walking trails with booklets in English, a snack bar...

Fortress in Foulpointe (Mahavelona)

Fort Manda

The evocative ruins of this 19th-century Merina fort, built for Radama I, are about 500m north of Foulpointe. Its walls, which are 8m high and 6m thick in places, are made from coral, sand and eggs. You can...

Wildlife Reserve in Mananara

Aye-Aye Island

This small, privately owned island in the middle of the Mananara River is home to about 15 aye-ayes (and other lemurs). A sighting isn't guaranteed but this is where you stand the best chance of seeing them in...

Nature Reserve in East of Antananarivo

Réserve de Torotorofotsy

A varied and attractive landscape of wetlands, forests and small villages, this private reserve is known for its greater bamboo lemurs and excellent birdwatching. A visit here to see the birds, and perhaps the...

Agricultural Centre in Maroantsetra

CPALI

This worthy NGO works with rural farmers living on the edge of biodiversity hotspots to develop sustainable livelihoods that support both people and ecosystems. Its main activity is the production of wild silk...

Nature Reserve in Lac Ampitabe (Akanin’ny Nofy)

Vohibola Forest

Vohibola is one of the last pieces of littoral forest in the country. There are three rewarding hiking trails and you might even get to see the Calumma vohibola, a chameleon discovered only in 2009. There's no...

Nature Reserve in Lac Ampitabe (Akanin’ny Nofy)

Palmarium Reserve

Very popular with tour groups, this private reserve is touted by some tour companies as 'the best place to photograph lemurs'. That might well be true because the representatives of the seven different lemur...

Nature Reserve in Manompana

Ambodiriana Forest

Rare species flourish in this protected humid forest, including the mouse lemur, the candy cane palm (Dypsis paludosa) and a parasitic orchid (Gastrodia madagascariensis). The forest is managed by the association...

Nature Reserve in Parc National Andasibe Mantadia

Parc des Orchidées

This little park is at its most attractive in October to December when the orchids are in bloom. By late summer it’s almost completely dried up. There’s no signage so you need a good guide to fully appreciate it....