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, and…
Zoo in South of Ambodifotatra


About halfway down the southern road, just before Vohilava, this small private zoo and botanical garden showcases regional flora and fauna. It takes about an hour to see.
Cemetery in South of 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, and smells of a very different era…
Historic Building in Lac Mantasoa

Laborde’s Home

In 1833 Frenchman Jean Laborde helped spark an industrial revolution in Mantasoa. His former home is a lovely traditional, wood-clad house. Inside there are old photographs and a fair amount of biographical informat…
Museum in Moramanga

Musée de la Gendarmerie Nationale

Exhibits cannons, police uniforms, a vintage taxi-brousse, and an enormous bunch of dried marijuana.
Fortress in Foulpointe (Mahavelona)

Fort Manda

The 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.
Museum in Tamatave (Toamasina)

Musée du Port

The small university museum at the entrance to the port constitutes barely 2½ rooms of farming tools, fishing implements, archaeological finds and tribal charms, along with poster displays on deforestation and local…
Nature Reserve in Lac Ampitabe (Akanin’ny Nofy)

Palmarium Reserve

This private reserve next to Palmarium Hotel on Lac Ampitabe is a great place to test your inner guide. There are 500,000 sq m of dense forest cut with wide trails, and seven species of lemur to spot, including Coqu…
Nature Reserve in Réserve Spéciale d'Analamazaotra

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. En…
Church in Tamatave (Toamasina)

Catholic Church

Landmark church in Tamatave.