Top things to do in Eastern Madagascar

Top Choice French in Tamatave (Toamasina)

Piment Banane

You wouldn’t expect to find a sophisticated brasserie in Tamatave, but we are in the land of exceptions. And exceptional is how to describe this chic place, from the stylish decor to the innovative cuisine to the ex…
National 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 fores…
Park in Mananara

Parc National de Mananara-Nord

The remote 240-sq-km Parc National de Mananara-Nord encompasses some of the last remaining lowland rainforest in the country. An additional 10 sq km of islets and surrounding reefs are protected as a marine park, th…
National Park in Parc National Andasibe Mantadia

Parc National de Mantadia

Part of the Parc National Andasibe Mantadia, this park is located about 17km north of Andasibe. Created primarily to protect the indri, Mantadia also hosts the black-and-white ruffed lemur. A quiet, beautiful area w…
Nature Reserve in Baie d’Antongil & Masoala Peninsula

Réserve de Nosy Mangabe

The island of Nosy Mangabe is a must-visit for anyone with a smidgen of romance in their blood. This is a thickly forested and mountainous tropical island, with huge soaring canarium trees arising from flying buttre…
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…
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. It's administered by the NGO Man and the Environment, which is developing it as …
Zoo in North of Tamatave

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…
International in Tamatave (Toamasina)

Le Bateau Ivre

This sprawling beachfront enterprise manages to do everything well. There is a central restaurant and bar, beach bar with BBQ, hamburger bar, pizza oven, 25m swimming pool, and even beach volleyball. Beneath the cen…
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 here: the Discovery Trail (Ar20,000), a half-day immersion in forest conservation; the Forest Trail (Ar50…