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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…
Nature Reserve in Manompana

Ambodiriana Forest

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