Northern Madagascar attractions

Top Choice Farm in Ambanja

Millot Plantations

This beautiful plantation, established in 1904, is a leading producer of organic cocoa, spices and essential oils, and a visit to this little slice of paradise is not only highly informative but a true festival of t…
National Park in Sava Region

Parc National de Marojejy

The Parc National de Marojejy is one of Madagascar’s great undiscovered parks, a fact all the more astonishing because it's one of the best managed and easiest to get to. You can fly from Antananarivo to Sambava or …
Landmark in Antsiranana Region

Tsingy Rouges

About 65km southeast of Diego lies one of Madagascar’s most awesome natural wonders, the Tsingy Rouges. These scraggly pinnacles, erosion’s work of art, are made of laterite, an iron oxide–rich soil with an intense …
Nature Reserve in Vohémar

Loky Manambato Protected Area

Madagascan NGO Fanamby manages the Loky Manambato Protected Area, 56km west of Vohémar, to support local villages and protect flora and fauna. Most spectacular are the critically endangered golden-crowned Tattersall…
National Park in Antsiranana Region

Parc National Montagne d’Ambre

This wonderful national park is literally a breath of fresh air from the arid northern plains: at 1000m, it is generally 10°C cooler than in Diego or Ankarana, even more in winter, and its luxuriant forests could no…
Distillery in Nosy Be

Lemuria Land

Ylang-ylang oil is distilled at Lemuria Land on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and daily during the rainy season (January to the end of March). The whole process of turning these somewhat-insignificant flowers into a …
National Park in Antsiranana Region

Réserve Spéciale Ankarana

Réserve Spéciale Ankarana is a striking and undeveloped fantasy-land, home to uniquely Madagascan sights: psychedelic fields of spiky tsingy (limestone pinnacle formations) next to dry forests. Running through and u…
Historic Site in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Sacred Banyan Tree

On the coast beyond the tiny village of Mahatsinjo, there's an enormous sacred banyan tree planted by the Queen of the Sakalava tribe in 1836. Nowadays, the Queen of Nosy Be makes an annual pilgrimage to sacrifice a…
Wildlife Reserve in Antalaha

Macolline

Billed as a botanical hiking trail, Macolline is an arboretum on the banks of the River Ankavanana, 3km north of Antalaha. Guided walks of three to six hours can include lunch and a pirogue ride. There are fruit tre…
Beach in The West Coast

Andilana

Far and away Nosy Be’s best beach, Andilana, at the island’s northwest tip, is a long stretch of pearly white sand, with water that’s true turquoise and clear as gin. It’s ideal for swimming and chilling for an afte…