National Park in Réserve Spéciale Ankarana

Réserve Spéciale Ankarana

This striking and undeveloped fantasy land is home to uniquely Malagasy sights: psychedelic fields of spiky tsingy (limestone pinnacle formations) next to dry forests. Running through and under the tsingy are...

Viewpoint in Réserve Spéciale Ankarana

Ambohimalaza

This plateau has surprising views: you can see Ambilobe in the west, and even the islands of Nosy Be and Nosy Mitsio in the Mozambique Channel. From the highest point, the whole of the northern region of the...

Landmark in Réserve Spéciale Ankarana

Tourelles

Reaching this turret-shaped tsingy will take about three to four hours and is an easy walk. You will need to cross a small river during the wet season. Walking through the turret-shaped tsingy allows you to study...

Landmark in Réserve Spéciale Ankarana

Boucle Benavony

Getting here will take about seven hours of quite difficult hiking over the tsingy (limestone pinnacle formations) itself. But the landscape is the reward, as is the underground cave of Benavony which has...

Landmark in Réserve Spéciale Ankarana

Perte des Rivières

A massive rock chasm into which three of the park’s rivers plunge during the rainy season (they emerge 20km later in the Mozambique Channel). It's an easy one to two hours' walk and suitable for combining with...

Cave in Réserve Spéciale Ankarana

Grotte d'Andrafiabe

Andrafiabe takes about five hours to reach from the western entrance to the park and is moderately difficult. Both the underground cave and the 'cathedral' have interesting stalactites and stalagmites. There is...

Landmark in Réserve Spéciale Ankarana

Tsingy Meva

This tsingy extends from the northern part of Ankarana and into the southern part of the Parc National de Montagne d'Ambre. It's a two to three hour hike. Here you can actually touch the tsingy and get a good...

Cave in Réserve Spéciale Ankarana

Grotte des Chauves-Souris

The impressive Grotte des Chauves-Souris (bat) cave has superb stalactites and stalagmites, and thousands of bats (eight species, including Commerson's leaf-nosed bat, or Hipposideros commersoni). The cave is...

Cave in Réserve Spéciale Ankarana

Grotte Squelette

This cave can be reached in about two to three hours of hiking. It gets its name from the skeleton of a local warrior that was found in the cave. There are impressive dripstone formations, and lots of vegetation...

Landmark in Réserve Spéciale Ankarana

Petits Tsingy

An easily accessible area of tsingy, these karst formations are close to the Grotte des Chauves-Souris or Bat Cave. The plants here are xerophytes, meaning they survive on very little water.

Landmark in Réserve Spéciale Ankarana

Tsingy Rary

The hike here takes three to four hours and is not difficult. Here you notice the difference between the limestone and volcanic rocks. Birds to look out for include the crested ibis and the ground-dwelling,...