Tsingy in Ankarana, Northern Madagascar,

Ankarana Special Reserve

WHY VISIT ANKARANA SPECIAL RESERVE

  • The imposing Ankarana Massif rises abruptly from the surrounding plains
  • A dramatic, grey forest of limestone pinnacles (Tsingy) full of lemurs
  • Challenging but well maintained canopy of walkways and bridges
  • Explore river caves and canyons full of stalagmites

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ANKARANA SPECIAL RESERVE

This remote and undeveloped park is almost a fantasy grotto of stark tsingy pinnacles and dry forests, where bats and crocodiles hide in subterranean caves and forest filled canyons. The imposing grey cliffs are dotted with splashes of green, as the weird and wonderful flora found here take hold, providing both habitat and food the 10 species of lemur found here. Tougher than other parks, but definitely worth it and one of the more accessible tsingy regions in the country (when compared to the 10 hour drive to reach Tsingy Bemaraha in the East!) 

When not squeezing through fissures following the trail on the ground, or clambering up steps cut into the side of the rocks, those with a head for heights can see the park from a very different perspective by crossing the carefully constructed and well maintained walkways that span the pinnacles themselves. This not only allows you to get a true sense of scale, but watching lemurs leap from one impossibly sharp pinnacle to another is heart stopping 

BEYOND THE ORDINARY

For those with a little more time, head north east to visit the Tsingy Rouge, striking red pinnacles made from laterite – the iron-oxide rich soil found here, perfectly positioned overlooking a dramatic canyon.

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