Ankarana Reserve, Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)

Cross a deep ravine on a suspension foot bridge and admire Jurassic limestone formations at Ankarana Reserve, a wildlife reserve with some of the highest population density of primates in the world. Dark karst pinnacles, cave systems, and underground waters with dry deciduous and semi-deciduous forests cover 18,220 hectares (45,023 acres). Watch closely to see crowned lemurs, Sanford's brown lemur, Perrier's black lemur, brown mouse lemur, and dwarf lemurs, and you can also spot chameleons and leaf-tailed geckos. Many birds inhabit the area, including paradise flycatcher and the common jery. Plan to visit Ankarana Reserve and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) attractions using our Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) trip planning site .
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  • The park is really huge and to visit it all would take more days. In a half day you can see the Tsingy Rary (spectacular) and the Perte des Rivieres (a cavity in which three rivers fall). The latter a little insignificance seen without water. Lunch almost obligatory at the little restaurant near the entrance. Good and plentiful, fish and zebu.
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  • The hike through the Tsingys of Ankarana was one of our highlights during our tour of Madagascar. The beautiful, bizarre landscape is the perfect prerequisite for an unforgettable hike. Our guide William has really perfected the tour -thank you for that! We decided on the big day tour, with a visit to a grotto (Bat Cave) and a hike over the Tsingy. We are not great athletes, but we are also not unsportsmanlike and found the tour quite exhausting contrary to the assessment in travel guides. For me with great fear of heights, the tour was a test of courage that took overcoming... but I got involved in the adventure and thanks to the relaxed, motivating way of our guide I was able to enjoy the tour in the end. Absolutely good headlamps for the cave, good hiking shoes, sun protection, repellent and lots of water pack!
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  • Beautiful and breathtaking place but you have to provide trekking shoes because very sharp, suspension bridge in order to have a very nice shot
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