Situated in northern Madagascar, the Ankarana Tsingy Reserve is set on a magnificent plateau made up of 150-million-year-old Jurassic limestone. This unspoiled landscape is known for its otherworldly fields of ‘tsingy’- spiky karst pinnacle rock formations – cloaking hidden forested canyons boasting a network of subterranean rivers. These isolated canyon pockets are home to some of the world’s most protected and untouched endemic fauna and flora. Under the landscape lies the largest cave network in Africa.
The Ankarana Tsingy Reserve is renowned for this unique terrain and is said to have the highest density of primates of any forest in the world. Commonly spotted wildlife include: a variety of chameleons, the rare leaf-tailed Uroplatus, the crowned lemur, Sanford’s brown lemur, Perrier’s black lemur, the northern sportive lemur and dwarf lemurs.
Concerning the access to the Ankarana Tsingy Reserve, count on 4 hours drive on a poorly maintained road departing from Diego Suarez (Antsiranana). Most of the hotels are located at the East of the reserve, along the National Road. Boogie Pilgrim recommends staying at Iharana Bush Camp, only pace in the Western area of the reserve. The lodge by itself worth the detour, it is built along local housing traditions!
Combine the visit of Ankarana Tsingy Reserve with other highlights in the area: Red Tsingy reserve, Amber Mountain National Park, and Nosy Be!