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Ankarana Special Reserve

Ankarana is an island of limestone Tsingy amidst dry deciduous and riverine forest. The limestone massif is penetrated by numerous caves and canyons. Some of the largest caves have collapsed, forming isolated pockets of river-fed forest with their own perfectly protected flora and fauna.
The Tsingy are sharp limestone formations caused by erosion from acid rain to form otherworldly cathedrals of stone. In addition to the Tsingy and forest, you will want to visit the Lac Vert (a beautiful crater lake), Andrafiabe Cave and Crocodile Cave, home to the world’s only cave-dwelling crocodiles.The reserve is known for its many lemur species, including Crowned and Sanford’s Brown Lemurs as well as the ever-playful Ring Tailed Lemur. It is also a birdwatcher’s paradise with nearly 100 species; if you are lucky you may even spot Fossa and Tenrec.

Other points of interest include baobab forest, Ampondrabe river, the abyss where the three rivers of Ankarana disappear and a bat cave.

Ankarana Special Reserve: where to stay


Ankarana Lodge

Perfectly located for visiting Ankarana Special Reserve, Ankarana Lodge offers simple individual bungalows with lovely forest views, and delicious European-inspired cuisine.  

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