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The National Park of Ankarafantsika is one of the largest and last remaining areas of dense, dry, deciduous forests in Madagascar. It is the last refuge for a number of endangered and endemic species of lemur and birds, making conservation here vital.

Formerly known as Ampijoroa, the reserve is centred on Lac Ravelobe and wildlife-viewing is relatively easy from a network of paths. Many groups of lemurs, including beautiful Coquerel’s sifakas and elusive mongoose lemurs, reside here and can be observed at close quarters. Night walks are also very rewarding, with mouse lemurs, woolly lemurs and sportive lemurs regularly seen.

The birdwatching is also outstanding, with such species as white-breasted mesite, Schlegel’s asity, rufous vanga and Madagascar fish eagle very much to the fore. A covered flat-bottomed boat provides an ideal way to watch water birds around the margins of the lake.

There are comfortable, well-appointed park bungalows located on the shores of the lake and administered by the national park. 

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Coquerel’s sifaka, mongoose lemur, mouse lemur, rufous vanga, Schlegel’s asity
  • Where: Mahajanga Province, Madagascar