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Northern Madagascar

Bay of Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)

Bucht von Diego Suarez 2017

Antsiranana, better known under its old French name Diego Suarez, is located at the northernmost tip of Madagascar. The city is situated on a beautiful 250 km² bay with white beaches where the waves of the turquoise-blue Indian Ocean run out. After the bay of Rio de Janeiro, it is the second largest natural bay in the world. Actually it …

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Red Tsingys

Tsingy rouge

On the edge of the Analamerana National Park, between the towns of Ambilobe and Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), lie the red Tsingys (French Tsingy rouge) in the Diana region. It is only 50 km from Antsiranana, but on an increasingly bad road. It is a photographically very worth seeing formation of several hundred small sandstone needles. Unlike the other Tsingys of …

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Nosy Be

Nosy Be

Nosy Be simply means “big island”. It is located on the northwest coast of Madagascar and with its 325 km² is one of the main tourist destinations in Madagascar. Nosy Be is of volcanic origin, in the sacred (fady) lakes within the former craters live crocodiles today. Today Nosy Be is also known as “the island of fragrances”, as ylang-ylang …

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The crocodiles’ lake

The Lake of Crocodiles is located in northern Madagascar between the cities of Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) and Ambilobe. The next town west of the lake is called Anivorano North, is accessible via the RN6 and belongs to the Antsiranana region. The lake itself is actually called Antagnavo, is of volcanic origin and is known for its countless crocodiles (Crocodilus niloticus …

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Ankarana National Park

Ankarana: Ankara is derived from the name of the population living there, the Antankarana. Antankarana means “the people from the rocks”, which refers to the Tsingys typical for the national park. Location: Ankarana is located on the RN6, just 110 km south of Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) and about 30 km north of Ambilobe, in northern Madagascar. The park is close …

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Lokobe Nationalpark

Lokobe: This national park is named after its highest elevation, the Lokobe at 450 m above sea level. The name means “many colours”. Location: The National Park is located on the island of Nosy Be on Madagascar’s northwest coast and belongs to the Diana region. To get there, you can take an all-terrain vehicle from Antananarivo to Ankify (about 900 …

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