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parks & attractions in Madagascar

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As the fourth largest island on earth protecting a spectacular array of wildlife and the highest biodiversity on the planet, Madagascar’s attractions lie largely in its national parks and special reserves. The habitats are wide-ranging and shelter thousands of species of plant and animal life, of which an estimated 80% are not found anywhere else on earth, due to its astonishing isolation. So important is the preservation of these sanctuaries and their endemic species that the institution Madagascar National Parks was founded in 1990 to assist in conservation of natural resources across all national parks and reserves. The parks and attractions themselves range from the popular Andasibe which almost guarantees lemur sightings and Berenty Reserve with its dancing sifakas, to private islands such as Nosy Tsarabanjina and the mountainous waterfall-clad terrain of Amber Mountain.

Further information on our favourite places in Madagascar can be found on our highlights of Madagascar page which may give you some food for thought!

Top Parks & Attractions in Madagascar

PARKS AND ATTRACTIONS OF MADAGASCAR

Amber Mountain National Park

Appropriately named due to the resin from the trees, a park of wildlife, waterfalls, volcanic lakes and rainforests.

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Andasibe National Park

Wake up to the haunting calls of the indri of Andasibe, the world's largest lemur, before tracking them during the day!

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Anjajavy Private Nature Reserve

Anjajavy Lodge is a private Relais and Chateaux property in its own exclusive nature reserve and home to the bouncy dancing sifakas.

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Ankarafantsika Nature Reserve

Ankarafantsika is home to the Coquerel's sifaka, endemic golden brown mouse lemur, fat tailed dwarf lemur and a variety of trails!

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Ankarana National Park

Ankarana National Park consists of unique limestone tsingy rock pinnacles, this park is also home to crowned lemurs, dwarf lemurs and sportive lemur.

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Antananarivo

Antananarivo is an atmospheric if not slightly chaotic city with some hotels located on the hillsides affording great city views.

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Berenty Reserve

Berenty Reserve offers up close and personal lemurs and excellent photography with ring-tailed lemurs, dancing sifakas and a variety of reptiles.

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Ifaty

Ifaty is located on the south west coastline ideal for a few days of beach relaxation at the end of your safari through Madagascar.

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Ile Sainte Marie

A beautiful tropical island located off the east coast, Ile Sainte Marie is home to the boutique Princesse Bora Lodge.

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Isalo National Park

Dramatic wind eroded and sculpted rock formations, Isalo National Park offers stunning trekking and cheeky lemurs roaming the canyons.

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Masoala National Park

Masoala National Park offers pristine peninsular rainforest, with wilderness walks, lemurs, whale watching and wild coastline.

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Mikea National Park

Named after the Mikea, one of Madagascar’s last hunter-gatherer societies, this national park in the country’s southwest is home to spiny forest, white-sand beaches and the eponymous people who share the land with birds, lemurs, reptiles and other endemic species.

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Nosy Be

Nosy Be is a bustling island with some cosy lodges and also a staging point for private island retreats.

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Palmarium Reserve

Palmarium Reserve is a unique reserve with the chance to photograph various lemurs as they bounce across your balcony.

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Ranomafana National Park

True Madagascan rainforest, Ranomafana National Park offers forest walks, chameleons and a variety of lemurs including the fascinating bamboo lemur.

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