Tsarabanjina (Nosy Be)
Tsarabanjina is a small secluded island situated off the North West coast. This is a postcard perfect island paradise replete with powder soft white beaches, verdant vegetation and panoramic views over the warm Indian Ocean teeming with marine biodiversity. The island has some of the best diving and snorkeling in Madagascar.
The remote Masoala Peninsula has no roads leading to it and can only be accessed by boat. The lush primary rainforest is dripping with lemurs (including the highly sought-after Red Ruffed Lemur), chameleons and a host of other wildlife. This is Madagascar’s largest National Park.
A remote and exceptionally beautiful area of coastline, with sandy coves and turquoise waters. It also borders a superb dry forest reserve protecting a plethora of unique wildlife and majestic Baobab trees. The most magical aspect of Anjajavy is the troops of delightful dancing Coquerel’s Sifaka. Other key mammals include Grey Mouse Lemur and the highly sought after Fossa.
Time + Tide Miavana (on the private island of Nosy Ankao) is the first ultra-luxury lodge in Madagascar. Whale watching, lemur walks and Scuba diving are on offer at this island sanctuary. Although superbly stylish, the camp has a low impact, and their aim is to conserve the island’s natural resources whilst providing world class marine and land based activities.
This reserve is situated on the eastern slope of Madagascar’s mountainous backbone and spans a wide range of elevations and forest types. Here you can enjoy numerous lemur species from the rare Golden Bamboo Lemur to the tiny nocturnal Brown Mouse Lemur. Night walks also offer the opportunity to see colorful chameleons and strange Leaf-tailed Geckos.
Kirindy is a private reserve in the southwestern part of Madagascar and protects approximately 100 square kilometers of one of Madagascar’s most threatened ecosystems: its dry deciduous forests. Although the lodgings are very basic this is the best place to seek out the unique Fosa, the island’s largest carnivore. Kirindy is also known a a good location for Giant Jumping Rat.
In the spectacular forests of Perinet, you can expect to be treated to a close encounter with a family group of Indri. While walking in Perinet you will certainly hear their eerie, whale-like howling that echoes through the forest and if fortunate may be present with a group while they are ‘singing’.
The bands of cat-like, quizzical Ringtails are often the first to steal any visitors’ hearts, but their appeal is easily matched by the strikingly patterned Verreaux’s Sifakas with their soulful expressions and bizarre, bipedal dancing locomotion. The globally unique spiny forest with its highly adapted plant species is an attraction itself.