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Northern Madagascar is home to one of the country's primary rainforest areas, Amber Mountain National Park.

As well as here you can enjoy a scenic drive out to the tiny fishing village of Ankify on the north-west coast, via Ankarana National Park.

Amber Mountain National Park

Amber Mountain National Park is situated in the far north of Madagascar, 40km south of Diego. The park is rewarding for walkers with a large number of trails through the forest. On foot you have the chance to discover all the smaller wildlife such as the leaf-mimic chameleons, tree boas, leaf-tailed geckos, butterflies and pill millipedes which curl up into perfect balls. There are seven lemur species in the park and hikers usually see at least one, if not two of the diurnal species including the crowned lemur and Sanford’s brown lemur.


Ankarana Special Reserve, MadagascarAnkarana, located three hours south west of Diego Suarez, is one of the best places in Madagascar to see the famous limestone tsingy. The limestone massif rises up from the forest, and though a few tiny succulent plants cling to the rocks, the tsingy is largely bare and spiky limestone. A few pathways wind through the rocks, and hiking is challenging, but rewarding with some spectacular views out over the reserve.

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Places to visit in Northern Madagascar

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Northern Madagascar, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring Northern Madagascar

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Northern Madagascar, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Northern Madagascar

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    Places in and around Northern Madagascar

    Accommodation choices for Northern Madagascar

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Northern Madagascar. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Baobab Ankify, Ankify

      Baobab Ankify


      Baobab Ankify lies away from the hustle and bustle of the village, a few minutes drive south of Ankify. It's a particularly welcoming place to arrive in after a long journey through the countryside.

    • Nature Lodge, Joffreville (Ambohitra)

      Nature Lodge


      This is a warm, friendly and cosy lodge. The chalets are wonderful to snuggle up in after a day exploring Montagne d' Ambre.

    • The Litchi Tree,Joffreville (Ambohitra)

      The Litchi Tree


      This property is a real find and if you are looking for a beautifully located and stylish place to fully relax whilst spending your days exploring Amber Mountain then this is ideal.