Highlights of North Madagascar

There is nowhere in the world like Madagascar, the flora and fauna are unique to this island located in the Indian Ocean.

If like me, you have been inspired by watching Sir David Attenborough to visit, and see the many species of Lemurs and Chameleons.  I would highly recommend it! When you see your first Lemur, it is a very memorable experience.

What you don’t see from the television documentaries is the Malagasy people, the busy towns and cities.  Arriving in the capital city of Antananarivo (Tana) can be a bit of a shock!  It’s a thriving city of hustle and bustle. From the airport to the city centre can take an hour or more depending on time of arrival and traffic.

Here are North Madagascar top tourist attractions that are not to be missed.

North Madagascar Top Tourist Attractions: Lake Anosy, Antananarivo, Madagascar ©MDHarding
Lake Anosy, Antananarivo, Madagascar ©MDHarding

North Madagascar Top Tourist Attractions

Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

As with most tours we started in Tana with a one night stay, then late the following day an internal flight to the city of Diego Suarez (Antsiranana).

Diego Suarez (Antsiranana) is a great place to explore the far north of Madagascar.  It is much quieter than Tana with a more laid back pace. It is very comfortable strolling around the wide streets, past the old colonial architecture remaining from the Dutch period and witnessing the locals enjoying the old band stand with its oceanic views.  The port is becoming popular with cruise ships and is ever more so with the locals, to watch the dramatic sunsets.

North Madagascar Top Tourist Attractions: Diego Suarez Port at Sunset ©MDHarding
Diego Suarez Port at sunset ©MDHarding

Amber Mountain National Park

Early the next day we travelled by 4×4 to the Amber Mountain National Park.  The drive can be quite arduous with the uneven terrain, however the ever changing surrounding landscapes can be one of beauty.  With small numbers of tourists visiting the park, we were able to watch a whole family of Crowned Lemurs dancing in the trees and then follow one another right past us!  At the end of the visit our guide even surprised us finding not one but two Pygmy Leaf Chameleons in a pile of leaves the same colour, at the bottom of a tree!

North Madagascar Top Tourist Attractions: The smallest chameleon - Pygmy Chamelon ©MDHarding
One of the smallest chameleons in the world – Pygmy Leaf Chameleon ©MDHarding

Red Tsingy

From here we drove on to see the natural geological wonder of Red Tsingy.  A small walk down hill onto what could be described as a large grotto floor. The red sand that has formed itself into what looks like thousands of stalagmites, that can be washed away by the rain and later a new landscape is formed. On the way back in the 4×4 we stopped off at a higher vantage point to get an incredible aerial view of the Red Tsingy landscape.

North Madagascar Top Tourist Attractions: The natural geological wonder - Red Tsingy ©MDHarding
The natural geological wonder – Red Tsingy ©MDHarding

Three Bays

The next day was a visit to walk along the Three Bays.  Although, it is not only three but five bays that stretch along the coast with white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, coral reef and vegetation that goes on for miles from Sakalava Bay to Ramena Beach.  The main bays are the Sakalava Bay, Pigeons Bay and Dunes Bay. It is a wonderful walk with changing landscapes. (Please remember sunscreen, hat and plenty of water as the area is very open and the sun very strong!).

North Madagascar Top Tourist Attractions: You could end up like this poor Zebu at the Three Bays ©MDHarding
You could end up like this poor Zebu at the Three Bays ©MDHarding

Nosy Be

A visit to the perfume island – Nosy Be is a great location to finish the trip off, with relaxing trips to nearby islands such as Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely. Nosy Be called the perfume island due to the many plantations of Ylang Ylang.  It is possible to visit a distillers such as Domaine Florette, that pick the flowers and turn them into the sweet smelling essential oil. The boat ride to the neighbouring islands are one of fast and furious! Bouncing across the turquoise waters, wind blowing in your hair and the sun radiating in the clear blue skies. (Aqua shoes are great for the islands trip, as take off by boat from the beach and with water landings).

North Madagascar Top Tourist Attractions: Across the bay from Nosy Komba ©MDHarding
Across the bay from Nosy Komba ©MDHarding

Madagascar is an incredible country to visit! There are different types of accommodation available for all ranges of budgets. Although I would highly recommend keeping in mind location, restaurants and also if the hotel provides mosquito nets in the rooms.

Thank you to Go Travel Madagascar.

As always we would love to hear from you. Have you visited these North Madagascar top tourist attractions? What was your unforgettable moment? Or perhaps you are inspired to visit and have a question about your up and coming trip? Please comment or leave us a question below.  Thanks!  Happy Travels:) x

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 Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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