Ankarafantsika National Park in the northwest of Madagascar is a mosaic of dense dry deciduous forest forests and wetlands, which are a haven for birdlife. Ankarafantsika is located 450 km from Antananarivo and 114 km from Mahajanga, and is bisected by RN4.

Most visitors to Ankarafantsika come for the birds and Coquerel's sifaka, although Milne-Edwards lepilemur, the mongoose lemur, the western wolly lemur, the grey mouse lemur, the fat-tailed dwarf lemur, and the endemic golden-brown mouse lemur are also found in the park.

The park is readily accessible (about a 2-hour drive) from Mahajanga. The Park Office is located in Ampijoroa and there are facilities for overnight stays as well as camping. Birdwatchers often hire a boat for Ravelobe Lake.

Ankarafantsika can get extremely hot from April through October so be sure to bring sun protection. Province: Mahajanga (Majunga)

Area: 130,026

Protected area status: National park

Year established:

General location:

Location and Access: 450 km northwest of Tana and 115 km south of Majunga

Climate: Tropical forest

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Precipitation: 100-150 cm


Birds: 129
Lemur species: 8



Dominant ethnic group(s): Sakalava

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