The Northern Region of Madagascar - Antsiranana:

The North region of Madagascar Antsiranana

If you're looking for paradise beaches then the North region is where you'll want to be.

But there's much more to the tropical North situated closest to the equator. The North has a seven month dry season followed by intense rainfall from December to April creating a varied landscape including altitude rainforests, limestone caves and tranquil lagoons.

Nosy Be off the north west coast is a five star beach destination famed for its snorkelling and diving in warm tropical waters offering coastal boat charters, fishing and island tours. There are over 30 islands in the Nosy Be and nearby Nosy Mitsio archipelagos with the islands of Ile Nosy Iranja, Tsarabanjina and Nosy Komba (also known as 'Lemur Island') offering unspoilt white beaches that are second to none. And tourist friendly lemurs.

Bordered by the rugged Tsaratanana Massif mountain range with its highest point Maromokotro at 2,876m, there are other spectacular sights in the North including the lakes and waterfalls of the Montagne d'Ambre (Amber Mountain National Park) forest, and the Tsingy (limestone formations) with a network of grottos, caves and underground rivers in the Ankarana Special Reserve.

The coastline is deeply indented featuring the natural harbor at Antsiranana (Diégo Suarez). At Antalaha in the Sava region, dhows, traditional sailing vessels used originally for trading by the Arabic storekeepers who frequented this part of Madagascar are still used and constructed in the small shipyard.

The Northern region has a fascinating culture via its multi-ethnic population, a mix that includes Muslims, descendants of African slaves, Indian traders, Arabic sailors and French plus the local Antakarana.

The North subdivides into the Sava area consisting of Sambava, Vohémar, Andapa and Antalaha and also the Diana region comprising Diégo, Ambilobe, Nosy-be, Ambanja.

MAJOR TOWNS: Antalaha, Maroantsetra, Sambava, Vohémar, Andapa, Nosy Be, Diego Suarez (Antsiranana), Ambilobe, Ambanja, Nosy-Be

NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES: Ankarana Reserve, Montagne d'Ambre, Lokobe Reserve, Nosy Komba, Nosy Mangabe, Nosy Tanikely., Nosy Hara, Marojejy Reserve, Anjanaharibe Reserve.

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In the North there is so much to see and do in Ankarana Reserve, Montagne d'Ambre, Lokobe Reserve, Nosy Komba, Nosy Mangabe, Nosy Tanikely., Nosy Hara, Marojejy Reserve, Anjanaharibe Reserve.
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Featured places in North Madagascar

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