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is located in the Diego Suarez
area in the Northern
region of Madagascar
Ankarana National Reserve is a large limestone massif of around 50 square kilometres which is best known for its impressive 'tsingy' limestone erosion platforms. These formations are surrounded and punctuated by deciduous forest, which is unusual in Madagascar, home to a good range of unusual flora and fauna. Endemic mammals include several species of lemur. Some interesting trails lead through dramatic rock formations to secret forest enclaves, hidden lakes and mysterious caverns.
The lodge is set to the east of the main reserve, on the lower slopes of a smaller tsingy outcrop and with broad views to the south. It is centred on a large swimming pool, with bar alongside and open-sided dining room just up the slope.
Guest accommodation is in a total of 12 rooms, three lower cost rooms, eight detached bungalows and one larger family bungalow with two bedrooms
Activities include guided walks into the main reserve to experience the areas wonderful endemic flora and fauna, including several species of lemur, a wide range of birds and various types of chameleons, lizards and snakes.
The lodge is set in a small private nature reserve where guests are able to undertake hikes locally and which offers a similar range of attractions on a smaller scale.
Access is by road, usually as a stop on the overland journey from Nosy Be to Diego Suarez. The usual stay duration is one or two nights only.
The main potential downsides at Ankarana Lodge are the difficulty of access, the shortage of availability, the simplicity of the lodge, the outdoorsy and subtle nature of the activities, with the main animals being relatively elusive.