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Mahajanga

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... is a hot and breezy town on the Northwest Coast of Madagascar.


The place is probably best know for the enormous baobab tree which forms the centrepiece of the main seafront traffic circle. There is a large Indian population here, who drive the economy and provide additional local colour to supplement that of the local Sakalava people. The best accommodation is probably Antsanitia Resort, some 20km to the northeast.

Around 125km to the northeast the beautiful and remote Anjajavy peninsular is more usually accessed by air direct from the capital rather than through Mahajanga. There are two excellent upmarket accommodation options here, Anjajavy L'Hotel and La Maison de Marovasa-Be.

Around 90km to the southeast of Mahajanga lies Ankarafantsika national reserve, a 1300 square kilometre area dominated by dry deciduous forest. An excellent network of trails, with good chances of sighting eight species of lemur, amongst many other diverse sightings. The only reasonable accommodation in the area is the simple Gite d'Ampijoroa.

Further west there are the much lesser-visited Baie de Baly and Tsingy de Namoroka national reserves.
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