If you plan to go to Diego from the capital, why not make a getaway to Analamerana? Here, no disappointment! This special reserve perfectly reflects the beauty and endemism of Malagasy biodiversity. And good deals are not lacking once there.
A reserve with precious riches
Located in the north of the island, the Analamerana Reserve is one of the many sites of major interest around Diego Suarez. Straddling the regions of Diana and Sava, it has an area of 34,700 ha, suggesting many discoveries and sensations. Two peculiarities are his fame. On the one hand, it is the sanctuary of Propithecus perrieri, a lemur that is difficult to find in the other reserves of Madagascar. On the other hand, it shelters three species of baobabs out of the seven that count the island. You will be able to admireAdansonia perrieri, theAdansonia suareziensis and theAdansonia madagascariensis. The birdlife of the Analamerana Special Reserve is just as interesting. The protected area is home to rare birds such as Van Dam Vanga.
An exotic cultural region
The Big Island has forged its own identity by the richness of its nature and the authenticity of its culture. The region of Analamerana has a wonderful combination of both, which will certainly please curious visitors. It is enough to leave the reserve itself to discover an effervescent cultural life. Indeed, every year, the region is the scene of many festivals. If the opportunity arises, go to Ambilobe between July and August to attend the celebration of "Kabiry", a traditional instrument of the Antakarana culture. Between August and October, Ambanja animates the region with two major events: the "Sorogno" and the "Vagnono". Traditional dance and music are on the program.
Getting to Analamerana
The best time for a trip to Analamerana is between May and November, during the dry season. The trip can last 24 hours fromAntananarivoyou have the choice between car, bush taxi or plane to get there. If you choose the road, follow the RN 6 and turn off at Antanandrainitelo or Sadjoavato. The departure for the reserve is from the site of Irodo or the rural Ankarongana. From these two points, it is better to go to the protected area by bike, by bike or why not on foot. Hikers will be delighted. In addition, if you opt for a local flight, it will land in Diego and spend a few kilometers on the road before arriving in the reserve of Analamerana.