During a trip on the east coast of Madagascar, an incursion to Akanin'ny Nofy is essential. This little corner of paradise perfectly expresses the beauty and the richness of the Malagasy nature. You will be able to meet quite genuine, including the endemic fauna of the island.
Getting to Akanin'ny Nofy
Located on the eastern coast of Madagascar, Ankanin'ny Nofy is a beautiful site bordering Lake Ampitabe. The latter, separated from the Indian Ocean by a few dunes, is one of the many lakes of the Pangalanes Canal. So you can enjoy the crossing of the canal to visit Ankanin'ny Nofy, especially since the most pleasant way to get there is the boat, whether it is an outboard, a barge or pleasure boat.
From Tamatave, the site is reachable after an hour and a half of navigation. By cons, if you plan to go from Antananarivo, you will have to make a stopover in Manambato. Once in Akanin'ny Nofy, it's hard not to fall in love with this paradise. You can even stay there for a night or two by staying in one of the local hotels or bungalows. The latter, built with traditional materials, offer real comfort to visitors.
Akanin'ny Nofy can also be reached by train thanks to the rehabilitation of the TCE railway line (Tananarive - Cote-Est) by Madarail. Apart from ordinary trains, a micheline makes the TCE route on demand for groups of passengers. To reach Akanin'ny Nofy, you have to get off at Andranokoditra station, which has the advantage of being close to the majority of accommodation facilities.
A dream nest
Akanin'ny Nofy literally means "Nest dream" ... The evocative name of this place of delights is enough to feed the imagination. Nature lovers will certainly find wonders that live up to their expectations. This natural setting reveals all the beauty of Malagasy fauna and flora on fifty hectares. It is home to various species of endemic lemurs, including the famous Maki, a symbol of the island, Aye-Aye, Sifaka and Indri Indri, the largest lemur in the world.
To get close to the lemurs of the reserve, the visit of the "Palmarium" is a must. Moreover, it is the most tourist attraction of the site. Extending over thirty hectares, it owes its name to the 100 000 palm trees it houses. There are endemic and rare species such as Dypsis, Orania and Lemurophoenix. Many guides will be happy to accompany you in your discovery and to bring you more information on each species, whether lemurs, palm trees, orchids, carnivorous plants or others.