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Last important city of the National Highway 6 before arriving in the port city of Antsiranana (Diégo-Suarez), Ambilobe is also the last stop to access the impressive Tsingy of the Massif of Ankarana. Less known than Tsingy of Bemaraha, in the southwest region of Madagascar, the region is home to extraordinary landscapes, forged by the withdrawal of the sea and millions of years of erosion.

Ambilobe, the city of sugar cane and rum

Ambilobe: discovering the Ankarana Mountains

Before your escapade to the geological curiosities of the Massif of Ankarana, take the time to visit Ambilobe, this city that has developed around the culture of sugar cane. The name Ambilobe also means "where there is a lot of planting". The sugar factory in the city knows a passage empty, but another product derived from sugar cane it is flourishing, rum. It is also through a brand of this festive drink that a fringe of the Malagasy population knows the city. Life in this city is simple, no frills and you will enjoy sitting on a terrace and chat with locals. During your visit to the city, you can also admire the curious cocoa plants, from which chocolate is produced. For information, the cocoa from Madagascar is, with that of Guatemala, the best in the world and particularly appreciated by Swiss master chocolatiers. The Mahavavy River which supplies the city with water is also a detour not to be missed, especially when it dries up. You will then have a large stretch of sand with some meanders that run through it.

Ankarana massif: a fabulous landscape

Ambilobe: discovering the Ankarana Mountains

The Ankarana National Park is crossed by the RN6 if you take the direction of the city of Antsiranana from Ambilobe. Sacred place of the tribe Antakarana (that comes from Ankarana), by these also a natural reserve of great importance. It is home to several endemic species, including some species of lemurs. The landscape of several ridges is the result of millions of years of erosion. The dominant vegetation formation in the area is tsingy-specific, and has some similarities with Tsingy de Bemaraha. You will be delighted to literally see a baobab grow in the middle of the rocks. Do not forget to recharge the battery of your camera to immortalize the moment. During the geological history of Ankarana, the karstic formation that characterizes the region was also conducive to the formation of caves. There are several species of bats. There are up to 14 species, half of the listed species in Madagascar. For the visit of the Massif Ankarana, take care to equip you with high shoes, because the scorpions are legion. By following these recommendations, you are sure to spend unforgettable moments in the district of Ambilobe.

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