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Nosy Be to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)
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|Ankify a small harbour from where you can reach Nosy Be on an half an hour crossing with local speed boat (about 10 euros). But there are also very pleasant accommodation facilities, superb cuisine, authentic fishing villages, hospitable inhabitants and huge cacao and coffee plantations. The coast is beautiful and yet very little known. Ankify is not a village itself, but a jetty and there is therefore no structure, just a few chop-bars and hotels in the vicinity.||
© Ankify Lodge (Dauphin Bleu)
There is currently a new site being developed (so far only in French) with further infos and many links about Ankify: www.ankify.com
Accommodation (hotels in alphabetical order, prices from 2013)
Ankify Lodge (Dauphin
Tel: +261 (0)32 45 334 61 / +261 20 86 926 11
This charming hotel is situated opposite to Nosy Be, in the
Price for a bungalow 44 € for one person, 48 € for two and 54 € for three guests (ask for a discount from the second night).
Tel: +261 (0)32 57 712 01 or
The hotel has been recently renovated (it was formerly known as Hotel la Mer) and consists of the main building, two bungalows and a family bungalow. In the main building, you can find the bar, the restaurant and three guest rooms. Peaceful atmosphere and frinedly staff.
Price for a room or bungalow 45 € (from 2 days 37 €); family bungalow 87 €
Tel: +261 20 86 500 81/ 82 or +261 033 07 208 87
Comfortable bungalows settled in tropical environment with a womderful private beach. From the dining room guests can enjoy a view on the
Bungalow for two people 50 €, with sea views 63 €
Le bungalows D’Antoremba
Tel: + 261 (0)32 56 62 772 - 261 032 44 97801
The bungalows of Antoremba, built with local materials, are located right on the beach and are surrounded by a tropical garden. Bathrooms are equipped with hot water heated by solar energy. They all have a private terrace from where guests can enjoy the dim sun hanging over Nosy Tanikely while enjoying a refreshing rum arrange. Two nights minimum.
Single bungalow 94 €, double bungalow 115 € (breakfast included), full board 33 €
To Nosy Be
Speedboats to Hell-Ville normally cost around Ar 10,000, but price varies according to the oil tariffs. Malagasy locals should know the current prices. Departure is around 13 pm, when the captain has joined an enough number of passengers. The boat ride takes about 40 minutes and can be dangerous during July and August when the sea is especially rough.
Larger boats are also an option, though much slower, cost as little as Ar 3,000 and they do not stick into any reliable schedule, though they usually leave Ankify’s harbour around 12.30 pm. They take about 2 hours to cross the strait.
To mover further to
Ambanja a four-wheeled
vehicle with driver is indispensable. Often full 4x4 normally pass
town. Expect to pay Ar 3,000 per person. From Ambanja you can easily
taxi-brousse to Ambilobe and Diego Suarez.
|Ambanja panther chameleon © Ankify Lodge (Dauphin Bleu)|
The town of
The road to the village is lined with teks or mantalias, large trees providing a generous shade. There are no attractions around. It is just a mere stop town on the way Nosy Be-Antsiranana. Ambanja is served by the local Ambanja Airport and maritime harbour, and it is on the Malagasy domestic flight path.
Very basic rooms with a reputed restaurant for 22,000 Ar for a double
Small and simple rooms with ventilator from 10,000 to 14,000 Ar.
Small, cheap and nicely decorated rooms with a restaurant in straw-thatched hut.
Rooms from Ar 8,000 to Ar 14,000 depending on the facilities.
Motel Diamant 10
Tel: +261 20 86 502 59
Functional rooms equipped with TV, bath, AC and fridge for Ar 50,000, a suite 100,000 Ar
Tel: +261 032 04 61 121
Small hotel where balls are organised at the entrance hall in the evening. Rooms are distributed around are small garden and have hot water.
Doubles with shared WC cost Ar 23,000; with private facilities 32,000 Ar, with AC 44,000 Ar
Close to downtown. Rooms with shower and ventilator
Prices: 13,000 Ar
Accommodations in the surrounding area
Auberge eco- ethnique
Tel: +261 032 02 043 57
Close to the Amboro valley, 30 km from Ambaja. The building resembles a small traditional village, in a quiet environment surrounded by wild nature to explore. 38 € p. person with full board
Ambatonono,Tel: +261 032 43 833 92
Basic bungalows for two people for 8,000 Ar some 5 km from the hermitage.
Tel / Fax: +261 86 930 06 / +261 032 40 115 39
The high standard Hotel Hermitage is surrounded by wet tropical forest, nestled in an isolated bay with a private beach. A true oasis! It be reached by land or sea. The boat transfer to the hotel from the dock at Nosy Be takes 30 minutes, or one hour from the international airport.
Double bungalow for 63 €, family bungalow 84 € (without breakfast).
No charge for children of less than 12
A taxi-brousse to Diego cost between Ar 15,000 to Ar 20,000.The road is in very good condition. The taxi-brousse station is located near the main road to Diego.
In town, a taxi ride costs about Ar 1,000
is an Air Madagascar bureau (Tel:
+261 86 500 02), a BOA bank and one or two Internet cafes in the centre.
is a very hot town gate to the
sugar cane fields of SIRAMA 200 km north of Ambanja. The road crosses
ending plantations of sugarcane, ylang ylang, cocoa, coffee, pepper,
cinnamon and vanilla. Some foreign companies are distilling the
fragrance of these
plants and export them to
Accommodations (prices from 2013)
Behind service station Jovenna coming from Diego. It is a white house with a grill, reception and a garden. Rooms with bath and hot water for 25,000 Ar
Tel: +261 032 44 644 51
This hotel consists of nine bungalows equipped with private bath, ventilator and cold water. A pleasant homestay though pretty far from the town centre and the taxi-brousse station.
Price for two: 20,000 Ar
Tel: +261 20 82 065 41
Located at the main street in the town’s centre, this nice hotel offers nice room with fair prices: doubles with ventilator and hot water for 30,000 Ar, with Ac for 44,000 Ar
See under Ankarana National Park
to legend, the present-day lake (the largest crater lake in
The villagers have since been reincarnated as crocodiles which are said to inhabit the lake. Zebu cattle are still sacrificed and fed to the crocodiles to honour the invisible powers of the lake.
access the lake, you have to get to the
|© Tourism office of Diego Suarez|
tsingy are made of red laterite (similar
to clay) and not of limestone rock like the tsingy at l'Ankarana. They
caused by land / mud slides during heavy rain, which is regular in
The effect of burning land that pro voc deforestation and erosion
because of rain season, and becoming imaginary and impressive view of
are forming the scilicet (sand), late rite (land) and argil and after
visits in red tsingy , an enormous ravine of sharp, ancient rock
unique to Madagascar. These turned out to be sand formations overlaid
clay long ago. Erosion has worn the clay away, exposing the
(with tinges of red) columns of sand formations underneath.
who've been to
See under Amber Mountain National park
Joffreville, a small mountain village 30 km from the northerly port of Antsiranana, was founded as a retreat for French officers in the early 20th century and has now acquired a recently tourist status due to its proximity to the Amber national park, which is only 4 km from here . The climate there is cool, quite different from the heat in the parched terrain around the bay.
|Joffreville lies in a cool mountainous environment|
gardens of the St Jean-Baptiste Monastery offer a jaw-dropping
that gives an almost 270 degree arc of the
Accommodation (Hotels in alphabetical order, prices from 2013)
Auberge sakay Tany
Tel: +261 032 04 281 22
Despite the ruinous appearance of the building, this is still a convivial place for people on tight-budgets thanks to the warm hospitality of the hosts. Triples cost Ar 24,000. Five-bed dorms cost Ar 30,000.
Tel: +261 033 11 345 81
This century-old homestead, once property of a rich French settler, has been lovely restored into a luxury boutique with big and personalized rooms that will guarantee a perfect rest for more demanding travellers.
A double room costs here 185 € with breakfast , a suite 250 €.
Tel: +261 032 04 795 24
Just before entering the town, a junction road on the left will take you to this quiet place. Guests can stay in eight, simple but clean bedrooms.
Price pro person in half board from 33 to 38 €
Tel: +261 032 07 123 06
A favourite accommodation for those visiting the nearby Montagne d’Ambre national park. Charming and impeccable bungalows, terrace with fabulous views and a restaurant serving excellent meals offer an ideal complex for families.
Double bungalow from 73 €, menu for 15 €
The Litchi Tree
Phone: +261 033 12 784 54
This incredible old colonial house has been totally renovated to match all ecological standards and was inaugurated as a hotel in 2008. It has 5 superb rooms with hand-made furniture and fantastic views over the Antsiranana Bay and the Mozambique Channel.
A double room costs 83 €
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