"Situated on the world’s second-largest natural bay, the laidback port of Diego Suarez is the fly-in gateway town to a diverse set of attractions in the far north of Madagascar. These include the wildlife-rich forests of Amber Mountain National Park and the island’s most accessible major outcrops of tsingy (a karstic formation of steep serrated rock needles) in Ankarana Special Reserve. ”
- Philip Briggs
Diego Suarez and the far north
Boasting a lovely location on the immense Baie des Français, Diego Suarez overlooks the small but steep sugarloaf island of Nosy Lonjo. The town centre has some interesting colonial architecture but many people prefer to base themselves at the facing beach resort of Ramena, which is also the springboard for boat excursions to a beautiful pale turquoise swimming- and snorkel-friendly lagoon known as the Emerald Sea.
The main tourist hotspot in the far north is Amber Mountain, an extinct volcano that rises to an altitude of 1,477 metres (4,845ft) southwest of Diego Suarez. The lushly forested upper slopes, protected in a national park since 1958, a serviced by a trail network trail that runs past several crater lakes and waterfalls, and offers the opportunity to look for crowned lemur and Sanford’s brown lemur, as well as 14 chameleon species (nine of which occur nowhere else in the world), several types of leaf-tailed gecko and 75 bird species (including the endemic Amber Mountain rock thrush).
South of Diego Suarez, Red Tsingy Community Reserve comprises an otherworldly landscape of tall and curvaceous ferruginous clay chimneys. Further south still, hiker-friendly Ankarana Special Reserve protects the most accessible of Madagascar’s major tsingy formations, and immense jagged limestone outcrop that incorporates Madagascar’s longest cave network, and also supports 330 plant, 11 lemur, 96 bird, 44 reptile and 16 amphibian species.
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