"ANJAJAVY Tsingy, Deserted Coves and Lemurs" Anjajavy by janiebaxter

Anjajavy Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 18 photos

Remote Haven in the North West

Anjajavy is on a remote peninsula in northwest Madagascar, an area of natural beauty with an unspoilt and beautiful coastline.
There is only one hotel here which is set in tropical gardens facing the Mozambique chanel with a long sandy beach, and is next to a dry deciduous forest.
You can see and hear Madagascar lovebirds flying between the palm trees along with red fodys and yellow Madagascar wagtails as well as groups of common brown lemurs and sifakas in the trees and forest around the hotel.
There are empty beaches and deserted coves, magnificent forest of ebonies, baobabs, palissandre and mangroves, small fishing villages with pirogues on the beaches, lemurs, rare birds, amazing reptiles and the tsingy limestone formations.
You can walk through the mangrove at low tide to the Sakalava fishing villages of Ambondro Ampassy or Anjajavy, or explore the many small private coves with a picnic lunch. There is a marina for watersports - snorkelling, boat trips and windsurfing and the game fishing is superb here.
There are no roads to Anjajavy so you have to fly by small plane.

The Deciduous Forest

The dry deciduous forests along the western coast of Madagascar have dense shrubs and saplings with trees over 20m tall - huge baobabs, pallisanders and ebony trees. The dry season is from May to November and the rains arrive in December when the forests become a sea of emerald greens.
The forests here are easy to walk around unaccompanied with leafy paths and a fantastic variation of wildlife with some of Madagascar’s most endangered species. There are troops of Coquerel’s sifaka, bushpigs, birds, butterflies, snakes and chameleons and caves with hundreds of fuzzy faced fruit bats.
This is the region where you also see the "tsingy" limestone plateaux, eroded by rain into spectacular formations. There are a number of underground rivers and caves, which can be explored with a guide and if you are near to caves at sunset you may see hundreds of bats flying off to feed during the night.

Wildlife all Around You

As you walk around the forest, the beach and even by the rooms, you can see all types of animals, beautiful birds and reptiles. This snake appeared every afternoon just outside our room.
There are no poisonous snakes in Madagascar so unlike other places in Africa the people have never been frightened of the snakes, as they have never been a threat so they have not killed them. This means that you very easily come across the snakes quite often and they don't hurry away, unless you really get much too close. They will even stop for a photo sometimes!

We travelled to Madagascar and Anjajavy with UK compnay Rainbow Tours who are experts on Madagascar

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Completely unspoilt and remote
  • Cons:Getting there is not cheap as you have to fly
  • In a nutshell:A mini Madagascar in Madagascar
  • Last visit to Anjajavy: Jan 2004
  • Intro Updated Oct 14, 2007
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  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    Madagascar is one of those exotic places I have always wanted to visit, so thanks for the excellent virtual tour! I think I could stand a Sundowner at Moramba Bay just about now! That private airplane looks like a deHavilland Canada 'Turbo Otter'.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2007 at 5:24 AM

    Goodness - you got caught in a rip. So glad the boatmean heard you shout.

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