Madagascar Accommodation,
Northern Madagascar

Relais de l’Ankarana


Situated just 200m from the entrance of Ankarana National park, this hotel is simple but very convenient for access to the park. The spacious but basic bungalows have twin or double beds with mosquito nets and three have ensuite bathrooms. Hot water is usually available, but it can be variable due to the remoteness making showers sometimes a (likely welcome) refreshing experience! The open-air restaurant serves simple meals but with friendly service.

Please note that there is no Wi-Fi or phone reception here and the staff do not have perfect English but are always very friendly.


Simple bungalows with private bathrooms. Restaurant and friendly service. There is no phone reception or Wi-Fi here and the lodge is simple.

Local Wildlife

Ankarana National Park's sunken tropical dry forest is home to one of Madagascar's highest lemur densities. Crowned lemurs are particularly abundant, and Sanford's brown and nocturnal Ankarana sportive lemurs are also regularly spotted. The colourful panther chameleon, ground boa, giant hog-nosed snake and some camouflaged leaf-tailed geckos are among the commonly encountered reptiles. Birdlife is also diverse and includes Madagascar crested ibis, cuckoo rollers, Chabert's, blue and rufous vangas and the white-breasted mesite. The Grotte de Chauve Souris bat cave is another highlight where hundreds of Madagascar straw coloured and rousette bats can be seen. The inquisitive ring-tailed vontsira (mongoose) is also common in the park.

Optional Activities

Exploring Ankarana National Park on its wide range of trails.

Claire Pote

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our Madagascar tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

[Our escort guide] was excellent – he had amazing vocabulary and was always good natured, patient and attentive. He provided us with a great commentary to the country and proved to be a brilliant wildlife spotter. Wildlife highlights: seeing a streaked tenrec, snorkelling with green turtles, the pygmy chameleons, the biggest giant millipede I’ve ever seen, a group of indris without the crowds and hearing their calls, seeing new families of birds – vangas and couas…Everything was a complete treat – my binoculars got a complete workout.

Mr D N - Bristol