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Mahajanga

Country
Madagascar
State
Faritany de Mahajanga
City
Mahajanga
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

There are several flight connexions that connect Mahajunga with Tana.But also Nosy Be and Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) can be reached from here several times a week.For more info check at the website of Air Madagascar or ask at the Air Madagascar office in Mahajanga.There are international flights to with Air Austral to Mayotte and Reunion (Immeuble Sanifer, Ampasika,The taxi fare from the airport to the city centre costs approximately Ar 10,000.

By Bus

The 560 km RN4 between Tana and Mahajanga are in pretty good condition so that the frequent taxi-brousses take approximately ten hours to cover it.Fare is about Ar 20,000.To enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Imerina region take better one of the early buses and reserve your seat in advance! The taxi-brousse station in Mahajunga is at the Svenue Philibert Tsiranana.

By Ship

The old ship connection of the Sambo Line is not working at the moment.Neverthess the number of private vessel owners offering private cruises is high.Just ask at the port! You can go on board of a cruising yacht heading to Nosy Be or the Radama archipel or go fishing to Ambariaka.

Key places to visit
Amborovy Beach, Lake Mangatsa, The Andranoboka and Anjohibe Caves, Katsepy


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Places to Visit

Amborovy Beach

Great beach which a wide selection of accommodations in traditional fishermen houses and holiday bungalows.Unlike the East Coast, where sharks can sometimes show up, are these fishes here rather rare.Fish specialities like lobster and pulp are served in almost all seafront restaurants.To get there take the road to the airport and then turn left on a track (signpost) heading to the sea.

Lake Mangatsa

This sacred lake 30 m from Mahajanga with transparent waters is the habitant of some of the biggest goldfish you will ever see.But be cautious Fishing here is strictly forbidden.As soon as you arrive you will understand why.Several bottles and jars are placed at the base of the surrounding trees as prayers.Lake Mangatsa is a sacred place and even politicians come usually here to seek the advice of the ancestors.Better enjoy the nice food at the lake’s restaurant in this quiet and peaceful scenery.

The Andranoboka and Anjohibe Caves

Located 83 km from Mahajanga this unique site with amazing rock formations which can be only reached through a dirty track during the dry season attracts more visitors each year, who usually come here as part of an organized trip from Mahajanga.The caves were firstly reported by a French explorer in 1934, though locals of course knew their existence for centuries. Despite the many caves’ entrances it seems that there are two different cave systems which extend under two limestone hills about two kilometres from each other.

Katsepy

Further south along the coast we find a beautiful fisher village nestled between sandy beaches that invites guests to a complete idleness called Katsepy.Apart from walking to the lighthouse (where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Bombetoka Bay) or visiting the nearby Bay Boeny (accessible by road) for a different landscape, there is nothing more to do here than laying on a hammock, swimming and enjoying the excellent meals prepared by Ms Chabaud, who is supposed to be one of the best cook in the region. Ms Chabaud also offers rustic cabins for those wanting to stay overnight (for information enquire at the hotel with the same name at Mahajunga city centre).To get to Katsepy take one of the ferries leaving from Mahajanga port either at 7:30 am or at 3:30 pm (fare about Ar 1,000). The trip takes one hour.

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