The National Park of Ankarafantsika is one of the largest preserved dense deciduous forests of Madagascar. It is home for endangered and endemic species. The Park is located about 450 km to the North from Tana and 110 km to the South from Mahajanga and covers an area of nearly 1350 km.
Ankarafantsika became a national Park in 2002, when the two parts of the Park separated by the main road were combined. The vegetation of the Park consists mostly of shunted deciduous wood with savanna and the forest around the lake Ravelobe.
Ankarafantsika National Park is the last refuge of several lemur and bird species. The Park is home to eight lemur species: a night walk through the Park is exciting and worthwhile. The national Park is also one of the best places in Madagascar to bird watching, there are about 129 species, 75 of which are endemic. You might also encounter crocodiles around the lake and an extremely rare species of turtle. Many scientists from around the world come here to study rare creatures such as the Sifaka "Dancing lemur", Mongos lemurs, Pachypodium, rosewood.
The climate of the Park is dry and warm, the air temperature can reach up to 40 Celsius degrees.
The best time for Safari in the National Park of Ankarafantsika is all year round.