The attractions of Ankarana Reserve, 65 mi/108 km from Antsiranana, include the largest underground network of caves in Africa, sacred bat caves, subterranean rivers, tsingy formations (limestone karst pinnacles), and a wide variety of lemurs, birds and reptiles. Half of Madagascar's bats live in the Ankarana caves. A permit is needed to enter the reserve—it can be arranged upon arrival. The main tsingy formations are accessible only on foot and require a solid two-hour hike to reach, passing through thick forest along the way.
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