Do you know Daraina, the former village of gold seekers?

For your next holiday destination, opt for Daraina, a small coastal town located in Vohémar, in the north of Madagascar. Dating, nature, beaches, you will all have what you will need to live a unique holiday.
 
Daraina was rather known as an ancient village of gold seekers. Indeed, the northern part of the Big Island is renowned for the richness of its subsoil. If you would like to meet traditional goldsmiths, ask your guide to take you inside the surrounding forests. You will discover their technique of gold panning and also their way of life. A visit to the market - every Tuesday - and in the surrounding villages can also be interesting.
Enjoy your trekking in the Daraina Reserve, which is an integral part of the Loky-Manambato Game Reserve. During your stroll through the forests of Binara and Bekaraoka, you will meet the Akomba malandy: the propithecus tattersalli or Propithec with golden crown also called Sifaka Tattersall. This species of endemic lemur is seriously threatened with extinction. This is why an NGO called "Fanamby" defends its protection. Expect also to see the giant scorpion. Relax at the foot of the sacred waterfall for a swim in fresh water.
 
As you are already in Vohémar or Iharana (ancient city name), treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the magnificent bay. Breathe in the fresh sea air while admiring the scenery.
 
This article was featured in Prime Magazine August 2017

Useful Information

When to go

Daraina, like all the rest of Vohémar, has a fairly high level of precipitation. To better appreciate the richness of the places, arrange your agenda and go between May and November.

How to get there

Daraina is 50 km north of Vohémar on the road from Diégo-Suarez. From Antananarivo, your trip will be long (1074 km). You will pass by the RN4, the RN6 until Ambilobe then by the RN5A. You can however take a regular flight to Sambava from the capital. Daraina is 148 km away.

Where to stay

In Daraina, you will sleep at Camp Tattersalli; these establishments will welcome you in an authentic setting. You also have the possibility to book your rooms in Vohémar. We recommend the Hotel La Baie d'Iharana, Hotel Galaxy or Hôtel Lagon Bleu.

Where to eat

At Camp Tattersalli in Daraina, you will be treated to succulent dishes cooked by the chef. Seafood, local products, you will be spoiled for choice.

What to see

By visiting Vohémar, you will be impressed by the buildings built during the colonization. If you prefer human contact, it is the perfect opportunity to interact with the northern people, known for the warmth of their welcome. Lake Vert and Lake Andranotsara are also worth a short detour.