When to go
Majunga, like the whole of the Boeny region, enjoys plentiful sunshine all year round, with a hot and dry tropical climate and an annual temperature of around 26°C. The best time to visit the ‘town of flowers’ is between May and October.
How to get there
The airline Air Madagascar/ Tsaradia runs regular flights between Antananarivo and Mahajanga. You can also go by road, along the RN4, a seven-hour drive. The Cirque rouge is located 12km to the north of the airport of Amborovy. It is advisable to visit in mid-afternoon. The park of Ankarafantsika lies 115km to the south of Majunga.
Where to stay
At Ankarafantsika, you can stay at the hostels in the park or check into one of the hotels in Majunga. The Hotel Anjajavy Lodge, Baobab Tree Hotel or the Coco Lodge are recommended. The Hotel Zahamotel, and the Saara Hotel are along the road to Amborovy. The Roches Rouges, Sunny Hotel, Antsanitia Resort and the Red Rocks also offer quality accommodation.
Where to eat
In Majunga, we recommend you taste the food served at Chez Papi Râleur and Chez Karon, or experience the relaxed atmosphere of La Petite Cour. At Ankarafantsika, you can order food in the park itself or bring a picnic.
What to see
Above all, remember to visit the jardin d’Amour, the municipal gardens that have become the destination of lovers. Not far from there, the French general Gallieni erected a war memorial to commemorate French soldiers. Since 2012, the great African baobab (Adansonia digitata) that grows on the sea front in the town has become a heritage site and has been baptised ‘Bouyé be’ With a circumference of 20 or so metres and a height of 10 metres, the specimen often figures on visitors’ souvenir photographs. For more adventure, you can take a trip to Katsepy, to the north-west of Majunga, where you can visit the famous lighthouse built in 1901 by the workshop of Eiffel. From there, after climbing up the 174 steps, you can have a superb view over the bay of Bombetoka, dotted with boats, as well as the surrounding multi-coloured landscape. Katsepy is in a small forest which harbours several species of lemurs. It lies at the mouth of the Mozambique channel and the river Betsiboka.