The Pangalanes Canal

Extending down the eastern coast of Madagascar, the Pangalanes Canal is a series of natural rivers, man-made lakes and waterways measuring roughly 600 kilometres. It is primarily a working canal (used for fishing and transportation), but it’s worth an excursion to experience a number of unspoilt beaches and small villages on its banks, and the procession of boats on its waters. Stop off to visit one of the coffee factories, take time to chat to the fishermen as they dry their catch of eels, or venture on to the Palmarium Reserve – also named Ankanin'ny Nofy or ‘Dream Nest’ – to discover the beautiful Ampitabe Lake, spot lemurs and find an array of fascinating carnivorous plants.

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