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Mahajanga,

silverFound on the northwest coast of Madagascar, Mahajanga is a destination for tourists interested in lovely beaches, a coconut tree-lined boardwalk (“Le Bord”) and beautiful vistas of mountain and sea. Mahajanga is the second busiest port in the country, and in the 1780s was settled by a community of 200 Indian traders; the name Mahajanga is believed to be of Indian descent. Near the city is one of the largest and last remaining sections of dense dry deciduous forest in Madagascar in the Ampijoroa National Park. The last refuge of several lemur and bird species, the park is filled with critically endangered and endemic species, including 75 native bird species, such as the Banded Kestrel, Rufous Vanga, Van Dam´s Vanga and Madagascar Fish Eagle. Up to ten frog and 45 reptile species are also found here, like Oustalett's, dwarf, horned and rhinoceros chameleons.

Mahajanga,