Parc de Tsarasaotra
Parc de Tsarasaotra (Lake Alarobia, north Antananarivo) – this is a tiny natural refuge in the heart of the city’s industrial area and as such seems an inauspicious destination for keen birdwatchers. However, the park’s Lake Alarobia is a RAMSAR wetland and a key nesting site for 14 threatened endemic bird species. These include the vulnerable Madagascar little grebe; the endangered Meller’s duck and the endangered Malagasy pond heron. The park is privately managed, and tickets must be purchased in advance from tour operator Boogie Pilgrim’s offices at Tana Water Front. Admission: 12,000 Ar. (weekdays), 14,000 Ar. (weekends). Hours: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm daily.