Ankovana is located along the old "smugglers path", connecting Maroantsetra with Antalaha across the Masoala Peninsula.
Ankovana is a typical Betsimisaraka village with simple huts. Most of the villagers live from farming, mainly cultivating rice. There is no electricity or running water in the village, but a nearby river is used for bathing and washing.
Travelers can find basic rooms (5.000 Ariary, 2014) for an overnight stay in Ankovana. The landlady of the small hotel at the entrance of the village when coming from Fizono prepares delicious Malagasy meals!