Mangerivola Special Reserve
|The Mangerivola Special Reserve is located on the northeast of Madagascar. It was created in 1958 and covers a surface of 120 km². Although it lies only 50 km west from Tamatave, its difficult access still maintains Mangerivola quite isolated and only a few tough travellers come here. The Reserve includes evergreen humid low and high rain forests, which vary depending on the altitude (the highest point is the Mangerivola peak at 1484 m altitude). The landscape is formed by dense valleys and hills with abundant rivers, lakes and some spectacular waterfalls, which are up to 80 m high.|
|Mangerivola is a
hotspot for birders. Among the 100 species observed
within the Reserve (63 endemic to Madagascar and 22 local endemic), the
most significant is the Madagascar serpent eagle, one of the most
threatened species of the whole world. Other rare species found here
are the red owl, Madagascar nightjar, Bernier’s vanga, brown
Red-breasted coua and the Nelicourvi weaver.
Apart from birds, some mammals such as the black-and-white ruffed lemur and several nocturnal ones; 45 amphibian and 20 reptile species including some rare chameleons, leaf-tailed geckos and snakes.
Blue vanga © J_fi
The agricultural and ranching pressure from the Betsimisaraka living in the surrounding areas constitutes a serious threat to the fragile natural ecosystem of the reserve. Nowadays there are some sustainable projects running trying to improve the hard conditions of the Betsimisaraka so that they are not so dependant on the natural resources to survive. Illegal falling from precious wood trees is also an important problem to be solved.
The Reserve is also an important
water reserve to the rice plantations
climate is very humid and warm during all the year, so it can rain
daily. Temperatures are warm (22° of average), especially
November and March. During this period visitors should not come here
due to the high risk of cyclones.
There are currently no circuits or any other tourist infrastructure around here.
Camping is permitted at certain points.
To access the Reserve you must drive until the small town of Anjahamana, on the southern part of Mangerivola. The road is pretty bad and often not passable because of the rain, especially between January and May. From Anjahamana the rest of the journey is made only by foot. After one day walking (20 km) you reach the entrance at the village of Andratambazaha.
There is a local Park Office in Ampasimadinika, which lies on the road on the way to Anjahamana. Here you can arrange your adventure inside the Reserve.