Manongarivo Special Reserve
|Manongarivo Special Reserve was established in
1956 and is located in a mountainous massif not far from to the
Its endemism rate is high, so this area is regarded to be among the richest in terms of biodiversity in
Manongarivo faces big threatens: lemurs and
other animals are being hunted, coffee and cocoa plantations are
substituting the original forest and cattle-grazing is increasing
within the boundaries
of the reserve. Though, the main threat is still the slash-and-burn
by the Sakalava and the Tsimihety. Precious wood is also illegally
which also has terrible effects in the hydrology of the region: the Manongarivo, the
|The number of animal species in Manongarivo
forest is still quite high. There are 17 mammal species including
lemurs like Sambirano mouse lemur, greater dwarf lemur or the regional
black lemur. 103 species of birds can be found in this dense forest,
The flora varies depending on the altitude. At least 30 families and 200 species grow within the Reserve, and 11 species only occur here. The local population uses more than 70 species to prepare traditional medicines.
Manongarivo can be
visited almost during all the year. The best option is by far with a
the taxi-brousse does not drive till the Reserve. Once
in Ambanja there are two possibilities as
there are two entrances to the Reserve.
If you follow the main road NR6 to the South you must drive until Beraty and here take a poor road for 55 km until you reach the West entrance. The second possibility is shorter but only practicable during the dry season: in Ambanja take the road towards Marotolana until a place called Antanambao. Here take a rough secondary road during 40 km until the East entrance.
Dense forest at Manongarivo
© Madagascar Travel Guide
There are no touristic infrastructure and not circuits within the reserve yet. Nevertheless, you can arrange all you need (including a local guide) at the Office at Ambanja to visit Manongarivo and other interesting and beautiful places in this region, like a couple of terrific waterfalls or the village of Mahilaka, where archaeologists have found rests from the 18th century (actually Mahilaka could be the oldest village of the whole Madagascar).
There is no accommodation inside the Reserve, but camping is allowed at some places (bring your own equipment). The nearest hotels are in Ambanja.
For a better planning of a visit to Manongarivo we recommend to visit the ANGAP Office at Antsiranana or the local office at Ambanja.
Direction Inter-Regionale de Madagascar
Route de l’Aéroport BP 475, 201 ANTSIRANANA
Tel: (261 20) 82 213 20
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BP 164 203 Ambanja