Tsaratanana Integral Reserve
|Tsaratanana Integral Reserve lies about 60km
north of the
Tsaratanana has an important biological role due to its location since Northern tropical forests coexist with a high mountain ecosystem. This confers the Reserve a great biodiversity with a high rate of endemism and threatened species.
reserve is a very important source of water
for the whole area, since numerous rivers spring inside the Reserve,
Bemarivo, the Sambirano, the Ramena or the
There are 20 mammal species among them 11
lemurs, including the endangered black lemur, Eastern fork-marked lemur
aye-aye. Among the 95 bird species we find
There are different types of forest depending on the altitude, but almost all of them are primary and virgin. The zone up to 2,000 m is covered by a dense humid forest with abundant palm trees, lianas and precious woods like palisander and ebony. Between 2,000 and 2,500 m we find bamboo and montane forest, and from this altitude bushes and grassy savanna.
White browed owl © Gail Johnso
There are three entrances to the Reserve. The North entry is the shortest one and is reached with the bad road starting in Ambanja until the town of
The South entrance is the hardest one: in Antsohihy take the road to Bealanana and once here continue northwards along a terrible road until Mangindrano, and from here another 40 km to reach Maromokotra, where the entrance is.
These roads are only practicable during the dry season between June and November.
Since visitors are not allowed yet, there are no infrastructures available.
You can get more information about Tsaratanana Massif and reserve in Antsiranana or in Ambanja.
Tsaratanana – Manongarivo Phone: (261) 32 02 83 530
BP 164 – 203 Ambanja
Phone: (261) 32 02 83 530