Zahamena National Park
The park is divided into
two areas (the western and the eastern one), which are partially
separated by a
corridor that includes several villages. It is still a very little
known area, and naturalists are currently carrying out surveys to
scientific knowledge of the biodiversity found here.
The landscape is very hilly,
steep-sided valleys drained by rivers, some of them flowing into
There are 45 mammal species, 13 of them are lemurs, such as diademed sifaka, black-and-white ruffed lemur, indri, hairy-eared dwarf lemur, aye-aye or the local endemic and endangered
Diademed sifaka © Gail Johnson
Apart from that, there are 29 species of fishes, 62 of amphibians and 46 reptiles, like the
is as rich as the fauna: at least 60 orchid, 20 palms and more than 500
plants grow within the National Park and the Integral Reserve.
To reach this still less visited area, take the main road RN-2 in Tana towards Tamatave and change at Moramonga to the secondary road RN 44 which goes northwards passing through Ambatondrazaka until a village called Antanandava. From here there are only 8 km left until the Park entrance at Ankosy, although this terrible path can only be driven during the dry season between July and November. You can also walk for a couple of hours and enjoy the scenery.
There is also a taxi-brousse connection between
So far two
circuits have been arranged to explore Zahamena. Fees are 8,000 Ar per
The Ankosy circuit goes through the forest to spot lemurs and birds and passes by a natural pool, ending with an incredible view over the
The Bemoara circuit is another trek through the forest which ends at a 80m high waterfall. This trail is much shorter, but visitors normally camp by the waterfall to enjoy the terrific scenery and spot some more wildlife.
You can combine both circuits and spend three whole days and two night exploring the treasures of Zahamena.
There are some very basic accommodations in the nearby villages Vavatenina and Ambatondrazaka as well.
The Park Office is located at Antanandava. There are a pair of guides who speak some English.