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The edge of a virgin nature

The Northeast coast of Madagascar is a haven of wildlife and lush rainforest, not to mention stunning beaches - everything, in short, that the island is famous for.

The Masoala Peninsula, one of the last remaining tracts of primary rainforest, extending all the way to the coastline where it meets with tropical coral reefs and white-sand beaches. Much of the area is wild and difficult to access. As a result, the wildlife is excellent, with a great variety of birdlife, as well as several species of lemur, including aye-aye, and along the coast, whales.

Elsewhere, the Green Northeast of Madagascar is home to wonderful coastal villages - famous Sava region - the golden triangle with a place of attraction - Sambava, as well as a number of parks and reserves, foremost among them Marojejy National Park.

Best time to visit

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Key attractions

Masoala National Park, here the rainforest meets the sea

The Masoala National Park presents a very big tourist interests. The Park is located on the Masoala peninsula, which enclosed by the Indian Ocean in the east and Antongil Bay in the west. On and around the Masoala peninsula are several protected areas. The Masoala National Park combined with the Nosy Mangabe Special Reserve within the bay is the largest nature protected area in Madagascar with a total surface of 240 520 ha. Park is one of six national parks on the east coast of Madagascar, all of which were declared a World Heritage in Danger by UNESCO under the combined name Rainforests of the Atsinanana in 2010.

The Masoala National Park spread over a terrain with varieties of altitude going from sea level up to 1311m high. The specific rock found in the park area is the granite. The Masoala peninsula is very uneven, coastal plain stretches between Tampolo and Cap Masoala. The east side descents to a coastal plain with a width of up to 15km. Along the coast rocks alternate with sandy bays and reefs are located not far from the shore. Masoala is one of the rare regions of Madagascar where the edge of the forest literally meets the sea. A fragile forest corridor joins the forest of the Masoala peninsula with the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve and the Makira Plateau.

That the Masoala peninsula is truly exceptional is not new: 2% of all of planet earth's animal and plant species resides here. Some species like aye-aye, red-ruffed lemur, Madagascar red owl and the extremely rare serpent eagle are endemic to the peninsula and thus found nowhere else. Masoala harbors also many other novelties.

Nature lovers will be in paradise at Masoala. This densely forested peninsula contains the largest remaining block of protected rainforest and harbors an important part of the fauna and flora of Madagascar, including a wealth of rare and unique species. You would expect plethora of dangerous species – but amazingly the island has been spared anything venomous. Instead, the rainforests and tropical waters teem with weird and wonderful yet harmless creatures and plantlife – each unique species waiting to be discovered – like some planetary treasure trove of life. Explore and experience this exotic paradise. Countless undescribed animals and plants still wait for their discovery in Masoala. Over the half of Madagascar’s known endemic species live around here and make this one of the last real paradises on Earth.

There’s nothing comparable to Masoala all over the world. Thanks to abundance of rain in this region, the Masoala forest is one of the most luxuriant and unique forests. Masoala rainforest harbor within it precious wood: ebony, pallisander, rosewood... There are many species of orchids of singular beauty, but there remains many yet to be discovered.

These different plant formations covering the Masoala Park is a perfect shelter for many species of animals living in the peninsula. The amazing rainforest fascinates nature lovers with its over 60 reptiles and amphibian species, 10 lemurs species, about 15 different mammals and 90 bird species. Over 130 different butterflies and all in all 500 insect species inside this forest make a grand play of colors and give everything an unique soundscape.

The absolute highlight of Masoala national park is the famous Aye-Aye, of which only few individuals still exist at all. This park is home to species of lemur that exist only within it namely the Red ruffed lemur, recognizable by its shiny reddish fur. Eastern Avahi, Eastern Grey Bamboo Lemur, Greater Dwarf Lemur, Weasel Sportive Lemur, White-fronted Brown Lemur, to complete the number of species of lemurs, it also notes the existence of the smallest primate in the world to know the red mouse lemurs.

Remarkable birds of Masoala National Park are as attracting as the other animal groups. They are equally spectacular. The most important bird species are the vanga (including the famous Helmet Vanga), owls, including the red one, bats and the serpent eagle. This latter is a species of the rarest bird and there is currently only a few couples.

Chameleons very representative of Madagascar are also well represented with different species such as Brookezia and Furcifer. These species are varying in size ranging from the smallest to the largest. These species moving nonchalantly are easily approachable as some of them are very colorful and others can be seen right in the middle of the trail while crossing. Beside chameleons, other species which can come with bright colors are the Phelsuma geckos also visible in the Masoala.

As if that weren't enough, the forests, filled with rare, endemic species, tumble down to the edge of a pristine, unspoiled shore peppered with unexplored golden beaches and the three marine parks that protect over 10000 ha of coral reefs, marine plants and mangroves around the peninsula. Presently, more than 3000 fish species have been inventoried in the marine parks. Moreover, the Antongil Bay itself is used also as a sheltered place by humpback whales that gather here during breeding season. During the months of the austral summer, Antongil's waters literally froth with cetaceans.

Antongil bay and the coral reefs are first-class waters for divers and snorkelers, who can find about 20 freshwater fish species, about 100 different corals, dolphins, turtles and even sea cows (dugongs) sharing this habitat, and from July to September it’s time for humpback whales. The warm, coral-rich waters of the Tampolo Marine reserve, offer exciting snorkeling right off the beach. The sea kayaks are ideal for exploring the islands, reefs, rivers and deserted beaches of the sheltered coastline or just to watch the magic of the sunset on the forested mountains. When snorkling, swim next to hundreds of species of coral reef fish. The marine reserve of Tanjona grows a wonderful mangrove forest. The marine reserves of Tampolo, Ambodirafia and Marofototra have superb corals and nice, clean beaches perfect for a swim.

The hiking and trekking opportunities are immense. The main trails for visitors are at Nosy Mangabe, Tampolo/Ambodiforaha, Cap Est, and a several-day hike is possible across the peninsula. One of the best areas is the Alohatrozana, trail, a stunning virgin rain forest located about midway down the western side of the peninsula. On the Western coastal trail, Lohatrozona is a paradise for ornithologists.  Exploring the coastal trail, the path between Alhoatrozana and Antalavia weaves in and out of golden-sand beaches, rocky coves, and lush forest in which is probably the most beautiful site in Masoala (see Trekking/Hiking). Accompanied by our competent guides various hiking trail of varying difficulties permit visitors to explore the surrounding forest of Masoala.

While you in Masoala, the choice of activity is yours. Forest walks, snorkeling, kayaking, traditional pirogues, swimming in the sea and the crystal-clear streams, whale watching, fishing and experiencing sustainable life in the rainforest with the local Malagasy community. No matter where you head in Masoala, where you go, swim, dive or stay: Everywhere you’re surrounded by a breath taking number and beauty of rare animals and plants, which let you forget all the efforts and the burdensome travel there. You are looking for the last paradise? Then Masoala is your place to be.

Watch more photos about Masoala National Park here.

Maroantsetra – the Mecca for nature lovers

Maroantsetra is also the gateway to the Masoala peninsula and is a showcase for unique animal and plant life not found anywhere else in the world. Maroantsetra is the main entry point to the Masoala National Park and Nosy Mangabe Special Reserve. This is the perfect base for exploring the entire bay, including the humpback whales that visit and give birth from July to September.

If you were going to make a movie about old Madagascar, this would be the place to film it. Maroantsetra is located  between the sea and the humid and luxuriant tropical forest, 100 km north from Mananara at the end of the “road” from Tamatave, at the apex of the Baie d’Antongil, near the mouth of the Antainambalana River, it is full of languid charm, and enjoys both river scenery and ocean views. From here only forest trails through the thick jungle or the coastal line lead northern to Antalaha. Locals will tell you that very little has changed here in 30 years. And yet there is a lot for the visitor to do.

Maroantsetra is the starting point for many trips on foot, by boat and even sea kayaking. It is here that you will have the occasion to experience an untouched Madagascar. Immaculate and endless beaches of fine sand, fantastic sceneries, an intact traditional culture wait the tourists daring to come to the extreme northeast part of Madagascar. From Maroantsetra, we can organize small walks on the various rivers which surround the town, from one hour till several hours, they are a sweet and pleasant approach of the life.

Also, the town is a point of departure for trekking allowing to join the other regions, as Antalaha or Andapa, they are very often true expeditions where it is necessary to be used to walk in sometimes difficult conditions. We shall not speak about it here. The town of Andapa, in the region of the SAVA, the other attic with rice of Madagascar as Maroantsetra, is also a very interesting anchor point for the discoveries of the primary forests of mountain as the Marojejy National Park or the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve.

The town, which is of a rather average size, is rather pleasant. Like every areas of Madagascar, life in Maroantsetra is peacefully. It consequently makes it possible to offer to you a few days of relaxation, perfect rest and feeling of well being, far from your daily worries. Maroantsetra will completely make you feel strange with its luxuriant lush green and natural decoration as in the countryside. Under the murmur of coconuts tree leaves agitated by a constant sea breeze which strokes your face and the rustling of the large waves of the Indian Ocean, serenity is absolute there.

The easiest and surely quickest way to reach Maroantsetra is by plane. As Air Madagascar approaches Maroantsetra only ... times a week using a small plane, free seats are often sold out. Spontaneous travelers there have always a problem obtaining a ticket. The high costs of the air tickets, the low number of seats in each aircraft, and the overall difficulty of access restrain the flow of visitors, which definitely contributes to preserve the authentic town of this unique region!

If you prefer more adventure, it is possible also to connect the town starting from Toamasina by wooden boats called “boutres” usually called “lakana” which make coastal traffic on the coast of the Indian Ocean. We also suggest using boat between Toamasina and Maroantsetra. The boat leaves from Soanierana Ivongo, a small town 163km north of Toamasina. The transfer to the boat takes about 4 hours. From Soanierana Ivongo the boat leaves after midnight usually between 2am and 3am and arrives after a stop in Mananara about 8 hours later in Maroantsetra.

For the most enthusiastic for big thrills, one can take the highway N5 which runs alongside the coast in the car, VTT... but surely not ideal for everyone. The northern part of the RN5 running along the east coast is often impassable. The usually 2 days car journey between Toamasina and Maroantsetra can easily change into a 3-4 days adventure… however it is rather risky because the road is very dubious.

Watch more photos about Maroantsetra here.

Nosy Mangabe Special Reserve. Cocktails on the beach and camping with lemurs

The island of Nosy Mangabe, easily visible 5km offshore from Maroantsetra, is a must-visit for anyone with a smidgen of romance in their blood. This small mountainous tropical island totally covered by dense humid forests, with huge soaring canarium trees arising from flying buttress roots, with waterfalls, a spyglass hill - the highest point is 332 meters affording great views, a yellow beach, elusive animals, rock carvings, and the omnipresent sound of the jungle. The island is part of the Masoala National Park. For nature lovers, this is a real island of dreams and offers amazing wilderness experiences.

Nosy Mangabe has a rich history of trading and piracy and on the west side of the island,  on a beach called Plage des Hollandais are rock carvings by Dutch sailors from the 16th-century. In the 17th-century the area was invaded by the French who established a trading post. Today the island has turned into Nosy Mangabe Special Reserve, famous because of the imperceptible and nocturnal Aye-Aye. These extremely rare lemurs were introduced by humans during the 60´s 20th century in order to create a reserve to protect them from extinction. It is preferable to plan one or two nights camping out there in order to be able to seize an occasion to approach them while they feed on small insects or coconut fruit during their night hunting. British science fiction writer Douglas Adams visited the island in search for the aye-aye for one of his books, Last Chance to See.

Other lemurs found in these dense and hilly forests and by far more easily to spot are the mouse lemur, gray mouse lemur, Eastern woolly lemur, white-fronted brow lemur and black and white ruffed lemur. Small mouse lemurs can be watched even directly on the campground in the evening.

There are also several species of birds and a good number of reptiles and amphibians: from Madagascar tree boas (Sanzinia madagascariensis) to countless beautiful frogs (among others Mantella laevigata), bright colored crabs and day geckos or pintsized pygmy chameleons (Brookesia peyriasi) or bigger, colorful panther chameleons, nothing leaves to be desired here. Nosy Mangabe is especially known for the biggest occurrence of leaf-tailed geckos (mainly Uroplatus fimbriatus) throughout Madagascar. There is no other place you can find these fascinating lizards as easy and as often as on this island. By day, they hide perfectly camouflaged on branches, and in the night they become active searching for insects.

From June to September humpback whales can be seen from the beach. This is why Antongil bay is often called “the cradle of whales”. Dolphins and sea turtles can also be found in the bay around the island.

Various hiking trails with different levels of difficulty lead through the island. Visitors can hike to explore the unique, moss and fern covered rainforest looking for lemurs, geckos, chameleons, snakes and frogs, or go to some ancient graves of the first inhabitants of the island, to rock inscriptions left by Dutch sailors during the 16th century on a beach called Plage des Hollandais, to a waterfall and to an abandoned lighthouse.

Nosy Mangabe is word for word a real paradise – not only for lemur and reptile friends. Aside from the hiking, you can spend some time just relaxing on the golden-colored beach under trees at the sea and swimming just a few meters away from the rainforest.

It’s an idyllic spot. If that doesn’t bring out the Robinson Crusoe in you, check your pulse.

Watch more photos about Nosy Mangabe Special Reserve here.

Tampolo Marine reserve – a mixture of absolutely unique life

Tampolo Marine reserve, a wonderful place where the forest meets the sea: Sublime hills full of vigor and exuberance, basaltic remnants piercing the vast ocean and coral... We welcome you in the heart of a beautiful creek lying within a friendly structure. The Nature offers you its green carpet. Tampolo is above all situated between two well-known all over the world reserves, the Nosy Mangabe Special Reserve of and the Masoala National Park, without considering the various marine parks situated around the peninsula.

Only accessible by boat or on foot, Tampolo’s world is a detached world. Wild nature lovers will find there what they are interested in the whale songs to the cries of Vareciaand the melody of waves over the sand to the most incredible concerts species of frogs. Surrounded by the Masoala National Park representing more than 250000ha of protected primary forest, a wealthful but still unknown park, it combines extraordinary animal species and plants among the strangest and the most important rate of endemism. One river succeeds to another one from the heart of Masoala, bringing a mixture of life absolutely unique.

Many species of lemurs can be seen here such as the Red Varecia (Varecia rubra), very particular to the region. Tampolo is known to be the perfect place to observe this kind of lemur. But you may also be lucky enough to see the Helmet Vanga (Euryceros prevostii), a bird that can be recognizable by its large electric blue beak, the nocturnal lemurs the famous Aye Aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis), geckos including strange uroplates princes of camouflage chameleons like the tiny Brookesia perrieri that can be handled in the palm of the hand and many other species ...

But the marine park is not to be left and its waters are also very rich in biodiversity, different species of turtles, clams, shellfish and myriad of colorful reef fish, dolphins frolic in the bay. And of course the ritual passage of whales from July to October, when they decide to go back to warmer waters and give birth. Amazing ballet to see these giants of the seas blown completely out of the water, play, stroll to the currents in the sound of their powerful winds, offering to all the unhoped-for opportunity to see them closely and to attend this extraordinary show. When the season is convenient and the clement enough time, exits of a few hours to go, without disturbing them, to approaching whales, can be arranged.

Variety of plants is even more impressive with some examples such as the beautiful and majestic Satranala that exists only here, but also some species of palms that few specimens are only found today.

Around Tampolo, there is numerous tracks, which our guides know perfectly and which take you inside the forest to discover it this extraordinary world and this itch of lives. Whether it is towards the waterfall, towards the former railroad which allowed the wooden cups of the former French colonists, towards Lohatrozona (the head of the whale in Malagasy) to discover it red Varis or even simply in a dugout along the magnificent river which adjoins the site and which allows, during approximately one hour, to consider yourself completely lost in this universe among a silence and a strange and rare sounds... You can also be put down more in the South, to Antalaviana, terminus of the former railroad of forestry development and returned on foot, your picnic in the shoulder bag... Fifteen kilometers without difficulties, to follow magnificent beaches and to cross rivers and creeks. More in the South still, we can organize you a departure up to the cape Masoala, between the village of Masoala and that of Ambodilahitry. You will so have the possibility of discovering the magnificent islands of Nosy Behento, immense lagoons and places to dive in apnea in the heart of coral reefs. During your route, you will perceive the villages of Fampotabe, Rantranavona and Ankazofotsy, all isolated in small privative bays where the time has no more the same importance.

It is also possible to make the member women of the association come of the women of Ambodiforaha so that they make some traditional dances at sunset, let delude, you will never forget.

All our trips are flexible, we provide you with a boat and a team consisted at least of a guide and a cook, even carriers. We can join Tampolo on foot also from Maroantsetra in 3 days via Masindrano and Nandrahanana. On the road of Tampolo, we can stop on the very famous island of Nosy Mangabe. Camps implemented on the basis Madagascar National Parks (formerly ANGAP). Sober but always comfortable. Another possibility is be brought by boat until Ambanizana and to finish on foot until Tampolo, 4 to 6 hours of walking depending on the weather conditions, our rhythm and observations of nature… Then you will have enough time to relax.

We can to cross in few hours as and few days there, do not hesitate to ask us for customized circuits, our team will make the maximum to fulfill your waits. As we said it, all these circuits are flexible, contact us for more information, we always remain at your disposal so that your stay among us is of the most pleasant and of the most complete.

In this idyllic setting of nature, a good mood is contagious. In this haven of peace and happiness, with the good quality of food, cool drinks, the majesty of an unforgettable sunset, come and enjoy these moments of intense pleasure, you are always welcome!

Watch more photos about Tampolo Marine reserve here.

Cap Est – the Madagascar’s easternmost point

Remote and beautiful Cap Est is Madagascar’s easternmost point. It can be reached by a combination of car, on foot and boat from Antalaha (and it is possible on a bike - the distance is 45 km.) or on foot crossing the Masoala peninsula from Maroantsetra, a hard but adventurous slog that could take 8 to 12 days.

The walk from here to the very tip of the peninsula, Cap Masoala, takes about four days, camping along the way, with numerous rivers that must be crossed by pirogue. From there you have to either return, or continue around the peninsula to Maroantsetra.

Watch more photos about Cap Est here.

Mananara-Nord Biosphere Reserve. Untouched and secluded

Madagascar is truly an attractive holiday destination boasting hidden gems like Mananara Nord National Reserve.

The Mananara-Nord Biosphere Reserve is situated on the north-east coast of Madagascar conveniently located in proximity to many other Madagascar highlights. Mananara Nord is located 250 km north of Tamatave and spreads over 144,000 hectares – 23,000 of terrestrial park and 1,000 hectares of marine habitat. The fascinating ecosystems in the Mananara-Nord Biosphere Reserve include tropical humid forest, sandy coastal plains with littoral vegetation, river vegetation, mangrove formations, marshlands, and coral reefs. With such diverse highlights, you can be assured that a Madagascar holiday to Mananara Nord will be an unforgettable experience.

Untouched and secluded – this makes Mananara Nord National Reserve a lovely paradise. The vegetation is a blend of tropical forests, mangroves, marshlands and littoral and river plants. The marine section is formed by several small islands and coral reefs. The marine reserve comprises of magnificent coral reefs with 132 different coral species. Mananara Nord National Reserve reports over 100 species of marine invertebrates, nearly 200 types of fish, more than 100 mollusks and echinoderms. Humpback whales play in the waters between July and September, and at times a rare dugong can be spotted.

Mananara Nord shelters a remarkable variety of fauna. Small mammals are especially well represented: 17 rodents and 13 lemur species live in these humid forests, such as aye-aye, eastern woolly lemur, brown mouse lemur and the biggest of all lemurs, the indri indri. The indri in this reserve are much darker than the other groups living further south, making spotting them a little bit easier and extremely fascinating.

Mananara Nord is also home to 77 bird species: including Red-tailed Vanga, helmet Vanga and Madagascar kestrel, as well as 21 reptiles and 8 amphibian species. The flora is also exceptionally diverse, as more than 1200 different plants have been recorded. Palm trees (47 species) and tropical flowers including some local endemic orchids are representative of this magnificent forest.

The circuits established are longer than in other National Parks and take almost the whole day. The Verezanantsoro and the Ivontaka circuits are 15 to 20 km trails going up through the tropical forest and some vanilla and clove plantations looking for lemurs, birds and reptiles.

The Varary circuit is the hardest of all. It takes two days and goes up through the forest while you can enjoy several splendid views over the National Reserve.

You can also make a boat trip to a small island called Nosy Antafana to visit a huge colony of bats and sea birds, mangrove forest, enjoy the spectacular beaches and of course dive into the coral reefs. There is a simple accommodation in the island and camping is allowed.

If you are coming from Maroantsetra, the large, mountainous and lush Nosy Mangabe (7 sq km) offers a lot more than the small and flat Nosy Atafana (0.23 sq km).

Watch more photos about Mananara Nord National Reserve here.

Aye-aye Island (Ile Roger)

This small private-owned island is maybe the best place to observe this incredible creatures in a natural setting. Several aye-aye were introduced there years ago by the owner of the island and seeing at least one is almost guaranteed during a nocturnal visit. The island is basically an old overgrown plantation with various stages of secondary forest, but it is quite good for seeing lemurs. Also present are bamboo lemurs (Hapalemur sp.) and the white-fronted brown lemur (Eulemur albifrons).

Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve – “Place of the Great God”

Little known and infrequently visited, the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve is one of Madagascar’s secret jewels. Nestled deep in the remote and rugged mountains of northeastern Madagascar, Anjanaharibe-Sud contains some of the last intact stands of virgin mid- and high-elevation rainforest left in the entire country. It is a place of outstanding beauty and solitude, a place that offers a glimpse into the primeval past.

The Anjanaharibe Massif harbors the most diverse ecosystems known in Madagascar. The mountainous terrain creates a wide range of microclimates for an astoundingly wide variety of plant and animal species. Altitudes in the reserve range from 500 m to the summit of Anjanaharibe-Anivo Peak at 2064m.

Access to this remote reserve is not always easy, but for those adventuresome travelers who take the time and make the effort, the rewards are great. A visit to Anjanaharibe-Sud is always a memorable experience.

Anjanaharibe-Sud is particularly significant for a number of reasons. Most importantly, it contains an unusually rich flora and fauna, including many rare and endemic species. It thus is a very high priority for biodiversity conservation. In addition, the mountains and forests here are central to the local residents’ rich cultural heritage: in Malagasy, Anjanaharibe (pronounced “an-dzana-hari-bay”) means “Place of the Great God.” In addition to its remarkable biodiversity, Anjanaharibe is home to many rare and unusual species of plants and animals which are found almost nowhere else. Three of these include the Takhtajania, the black babakoto (indri), and the simpona fotsy (silky sifaka).

Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve is home to the northernmost populations of babakoto, or indri. Here, the babakoto show a nearly all-black coloration that is quite different from the indri found further to the south (for example at Andasibe-Mantadia). Babakoto live in small family groups and maintain communication between groups with haunting songs that can be heard miles away. Local people say the songs of the black babakoto in Anjanaharibe-Sud are different from those that live further south, but scientists still know very little about the babakoto in this region.

The simpona fotsy, or silky sifaka (Propithecus candidus), is a very rare and beautiful all-white lemur that is found only in the mid-elevation rainforests of the Anjanaharibe-Sud and Marojejy mountains. This is one of the most critically endangered primates in the world, with possibly only one hundred individuals left in the wild, and none at all in captivity. Its survival is directly linked to the preservation of the rich forests of Anjanaharibe-Sud and Marojejy on which it depends.

The Takhtajania (Takhtajania perrieri) is a “living fossil” — a very ancient species of tree that has been growing on earth since the days of the dinosaurs 120 million years ago. This small tree with large, aromatic leaves and small red flowers was one of the first flowering plants to evolve on earth and so is of great interest to scientists. It was first discovered and collected in 1909, but because it is so rare and the forests are so remote and dense, it was not found again until 1994. In fact, it was not until three years later, in 1997, that it finally was officially recognized as being the long-lost Takhtajania species.

Anjanaharibe-Sud offers an outstanding wilderness and cultural experience for those in search of rugged adventure. The reserve is open year-round. Although it can be rainy at any time of the year, the driest months are generally October and November, and April and May. For several years a camping site has been built inside the reserve, the camp Indri in the middle of the territory of one group of Indri and close to many others. It's a very friendly and nice place, close to the Andranomena river and the calls of the Indri will be heard in the heart of the rainforest to accompany your mornings.

If we consider than one day is a good timing to get there so it's the same for the way back, in this case it's good to spend at least two other days there to make 4 days/3 nights stay. Hiking in the reserve ranges from relatively easy to very strenuous, and includes several trails.

Watch more photos about Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve here.

The SAVA Region (Sambava, Antalaha, Vohemar, Andapa). “The green triangle”

Welcome to SAVA, a region well known for its attractive rural landscapes, beaches, forests and rainforest. It is surrounded on all sides by the high mountains of Marojejy, Betaolana, and Anjanaharibe-Sud, and is dotted throughout by small, picturesque villages. The town of Andapa makes a good base for exploring the region by foot or by bicycle, and the small private reserve of Antanetiambo, owned and managed by local environmentalist Mr. Rabary Desiré, offers an excellent introduction to the very unique natural and cultural histories of the area.

You want to go beyond the regular day trip. We're here for you! Once it's time to take your next trek, you can count on NDAO-i-Travel. You will have terrific impressions left of all of fascinating activities and night time entertainment. You are the sort of trip-taker who wants to dive right into the excitement. We definitely realize how you feel. There's a reason why you want to travel to a place like Sava, where you'll find lots of things to see and do. You'll see for yourself when you peek at our inventory of activities for Sava.

The originality of the SAVA Region comes not only from its sub-equatorial climate, which allows it to concentrate more than 70% of the island's primary forest, it is also in its recognized "status" of the vanilla, capital, of which it alone accounts for nearly 2/3 of world production. Coastal zone under the influence of the trade winds which bring masses of moist air, this region nonetheless registers a high rate of sunshine because the precipitations are mainly nocturnal from December to March. The best time to visit the SAVA is between August and December, and from March to mid-May.

Some of the engaging activities this region has to offer are rock climbing and mountain climbing. When you hear the call of the great outdoors, follow the lead of active locals and try rock climbing or mountain climbing. Breathe in and feel your stresses melt away as you explore the area's relaxing pastimes, such as shore fishing and beaches combing. Regional tours are a great way to unearth the places, people and tales that have shaped this region. There is a chance to learn new things and see the sights on any of the guided nature walks and wildlife spotting tours.

If you're feeling energetic and love the water, SAVA Region is home to variety of watersport activities. Swimming and snorkeling are a couple of the fun and exciting water activities you can try out in the region.

Traveling helps you discover a new array of authentic dishes. Immerse yourself in the culinary traditions and head to the local eateries. Trying some authentic cuisine is a fun way to get to the core of a region's local culture. This region is well-known for producing coffee and juice. Try dining like the local people do by trying ravitoto (pork served with cassava leaves) or varanga (fried slivers of beef). Your taste buds will thank you for sampling one of the area's sweet specialties, koba (peanut dessert pate).

Sambava. Nestled at the mouth of three rivers, which would be at the origin of the word "Sahambavany", Sambava is also at the crossroads of SAVA roads in the heart of the "Green Triangle" formed by Vohémar, Antalaha, and Andapa. It combines its name with vanilla of course, but also with its immense coconut plantations. Every Tuesday, the colorful market of the popular district of Antaimby is a must stop for photographers. Hikers will be able to choose the valleys of Bemarivo, or lakes of Andohabe and Andamory with possibilities of descent of river from the small Village of Antohomaro.

Antalaha. Difficult for the piroguiers to pass the barrier of reefs without imploring (mitalaho) the aid of the gods! From there came the name "Antalaha" that gave itself this old fishing village became an attractive city with its constructions of dhows and its cutting of semi-precious stones. To admire its site, nothing better than to reach the weather station at the top of a hill. In this country of vanilla you will know everything about culture of this orchid at the research station on the track of Maromandia. Trekking enthusiasts can indulge in their favorite sport in the steep valleys of the Ankavanana River. But it is mostly from Antalaha that a 40-km trail leads through the primary forest to Cape East. Antalaha is also a "gateway" to the Masoala National Park: protected areas consisting of a vast land park and three marine parks named Tampolo, Ambodilaitry, Ifaho. Trails for memorable walks from West to East or along the Peninsula. A veritable sanctuary of rare and sometimes unique plant or animal species.

Vohemar. Founded in the 9th or 10th century by waves of Arab immigrants, Vohémar accumulates a past of old Islamic city which also received many contributions from the distant Asia. Its name can mean both "numerous villages" and "many skeletons", necropolises having been brought to light. Strange as it may seem, the main wealth of Vohemar is the zebu. But it is also a small home port for the lovers of sea excursions. The lake of Andranotsara, "because its crocodiles are former villagers who saw their hamlet transformed into a lake following a cataclysm". At certain hours, its waters offer beautiful reflections moving by the play of the light of day on the algae of its bottoms. But Vohémar also combines with the near future while awaiting the rehabilitation of the road linking it to Ambilobe, which will definitely open the SAVA by land.

Andapa. The name of Andapa, which means "at the palace" or "at the command post", takes us back to the expeditions of King Radama who built a camp in Andapakova a little south of the present town. Andapa is nestled in a fertile basin that overlooks the massifs of Marojejy and Anjanaharibe. Anjiabe Hill is the best viewpoint to look at the layout and extent of the rice plots. A beautiful 106 km mountain road connects Andapa to Sambava through the forests of Marojejy and the layout of the Lokoho River. The Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve is located 35 km. It is the northern geographic limit of the Indri which is the largest lemur on the island, and is home to species native to the North East such as the Prevost Eurycerus or "Siketribe", Marojejy's emblem, or the Silky Propithecus or "Simpona". It is also here that the Takhtajania Perrieri, a plant with flowers that existed 120 million years ago, was rediscovered in 1994.

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Marojejy National Park – A Marvel of Nature

Marojejy National Park is one of the most strikingly beautiful and wild areas of Madagascar. It is unique in the world, a place of dense, jungle rainforests, sheer, high cliffs, and plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. Marojejy harbors a remarkably diverse set of plants and animals, many of which are endemic to the area. Ninety percent of Marojejy National Park is covered in forests which are extremely varied and unevenly distributed.

The Marojejy Massif was first described by Professor Henri Humbert of the Paris Natural History Museum in 1948. Following his expedition to Marojejy, Humbert published a book entitled A Marvel of Nature, in which he described Marojejy as the most impressive range in all of Madagascar due to its grandeur, its rich flora, and especially its pristine natural state. Marojejy remained listed as a strict reserve from 1952 to 1998, when its status was changed to that of a national park. This change removed the restrictions which limited entry to research scientists only. As a national park, Marojejy is now open to all visitors. In June of 2007, Marojejy was officially designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its unparalleled biodiversity and stunning landscapes.

The park is home to eleven species of lemurs, including the critically endangered Silky Sifaka (Propithecus candidus), a strikingly beautiful lemur in the indri family that has long, white, silky fur and is found only in the Marojejy–Anjanaharibe-Sud area, and none at all exist in captivity. Marojejy National Park comprises 55,500 hectares of land, and protects the entire Marojejy Massif. The forests, ranging from low altitude rain forest through to high altitude montane scrub, harbor an impressive list of plants and animals: at least 275 species of ferns, 35 species of palms, 149 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 118 species of birds.  More species of forest-dwelling birds are found in Marojejy than in any other single mountain site in Madagascar.

This, though, is only the beginning. Many large groups of organisms, such as the invertebrates, are still very poorly known. New species of plants and animals are discovered on nearly every scientific expedition that ventures into Marojejy. Some of these were previously unknown in Marojejy, some have never been seen anywhere else and are completely new to science, some are highly endangered.

Even if you are not a seasoned biologist, you can't help but note the extreme diversity of life forms and the changes in plant communities you encounter as you climb the mountain. Marojejy will appeal to all who value nature, the mountains, and wild places.

We invite you to spend some time in and around Marojejy. The park is open year-round, but the best times to visit are from April to May and September to December, when it is less rainy. We also offer treks of varying lengths in the park along a trail that leads from the village of Manantenina into the rainforests and eventually up to the summit of Marojejy itself (elevation 2132m). The Mantella Trek takes you to Camp Mantella, about a four-hour hike from Manantenina, The Simpona Trek is a continuation of the Mantella Trek, leading from Camp Mantella up to Camp Marojejy (about a two hour hike), The Marojejy Summit Trek continues beyond Camp Marojejy to Camp Simpona (elevation 1250m), which is then used as a basecamp for the final hike to the peak itself.

An interesting combination is the succession with the descent of the river Lokoho until near the Indian Ocean Farahalana. It does not present any difficulties, it is an immense relaxation through the villages, away from the traditional tourist circuits.

Marojejy can easily be combined with visits to other nearby areas. Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve lies just to the southwest of Marojejy and offers spectacular pristine rainforest and wildlife. A little farther south is the large and very wild Masoala National Park. Parts of Masoala can be accessed from the town of Antalaha and flights link Sambava and Antalaha with Maroantsetra, where boats can be arranged to both Masoala National Park and Nosy Mangabe Special Reserve.

Multi-day treks are also possible for the fit and adventurous traveler through the remote and beautiful country between Antalaha or Andapa and Maroantsetra. Several small private reserves in the area are well worth a visit, including Antanetiambo, near Andapa, and La Colline de Vinany, in Antalaha.

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Daraina – to experience the last marvels of nature

Daraina - Protected area Loky Manambato is a wildlife location, it is ideal for Wildlife photography. Ideal for viewing: aye-aye, daraina sportive lemur, golden-crowned sifaka, Sanford’s brown lemur, greater hedgehog tenrec.

Location: Sava Region.

Less well-known but equally as spectacular as some of the more popular locations in Madagascar, Daraina is home to the golden-crowned sifaka. One of the world’s rarest primates, this lemur is found here and nowhere else. Undulating hills covered with deciduous and semi-evergreen forest make Daraina one of richest and most ecologically sensitive areas in the north of the island.

In the same forest, you can perhaps also see an yet undescribed species of fork marked lemurs, which has been discovered in 2010. And there’s another third, very rare lemur inside this protection area: The endemic Daraina sportive lemur (Lepilemur milanoi).

You like reptiles? Then you can find chameleons (Furcifer petteri), various geckos (Paroedura spp., Uroplatus henkeli) and other lizards. In total, there occur 10 lemur species, about 130 different birds, almost 75 reptile species and even more than 35 amphibians.

Due to its bad accessibility and only rudimentary protection efforts, there is no touristic infrastructure at all around or inside Daraina. There is either hotels nor lodges or a fixed campground, no water tap, no electricity and of course no sanitary facilities. Daraina village offers some rudimentary accommodations, but it is recommended to bring your tent and set up your camp right in front of the forest of lemurs.

Shortly: Everyone who wants to experience the last marvels of nature, should hurry up to come to Daraina! In some years, the forest including its lemurs could be gone completely, without anyone taking notice of it.

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Makira Natural Park – A forest brimming with unique species

Madagascar more magical than the dreamwork’s movie (despite the lack of penguins). Want wild lemur pictures? Find undisturbed forest. Formally established in 2012, Makira Natural Park (IUCN Category II) is one of the largest of Madagascar’s protected areas and encompasses 372470 hectares of strictly protected forest.

The Makira forests represent one of the largest expanses of humid forest left in the biologically rich eastern rainforest biome of Madagascar. The forests of Makira ring with the distinctive calls of indri (Madagascar's largest bodied lemur), the emblematic all-white silky sifaka, red-ruffed lemurs, and serpent eagles.

Makira Natural Park is estimated to contain around 50% of Madagascar’s floral biodiversity and harbors the highest lemur diversity in the country with 20 species. Particularly notable is the occurrence of 3 critical endangered lemur species, the Silky Sifaka (Propithecus candidus), the Indri (Indri Indri) and the Black and White Vari (Varecia variegata subcincta). In addition to a remarkable density of 20 lemurs species, a total of 57 mammals species have been recorded to date, including critically important populations of Madagascar's unique cat-like carnivore, the Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox), the Falanouc (Eupleres goudotii) and 13 species of tenrecs.

Based on existing records, the lemur fauna here is remarkable and includes Anjiahely mouse lemur (Microcebus macarthurii), Masoala fork-marked lemur (Phaner furcifer), Seal’s sportive lemur (Lepilemur seali), northern bamboo lemur (Hapalemur occidentalis), white-fronted brown lemur (Eulemur albifrons), northern black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata subcincta), eastern woolly lemur (Avahi laniger), silky sifaka (Propithecus candidus), indri (Indri indri), and aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis). Sibree’s dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus sibreei) has been reported from Makira but its occurrence there is not certain. The dwarf lemur there may be an as-yet-undescribed species.

As for birds a total of 125 birds species have been described of which 75 are endemic to Madagascar making the Makira Natural Park to one of Madagascar's Hotspot Areas for bird conservation. For example 10 Vanga species occur in Makira, including the Bernier's Vanga (Oriolia bernieri) with the highest density of all of Madagascar.

The Makira forests are a key, intact biodiversity stronghold and a vital bridge maintaining connectivity across protected areas in the region including Masoala National Park and Marojejy National Park, (which are both included in the Rainforests of Atsinanana UNESCO World Heritage Site), Anjanaharibe Special Reserve, Marotandrano Reserve and Mananara National Park.

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Analamerana (Analamera) Special Reserve – the last habitat of the Perrier’s sifaka

Analamerana (Analamera) Special Reserve is a hardly known and partly unexplored Special Reserve located about 75 km from Diego Suarez in northeastern Madagascar. Created in 1956, the Reserve stretches from the east coast until the Analamerana karstic plateau and comprises a surface of 347 km². The reserve is mainly covered by dense deciduous dry forest mixed with rocky formations up to 700 m in the western part.

This place is the last habitat of one of the most endangered primate species, the totally black-coloured Perrier’s sifaka. Other endangered mammals living in the reserve are the crowned and Sanford’s lemurs or the Northern ring-tailed mongoose. We can spot as well some very rare birds such as the Van Dam´s Vanga or the Madagascar pond heron and many reptiles and amphibians.

Due to its privileged position between the East coast, the central plateau and the north-western area a huge diversity of plants belonging to the three regions grow inside the Reserve. Three species of baobabs (Adansonia madagascariens, Adansonia perrieri, and Adansonia suarezensis), several palm trees and wild coffee plants grow in Analamerana.

The easiest way to reach Analamerana Reserve is by car from Diego Suarez (a jeep is the best option). There are a couple of basic accommodations next to the reserve.

The temperature is warm all year around. Apart from the Reserve itself, you can enjoy a traditional festivity which takes place in July called "Kabiry", where thousands of people gather to play traditional music and dance, or visit the spectacular Red Tsingy not far from here.

Watch more photos about Analamerana (Analamera) Special Reserve here.

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