Andranomena Special Reserve. A “wonderland of baobabs”
This is a small and flat Special Reserve (64,2 km²) that lies 30 km of Morondava and about 10 km from the Baobabs´ Alley. Andranomena Special Reserve is mainly composed of dense deciduous dry forest, and comprises some seasonal small lakes where local endemic aquatic plants grow. More than 75% of the flora and 60% of the fauna living in the Reserve is endemic and several species are rare and are included on the Red List of Threatened Species.
The Reserve is pretty rich in animal wildlife (similar species as in Kirindy Private Reserve): there are 12 different species of lemurs (Verraux’s sifaka, red-tailed sportive lemur, brown lemur, Western fork-crowned lemur), fossa, the endangered and local endemic narrow-striped mongoose and giant jumping rat, 50 species of birds and 11 species of reptiles, such as the extremely rare and in danger of disappearance flat-tailed tortoise. Species in Andranomena include the gray mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus) and possibly Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur (Microcebus berthae), Coquerel’s giant mouse lemur (Mirza coquereli), the fat-tailed dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus medius), the pale fork-marked lemur (Phaner pallescens).
Regarding the flora, the reserve has been described as a ‘wonderland of baobabs’: 3 species of baobabs are found here (Adansonia fony, Andasonia grandidieri and Andasonia za).
There are two different trails within the Reserve: The Antsarongaza circuit (2 hours) leads through the thick deciduous forest where you will be astonished by the gigantic baobabs and spot lemurs and reptiles.
The circuit of the four lakes (the lakes dry up during the dry season) passes through the forest and some baobabs until the lakes where you may observe several rare waterbirds and plants.
The Reserve is just one hour from Morondava by car, so it is an ideal place for a day trip. Andranomena Special Reserve can be visited all the year although during the rainy season (December to March) the transfer from Morondava can take much longer due to the poor road condition and some trails might not be accessible.