Andasibe & Mantadia National Park
The primary forests of Andasibe-Mantadia contains a dense humid forest covered with lians, moss, fern tress and more than hundred orchids species blooming between September and Januar. Another common plants growing here are pandanus, ravinala palm-tree, tambourissa, bamboos and some precious wood, like palisander and ebano. The illegal tree falling together with the graphite mines inside the park are the main threats to the conservation of this area.
The Indri Indri is the undisputable star!
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visitors within a mile of the park can
hear the peculiar call of the indri very early in the morning until
noon and again
in the late afternoon. Indris (called Babakoto in Malagay) are the
lemurs at all reaching up to 1 meter. Andasibe is the best place to
Indris given that there are a couple of families habituated to humans.
in small groups and cannot survive in captivity. There are several
trying to explain its origins since it is considered a sacred animal in
The extraordinary animal
diversity is completed
with another 15 mammal species, more than 100 of birds (many of them
There are different circuits
both in Andasibe
and in Mantadia, suiting every physical condition and interest.
Andasibe is almost flat and the circuits are quite similar. The only difference is the time you want to look for animals.
|Sacred waterfall in Mantadia National Park © Madagascar Travel Guide|
In Mantadia (which gets as already mentioned a thinner flow of tourists) trails are harder (the forest stretches from 900 to 1.200 m.) and more varied: Sacred Waterfall Circuit (this is a cultural path passing through several holy places of the ancient inhabitants, it takes 2 hours), Rianasoa circuit (you will spot indris and see orchids as well as visit the sacred waterfall and a nature pool where you can take a bath, this circuit usually takes one or two hours), Tsakoka circuit (longer trail of 4 hours in which you will try to find more lemurs and other animals) and a night tour (1-2 hours), Belakato circuit (a harder trail going up and down while looking for indris and other species and passing by the waterfalls, around 3 hours). It is also possible to arrange a one-day-trek visiting all the previous trail together. Prices go from 20,000 to 50,000 Ar depending on the duration.
|The local NGO Mitsinjo has their office opposite to the Park entrance. This fabulous organisation manages the Analamazaotra Forest Station located just behind the office. This forest is very well conserved and gives shelter to some habituated indri families and other lemurs, as well as quite a lot of chameleons and geckos. The fee is much cheaper than the National Park and you have the same chances to find all this animals. Apart from that, your money will help to support several community projects. They offer rewarding night walks too where you can spot night lemurs, frogs and nocturnal reptiles. The gift shop has cute handcrafts from the villages nearby. You find more informatiopn on our section about Community Tourism. Highly recommended!!||
The Uroplatus phantasticus is maybe the strangest gecko of Madagascar
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The park is accessible
during all the year. The main entrance is just a
couple of km from the main road RN2 connecting Tana and Tamatave. The
trip takes 3 – 4 hours from Tana (150 km) and 5 – 6
from Tamatave (250 km) by
If you are travelling by taxi-brousse you should change in Moramanga coming from Tana, or take a direct service to Tamatave and ask the driver to drop you out at Andasibe village. The entrance fee is Ar 25,000 for one day and Ar 37,000 for two days.
For accommodation visit Andasibe village.
The Park Office is very well equipped and has a small museum and a gift shop. The guides are really good and some of them speak fluent English.
Parc National Andasibe/Mantadia
BP 15 Andasibe - 514 Moramanga
Tel: (261 20) 56 832 01 / 033 14 440 31 / (261 33) 02 000 05