Kasijy Special Reserve

Map Kasijy
The Kasijy Special Reserve was established in 1956 and protects a territory of 200 km². It is located in the north-western part of the island, about 100 km south of Mahajanga. The park includes a wide variety of ecosystems. The largest part is covered by open savannas, followed by subtropical and dry deciduous forest. There are sand dunes, rice paddies, lakes, marshes and riparian forests as well, providing the reserve with a remarkable biodiversity. The road leading to the reserve is in a very bad condition, and even during the dry season you need a jeep to get there.

16 species of mammals are permanent residents of the Reserve. Among them visitors can spot 7 lemur species, like Decken´s and crowned sifakas or fork-crowned lemur.
67 bird species (73% endemic), some of them very rare, have been reported from Kasijy such as the crested ibis, the Madagascar sparrowhawk, the Henst’s goshawk or the Madagascar little grebe.
6 amphibian and 22 reptile species including the extremely threatened Madagascar big-headed turtle as well as flat-tailed geckos, lizards, chameleons, 8 snake species and river crocodiles.

The flora comprises up to 200 different flower species with a relevant rate of endemism.
flat-tailed gecko
  Flat-tailed gecko © Muzzanese

The rural communities living next to Kasijy are mainly composed by Sakavala and Tsimihety people. They are dependant on the forest resources, which represents a threat to the biodiversity of the Reserve. The zebu herds need more and more savannah to feed, so the thick forests are little by little disappearing.

The temperatures are high during the whole year, with an average of 38°! The long and hard dry season lasts from April to November and almost all water resources dry completely. From December to April rains are usually torrential so the Reserve is closed to visitors.

crested ibis
   Crested ibis is one of the rarest birds of Madagascar © Muzzanese
The “road” to the Reserve is terrible even during the dry season and a 4x4 jeep in good condition is a must to reach Kasijy. 
If you are coming from the South drive through Kandreho and Bemonto. Maybe you have to walk the last km depending on the road condition.
The access to the northern part of the Kasijy is slightly better. The poor road goes through Antondraka until the border of the reserve.The only available accommodation is offered by some basic hotels at Kandreho.

There is either no Park Office or any other infrastructure for the few visitors who visit Kasijy.

We advice you to get in contact with the central Office in Tana if you are willing to visit Kasijy.

Madagascar National Parks
Immeuble Madagascar National Parks
Ambatobe - BP 1424  101 Antananarivo
Phone: + (261 20) 22 415 38 / + (261 20) 22 418 83
Email: contact@madagascar.national.parks.mg