Lokobe Integral Reserve

Map Lokobe

Lokobe Integral Reserve is located in the south-eastern part of the island of Nosy Be north of Madagascar. It is the only protected area of this sublime tropical island and covers around 7, 4 km² of the last remaining Sambirano primary forest of Nosy Be. It is supposed to become a National Park in a couple of years, but this has not been confirmed yet. Already in 1927 this ancient forest started to be protected and in 1966 the actual Reserve was created. These humid medium altitude evergreen forests are the natural habitat for the endangered black lemur, which only occurs here and is the most representative species of the reserve.
The reserve is mostly known for the black lemur. Unfortunately only few are left. These lemurs are real beauties. The females are not black at all, but beautifully reddish brown.
Apart from the back lemur, there are other nocturnal species such as the Gray-backed sportive lemur and some mouse lemurs.
Lokobe is also home to some endemic birds like the Madagascar pygmy kingfisher or the Madagascar long-eared owl, to spectacular panther-chameleons, local endemic frogs and several snakes.
Black lemur
  The black lemur is the star of Lokobe
  © Ltshears

Regarding the flora, palms are the most spread species. There are a couple of local endemic palm species and precious woods too

panther chameleon
Panther chameleon © MauritsV
At present only a small part of the reserve near the villages of Ambatozavavy and Ampasipohy on the eastern part of the Reserve and Ambanoro on the western one can be visited. Several terrestrial and maritime circuits are being developed and will be opened to visitors as soon as Lokobe will be declared National Park.

Almost all the hotels are organizing this trip, so just ask at the place you are staying in
If you travel by your own, you can enter Lokobe via Ambanoro, which is about 10 km from Hell-Ville.
There is a second option: from Ambatozavavy (in the north-east of Lokobe) visitors have to embark onto a traditional pirogue and paddle one hour up to the village of Ampasipohy, where the entrance to the park is established.

There are currently two high-class lodges inside the Reserve, both on the much peaceful east coast.

Jungle Lokobe (former Jungle Village)
Phone: 00 261 (0)20 86 931 02
Located in the village of Ampasipohy and only accessible by boat. 6 double or triple bungalows and 2 rooms. High-standard accommodation with all facilities on a beautiful beach. Recent terrible reports said the whole place is run out, overpriced and dirty, and there are even rats running everywhere, so we do not recommend to stay here anymore.

Ecovillage Fihavanana
Phone: 86 612 36
Situated in Ambatozavavy this excellent bungalow complex is partially run by the local people. Large and comfortable rooms, several excursion organised.

For further accommodations see Nosy Be.

There is a small local Office in Ambalafary, phone: + (261 20) 86 925 31 

Advice: Do not pay in advance, since it is quite likely that you are being charged more than it should be!
In many travel guides it is said that the best guide is probably Jean-Robert, who you can meet at Bob’s and Francine’s place in Ambatoloaka. Jean-Robert is native to the village and knows all animals and plants of the forest. However, we have recently received some critics about Jean-Robert´s questinalbe behaviour as a naturalist: apparently he even shakes trees and hacks down smaller trees disturbing the animals´ rest so that tourists can see them better.