National Parks & Nature Reserves

*  ANGAP, the former official institution in charge of the management of the National Parks and Reserves has changed its name. Since the end of 2009 it is just called Madagascar National Parks.  A brand new information centre and gift shop were opened on June 2010. Both are located in Tana inside the Gare de Soarano (the main train station) next to the Place de L'Independence.

The main office is located in the northeast part of Antananarivo:
Immeuble Madagascar National Parks
Ambatobe - BP 1424, 101 Antananarivo
Phone: +261 (20) 22 415 38 / 418 83
Email: contact@madagascar.national.parks.mg

The entrance tickets to visit the National Parks can be bought at the main entrance of each Park or at the main office in Tana. The entrance fees are as follows:
- For Andasibe, Ranomafana, Tsingy de Bemaraha, Isalo, Ankarana and Ankarafantsika fees are: 25,000 Ar for one day, 37,000 Ar for two days, 40,000 Ar for three days and 50,000 for four or more days.
- For all other Parks fees are: 10,000 Ar one day, 15,000 Ar two days, 20,000 three days and 25,000 Ar four days.
- The entrance fee for children is 200 Ar a day and 1,000 Ar for locals. The guide costs depends on the duration of the excursion and are different from park to park.

  Andringitra National Park © Madagascar Travel Guide

The island of Madagascar, once described as 'Noah's Ark adrift in the Indian Ocean', has some of the highest biodiversity on the planet. The list of endemic species here is extraordinary: 97% of animals are unique to the island. Its dwindling forests are home to half the world's chameleon varieties, 300 species of butterfly, 28 kinds of bat, 150 types of frog and 260 different reptiles. Unique to Madagascar too are more than 50 types of lemurs and the half of its 201 resident bird species. Some species found here have their closest relatives not in Africa but in the South Pacific and South America. The island has no deer or antelope species, and also lacks large predators. There are however seven species of endemic carnivore species in the island, being the highly endangered fossa is the largest one. It is nocturnal and preys on lemurs and small domestic animals.

The breathtaking Madagascar’s wildlife attracts yearly an increasing number of visitors targeting the big island in the Indian Ocean with their photo and video cameras. In fact it is lemurs that really draw wildlife enthusiasts here. 30 species of lemur populate almost all habitats of the country including the lush, wet, rainforest of eastern Madagascar and the very dry spiny desert in the southwest. Because of deforestation, the number of these teddy-like mammals is however steadily dwindling. Fifteen species have become extinct since humans arrived here. The most important threat is the traditional wood-clearance method called “tavy”, though significant measures have been implemented by government in an attempt to tackle this serious menace promoting eco-tourism and getting locals involved in the tourism profits.

Above we have only vaguely approached some of the impressive wonders of Madagascar’s fauna, completely ignoring the unbelievable flora of the country that boats plants and trees growing in the most crazy shapes.

Tsingy Bemaraha
  Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park © Madagascar Travel Guide

A trip to Madagascar is a truly defiance of anybody’s imagination. The unique landscapes of vermilion eroded soil cut in dizzy-making gorges and sharpen karstic needles, the fabulous dry forests peppered with amazing baobab trees and surreal spiny plants, the humid beauty of untouched rainforests in the Eastern park of the country, its mile long pristine coasts and marine parks bustling with a dreamy undersea life, the extraordinariness of the omnipresent wildlife… A trip to this remote corner of the planet will be carved in your memories for a lifetime. And you really do not need to be a biologist to appreciate why this huge island has deserved the nickname of the eight continent.

  Andasibe National Park  © Madagascar Travel Guide

You can read some actual and interesting articles concerning Madagascar National Parks, its wildlife and several present environmental problems here:

10.2010 New carnivore species discovered in Madagascar ( News Mongabay)

09.2010 The world biggest spider web found in Madagascar (Daily Mail)

08.2010 Bushmeat trade threatens Madagascar's lemurs (Reuters)

08.2010 Literally, flying lemurs (Science blogs)

08.2010 Madagascar's forests plundered for rare rosewood (BBC News)

08.2010 UNESCO recognizes threats to Madagascar rainforest (WWF)

07.2010 Madagascar: Going the Way of the Dodo? (All Africa)

07.2010 Smuggled Madagascar tortoises from Madagascar seized in Malaysia (BBC News)

07.2010 How one scientist is battling deforestation in Madagascar (Guardian)

07.2010 Solving Madagascar biodiversity puzzle (New York Times)

06.2010 Madagascar tortoises confiscated at Malasian Airport (Wildlife Extra)

06.2010 Rainforest slaughter continues in Madagascar (News Mongobay)

04.2010 Madagascar's radiated tortoise on the verge of extinction (One India)

03.2010 Extinct elephant bird of Madagascar could live again (Telegraph)

03.2010 Blind snakes on Madagascar arose 100 million years ago (One India)

11.2009 Lemurs in danger from political turmoil (Guardian)

09.2009 Madagascar faces climatic change (Guardian)

02.2008 Giant frog fossil found in Madagascar (National Geographic)