Zombitse and Vohibasia National Park
Park was established in 1997 and
covers 363 km² of dry forest, marshes, and
savannas. It is located on the southwest of Madagascar
about 90km west of Isalo
NP and 20km northeast of Sakaraha. The Park is divided into three
sections: Zombitse (168 km²), Vohibasia (161 km²) and
Vohimena Isoky (32 km²). This
National Park can personify the biggest environmental problem of Madagascar:
deforestation. Hundreds of year of slash-and-burn agriculture and tree
have turned the landscape into an arid and almost lifeless plateau. The
Bara and Mahafaly populations are zebu holders who need more and more
feed their herds and grow rice and corn. Only a patch of protected
remains nowadays in the middle of this devastation, giving shelter to
fauna and flora biodiversity.
These isolated forests
constitute the most
important remnant of dry deciduous forest of Madagascar.
acts as a transition zone between the dry and the humid forests of Madagascar.
the flora is especially rich within the protected area. Baobabs and
orchids are particulary common.
The number of animal species living here is
also remarkable. 15 small mammals, 2 carnivorous and 8 lemur species,
such as the
Verraux´s sifaka, red-fronted brown lemur, ring-tailed lemur,
lemur and the Hubbard´s sportive lemur can be observed here.
Birds are also a
park highlight. There are 85 species, most of them endemic like the
Appert´s greenbul, which only lives in this forest. 33
reptile and 8 amphibian
species have been reported in Zombitse, such as the
Standing´s day gecko, which
is also local endemic to the Park.
sifaka caught by jumping © Gail Johnson
different short and pretty easy circuits (from
one to five hours walk) are offered by the park authorities in order to
visitors to discover the richness and diversity of this last natural
Fees are 3,000 up to 6 people per circuit.
There are two recently built
camping sites inside the Park (3,000 Ar per
night), but most visitors still prefer to stay at a hotel at the nearby
|Zombitse-Vohibasia is easily accessible all the
year round. It lies just on the best road of Madagascar,
the RN 7, approximately
350 km from Fianarantsoa and 150 from Tulear.
If you are travelling by taxi-brousse just ask the driver to drop you
park entrance or at Sakaraha, where the Park Office is.
Ring-tailed lemur with its baby
© Gail Johnson
Office is located in Sakaraha, about 20 km from the Park itself. A
park-guides speak some English.