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Vohimana reserve

Boophis albilabris

Vohimana: Vohimana in the hilly highlands of eastern Madagascar is a small reserve that may be a little adventurous to reach by foot. Location: Vohimana is located about 155 km east of capital Antananarivo, in Alaotra-Mangoro region. Thus it is only 25 km far from much visited national park Andasibe-Mantadia. You can easily do day trips from there to Vohimana. …

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Protected area Maromizaha

Maromizaha Calumma malthe (1)

Maromizaha: Actually this protected area consists of two forest areas, Maromizaha and Vohidrazana. The latter means as much as “mountain of the ancestors”. In contrast, the Malagasy words maro and mizaha can have two different meanings. It may be “the place where many people do research” but also “the forest which is exploited by many people”. Location: Maromizaha is located …

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Protected area Anjozorobe-Angavo

Eingang des Saha Forest Camps bei Andreba

Anjozorobe-Angavo: The name Annjozorobe probably comes from the Madagascan “zozoro”, a certain kind of reed of the area. Legend has it that they were used as hiding places by the “menalamba”, who fought under the French colonial power for the liberation of Madagascar. Location: The protected area of Anjozorobe-Angavo is located 90 km northeast of the capital Antananarivo in the …

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Arboretum Antsokay

Antsokay

Antsokay: The name means as much as “lime” and points to the typical loam and lime containing soil of the area. Around Arboretum, people make bricks from this kind of soil. Location: The Arboretum Antsokay is located in southwestern Madagascar in the region of Atsimo-Andrefana. It is only 12 kilometers away from one of the largest cities of the south, …

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Kirindy reserve

Kirindy jumping rat

Kirindy: The word Kirindy means as much as „dense forest with wild animals“. Due to the more south located national park Kirindy-Mitea, the reserve is also known as “Kirindy Nord”. From former times it has the name “La forêt des Suisses”, the Swiss people’s forest. Location: Kirindy forest is located in western Madagascar in Menabe region. From the capital of …

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Park Tsarasaotra

In the middle of Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, there is a small green oasis in the north of the town. It is known under its name Tsarasaotra (translated „a good place to live“) or simply „Ile aux oiseaux“ which means birds‘ island. The area of 0,25 km² size includes lake Alarobia and a second smaller lake and some shore sides. The …

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Frequently asked questions about national parks

Can I visit a national park alone on my own? It is forbidden to visit a national park without local forest guide in Madagascar – the only exception is Lokobe national park in Nosy Be. These guides passed a two years lasting education and are licensed by MNP (Madagascar national parks). People seized without a guide inside a national park …

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Zahamena national park

Zahamena

Zahamena: Zahamena means „red trees“, which hints at a tree species scientifically called Diatum unifoliatum. It occurs only in Zahamena and has a typically reddish-orange coloured bark. Location: Zahamena national park is located in the northeastern highlands of Madagascar, in the region Alaotra-Mangoro. This area is famous for Madagascar’s largest lake, Alaotra, which is about 25 km away from the …

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Mitsinjo reserve

Mitsinjo: Mitsinjo means as much as “looking ahead” or “planning the future”. Location: The reserve is located close to the village Andasibe in eastern Madagascar, around 140 km away from the capital Antananarivo, in the region Alaotra-Mangoro. You drive approximately four hours on RN2, which is not in the best condition, and then change direction at a well signed junction. …

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Nosy Hara national park

Nosy Hara

Nosy Hara: The name of this national park means as much as “mountainous island”,  “hara” comes from Malagasy “harana” which stands for mountains. It refers to the needle stone formations that form the characteristic face of Nosy Hara. The island belongs to an archipelago of twelve uninhabited islands, which are surrounded by coral reefs. Location: Nosy Hara island lays inside …

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