Mangerivola Reserve

 

As Malagasy people often say: 'it's impossible to believe it if you haven’t seen it'. This is completely appropriate to the Mangerivola reserve ; a very beautiful section of the forest in the east of Madagascar, known for its astonishing greenery, with dense wet forest and diverse luxurious vegetation, covering more than 10,000 hectares. In addition to this wonderful scenery, there is a huge network of waterways, with rivers of various sizes.

 

Located in the region of Atsinanana, the special reserve of Mangerivola is part of the protected area of the forest corridor located between Mananara and Farafangana. Its biodiversity makes it one of Madagascar’s richest forests. Despite the paradise-like environment, its appeal also lies in the huge variety of rare species found there, most of these endangered: 100 highly endemic bird species, 6 species of lemurs and primates, 3 carnivorous species, 13 species of micro-mammals, 19 species of reptiles and 45 amphibian species have been listed, which explains why it has become an object of interest for scientists from around the world. The park is now an area dedicated to scientific research, as well as a gene pool.

 
 
This article was featured in Prime Magazine August 2019

Useful Information

When to go

Mangerivola is characterised by a hot and humid tropical climate. The rain contributes to its charm and should not prevent you from visiting, as the temperature is always hot. So, you can visit any time of the year, from Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm.

How to get there

From Antananarivo, take the RN2. Turn at Ampasamadinika, 48km before the entrance to Toamasina, take the scenic route to Andranobolaka, then to Anjahamana. The reserve is 30km away, through amazing landscapes.

Where to stay

The Hotel Babakoto, situated 26km away from the reserve, is the closest. It is also possible to camp. Otherwise, at Toamasina you have the choice between the Hotel Luciole and the Hotel Joffre.

Where to eat

As there is no restaurant in the vicinity, you should bring any food you need. However, you can eat at the Hotel Babakoto (26km away from the reserve). In Toamasina, the restaurant La Villa is also a good option.

What to see

Along the same road, you can fully experience the exceptional natural abundance of Madagascar by visiting two other national parks: Mantadia and Zahamena. The attraction of the national land park of Mantadia lies partly in its landscapes, worthy of the cinema, the luxurious fauna typical of the dense wet forest and its impressive endemic species of flora. Concerning the national park of Zahamena, it is a listed UNESCO world heritage site, home of endemic lemurs of Madagascar and of more than 700 species of flora.