The National Park of Marojejy spreads on 60 050 Ha, in the region of the Sava, a new demarcation of this protected area is in progress to bring it back to 55 500 ha. It is an altitude park that can reach up to 2132m. Marojejy is dominated by an immense mountain and very damaged forest reliefs. It is a very complex shape landscape where crests and stiff slopes follow each other.
Marojejy conceals numerous interesting species: 115 species of birds, 11 species of lemurs. We can also meet 148 species of reptiles and amphibians, 16 of which are endemic to the giant mountain. Marojejy contains only 33% of the species of reptiles and amphibians known in Madagascar.
The best of the fauna of Marojejy
1. The Siketribe or Euryceross Prevosti. It is a bird with blue beak, endemic to Madagascar. We can meet it in the Mantella circuits and Simpona during September until March.
2. The Propithecus candidus or Simpona. This endemic lemur of Marojejy is visible all year round through the Simpona circuit, starting at 775 m.
3. the Tangarirana or Brookesia karchei. It is a terrestrial chameleon that lives in the valley of Brookesia, between camp and Mantella and Marojejy camp. We can see it between November and March.
4. the Mantella laevigata or Radaka. It is a frog with green back that one can see in the Mantella Camp all year round.
305 species of Ptéridophytes of which six endemic have been inventoried on the massif of Marojejy. What puts the park in the first rank of the Malagasy protected areas for its specific wealth in Ptéridophytes. More than 50 species of palms have also been harvested. They are especially abundant in the forests of low altitude but remain present until the summit.
The best of flora of Marojejy
1.The Cyathea or Fanjagna. This arborescent fern grows along the Mantella circuit and of the Simpona circuit as well as on the summit of Marojejy. We can see it all year round.
2.The Ravimbe or Marojejya Darianii is a species of palm that is seen on the Marojejia circuits and Simpona all year round.
3.The Menamoso or Marojejya insingis, species of palm that is seen on the Marojejia circuits and Simpona all year round.
For your stay in the park of Marojejy, it is important to have a raincoat, it often rains on the heights. Also bring hot clothes for the evening, good walking shoes and a pocket-size lamp. Supply yourselves with mineral water in bottle. The nearest banks are in Andapa and Sambava. Maroambihy, Andapa and Sambavas have a health center. Sambava and Andapas are covered by the telephone networks of Telma, Orange and Zain.
The history of the Park
Marojejy was discovered in 1948 Pr Henri Humbert, eminent botanist of the Museum of Natural histories of Paris. A cascade of the park takes its name. In 1952 Marojejy was classified Integral Natural Reserve. It became a National Park in 1998. Marojejy became a world patrimony in June 2007. Its impressive mountain makes its reputation, but it is also known to be one of the network of the protected areas to shelter the rare Propithecus diadema candidus or Simpona malandy. The Tsimihety live in the surounding of Marojejy.
Marojejy, a national genetic reservoir
Marojejy has a strategic role in the whole national Network managed by the Madagascar National Park. The possible extinction of the lemur of the Simpona malandy would throw into question the representativeness of the North region but also of the national network. Marojejy is also the most known habitat for the bird Euryceros prevostii or Siketribe. Marojejy regroups a variety of ecosystems and habitats typically High Mountains of the North. Marojejy is the last Malagasy mountain that has more intact highlander and in primary state. And it is finally in Marojejy that we can find the biggest number of species of reptiles and amphibians known in Madagascar.
Torrents and cascades
Because of the altitude, Marojejy has a humid tropical climate with an average yearly rainmeter of 1 936 mm. The temperature varies from 22,3° in July and 26,9°C in February. But in winter, the summits of the Marojejy goes down to 1,5°C.
With lots rains and a little damaged altitude relief, Marojejy has a very branched out hydrographic network and cashed deeply: torrents, cascades and fast river flow. Eight rivers flow in the park.
The microprojects of Marojejy
Marojejy is halfway between Sambava that is 67 km and Andapa that 50 km. It is one hour of flight from Antananarivo and about three days of road .
On road :
- Sambava-Manantenina, at the entry of the park.
- From Sambava join Andapa where the office of the Madagascar National Park is . It is the national road 5B of 20Km long, entirely tarred.
- From Andapa join Manantenina, where the welcome office of the Marojejy park is established. It is a carriageable track of 40 km.
The access is easy from May to November, during the dry and very arduous season from December to April, during the period of rain. The gates of rain close the roads during 4h hours after a storm.
Antananarivo - Sambava
Parking: - Andravoahangy, every day except Sunday.
Careful! Ambilobe-Vohemar is impassable between December and April.
The welcome office of the national park of Marojejy is in Manantenina where you will have all information to organize your stay. Madagascar National Parks has a Central Office in Andapa where you can already take some information.
The welcome office has an ecoshop where you can buy articles for the memories of Marojejy. The women of the community have a boutique where they sell artisanal products: basketwork, woven vanilla and other local products. 12 French-speaking and English-speaking guides are at your service to help you visit the Park.
Marojejy is the park of the trekking sporty and the rafting, for the most daring. But you can also take advantage of the sea in Sambava. The beach of Ampandrozonana is 2 km in the South of Sambava, accessible on foot, by motorcycle, bicycle or by the City Taxicab. You can also visit the Special Reserve of Anjanaharibe Sud dedicated to the Takthajanias and Indri indri. This reserve has a thermal source. It is 20 km from Andapa City, a part of the road is by car accessible, the rest makes itself on foot or by bicycle. A private tourist site is also established in Antanetiambo 6 km from Andapa: part of the road is accessible by car, the rest on foot or by bicycle.
Finally, have tour at the pan of Andapa, a rice plantation zone of 13000 ha from 105 Km of the city of Sambava. Every year, in the month of August, Vohémar welcomes the" Tsakaraka ". It is a big festival dedicated to promote the cultural, economic and social assets of the region.