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News of Marojejy protected area
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Marojejy
"The national park of Marojejy is in the Northeast. It is covered of a thick primary forest where nests the rare birds and spectacular amphibians. An impressive mountain dominates the park. All those that saw Marojejy will confirm it to you: it is more than a sacred mountain, it is a sacred mountain! GPS: 14°26' South, 49°15' East"



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.


The Fauna

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.

 

The flora

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.
 

Travel shrewd...

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 Airtel.

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 .

Indications :

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.


By Taxi-brousse:

Antananarivo - Sambava 
Parking: - Andravoahangy, every day except Sunday. 
Careful! Ambilobe-Vohemar is impassable between December and April.
 

The national park of Marojejy is crossed through by three big circuits.

 

MEDIUM CIRCUIT
Circuit Name Specifications Tariff
Circuit Mantella It is an ascension of 250 to 450 m of altitude, that's a little more than  4Km from the entry of the Park in the Mantella camp for a trekking of 2 to 3h. It is the discovery of the humid primary forests  of low altitude and animals  live there: reptilian and amphibians, lemurs and birds. The circuit foresees a stop at the natural swimming pool and natural water fall. After 30 min of the Mantella camp, visit the beautiful cascade of Humbert. The Mantella camp is located at 450m, area of camping where equipped six bungalows, a sheltered meal  with kitchen utensils are waiting for you. Tariffs:   
- Guidance: Ar 18,000
- Carrier: Ar 7,000  from Manantenina to the Mantella Camp  
- An extra of Ar4,000  for the nocturnal visits  
Area of camping in Mantella :12 tents for 24 persons:Ar 4,000

 

HARD CIRCUIT
Circuit Name Specifications Specifications
Circuit Simpona 2 Km from the Mantella camp, 1 to 2h. It is an ascension of 450 to 750m of altitude that joins the Camp Mantella with the Camp Marojejia. You will cross the forest of average altitude and will discover chameleons, endemic palms but also the Sifaka lemur  Propithèque and its silken white fur. The Marojejy camp is the border of the forest of low altitude and the forest of high altitude. Admire the beautiful views of the granitique cliffs  and the verdant mountains. The camp has a sheltered meal and  four bungalows equipped with bedding and kitchen utensils .    Tariffs:  
- Guidance: Ar 18,000  / group of 6 persons
A supplement of Ar 4,000 / group of 6 persons for the evening or nocturnal visits
- Carrier: Ar 5,000 from the Mantella camp to the Marojejia camp. ( 20 Kg or less/ carrier )
- An extra of Ar 4,000 for the nocturnal visits 
- Area of camping of Simpona :3 tents for 6 persons Ar:4 000


 

SPORTY LIKE CIRCUIT
Circuit Name Specifications Specifications
Circuit  Summit More than 4 Km in 6-7h. It is an ascension of 775 to 2,132m of altitude, from the  Marojejya Camp to the summit of Marojejy. You cross the humid forest of high altitude until the peak of Marojejy. It is a panoramic view of the region and the emerald forest that are waiting for you. The view spreads until the  Indian Ocean by clear time.  On the path way, you will pass through he Simpona camp located at 1250m of altitude. It is isolated completely in a wild nature, you will have to your disposition a sheltered meal and two well equipped bungalows.    Tariffs:   
- Guidance: Ar 18,000  
- Carrier: Ar 6,000 of the Marojejya camp in the Simpona camp  
- Carrier: Ar 4,000 of the Simpona camp to the Summit.   
- An extra of Ar 4,000  for the nocturnal visits  
- Area of camping of Marojejya :3 tents for 6 persons: Ar 4,000

 





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. 

Contacts :

Madagascar National Parks ANTSIRANANA
Route de l’Aéroport BP 475
201 ANTSIRANANA

Tél. /fax : (261 20) 82 213 20

Email : angapdie@yahoo.fr
           angapdie@gmail.com
           die.parks@gmail.com

Parc National Marojejy
BP 19 - ANDAPA 205
Tél. : + (261 20) 88 070 27
Fax : + (261 20) 88 071 40

DP : BAKARIZAFY Hervé
Tél : + (261 32) 02 729 03
Email : angapandapa@moov.mg
           mjj.parks@moov.mg
           mjj.parks@gmail.com

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.