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News of Lokobe protected area
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The Complete Natural Reserve of Lokobe is located in the South East of the island of Nosy Be. Lokobe is one of the rare localities where the original forest of the Sambirano still exists. Lokobe will become soon a National Park. GPS: 13° 23’ - 13° 2&rsquo of South latitude and 48° 18 and 48° 20 of East longitude .

The whole island of Nosy Be is a volcanic region characterized by basaltic lava flows that have given rise to fertile soils. It is located in an area of Quaternary eruptive rocks. The Complete Natural Reserve of Lokobe consists of low hills altitudes not exceeding 432 meters that lead sharply to the sea in its southern and western parts. The coastline consists of rocky chaotic clusters which only appear at low tide. Coast Main Lokobe is relatively broken.

The fauna

The forest of Sambirano essentially covers the reserve. It is the natural habitat of Eulemur macaco macaco, endemic lemur of Lokobe. In this forest, this species plays a very important part in the dissemination of the seeds encouraging the natural regeneration of the forest.17 birds thus have been inventoried like the Ipsidina madagascariensis and Asio madagascariensis, which constitute the most remarkable species.

The best fauna of Lokobe

1. Eulemur macaco macaco or Ankomba jôby. The male is of black fur, the female has redhead. Diurnal, this endemic lemure live on the coastline of Lokobe, Ambanoro-Madirotel. We can see it from October to November, between 9a.m. and 4 p.m.

2. Lepilemur dorsalis or Fitsidiky. The fur of this lemur is brown and gray. We rarely see it and always at night at Ambanoro, Ambalafary or Ampasindava.

3. Microcebus sp or Tsitsy of its Malagasy name. This clear redhead small lemur is nocturnal and lives in Ambalafary. We generally see it in the twilight, all year round. 

4. Mantella betsileo or Tsirevo of its local calling. This nocturnal lemur lives in Ampasindava, in Antsaravy, and in Bemangaoko. We can see it all year round near the rivers. It has a preference for the season of rain.

The flora

The palms are the most frequent species of Lokobe.The forest contains an endemic variety, the Kindro or Dypsis ampasindavae of the family of Arecaceae. Ampasindava,Antsaharavy and Bemangaokos are its earths of predilection.

The best flora of Lokobe

1. Tontôrogno or Gluta tourtour. It is a wood of work used for the sculptures. It belongs to the same family of the mango tree. The Tontôrogno generally grows at Antsaravy.

2. Ramy or Canarium madagascariense. This aromatic resin tree decorates the coastline of Ampasindava and Antsaravy. 

3. Agnabovahatra or Uapaca ambanjensis. It is a curious tree that has aerial roots as stilt. We can see it on the crests of Lokobe. It blooms in December and bears its fruits in March.


Travel shrewd...

For your next stay in Lokobe, have in your luggages a raincoat, shoes of bush and a hat to protect you from the bright sun. Careful, meat of pork and eel are taboo in Lokobe. 
The nearest banks and the centers of health are at Nosy Be Hell Ville. The city and its suroundings are covered by Telma, Zain and Orange telephone networks.

The history of the park

Queen Soanaomby was the first to defend the wealths of Lokobe, because in the Southwest of this forest, in Andranotsinominy, the tomb of King Andriamaitso was erected.The Malagasy respect of the ancestors thus consecrated Lokobe. In 1913, Lokobe kept the particular attention of the colonial administration. That year, it took the statute of Reserve. In 1927 Lokobes became a fully-fledged Complete Natural Reserve and the Malagasy administration completed the protection of its biodiversity in 1966. 
Madagascar National Parks has taken the reins of the forest in 1995. Currently, Lokobe is about to become a National Park.

The preservation of the forest of Sambirano

The protected area of Lokobe is covered mainly by Sambirano forest, and its density is still appreciable as it is around that of the humid evergreen forest of medium altitude found near Ranomafana. Natural Reserve of Lokobe is the main range for Dypsis ampasindavae (Dypsis ampasindavae, from Ampasindava) and Dypsis nossibensis, which are the natural habitat for Eulemur macaco macaco endemic of Lokobe.

Sustainable preservation of habitat and Eulemur macaco macaco species which possible termination would call into question the representativeness, not only the North but also at national level, is essential. Indeed, these species of flora and fauna are found nowhere else.

The microprojects of Lokobe
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By Road :

Antananarivo - Lokobe

Take the National Road No. 4 linking Antananarivo to Ambondromamy. Then take National Road No. 6 for Ambalavelona. Fork at Ambanja, then drive over 23 km to Ankify. From Ankify, take a speedboat to the port of Hell-Ville, the capital of Nosy-be. The crossing takes 45 minutes. From the city of Nosy Be joint the village of Ambanoro to access to the Reserve.

By Boat :

From Mahajanga to Nosy Be Hell-ville
Take the boat in Mahajanga toward Nosy Be Hell-Ville. It is a crossing of 20 hours. The weekly move is fixed on Friday. 

From Ankify to Nosy Be Hell-Ville
Take the boat at Ankify 23 km from Ambanja. The crossing lasts 45 minutes. There is a daily move except in case of bad weather. 

By Plane :

Air Madagascar has a regular flight in Nosy Be Hell-Ville. The transfer toward Lokobe is done by car on 20 km for one hour.
From the Airport of Fascène, you can also join the port of Nosy Be Hell-Ville (12 km) and join Lokobe by motor boat.


The circuits are under arrangement. They will be open as soon as Lokobe becomes a National Park. They will make you discover the heart of the forest of Lokobe, discover the palms, the canariums, the medicinal plants and go to the meeting of the birds, the lemurs and reptiles. A foretaste of the adventures is waiting for you in there.

Circuit name Specifications Tariffs
The Kindro circuit Duration: 1h
Distance : 1 km of trekking


Circuit name Specifications Tariffs
The Manintsy circuit Duration : 1h
Distance : 2 km

It is a terrestrial and marine circuit


Circuit name Specifications Tariffs
The Saharavy circuit Duration : 4h
Distance : 5 km

This circuit gives you the choice between a hike that alternates a crossing of the forests and the visit of the marine sites or a simple trekking.

The welcome office of Madagascar National Parks is in the village of Ambalafary in Marodoka. Its present statute of Complete Natural reserve  doesn't allow Lokobe to welcome visitors. But this protected area will become soon a National Park and will open its doors to the tourists. It already gets ready for it and trains the guides that will make you discover the wealths of the site.

Contacts :

Direction Inter-Régionale de Madagascar National Parks à Antsiranana
Route de l’Aéroport BP 475

Tél. /fax : (261 20) 82 213 20

Email :

Réserve Naturelle Intégrale de Lokobe
BP 261 – 207 Nosy-Be
Tél./Fax : + (261 20) 86 925 31

CR : BIKINY Candicia
Tél. : + (261 32) 07 505 53


Don’t miss the panoramic view. Admire the beauty of Lokobe from the heights of the West of Nosy-Be ; from Dzamandzar, in the South of Nosy Be ; from Antanety Andrefa or in the East of Nosy Be, from Nosy Faly. 
The adepts of scuba diving will find pleasure to discover the bench of reefs of the side of Iranja. The site that has a center of diving and a land of excursion is accessible by boat. Also visit the islets of Mitsio, Andrefa Antanetibe, Tsarabanjina, Sakatia and Tany Madio. Picnics in all conviviality, walk and hike, scuba diving will make your days the successful vacations. 
Have a jump in the communal park of Nosy Komba, in Ampasipohy. It is found 10 km from the airport of Fascène at 7 km on the Ambatozavavy road. This site is inescapable for the enthusiasts of lemurs. It is accessible by boat, by car or by dugout. 
Have a tour in the society of the perfumed plants of Madagascar, in Ampasime. It is 3 km from Nosy Be Hell-Ville on a secondary road. You will find a distillery of Ylang Ylang there. The soft fragrance of this plant "vahiné" will bewitch you. 
The National Center of Oceanographical Research (CNRO) opens for you its doors, at 3 km of Nosy Be Hell-Ville, on a secondary road. It is a museum dedicated to the big bruise that will give you … the marine foot! 
10 mm from Nosy Be Hell-Ville, thereis a tarred road and a secondary track where the Zeny space that shelters sacred trees is. For a mystical note of your stay, come and see this site.  
By car or on foot, regain the Passot mount to admire the sunset on Nosy Be. Take the road of Andilana, turn then on the right to 24 km. It is a secondary road of 4 km, but your album of memories is worthwhile of it! 
The best for the end; take advantage of the cascade of Androadroatra. Bathing, hike and photos of memories, you will have one day of pleasure before you. Androadroatra is 7 km on the road of Andilana. 
Finally, the lovers of music and of dance will find their happiness in the Donia festival that is held every year. The artists of Madagascar and the Indian Ocean meet in Nosy Be Hell-Ville for four days of songs, dance and festivities…Be with us!

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