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News of Marotandrano protected area
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The Marotandrano Special Reserve is located in the Northern part of Madagascar it is between 16° 09' 3'' and 16° 38' 24'' of South latitude - 48° 24' and 48° 48' of East longitude .

Marotandro, 42 200ha are in the limit of the regions of Sofia and Alaotra Mangoro is 250 km from Antsohihy.

The fauna

12 species of lemurs, 140 species of birds, 19 species of amphibian and 16 species of reptiles was identified in Marotandro. For the lemurs, seven species have been listed but these latter, like Varecia variegata and Indri Indri are victims of poachings. 
Among the birds, 56 species are endemic. Two species are in danger and six vulnerable ones. The presence of the Serpent Eagle and the Soimanga which is a very rare species in Madagascar is an asset for the reserve of Marotandro.
Eleven species of insectivores and rodents ten of which are endemic have been met in the Reserve of Marotandrano. The Rattus rattus species has been met in the most damaged site. Rattus rattus is an indicatory species of deterioration; it is very prolific and is in competition with the endemic taxa and put them in danger at any time.

The flora

The big part of the reserve is constituted by the sempervirente forest of average altitude and a closed formation with a dense cluster of 20m to 30m. It generally constitutes a canopy, represented by species of Slonea, Tambourissa, Eugenia, Ravensara,; an intermediate stratum of 15m to 18m and characterized by the abundance of young stems of Syzygium of Eugenia ravensara or Tambourrissa, Ocotea, Mammea and finally a constituted herbaceous stratum essentially by the Tsingialivolo and the Velatra. The lines of crest and the sides present a more closed vegetation structure. The forest of shallow shelters stems of bigger diameter. 
73 families with three endemic and 157 kinds with 35 endemic have been counted in Marotandro. The endemicity of the species adjoins the 100%. Two palms, Dypsis procera and Dypsis Louveliis are part of the list of the note - link - and of the IUCN of the threatened species.

Travel shrewd...

For your visit in Marotandro, bring a cover and hot clothes because the nights are cool. Also bring light clothes for your visits. Have good walking shoes and a raincoat as well as mineral water in bottle. The nearest banks are in Antsohihy. The health centers are in Marotandrano, in Ampatakamaroreny and in Ampitambe. 
The region is covered by the telephone operators of Telma, Orange and Zain. The internet connection is assured by Gulfsat

The history of a natural reserve

Marotandrano is part of the network of the National Parks of Madagascar, managed by Madagascar National Parks. It was classified Special Reserve in 1956.
The region of Marotandrano has a dry and cool tropical climate. Its humid and short hot season from November to March. Its dry and cold season from April to October. The yearly average temperature is 23°C.  
The forest of Ambiniviny is located on a damaged relief presenting deep narrow valleys, the abrupt sides and the lines of crest oriented North-South. The region is characterized by wavy lateritique highland with the "lavaka" on the "tanety" (plains).

A threatened reserve

Marotandro is crossed by several rivers and is sowed with marshes. Two big streams take source from the region one of which is in the East side , the Simianona, and one in the West side, the Sofia. A sempervirente dense humid forest , case of exceptional natural landscapes, shelters endemic species. The conservation of this forest is important for Marotandro because its deterioration would put in danger all fringe of the biodiversity of the park. Among these threatened species, we can see the Indri indri or Babakoto lemurs and the Varecia variegata variegata. The Tsimihety live in the region of Marotandro. They depend closely on the resources of the reserve that is weakened due to it. Bush fires, illicit wood cuttings, reclamations and lemurs' hunting are very frequent in this region.

Associating conservation and communal projects

In order to limit this quasi-daily recourse of the inhabitants to the products of the forest, Madagascar National Parks associates the conservation with various communal projects and generating activity of incomes. So since the Program Environmental PE , microprojets of development has been financed through the 50% of the entry fees (DEAP), but also by Conservation International. The townships of Ampatakamaroreny, Marontandrano, and Ambodiadabo benefitted from new schools, dam of irrigation, police station and the promotion of the apiculture.

The microprojects of Marotandrano
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Antananarivo - Mandritsara is a road in good state but some sections are impassable in the season of rain. Mandritsara - Marotandro and Ampatakamaroreny - Andilamena is a track. It is a road of about 1200 Km forthree days journey that can be crossed between May and November, in dry season. The gates of rain punctuate the portion between Port Bergé and Mampikony.
By road :

From Antananarivo : 
Take the National road N° 4 that join Antananarivo - Ambondromamy. ReachAmbondromamy then - Antsohihy on the national road N°6. Make connection betweenAntsohihy and Mandritsara by the national road N°32. Pursue by the national road N° 32A for Mandritsara - Marotandro. Bifurcate in Ampitabe or Antsiraka. The park is 10 Km, on a track in bad state.

By taxi-brousse :

From Antananarivo to Mandritsara:
- Bus station : 
- Ambodivona: every day for the station of Ambodivona 
- Ankaraobato: Wednesday and Friday.
For Mandritsara - Marotandrano :
- Ambalabe parking (Mandritsara): Every day in dry period of the month from May to November and irregular during the period of rains.

By boat :

From Mahajanga to Antsohihy
Take the boat in Mahajanga. The crossing lasts about one day . The servicing runs two times per week. The tradition demands that the travelers don't carry ginger and meat of pork in their luggages.

Two circuits are under planning to receive your visits. The tariffs of guidance and portage are Ar 5,000 each.

Tarifs de guidage du Réserve Spécial Marotandrano

Nom du circuit Fiche technique Tarif
The Riamalandy circuit Durée : 5 h
Distance : 18 Km

It is a circuit that will lead you to the meeting of Indri Indri, Propithecus diadema diadema, Varecia variegata variegata. The opportunity also to discover rare plant species as Dalbergia, the Vongo and the Rotra.
Guidance and portage :
Ar 5.000 each

Area of camping : 12 tents for 24 people :
5.000 Ar/day/tent.


Nom du circuit Fiche technique Tarif
The circuit Peak of Ambiniviny Durée : 2 h 30
Distance : 8 Km

Go to the climbing of the Peak of Ambiniviny from where you will have a panoramic view of the forest and the agricultural landscapes during your journey, you will also see Indri indri.
Guidance and portage :
Ar 5.000 each

Area of camping : 12 tents for 24 people :
5.000 Ar/day/tent.


The welcome office is located in the North of the reserve. You can yourselves inform there for your plan of stay. The guides as well as the French-speaking reserve and agents are to your service to make you visit the protected area. 

Marotandro has an area of camping in the circuits. Lodgings of stages exist in an affordable price, but the comfort is so so. You can also lodge at the inhabitant's, but in modest conditions.

Several sites deserve the detour in the surroundings of Marotandro. 5Km from the reserve, discover the waterfall in the East of Ambodisatrana. These cascades of 60 m on a very abrupt slope give a spectacular decor. 
7Km from Marotandro there is the cliff of Ambiviny where you will be able to reach on foot or by car. It is an ideal site for the caving and the mountaineering. 
5 Km from the reserve, visit the Tsangambatos or rising stones that are one of the big traditions of the region. Also visit at 4Km from Marotandro the village of Ambobisatrana. It is an idled site where the houses are constructed in plant materials. Your fiber ecologist won't be indifferent in Ambodisatrana.
Several cultural events are also organized in this region. Thus, five days of September are dedicated to the "Takombitsika" festival that is a feast in which participates the artists original of the Sofia. Five days, in August, attend the regional fair «Fandriaka" during which is presented the specialties of the Sofia: handicrafts, kitchens, furnitures, fruits and vegetables.
Don't miss the Morengy, tsimihety traditional boxing and the Tolognomby, the traditional bullfighting. The young men participate in these big demonstrations of strengh that accumulate the thousands of people from the four corners of the region. 
Finally, the famous Sofia's events every year that are the world days of the environment and tourism. The first is celebrated on June 5, with active demonstrations lasting about ten days and ather a nearly 5.000 people. The second is on September 27.

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