Andasibe-Mantadia National Park


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About Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
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Parks total area:
155 km² (60 mi²)
Year established:
1989
Anti-malarial:
Absolutely!
Park wildlife:
  • Andasibe-Mantadia National Park is made up of two reservations with distinct terrains and attractions
  • The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the largest species of lemur—the Indri—as well as plant species, including the orchid
  • Visit during the drier months of September through November
  • The park is easily accessible from Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park includes two distinct areas in terms of terrain and activities available, covering a total of 155 km² (60 miles²) east of Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo. The Special Reserve of Analamazoatra (also known as Andasibe National Park) was established in an effort to preserve the Indri lemur species and was later extended into what came to be Mantadia National Park. Because both reserves occupy the same forest, they are commonly referred to as Andasibe-Mantadia National Park.

The northern area of the park (Mantadia) is considered to be more exclusive and receives fewer tourists. It contains varied trails that tend to be more rugged, which may be attractive to the adventurous and experienced hiker. Altitudes range from 900 to 1250 m (2953 to 4101 ft). Mantadia tends to have a very humid climate. The park is made up of dense rainforest, housing a variety of wildlife species, including over 80 amphibians, 15 mammals including the Indri (the largest species of lemur), 50 reptile species including chameleons and leaf-tailed geckos and over 100 bird species including the Madagascar wagtail and the Madagascar serpent-eagle.

Visitors to Andasibe-Mantadia should be prepared for very damp conditions. In addition to rain jackets, high rubber boots (wellies) are also recommended as leaches are common here and like to attach to exposed skin. The true highight of this area is the ability to see the largest lemur, the Indri. Its haunting cries echo above the drenched canopies and add an element of mystery to any trek. Be prepared to have a sore neck, as these guys tend to stay near the tops of the trees and make the visitors work for their viewings. 

Mantadia National Park is home to various plant species, most notably the orchid and the poinsettia, which grows to enormous heights in this damp, temperate climate. The park also contains the Sacred Waterfall as well as natural pools, giving hikers an opportunity to refresh and cool down.

The park is easily accessible from Antananarivo by car. The trip takes approximately three to four hours, depending on road conditions. Part of the journey is on dirt roads.

When to visit Mantadia National Park

Although the park is open year-round, visitors should always expect rain. The average annual rainfall is about 1700 mm (5.5 ft). It typically rains over 200 days per year, with the wettest months being January through March. September through November tend to be drier. The average temperature is about 18 C (64 F), with warmer days beginning in November, when temperatures will reach 27 C (80 F).

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Aug 25, 2014   |   Visited: May 2014.
This was the first place I visited once I got to Madagascar. It's only about a three-hour drive from Tana, the capital. The drive was special, too. As you climb up in elevation, the temps drop and it drizzles. Along the clay roads are groups of people, many without shoes, walking for miles with their goods. It was so moving to see this and made me feel super spoile... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 28, 2013   |   Visited: Jan 2011.
Madagascar. Whoa!
Andasibe-Mantadia NP is the place to see the Indri, the largest species of lemur. However, there are PLENTY of other species!
For those unfamiliar, there are almost a hundred species of lemurs in Madagascar, and nowhere else in the world. There are probably more species, but who knows. Many parts of the island are untouched, likely hiding unknow... read more

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(3/5 stars) Written on: Apr 17, 2013   |   Visited: May 2010.
We visited Andasibe after having spent a good chunk of time in the dry and sunny western part of the island. I was not prepared for the volume of precipitation this place receives! I did not bring long trousers and, as a result, my calves were covered in mosquito bites after the first day of trekking in Andasibe. The park was really interesting as we did not encoun... read more

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Safari suitability: 3 / 10
There is the opportunity for trekking and wildlife sightings, but all safaris are done on foot.
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