- Andasibe – Mantadia
It is situated 130 km to the east of Antananarivo, on the road to Toamasina. Andasibe National Park is the most visited of the Protected Areas. It actually comprises two parts: the Mantadia Park and the Analamazaotra reserve of Indri, over 16,000 surface area. This rainforest is habitat to a vast species biodiversity, including many endemic rare species and endangered species, including 11 lemur species
About 60 km away from Fort Dauphin, Andohaela, in the region of Fort Dauphin, is remarkable for the extremes of habitats that are representened within it. Its specificity lies in the extraordinary variety of its ecosystems due to the proximity of the mountainous chain of Anosy. It has a few rainforests south of the tropic of Capricorn and a dry spiny forest characteristic of southern Madagascar. In the area between these two climatic extremes is a unique transitional forest known as the Ranopiso transition, which is characterised by the locally endemic triangular palm, Dypsis decaryi.
There are fifteen species of lemur have been recorded, including two of Madagascar’s most emblematic species, the Ring-tailed Lemur and Verreaux’s Sifaka.
Situated 46 km from Ambalavao, to the south of Fianarantsoa this park is perched on the Massif of Andringitra at an altitude ranging from 650 to 2658 m, It is known for its rough terrain. Andringitra is one of the biological hotspots of Madagascar, a natural laboratory where relic and more recent species cohabit, which accounts for the originality of its fauna and flora.
About 100km from Antsiranana and Nosy Be, this park was born under the sea millions of years ago, Ankarana whose 18,000 ha have been turned into a Park stretches its network of caves, underground rivers, middle Jurassic limestone and canyons amidst dry and green forests.
It is found 114 km to the east of Mahajanga. ‘ Realm of birds, land of sacred lakes, fount of life’. Ankarafantsika is in the northwest of Madagascar, 450 km from Antananarivo and 114 km from Majunga along the RN4.
closest city is Majunga 115 km north of the park. The rodent Macrotarsomys ingens occurs only in this nation park.
Situated 150km to the southwest of Mahajanga, the Bay of Baly is still very little known by tourists but this is expected to change soon!
- Cap Sainte Marie
This park is at the southernmost point of Madagascar. Beautiful beaches, high sandstone cliffs and caves offer a dream landscape at the south tip of Madagascar. Situated between the waters of the Mozambique Channel and those of the Indian Ocean, it is not surprising that this harsh place is beaten by the winds and conveys an impression of “ end of the world”.
Set up as a national park in 1962 is 300km from Fianarantsoa and 240 km from Tuléar.
The park is known for its wide variety of terrain, including sandstone formations, deep canyons, palm-lined oases, and grassland.
- Kirindy Mitea
It is 50km to the south of Morondava. The park is located along the shore of the Mozambique Channel, in the Menabe, magnificent country of the Sakalavas. It is a shelter of the national regional and even local endemic species. Hingeed between the South and the west, it represents a range of very varied ecosystems. Spiny dry and lined dense forests, bays, beaches, inshore dunes and islets illustrate an exotic panorama.
This reserve 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.