Situated in Alaotra Mangoro, about 141 km from Tana, Mantadia National Park is part of one of the protected areas of Andasibe. Covering an area of 15 500 ha, Mantadia is an incredible place where flora and fauna reign supreme. To know more about the best of this fauna and flora Mantadia, make a reservation and dive with us at the heart of the adventure.
The endemic and exceptional fauna of Mantadia
Many animals are listed within the park. Some are endemic while others are endangered. Finding refuge in the heart of this protected area, these animals find their own happiness and are the object of several studies and observations by various researchers from all over the world. During your visit, do not miss:
- The lemurs Aye-Aye, Indri Indri, Varika Mavo as well as other lemurs cohabiting with these first three. A priori, we also see the lemurs Varecia, Avahi and Eulemur.
- Chameleons are also many to Mantadia. The Calumma is the biggest of all species, sheltering in trees and easy to observe in hot season
- Endemic birds such as Pila and Triotrio are the most remarkable. The Malagasy Baza raptor is also present in the park despite being difficult to observe. Among the endangered species of birds, you will surely cross the Crossleyia xanthophrys, a bird with yellow eyebrows easy to observe in this site.
- The snake Boa or Manditra, which arouses fear and terror in some visitors. Yet it is part of the park's richness.
- The insects among which beetles and lepidoptera . Among its insects, we find the most beautiful butterfly in the world including the famous Urania Madagascariensis.
- Endemic fish are less well known but also present in Mantadia. These are the Ratsirakia legendrei and Rheocles alaotrensis. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, these two fish are disappearing.
The variety of flora inventoried to Mantadia
Apart from the fauna, Mantadia is also a sanctuary for many endemic plants of the island. The big forest is the domain of several species of orchids, lianas, other invasive plants and some plantations from foreign countries. For a guided tour, discover:
- Hundreds of endemic orchid species from Madagascar bloom between October and February.
- The Vakoana or Pandanus, also endemic and which serve as habitat for some frogs
- Arboreal ferns or Fanjàna with their broad leaves. These plants push all year long in the park
- The tree Ambora or Tambourrissa which is also visible all year long.
- The bamboos, pinus and eucalyptus which grow mainly around the park
- The invasive plants that also exist within the park. You will see rubus mauricana and caméléa sisensis.
- Other medicinal plants and other varieties from China are also cultivated there. China's water lilies, ferns, mosses and guavas, which adapt perfectly to the environment.