The island of Nosy Be being a volcanic region, it is not surprising that its vegetation in general is fertile. That of Lokobe Park, being a nature reserve and a protected National Park, is even more so.
What does the Lokobe reserve offer?
The Lokobe reserve covers the southeastern part of Nosy Be and extends over 740ha. It is about 45 minutes by canoe from the fishing village of Ambatozavavy. If it opens on the sea in an unusual way, it is because the hills that constitute it are of low altitudes. On the coasts, we can notice a disorderly accumulation of rocks that makes it even more impressive.
Geographical feature of Lokobe
Climate: Tropical, hot and humid. The dry season is clearly marked from June to August.
Temperature: 32 ° C to 21 ° C.
Highest altitude: 432 meters
Number of streams: 10
To know: Antsahavary, Andranomainty, Andranonakomba, Andranotsinomigny, Andranonakarana, Andrevarevabe, Sangambahiany, Andranomanintsy, Andranobe.
The circuits to realize
Lokobe Park is divided into 3 circuits, namely:
- Kindro: This circuit is composed of loops of Ampasindava and Nosy Be. The flora is very dense, you can meet lemurs and reptiles. It takes an average of 1½ hours to walk the 2.13 km.
- Mitsinjo: In this tour, you will take a 1km long staircase from the entrance of the park to the summit of Mitsinjo, which rises to an altitude of 432 meters. It takes about 2 hours to complete the course.
- Ramy: This circuit of 2.25 km during about 3h of time. During the walk, you will discover beaches which you can make a picnic.
Lokobe is home to 376 animal species including 3 species of insectivores, 5 species of Rodentes, 16 species of bats, 4 species of carnivores, 11 species of primates, 1 species of ungulates, 103 species of birds, 84 species of reptiles , 34 species of amphibians and 112 species of Rhopaloceres.
Among the most remarkable, the Fitsidiky or Lepilemur dorsalis is a nocturnal lemur that will make you want to go out at night when you are on the side of Ambanoro (Marodoka), Ambalafary or Ampasindava.
If you are on the coast of Lokobe, Ambanoro-Madirotelo between the months of October and November, you will be able to meet Eulemur macaco or Ankomba jôby and its unusual hair.
In addition, you can meet the Microcebus sp or Tsitsy all year long, but like his cousin Fitsidiky, he only goes out at night, or rather during the sunset.
If you are only available during the rainy season, do not despair since the Mantella betsileo or Tsirevo is more comfortable during this season and they are, therefore, easier to find during this period.
In total, we can meet 17 birds visible in Madagascar such as the owl of Madagascar known as the sciatic Asio madagascariensis or the Martin-chasseur malgache or Ipsidina madagascariensis.
The flora of Lokobe
Entering the place, you will notice the dominance of palm trees but also, coconut palms. This is only the beginning since on the flora plan the list is quite long and you will need more film. For a taste, take a picture in front of Kindro or Dypsis ampasindavae of the Arecaceae family and be proud to show them to your loved ones.
The top 3 essential flora that you can discover:
Tontôrogno or Gluta turtur, a member of the mango tree family that grows everywhere, especially in Antsaravy. Its particularity is that it is highly sought after by professional sculptors.
We then have the Ramy or Canarium madagascariensis which is very famous for its perfume.
On the ridges of Lokobe, touching the Uapaca ambanjensis or Agnabovahatra and its aerial roots is a privilege. You will be even more moved if you visit it in March during which it bears fruit.
What are the prices ?
- Adult price: Ar 55,000
- Child rate: 25,000 Ar
Can we eat in Lokobe?
Potentially yes, but I advise you. Some restaurants that do not have the will to offer quality, kebabs not cooked, accompaniments so small, not to mention the service, and for a price approaching restaurants Vazas. Simply shameful. It's the TOP 2 of the worst places to eat in my opinion !
I invite you more to find a good food in Hell-city or Ambatoloaka.