A true spot of biodiversity on the east coast, the city of Mananara invites travelers to discover exuberant vegetation and rare fauna, including the typical Aye Aye lemur. During his stay, the visitor discovers varied landscapes, from a primary rain forest to exotic fruit plantations, through the beaches and the river. Mananara is located north of the town of Tamatave at a distance of 295 km.
The islets of the Mananara North Biosphere Reserve
The main attraction of Mananara lies in its Mananara Nord National Park, a member of UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The reserve offers visitors a lot of landscapes composed of rock formations, waterfalls, forests. Part of the protected area is a marine park surrounded by coral reef, home to an ecosystem rich in rare animal species.
What also distinguishes this marine park is the presence of three islets bathing in the clear and warm water of the reef. The largest islet "Nosy Antafana" lends itself to camping with the presence of a source of water. The second "Nosy Rangontsy" offers a typical landscape with its mangroves swarming with fish. And the last one, which is the smallest "Nosy Hely", is perfect for snorkeling.
The national park is accessible by road (4 × 4 preferably) through the town of Antanambe, or through the village of Sandrakatsy.
Boat trip on the Mananara River
To get to Mananara, the visitor has the choice between the plane from the big neighboring cities, still the road, or the boat across the river. The Mananara River runs through the Analanjorofo region and flows into the Indian Ocean at Mananara North. Transportation in the area makes extensive use of the river, and the river is a tourist attraction in its own right. Do not miss a trip on the river and admire the plantations and villages from your boat.
Walks through the plantations
Thanks to its humid tropical climate, the Mananara region is conducive to the cultivation of exotic fruits, but also spices and aromatic plants. As in many areas of the East Coast, the majority of the population is growing vanilla, cloves, lychees, papayas, pepper, and sugar cane ... The lives of the inhabitants are in harmony with the seasons of cultures. The visitor will appreciate the walks in these plantations where he will meet the population in their daily activities. Some plantations mix with forests and offer an exceptional landscape, especially during the harvest period.