Destination Madagascar: Discovering Nosy Mangabe, this precious island
Madagascar is full of wonderful sites, often poorly known despite their strong tourism potential. Among them, Nosy Mangabe, a small island located in Antongil Bay, on the northeast coast of the Big Island. For a guaranteed escape for lovers of biodiversity.
At the meeting of nature
Nosy Mangabe, 15 ° 30 'S, 49 ° 46' E, also called Nosy Marosy, is a tiny island with an area of 5.2 km2. It bathes in the largest bay of Madagascar, Antongil Bay and is located five kilometers south of the city of Maroantsetra. It is an island that is part of the Masoala National Park. A park created in 1997 and which became the largest protected area of the Big Island with its 2,355.8 km². It is a favorable place for ecotourism and sustainable tourism where we can appreciate the richness of fauna and flora endemic to Madagascar.
Nosy Mangabe still has a tropical forest and a very rich flora. You can admire and visit the surroundings with the evergreen forest called "Lohatrozona", the coastal forest "Tampolo" and the flooded forest of Andranoalana. The fauna is composed of five species of lemurs, including the famous Aye Aye; and several species of reptiles including the Uroplatus Fimbriatus, the camouflaged lizard and the colubridized snake Pseudoxyrhopus Heterurus. 39 different species of birds have been recorded on the island including 7 species of herons.
An island full of history
If "nosy" means island, "manga" means in Malagasy the blue color, the fruit of the mango tree or slaves, and "be" to designate a dimension. Indeed, some say it is the big blue island and others say that slaves were fed with mangoes. The island was also the scene of slave trade until the mid-eighteenth century. The passage of the first men on the island goes back to the 8th century, then the Dutch and the Europeans were the first visitors to the island making stopovers along the route of the trade of spices. Old rocks still carry many inscriptions recounting the adventures of the sailors of the seventeenth century.