Marojejy National Park
Marojejy is one of Madagascar’s most stunning national parks. It's rugged and quite mountainous. Situated between Sambava and Andapa (see map below), it is easily accessible via Sambava airport. Originally founded in 1952 as a special reserve (exclusively for scientists) it more recently transitioned to a National Park and is now open to the public. In 2007 it was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its biodiversity.
Here is a Park that is definitely not "touristy". Its forests are almost untouched. Well defined trails to the Marojejy Peak (2,132m or 6995') are a challenge for the avid hiker. Marojejy is also one of the few National Parks where you are allowed to camp. Three campsites are found along the trail to the peak. Commence your journey in dense rainforests and end up in barren tundra-like peaks.
Marojejy's fauna is a special attraction. Around 120 bird species, almost 150 reptiles and amphibians, and eleven species of lemur are found here, and most are endemic to this area.
This is the area of Madagascar where the Silky Sifaka is found, and the work of Dr Erik Patel and others has ensured security and a fostering environment for this "Critically Endangered" species. (see our blog on this)
Features of Marojejy: Virgin forests & stunning scenery, endemic flora and fauna, hiking and camping in a National Park
Time to Visit: Rainy for most of the year, with the best times being April, May, September - December
Access: via Sambava