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Just 3 hours' drive east of Antananarivo lies one of Madagascar's great rainforest parks, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (or Parc National d'Andasibe-Mantadia), which consists of three areas. The two administered by ANGAP are Analamazaotra Special Reserve (or Reserve Special de l'Analamazaotra), also known as Perinet due to the (now closed) railway station nearby, and Mantadia National Park (or Parc National de Mantadia). The third is Mitsinjo Analamazaotra Forest Station, run by a Malagasy NGO. The two Analamazaotra areas are near the park entrance, whereas Mantadia is further away.
The park contains 11 lemur species, most famously the indri, whose loud and eerie wailing shatters the calm of the misty rainforest at dawn. There are also many species of frogs, reptiles, and birds, including the large green Parson's chameleon and the beautifully coloured mantella baroni frog, not to mention dozens of orchids and pandanus plants. The trails in the Special Reserve are in good condition and are reasonably flat - Mantadia is much more hilly and the trails aren't as well maintained. The Forest Station is also hilly but the trails (especially on the slopes) are predominantly stepped. Note that the ANGAP night walks are conducted outside of the park, however the Mitsinjo one is inside the Forest Station.
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There are various passes available for entering the two ANGAP-administered sections - a 2-day pass costs Ar37,000. Guiding costs are in addition to the entry fee. Guides are available at the park office, though you will no doubt be approached by them at your accommodation. Several speak decent English. The guide costs for the available circuits can be divided into several sections.
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For the Mitsinjo Analamazaotra Forest Station, there is no separate entry fee. Guiding costs are:
Mantadia can only be reached by hiring a car and driver. The road is bad - it takes about 1 hour 15 minutes from the park headquarters. It costs Ar60,000 for the return trip plus waiting time, so try to get a group together to split the cost.
Taxis-brousse from the eastern taxi-brousse station in Antananarivo stop on RN2 at the turn-off to the park - the journey takes about 3.5 hours (possibly involving a meal break). The park entrance is a couple of kilometres from the turn-off. Most taxis-brousse coming this way are continuing on to Tamatave, and this may be reflected in the price you have to pay - Ar12,000 or more. It may be cheaper to first go to Moramanga then catch a taxi-brousse from there. You should be at the eastern taxi-brousse station by 8AM at the latest or else you may have to wait hours for the next taxi-brousse to fill up. For the return journey, it should cost Ar2,000 to Moramanga (about 50 minutes) then Ar5,000 from there to Antananarivo.
Feon'ny Ala ("the song of the forest" in Malagasy) is a good value option near the entrance to the park. It's just a few hundred metres from the turn-off on RN2. Accommodation is in bungalows on a hillside overlooking the rainforest. A bungalow with shared bathroom costs Ar21,000 and ensuite about Ar50,000. There is an attached restaurant serving a good variety of food - it opens conveniently at 6:00am.
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