On the east coast of Madagascar is located the Betampona Reserve and is one of the most impressive nature reserves in the country. The 29.2 square kilometer area, about 40 kilometers northeast from the port city of Tamatave is characterized by a lowland rainforest and a fascinating flora and fauna rich in species. The total of 21 small and large streams provide the entire area a good supply with water. The reserve is located at an altitude between 250 and 500 meters. The reserve, established in 1927, is considered as one of the smallest and oldest nature reserves in Madagascar. The surrounding area of the Betampona Reserve is dominated by agriculture.
Among other things, almost 100 different bird species have settled here. In addition, there are eleven species of lemurs – including the rare black and white Vari – and numerous other endangered mammals and almost 100 species of reptiles and amphibians native. Also, more than 250 different plant species, some of which are also threatened with extinction, unfold in the Betampona Reserve their diverse flowers. Among other things, balsam trees, star bushes or the so-called traveler’s trees can be found here.
Due to the large number of rare animal and plant species, the inaccessible protected area, known as the Integral Reserve, was only accessible to scientific research groups from all over the world for many years. Among other things, the reserve started its first relocation project for lemurs. Today, the area is also open to tourists, nature lovers and adventurers. So you can make on the guided tours a picture of the fascinating natural paradise. With luck you can observe some of the rare animals in their natural habitat. However, even before you visit, be sure to check the accessibility of the Betampona Reserve in the Madagascar National Parcs office in the city of Tamatave, as there are still a number of research and conservation projects in progress to preserve the various species of animals and plants.
– ≈100 different species of birds
– ≈100 species of reptiles and amphibians
– Variety of plant species
– hiking shoes or trekking shoes
– enough liquid
Day Tour (3-4 hours)