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Nosy Mangabe

Practical information on Nosy Mangabe

  • Family
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Island
  • Off the beaten track
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Three miles from Maroantsetra by boat
When to go
Between April and October (dry season). Hurricane danger between late December and mid-April.
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Nosy Mangabe

Julie Sabatier Seasoned Traveller
73 written opinions

Not only does this northern Madagascan island provide a habitat for some magnificent and wonderful plants and animals, it has beautiful beaches to offer too. Nosy Mangabe truly is a little piece of heaven on earth!

My suggestion:
Plan to camp overnight on the island if you want to see the aye-aye, a nocturnal lemur.
My review

Nosy Mangabe served as a port of refuge for the Dutch in the 17th century then later became a French colonial trading post. In fact even today you can still see inscriptions that Dutch sailors engraved on rocks on their eponymous beach. You can also still see the graves of some of the island's first inhabitants.

But what really makes Nosy Mangabe worth visiting is its abundance of plants and wildlife. Unusually, the rainforest covering the island extends all the way down to the edge of the sea from an elevation of 4,300 ft. Swimming just a few yards from a forest whose canopy can reach as much as 115 ft in height is certainly not something you get to experience every day, even on a trip to Madagascar.

Due to the fact that Nosy Mangabe is an island, it is home to a large number of reptiles of various species; in fact It even has its own endemic boa. Additionally, it is also home to a large population of lemurs of different kinds – including the nocturnal and very rare aye-aye – and various species of amphibians, chameleons, insects, etc.

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