Nosy Mangabe, Maroantsetra

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Nosy Mangabe is a small island reserve located in Antongil Bay about 2 km offshore from the town of Maroantsetra in north-east Madagascar. it is accessible by small boat and is part of the larger Masoala National Park complex. It is a tropical rainforest preserve and sanctuary for a species of lemur, the aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis). It lies close enough to Maroantsetra for a day trip, although an overnight stay is recommended for seeing the nocturnal aye-aye.HistoryThe island has a rich history of trading and piracy and on the west side of the island are rock carvings by Dutch sailors from the 16th-century. In the 17th-century the area was invaded by the French who established a trading post. British science fiction writer Douglas Adams visited the island searching for the aye-aye, for a radio programme and in one of his lesser known books, Last Chance to See.GeographyNosy Mangabe is a 520ha island nature reserve in Antongil Bay in the north-east of Madagasgar. The island is covered in dense forest, has an altitude of 1331m and the annual rainfall is 4000mm. It is part of the Masoala National Park. There are no permanent settlements on the island; a campsite with bathroom and kitchen facilities serves as a base camp for biologists, researchers and eco-tourists. The best way to see the island is by boat from Maroansetra, which takes about 45 minutes.
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  • On the way to our lodge in Masaola a great stopover, there is a toilet and shower with running water at the entrance to the Special Reserve. Also benches and picnic area. Somewhat tolerable state of paths. Beautiful old trees in the rainforest and young lemurs. A great attunement to the rainforest. On the way through the bay to our lodge there was also humpback whale with calf. What more do you want?
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  • Half an hour boat trip from mainland. Camping - basic facilities Good food. Trekking on well marked paths. Lemurs.  more »
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  • ONE OF THE BIGGEST AND THE OLDEST ISLAND WITH SO MUCH Eco DIVERSITY. Featured on planet earth 2
  • Wonderful little place. Great rainforest full of lemurs in a bay full of whales. Please do your bit to look after this little gem!
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