Visiting / Trekking
For excellent first-hand accounts and photos of treks in Marojejy, please visit the following sites:
For further information on how we can help you organize your trip to the area, please see our travel website: travel.marojejy.com
August 2009 Update: After a brief period of unrest earlier this year, Marojejy is now completely safe and has re-opened for visitation. Your visit and your support are especially important to the park and the local villagers now. We hope to see you in Marojey soon!
We invite you to spend some time in and around Marojejy. The entire area is easily accessed from Sambava, which has good air service from Antananarivo, Antsiranana (Diégo-Suarez), Toamasina (Tamatave), and Maroantsetra. An excellent paved road with beautiful scenic views winds for approximately 100 km (60 miles) up the Lokoho River valley from Sambava to Andapa. Taxi traffic between the two towns is frequent (about a four-hour trip).
The park is open year-round, but the best times to visit are from April to May and September to December, when it is less rainy. Information, entry tickets, and guides and porters can all be obtained at the park visitor center located in the village of Manantenina (60 km from Sambava along the Sambava–Andapa road), or at the Marojejy National Park office in Andapa.
We currently operate three tented camps and several campgrounds within the park. We also offer treks of varying lengths in the park along a trail that leads from the village of Manantenina into the rainforests and eventually up to the summit of Marojejy itself (elevation 2132 m [6995 ft]).
The Mantella Trek takes you to Camp Mantella, about a four-hour hike from Manantenina. Camp Mantella (elevation 450 m [1475 ft]) has six cabins furnished with beds, mattresses, and bedding. It also has a large sheltered eating area with an assortment of cooking utensils. A campground is located nearby for those who prefer to pitch a tent. This area of lowland rainforest is a good place to see several species of lemurs, many birds (including the helmet vanga) and many species of amphibians and reptiles. The beautiful Cascade de Humbert waterfall is a short walk (800 m) from the camp. For best wildlife viewing, we recommend at least two days for this trek.
The Simpona Trek is a continuation of the Mantella Trek, leading from Camp Mantella up to Camp Marojejia (about a two hour hike). Camp Marojejia is located at the transition between lowland and montane rainforest (elevation 775 m [2540 ft]), and is perched on a hillside with stupendous views overlooking sheer granite outcrops and lush vegetation. The camp consists of a sheltered eating area and four cabins furnished with beds, mattresses, and bedding. The name of this trek comes from the Malagasy name for the Silky Sifaka, a beautiful white lemur which is found only in this area. To increase your chances of spotting this elusive animal, we recommend hiring a "Simpona Specialist" in addition to your guide. Plan on spending at least three days in the park for this trek.
The Marojejy Summit Trek continues beyond Camp Marojejia to Camp Simpona (elevation 1250 m [4100 ft]), which is then used as a basecamp for the final hike to the peak itself. Camp Simpona consists of a sheltered eating area and two cabins. Trekking to the summit of Marojejy is a real wilderness experience — one of the most beautiful and wild walks you will likely ever take. High in the moorlands above the cloud-forests, the views from the summit are truly spectacular. We recommend allotting at least 4–5 days for this rugged and difficult trek.
When hiking in the park (no matter what the time of year), wet-weather garments and waterproof bags for holding clothes in backpacks are essential, as are comfortable hiking shoes. A tent and sleeping bag are not necessary if you chose to stay in any of the tented camps in the park. Excellent clear water is found throughout the park, so there is no need to carry bottled water; however, we recommend using a filter and/or purification tablets as a precautionary measure. Mosquito repellent will keep the mosquitoes at bay, and long pants tucked in socks will help to repel leeches. Other than scorpions, there are no dangerous animals in Marojejy.
Around the Area
Marojejy can easily be combined with visits to other nearby areas. Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve lies just to the southwest of Marojejy and offers spectacular pristine rainforest and wildlife. A little farther south is the large and very wild Masoala National Park. Parts of Masoala can be accessed from the town of Antalaha, just south of Sambava, and flights link Sambava and Antalaha with Maroantsetra, where boats can be arranged to both Masoala National Park and Nosy Mangabe Special Reserve. Multi-day treks are also possible for the fit and adventurous traveler through the remote and beautiful country between Antalaha or Andapa and Maroantsetra. Several small private reserves in the area are well worth a visit, including Antanetiambo, near Andapa, and La Colline de Vinany, in Antalaha.