Saha forest camp Anjozorobe…An escape not far from Antananarivo
In case you’re wondering, this is not a “chalet” in Switzerland but a bungalow of Saha Forest Camp in Anjozorobe- 90km tar-road plus 10 km of community-maintained secondary muddy road during rainy season. Madafan have been there two weeks ago (almost end of rainy season), could though go to Saha Forest Camp with a sedan-like car, but I strongly advise you go there with a 4WD during the rainy season. But this last 10 km, although a bit rude to drive, is worth the effort – I bet you.
Anjozorobe is a gate to the primary forest of highland that has a diverse and rich flaura and fauna. The NGO Fanamby did a great job setting-up this state-of-the art and eco-friendly place called “Saha Forest Camp” that employs local communities as waitresses, guides, …
Quoting NGO Fanamby’s presentation of this wonderful place:
Anjozorobe is home to one of the last large and unfragmented remnants of the central highland’s natural ecosystems, including highland forests, watersheds and lakes (Jeannin Ranaivonasy & al., 2000). Two types of forest are present: high altitude humid forest (over 1500 m) and mountain humid forest (800 – 1500 m). The total area of the largest remaining and unfragmented forest zone in this region is about 66,500 ha. The corridor is still of sufficient size and integrity to guard safe populations sizes of plant and animal to maintain genetically health generations. Most other highland forested areas are fragmented to the point of threatening the genetic diversity of species
Anjozorobe is the richest known forest highland sites for biodiversity of flora and fauna. Ten species out of the 33 existing in Madagascar are found in the Anjozorobe forest, versus 11 in Andasibe. Anjozorobe is nearly as rich as Andasibe, the most visited protected area in Madagascar. Endemic bird species present are the Mesitornis unicolor, of the endemic family Mesitornithidae, and two endemic sub-families, Couainae and Philepittinae. According to the last census made by FANAMBY in 1999, 423 plant species are found in this forest, 65% of which are endemic to Madagascar and taxa such as Pteris intricanta, a species observed for the first time in Madagascar. This species is rare and sporadic in tropical Africa.
More to come in a series called “Saha Forest Camp Anjozorobe” for a review of this experience on a easter holiday.