The National park of Sahamalaza-îles Radama became National Park in 2007. It is located on the northwest coast of Madagascar between Analalava and Nosy Be. On a surface of 260Km2, half of its surface is underwater. The terrestrial part of the park is covered by mangroves along the bay. About 40% of the species are endemic to Madagascar.
This region is underdeveloped compared with other parts of Madagascar. Local inhabitant depends on natural resources. Many families practice fishing activity for their survival. The real hope for change is the existence of the reserve of Biosphere that supposed to promote local development.
Eight species of grow in the protected area. Concerning the fauna, there are eight species of lemurs. The Sahamalaza sportive lemur is one of the most endangered lemur species with less than hundred individuals remaining. The blue-eyed black lemur occurs only in this remote zone of the island. Other rare species found here among all others are the fork-crowned lemur and the Western grey bamboo lemur and the fosa.
Beside the mammals, there are 20 reptiles, 3 amphibians and 41 bird species, such as the crested coua, Madagascar buzzard, Sakavala weaver, and the rare Madagascar fish-eagle. More than 200 coral and invertebrates, 20 sea cucumbers and 170 fish species have been classified in the coral reefs and along the coast.
The National park of Sahamalaza is next to the RN6 that connects Antsiranana to Mahajanga. It’s far of 121Km north of Antshohihy and 96Km South of Ambanja. It is also possible to reach the Park by boat from Nosy Be or from Analalava. There are some very basic bungalows in Maromandia next to the Park Office.