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“Lovely park with good guides”

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Reserve of Perinet)
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

We saw brown lemurs, bamboo lemurs, indri, sifakas, many types of chameleons, birds and tiny frogs. The local guides were great at spotting the animals. they also had recordings of animal calls on their mobile phones which helped attract the animals. It is quite a nice park for walks. We were very happy to have visited Andasibe-matadia Park.

Thank Mitra812
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

Andasibe - Mantadia Nationalpark, only 150 km, about 3 hrs drive eastwards from the capital of Madagascar is one of the most visited National Parks in Madagascar. It is the home of the largest living lemur in the world, the Indri Indri.
Naturally there are also other lemurs as the Diademed Sifaka, Black and White Ruffed Lemur, the Grey Bamboo Lemur... to just name a few who are calling this Park home.
Remind yourself its a high altitude rain forest... nights could be fresh and not to forget the rain coat! Camera is a must!

On a little private Island owned by the Hotel Vakona one has a chance to experience lemurs, those rescued lemurs climb on the visitors back for a banana snack or for some cuddles, they are very curious but one shall never forget they are wild animals. It is a unforgettable experience to at least once hold this little tiny hands...

Not to miss shortly after sunset a night walk at the private community project VOIMMA what stands for "local people like the forest". Checking for sleeping chameleons and night active lemurs as the tiny little mouse lemurs or the dwarf lemurs.

You got a few more days... i suggest a trip about two hours drive further down towards the east coast to Manambato for a boat trip along the Pangalana Channel to the unique lodge by the lake; Palmarium, beautifully situated by the lake with its private Park... also home of the Indri Indri and other Lemurs. The Palmarium Hotel owns an Island on the Pangalana Channel where one can visit the very rare nocturnal Aye Aye Lemurs. To continue you're journey i suggest you to continue the boat ride down the channel to the east coast, to Taomasina.

2  Thank Sniezana
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

This is one of the most easily accessible places in Madagascar. It's a 20-30-minute walk from the main road where all taxi-brousses between Antananarivo and Tamatave can drop you. There is the main national park,the Mitsinjo Reserve managed by an association and the village forest. I visited the last one since it was the least expensive and thanks to my guide Yusuf, I saw a male and female giraffe weevil, two male adult Parson's chameleons, one juvenile, a Calumma nasutum chameleon, a blue coua and of course the star of this forest - the indri, all in two hours! A great visit!

Thank Prajwal M
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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

This is a nice park with plenty of lemur (diademed sifaka, the indri of course, bamboo etc) and other wildlife and so you are pretty much guaranteed sightings.

Sadly you are also pretty much guaranteed to have to share them with a large population of Homo Sapiens too. I have a shocking pic of an indri that had come down to the ground literally surrounded - encircled - by very loud European tourists just a few feet away and determined to wave their various iPhones in its face. Fortunately it didn't seem too fazed but it wasn't the special experience I'd been hoping for, though it sure exemplified the pressures Madagascar is under.

Andasibe is "lemurs made easy". You don't have to work too hard - a bit of jungle walking and you get to see what you came for. If you are going to do this park, please do it first because other parks have so much more to offer in terms of experience. If you do this first, tick off the indri etc, relax and then move on to experience something far more authentic and pleasurable

So why did I give this four stars? Because at the end of the day, I came to find lemur. And despite the hugely annoying Dutch groups with us that would not shut up or be still and the heavy imprint of people around the park and so on .... the lemur were there and they are really special. So those stars fully earned the four stars.

But - personally the better park in the region is Mantadia .... harder work, but more rewarding.

2  Thank Caroline S
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Reviewed 28 July 2017

The ‘visit’, as described in our travel agent's itinerary, was quite a strenuous 3h hike partially off the beaten track into the thick, wet (it had extensively rained the previous night) and therefore slippery underwood of the rain forest to find and watch the lemurs and sifakas.
It was spectacular to see and especially hear those fascinating and unique animals in their natural habitat.
As other travellers already remarked the guide makes a difference and ours wasn't all that good, but of course, you never know beforehand.

Thank Ulrich M
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