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“MUCH more like a zoo. :(”
Review of Parc Ivoloina

Parc Ivoloina
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Reviewed 16 April 2016

This is fairly close to the port, so maybe convenient to visit. I had previously experienced being on an island with wild, uncaged lemurs, so I found this very sad. There were VERY few uncaged animals of any kind. We went to a bird overlook/wetlands spot...no animals. We hiked up to a waterfall, which was nice and refreshing, but again...no animals.

Thank Dakota P
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Reviewed 24 March 2016

Our visit was more enjoyable than I expected. I don't like to see wild animals in captivity but Ivoloina is a sort of refuge and everything is explained very well. Do take a guide otgerwise you will miss alot;

Thank yvey2016
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Reviewed 22 February 2016

I really like this location. I love seeing the lemurs - they are so curious! The hike is great, and I strongly recommend taking the time to walk to the big waterfall. It's gorgeous. We've never gotten a guide, but I hear that it's well worth the nominal fee. Definitely worth taking a look!

Thank LMSINF
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Reviewed 30 January 2016

We visited Parc Ivoloina in January, right after the Lychee season had finished. This was a good time, as the wild lemurs have to come right down from the trees to find food. We were advised that they stay high up when the trees are full of Lychees. They were also very active throughout the morning we were there.

We accidentally found ourselves with a guide (thinking he was the guy to give tickets to). Turned out to be a wonderful mistake. He was full of interesting information - in French; and took a shine to our 5 year old, giving him shoots and specific leaves that he would pick off the trees to feed the caged lemurs with. He was more cautious with the 3 year old.
The website suggested a 10,000 ariari payment (about US$3.50), which was well worth the money for the extra insight and care he gave us.

The signs were very informative in Malagasy, French and English.
There is plenty of shade, but also quite a few mosquitos so take insect repellent.
Toilets were very clean for African standards but take your own hand sanitiser.
I wouldn't recommend a buggy if you have non-walkers.

We didn't walk around the lake as it was a bit uneven and too far for our boys. A good track and plenty of time and they would've been ok, but we just went as far as the observation point for a snack. We saw quite a few chameleons on the way and enjoyed the peace.

Well worth going to!

We caught a tuk tuk from Toamasina/Tamatave for 60,000 return and had the driver wait for us. He asked for 10,000 in advance for 'petrol' but it was really to cover the cost of the bribes to pass through the check points.
Make sure you arrange for the driver to wait for you as it is well off the main road and no traffic will ever just pass by.
The main road is a good drive. The last 4 km are very rough with lots of big potholes and puddles. If you've got a weak bladder, make sure you empty it first!

Thank CatherinedeF
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Reviewed 24 January 2016

We saw one Lemur in the trees every other animal we saw was in a small cage. The vegetation is lush and varied. We understood it was a park with a fenced boundary with animals roaming freely, this was not the case. The road to it is awful, we both had back aches after the trip, potholes are 6 to 8ft wide or more and 1 to 2 feet deep in many places for mu h of the journey. Saying all that it is one of the only places on Madagascar that most visitors will see Lemurs even if it is in cages.

Thank LesGUk
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