Follow the eerie call of the Indri, Madagascar's largest lemur...
The Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. protects some of the tropical montane rainforests of Eastern Madagascar which are some of the densest in the world. These rainforests are a must-see on any Madagascar safari. A big part of the attraction are the Indri lemurs. Walking through the rainforest, as its distinctive siren-like calls emanate from the mist-covered canopy is one of the most memorable experiences of your Andasibe safari.
Andasibe-Mantadia National Parks comprises two almost adjacent parks which are an easy 3+ hour scenic drive from Antananarivo (Tana). Ideally, we recommend 2-3 nights here so that you can visit both parks. Also this gives you enough time to relax at your lodge or head to Lemur island. And to enjoy a night walking safari in search of nocturnal species.
Andasibe National Park has two elements. The most accessible part is the Analamazoatra Special Reserve. (The old name was Perinet Special Reserve, and it's also called the Indri Special Reserve.) This park has several well-maintained forest paths, mostly gentle in terrain. Typically you visit at dawn to see the Indri lemurs when they are most active.
For a wilder safari to see the golden sifaka lemurs, amongst others, you can explore the larger Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. This has pristine forest and more challenging terrain, with steeper trails. So best if you are reasonably fit. The forest is primary rainforest so there is a greater variety of wildlife here, with several lemur species. The two forests used to be connected but logging (usually done by overseas companies) is a real concern in Madagascar.
Handy Tip: The challenge for a Madagascar safari is to reduce the number of nights in Tana. If you put Andasibe at the end of your trip, then you can travel back to the airport by road on the final day in time for your evening flight. Thus cutting out the usually ubiquitous final night in Tana.
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