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Andasibe Mantadia National Park

Why visit Andasibe-Mantadia National Park?

This is a popular tourist destination, easily accessible from Tana all year round, and a good place to spot 14 different varieties of lemurs, including the charismatic Indri, the world’s largest lemur.
Reasons to visit Andasibe-Mantadia National Park include:

  • Explore the lush, humid forest, and search for the stunning orchids that bloom here between September and January. 
  • Look out for lemurs! You’ll find a wide variety in addition to the famous Indri, including aye-aye, red mouse lemur and black and white ruffled lemur. 
  • Listen out for the distinctive song of the Indri echoing through the forests throughout the day. 
  • Go birding – the park is home to over 100 species, including the Madagascar serpent eagle. 
  • Trek past sacred waterfalls or bathe in natural pools
  • Take a night tour and watch the forest come to life as the nocturnal animals wake up.

When to go to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

This is rainforest, so naturally it’s humid, but it’s not overly hot, with average temperatures 18-20°C – and cooler at night – all year-round. The cyclone season (January to March) is not really recommended. Many wildlife species (not lemurs) hibernate during May and June. July to October is high season in Madagascar and great for wildlife. Baby lemurs are born in October to November, and the best birding and amphibian watching months are November and December, which are also two of the hottest months. But whenever you visit, bring waterproof clothing!

How to do it

It is relatively easy to reach the park, the entrance is a couple of kilometres from the main road which connects Tana to Tamatave. The drive from Tana will take 3-4 hours or 5-6 from Tamatave.

Where to stay in Andasibe Mantadia National Park

Vakona Forest Lodge is a popular option as it lies between the two parts of the park, Andasibe and Mantadia. If you wish to stay just outside the park then Andasibe Hotel and Iniri Lodge both offer a good standard of accommodation in peaceful settings.

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Time: GMT +3 hours

Flight time:

Flights from Europe to Madagascar take about 10/11 hours.

Language: Malagasy and French are Madagascar's official languages. English or German is spoken by a municipal workers and guides.A basic working knowledge of French will make communication easier.

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Most nationalities require a Madagascar visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.

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Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory.

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