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:
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!
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.
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.
A modern hotel with good facilities, located just a 10-minute drive from the entrance to Andasibe National Park.
Cottage-style accommodation in a peaceful setting within a short drive of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park.
Vakona is a good quality lodge in a beautiful forested position in a valley, with bungalow-style accommodation.
Time: GMT +3 hours
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.
Most nationalities require a Madagascar visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.
Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory.