Nahampoana Reserve
Nahampoana Reserve
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Lisanna G
Antananarivo, Madagascar33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
A lovely half day trip filled with nature-definitely a highlight of my 5 days in Fort Dauphin. Knowledgeable guide, beautiful and peaceful 50 acre nature reserve where I saw 4 species of lemurs—sifaka, ringtail, bamboo and brown lemurs, as well as chameleons and a kingfisher. I also enjoyed learning about many plants from Mada. After the 2 hour walk and short boat tour, I enjoyed a delicious seafood lunch at a picnic table set in a peaceful grove of litchi and mango trees. Lovely, hospitable staff. They also have 5 bungalows for rent that are rustic, but very peaceful. Location was about a 40 min drive from FD on a dirt road, which you definitely need a 4x4 to reach.
Written 14 January 2023
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Rubyd00
Sheffield27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Solo
I booked into Nahampoana after reading about it on Tripadvisor. I spent 2 nights at Berenty before, and I'd recommend people spend a couple of nights at *both* places.
Nahampoana is an old colonial house (now the restaurant), garden and experimental plantations. It's very close to Fort Dauphin, but feels completely isolated - especially when I was there, as I was the only guest! There are ringtail lemurs, collared brown lemurs, Verreaux's sifakas and bamboo lemurs (the last not so easy to see, but get your guide to take you on a boat down the little river among the bamboos). And nocturnal mouse lemurs. Plus birds like the malachite kinfisher, grey-headed lovebirds and lesser vasa parrot. Plus great scenery.
The rooms (only 5) are lovely, and the food's excellent.
Written 16 November 2012
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IonH
London168 contributions
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Oct 2012 • Couples
Many tourists will pass through Fort Dauphin en route to or from the famous Berenty reserve - which requires a long drive, and paying a lot of money for pretty indifferent accommodation. And yet less than a half-hour from the centre of Fort Dauphin is this delightful, very easily accessible reserve which has an even wider range of diurnal lemur species (collared brown, ring-tailed, and grey bamboo - the last absent from Berenty - as well as verreaux's sifaka), all well habituated so you can get those great close-up photos.

Nahampoana is a former botanical garden with what looks like comfortable but basic accommodation on site (I didn't actually stay there). At the very least, worth a half-day visit in addition to Berenty; if you're pushed for time (or just in Fort Dauphin on business, or simply not keen on the long trek to Berenty), a must-see in its own right. Excellent English- and French-speaking guides, and the option of a pleasant boat trip on the small river that forms part of the boundary to the reserve.
Written 3 November 2012
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Kath J
Cardiff, UK14 contributions
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Jan 2015 • Solo
I visited Nahampoana in January and stayed the night in the lodge. It was a wonderful experience. My guide, Dauphin, took me on a 2 hour walk through the reserve and we found 3 of the 4 lemurs which can be seen during the day. Later, he came to find me as the elusive 4th species was nearby and he took me to see a family of them too.
Lunch is served overlooking the reserve and as I was eating I had a wonderful view of a solo sifaka seemingly dancing across the lawn.
Dauphin later took me on a night walk and we found both species of the nocturnal lemurs living in the reserve. I was very lucky to have seen all 6 species in my 24 hour stay.
Whilst it's possible to visit the reserve for a day I would highly recommend staying overnight. The visit including the guide and bed and breakfast costs about £30. All can be arranged through Air Fort Services in Fort Dauphin. My contact was Marlena and she is very helpful.
Written 2 February 2015
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Kate S
Philadelphia, PA69 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
A little overview of Madagascar from the perspective of a seasoned traveler interested in animals and photography. This was my eighth trip to Africa but my first to Madagascar and I found the warmth and friendliness of the people delightful. The Malagasy are hard-working and committed to family and their culture is fascinating. French is the primary tourism language and English-speaking guides were not the norm but always available. The island is huge and there is surely variation across the country but we found guides eager to share insights about their culture and to recount their interesting history. The only downside of Madagascar are (which will be a plus for some) is the rudimentary nature of the tourism industry in general. The infrastructure (flights, roads, organized tours) were a challenge and travel was time-consuming. Since there are many very cool things to see and do, it’s easy to get ambitious but getting from one thing to another can chew up a lot of time. We went to three parks specifically to see lemurs and birds and I'll talk about each one but to give perspective on travel, it took about two days to get to Madagascar from the US. It can be done in one day via Paris. It took almost a full day to get to Berenty from Tana. We went to Berenty for two days, Nahampoana for half a day and three days in Andasibe/Mantadia. Each was very different with clear pros and cons for each.
We stopped in Nahampoana on the way from Behrenty to Fort Dauphin. It's a pleasant diversion. We went late in the day and there were few birds but we had a young enthusiastic guide who spoke knowledgeably about the unusual plant life. Then he called the lemurs. They didn't come running like a pet dog, but they did come to his call. It allowed us to get some great photos but was a little too much like a staged animal show for me. As part of the trio of parks it was fine and it is community run which I try to support.
Written 24 July 2014
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Mercia L
Cape Town Central, South Africa14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Family
We visited the reserve with an excellent local guide while on a cruise with our teenage grand daughters. We had read about the bad roads, but the trip was not nearly as bad as we had thought and was filled with interesting views. The reserve is a delight from the entrance the walk is under a canopy of bamboo, to vista's of the distant countryside. The plants are varied due to the experimental era and of course the main reason, the presence of lemurs are the highlight.
Beside these there are numerous other forms of life to add interest. There are various hand crafted items for sale near the center.
The reserve is well worth a visit. The local guide we used, who we can recommend highly, is Dodi, of Dodi's Lemur Tours. We saw people without a guide feeding Lemur's - a guide would have advised them how this is detrimental to the animals and should never be done.
Written 2 January 2014
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An Unindentured Adventurer
Ballito, South Africa482 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
Nahampoana reserve
We arrived by cruise ship. At the port exit was a makeshift taxi kiosk.
Several taxi hire options available, all within reason of your what your plans for the day are.
We hired a 4x4 vehicle, driver and guide for 80usd excl tips and entrance fees.
The drive to Nahampoana is bump, so hold on! It’s scenic and takes you through villages lining the countryside.
The reserve is a beautiful manicured large garden. Set amidst backdrop of rock cliffs. Expect to see tortoise, lemurs( 3types) crocodile, chameleons and a Shrew on a leash, yes you read right. It’s controversial, it’s expected. Just take in the abject poverty of the surrounds and make up your mind on to how to react to the animals on show.
Written 26 January 2020
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Patrick M
Mbabane, Swaziland12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
The lush gardens are as tranquil as you could imagine. The lemurs roam through in ebbs and flows, and the views are breathtaking. This is a special place.

You can ramble up to a waterfall, and through the forest on a boat, or just sit on the veranda and watch the lemurs play.

It is not ideal for overnights. The rooms are fairly run down. There is no power in any of the rooms, guests are only provided one role of toilet paper and no soap. The doors are falling off their hinges, and the nets for beds and doors/windows are torn.

The food was very good (especially the fish), but the beer was warm.

Overall, this place is magical, but not suitable for an overnight stay.
Written 19 July 2018
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echoytx
Hong Kong, China138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
We visited this reserve on our way to Fort Dauphin and I was very glad to have taken up this visit proposed by our tour organizer. We had spent 2 nights in a private reserve without the luck of spotting any lemurs and was feeling a little disappointed. After walking through the charming bamboo-lined entrance, being introduced to various species of plants in nurseries, steps after passing through reception, we immediately spotted a pack of sifakas! Friendly and curious creatures without being too used to human interactions.
Our guide was very genuine, energetic and tried his very best to show us as much as possible. We also took a little boat ride in a tight canal overshadowed by hanging veins and exotic plants (recalling scenes from Indiana Jones).
We also saw the guest chalets which looked very charming and tranquil. We would not have minded to spend some nights here if we had more time.
Although tipping is not a custom in Madagascar I do recommend doing so to support the local tourism.
Written 18 April 2017
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Larissa K
Durban, South Africa64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
I visited Nahampoana as part of an MSC cruise excursion and found the experience rushed. That said, the park is beautiful and we had wonderful guides. It is misleading to call the park a nature reserve though. All the animals I saw seemed more or less domesticated and the setting is very much that of a park. Much of the flora is alien and our guide explained that the French had originally used the park for agricultural experiments, growing bamboo, rice, eucalyptus etc. Highlights of the visit included loads of chameleons, a handful of ring-tailed lemurs, a very nice python and more butterflies than I've ever seen anywhere. Also, be sure to ask about the vanilla orchid which grows in the park. Tip: Take water, comfortable shoes and stay for a few hours at least.
Written 23 March 2015
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