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“Lemur Island is a must”

Vakona Private Reserve
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Lemur Day Tour at Andasibe Rainforest and Vakona...
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Andasibe
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 8 April 2018

We visited Lemur Island, the crocodile lake and related attractions. Lemur Island is an island in a river where there are a number of rescued lemurs that are very friendly, and is a must see. You will have them climbing all over you. We were initially hesitant, not wanting to visit if it was effectively a zoo, but it turns out that these animal are eventually relocated. The other attractions are also very interesting and the guide is well-informed.

Thank Peter225
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

I have mixed feelings after visiting this reserve. Whilst I admit it was very cool to have lemurs jumping onto your shoulder, it didn't feel quite right to have these wild animals "performing" through enticement of food. You do get to see them up close but the excitement of seeing them in the wild in the National Park was better I think. However, you are assured of seeing them, which is not always certain in the National Park. As well as visiting one of the islands with lemurs, we visited a zoo area, which had crocodiles, fossa, birds and a few chameleons.

1  Thank CJS_Traveller
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

We didn’t have enough time to visit the national park and decided to visit this nice private reserve instead. Of course the place is for tourists and the lemurs are more “domestic” than “wild” ...but the place is really great though

Thank Karina_MK_2017
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

A nice place to get a better view of the lemurs in the area. Good picture opportunities. A pity that some tourists really try everything to be on the picture with these poor animals.
The crocodile part is more a zoo, which is exactly the reason why I came to Madagascar: to avoid the zoo. The island is nice, if there are no other tourists, the crocodiles to be avoided.

Thank Hans K
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

Lemurs are here on a large island, and as they will not cross water, their island is their home and sanctuary. Accustomed to human visitors, the lemurs can be enticed to jump on visitors’ shoulders, heads, and backs for the reward of a bite of banana. We were able to see – up close – many subspecies of lemur and sifaka. Visitors board a dugout canoe to row across approximately 30 feet of shallow stream to access the lemurs’ island. The guides (required – a small fee is sought and you’ll want to add a tip) speak several languages and are quite knowledgeable about the lemurs, chameleons, sifakas, birds, plants and trees. The opportunity to pet and play with the lemurs made this visit an absolute top highlight of our six-week trip! Getting to hear all the lemurs’ varied vocalizations was a treat. Nearby is a large garden and sanctuary with captive crocodiles and – wow! – a fossa! Fossas are the top predator in Madagascar, an odd looking combination of what appears to be the face of a big dog and the body of a mountain lion, yet this tree-climbing predator is part of the weasel family. This pleasant visit was included in our tour by Linah at Authentic Madagascar Tours.

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