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Lemur-watching Sites

In the “Where to See It” section for each species account, we have provided recommendations as to the best sites for seeing each lemur species and subspecies in the wild. In this appendix, we describe the majority of these sites in a little more detail. This is intended to give the reader information on how to reach a specific destination, the variety of lemurs that he or she might expect to see, and what facilities, accommodations, and services are likely to be available. For more information related to government national parks, strict nature reserves, and special reserves, we recommend you consult the Madagascar National Parks website ().

In this section, we also indicate priority sites for visitors to Madagascar. Those with three asterisks (***) are considered a must for the first-time lemur-watcher. Those with two asterisks (**) are also appropriate for those newcomers to Madagascar who have a bit more time, and who want to quickly increase the size of their lemur life-lists. Those sites with a single asterisk (*) are important for particular, very restricted-range species, but are more difficult to reach. Those sites without any asterisks are for the hardy adventurer who may already have a long lemur life-list, and who wants to get way off the beaten track to see new and rarely-visited places.

Sites are listed here in alphabetical order.

Maningoza Special Reserve

This special reserve is in central-western Madagascar and covers about 7,900 ha of deciduous dry forest. Although accessible from Besalampy and Morondava, this is only possible during the dry season and by means of a four-wheel-drive vehicle.


Montagne d’Ambre ***

The Montagne d’Ambre forest complex, including the Montagne d’Ambre National Park and the Forêt d’Ambre Special Reserve, is easily reached by car from Antsiranana (= Diégo-Suarez), a trip that takes 45 minutes to one hour.