The forests of Mandena are in southeastern Madagascar, about a 20-minute drive northeast of Tolagnaro (= Fort-Dauphin). Visits can be arranged with the help of local tourist agencies or through contact with the mining company QMM in Tolagnaro.
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.
Located in central-eastern Madagascar, about 50 km from Toamasina (= Tamatave), this special reserve covers some 13,000 ha. It is accessible only by foot, and has no accommodations nearby.
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.
The Manombo Special Reserve and Classified Forest is in southeastern Madagascar, south of the town of Farafangana.
The Manongarivo Special Reserve is in the Sambirano region of northwestern Madagascar.
Marojejy National Park is in northeastern Madagascar between the towns of Andapa and Sambava.
Marotandrano Special Reserve is in north-central Madagascar near Mandritsara, and covers some 42,000 ha of rain forest. Access to the reserve is possible from Mandritsare by means of a four-wheel-drive vehicle, but only during the dry season.
Madagascar’s largest national park (240,000 ha), Masoala is in the northeastern part of the country on the Masoala Peninsula.
Midongy du Sud–Befotaka National Park in southeastern Madagascar provides opportunities to view several lemur species, though only the well-seasoned traveler should attempt this journey and then only during the drier months.
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.