There are two very accessible sites for viewing the crowned sifaka. The first is the forest at Antrema below the lighthouse north of Katsepy, which can be readily reached by ferry (twice daily) or speedboat from Mahajanga (= Majunga). The comfortable and recently established Chez Chabaud Hotel is the only local accommodation. The proprietor is able to arrange transportation to and from the forests that harbor these animals, and they can sometimes also be seen in walks along the shore. A visit to Katsepy requires two days and a one-night stay, and can be arranged from Mahajanga. Katsepy is also a good site for the mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz), which is quite easy to see in this area.
An even more accessible site for viewing this species, as well as the crowned lemur (Eulemur coronatus), is in the nearby Belamboka- Bombetoka Forests. The area can be reached via Boanamary, which is 27 km to the west of RN4, and has basic, community-managed tourism facilities in Mataitromby. The animals are very easy to observe if you are ready to walk 30 minutes. Fanamby is developing community-based ecotourism in the area and local guides are available (S. Wolhauser, pers. comm.).
The forests of Anjamena, on the east bank of the Mahavavy River, are also fairly easy to reach, and the prospects are good for viewing sifakas. Getting to and from the Mahavavy River delta requires expedition-level preparation and is now being offered by a small number of international tour operators, largely for the area’s birdlife, but recent reports indicate that substantial numbers of lemurs are also observed during these trips.