Andringitra National Park *

Located 30 km east of Ambalavao in southeastern Madagascar, Andringitra is only accessible by way of a seasonal road that requires a four-wheel-drive vehicle. It is one of the most important montane areas in the country, and presents considerable altitudinal variation, from lowland rain forest to high-altitude forest and grassland amid spectacular granitic outcrops reaching 2,650 m. It is also one of the richest areas for lemurs in all Madagascar. Species known to occur here include rufous mouse lemur (Microcebus rufus), greater dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus major), small-toothed sportive lemur (Lepilemur microdon), southern bamboo lemur (Hapalemur meridionalis), golden bamboo lemur (Hapalemur aureus), greater bamboo lemur (Prolemur simus), ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta), brown lemur (Eulemur fulvus), red-fronted brown lemur (Eulemur rufifrons), red-bellied lemur (Eulemur rubriventer), Peyriéras’ woolly lemur (Avahi peyrierasi), Milne-Edwards’ sifaka (Propithecus edwardsi), and aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis). The Critically Endangered southern black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata editorum) formerly occurred here as well, but has not been reported in recent years. Camping is possible in the park and there is one permanent tented camp, Camp Catta, that is in the foothills on the western side of the massif, near Tsaranoro. Simple hotels, such as Les Bougainvilliers Hotel, are also found in Ambalavao.