Vakona Private Reserve
Vakona Private Reserve
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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47degrees
Missoula,MT6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
We assumed this was a nature reserve, i.e. a tract of land managed so as to preserve its flora, fauna, and physical features. It is not, in fact it is more like a poorly operated circus. We were told the lemurs are "rescued" pets. Wild animals as pets can become dangerous and very unpredictable. As such they should be reintroduced into the wild. If they cannot be reintroduced then at least provide as natural an environment as possible. The trees planted on the island are not indigenous and therefore not a food source for the lemurs. The animals are continued to be fed fruit and perform "acts" to entertain the tourists. We have read in these reviews that this is one of the only ways to see lemurs up close. We utterly disagree. Spending time in the national parks was the highlight of our time in Madagascar. During the hikes which we went on for hours not minutes, we saw an incredible variety of lemurs very close. Did we pet them? No, they are wild animals and we made the effort to respect them in their natural environment. Until Vakona takes responsibility to become a true nature reserve please stop supporting this place as an attraction.
Written January 29, 2017
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Willa S
Sydney, Australia22 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
My trip to Vakona was included in my package in Andasibe - I will contact the travel company to encourage them to remove it from the package. Vakona is a privately owned animal park and accommodation - I can only comment on the animal park. Vakona is located in Andasibe National Park which is very easy to access and walk though and people can see lots of lemurs and chameleons in their natural habitat free to behave naturally. Vakona has a lemur island which is heavily over populated by lemurs who are stuck there and do not have enough room to move around naturally. Vakona also boasts housing a Fossa - I hope I never see another animal in such sad conditions. The poor Fossa was alone in a small concrete cage with no natural vegetation. The cage was next to a cage of lemurs who were in equally miserable conditions. Scattered on the surrounding concrete were about 6 tortoises again with nothing other than concrete and the Vakona guide even went to pick one up to show me - they have no respect for the animals they house and should not be allowed to keep them. I do not understand why anyone would want to see animals in these conditions under any circumstances and especially when they are easy to see a kilometre away in the wild. I encourage everyone to avoid this horrible animal park. I would also recommend staying at Eulophiella instead if you're looking for a lovely place in the forrest.
Written September 1, 2015
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Jasmine V
Brisbane, Australia30 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
The lemurs on lemur island are all poached from the wild from unprotected areas, they are not 'rescued'. They are living in extremely cramped and unnatural conditions.

Vakona has also recently 'acquired' some critically endangered golden mantella frogs. These frogs have been poached from the wild, there is no other way they could have sourced them. This is extremely unethical, no wildlife lover should be supporting this resort.
Written January 21, 2017
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HelenL481
Belfast, UK5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
I started my tour with a magical trip to Lemur Island - yes they are captive and tame but none the less they are well treated and have lots of space (and I understand were saved from people keeping them as 'pets'). If I had just visited the island my rating would have been 4.

I then went to the reserve which is a very depressing and run down space (and feel its only purpose is to make the owners some easy money). Most distressing was a lone foosa which paced up and down in a very small cage. If the owners has any interest in nature (rather than money) they would release this poor animal back into the wild. The crocodile enclosure was not much better - far too many crocs in too small a space and evidence of fighting between them given such confined area. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND boycotting this part of the park.
Written December 8, 2014
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Ian J
Germany116 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
This is an island zoo like complex, accessible by a canoe ride.

Lemurs jump on you. Interesting place, but not if you are against keeping lemurs in zoo conditions.
Written November 18, 2018
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Nikolauskauf
154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
Best experience in mada!

I know it s very touristy, but the experience is great! There are plenty of different lemures and they get so close that they even climb on you!

Go to vakona lodge and by the ticket offering also the cayak (whitout you will only see half of the lemures in the park, as there are many islands with different types of lemures).

Super experience also for kids, wear old t shirt as it will get dirty with lemures jumping around =D

No need to bring much, cameras, evtl mosquito lotion as there is plenty of water and maybe some bananas (normally the guides have them).
Written November 4, 2018
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Jillsy53
Greater Melbourne, Australia82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
This is a lovely private reserve that was once a graphite quarry. You ride in a little canoe, paddled by a local, along picturesque channels where you see lemurs (black and white ruffed, ringtail and brown) up close on the banks. Saw a 2 week old ringtail baby up close. It was great!
Written October 5, 2016
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SusanAdventure
United States128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
By Madagascar standards this is 5 star +. Room with comfortable bed, nice porch and hot steaming showers, though I felt I needed to wear my flip flops in the shower. Basic breakfast. Very convenient to Andasibe National Park. Found the very bumpy ride from the capital Tana to be fascinating passing through all the villages. However, make time to walk the lovely grounds -- beautiful flowering plants and other things to see, which the front desk neglects to tell you. The front desk speaks very limited English. Helpful if you speak some French.
Written June 14, 2016
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Tatty H
London, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
Honestly one of the most fun trips I've ever done

We walked in Andasibe in the morning, then came for lunch at Vakuna Lodge in their pretty restaurant overlooking the lake. A lovely place for lunch, i had a nice curry and THB, really nice local beer.

Then you drive or walk a short way down the road and get little boats over the tiny river (its about 10ft across...) to lemur island. Pretty much as soon as we got out of the boats the lemurs were upon us. I've been to similar monkey reserves and found it kind of frightening (and painful..) to be covered in monkeys but this was nothing like that. The lemurs are so much more gentle and soft, a lot of them would jump on us and then just sit there like daemons on our shoulders as we walked around. They're really friendly and inquisitive and they have many different types, including the really tiny ones it's just too hard to see in the National Parks. If you're at Andasibe don't miss it.
Written February 11, 2016
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Luc G
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
What a great place. They have three species of lemurs in a semi-wild environment. They are not shy with humans and will gladly spend a few minutes on your shoulder and play with you.

This is not a zoo ! The lemurs are really free to roam in the forest here. They look happy and healthy and will come when they want, not when you want

If there is one attraction to visit in Madagascar, this is the one
The highlight of my trip
Written February 10, 2016
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