Vakona Private Reserve

Vakona Private Reserve, Andasibe: Hours, Address, Vakona Private Reserve Reviews: 4/5

Vakona Private Reserve
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Katie K
Muscat, Oman4 contributions
LOVED this place!
Feb 2021
This place was amazing! We had some of the best food we've had in Madagascar and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms are basic but exactly what you need. The hotel is in the forest and it was fun to walk around and do all the activities they offer. We really enjoyed our stay and I can't recommend this place enough!
Written February 23, 2021
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,772 contributions
Cute Lemurs here
Jul 2019 • Solo
This is not really an Island. The water is really shallow. This is where there are approx. 3 to 4 species of Lemur, including the one which is in the Madagascar movie. And they are the ones which will jump all over you just to get your snacks. A little unnatural in my opinion but great anyways.
Written June 4, 2020
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Rainforests & Rollercoasters
london - uk1,306 contributions
We have to admit - we loved Lemur Island
Sep 2019
We read a number of mixed reviews and articles about Vakona Island prior to the trip and was a little hesitant about it. I felt like we shouldn't have enjoyed it, but i have to admit - we loved it!
Being able to see the lemurs up close is an amazing experience, yes the guides do tempt them a little to come and out and see you or jump on you but they all appeared to be in good condition and healthy. If they were not living on the island that i expect they wouldnt have survived in the wild, so whilst its not a 'natural' experience its still fantastic. And you will have plenty of other opportunities to see lemurs in their natural environment throughout the rest of your trip.
Written May 6, 2020
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lonewolf44
Kingston upon Thames, UK1,210 contributions
Best experienced as an introduction to lemurs
Jul 2019
If you are on a tour of Madagascar it is good to visit Lemur Island near the start. Lemur Island is a sanctuary for lemurs that might not be able to survive in the wild and many of them are very used to human beings. To many this makes it more of a zoo than a wild life reserve, but there is something indescribable about having a lemur jump on your shoulders, even if they are tempted by 'lemur candy' (i.e. a slice of banana). You reach the island by canoe across a channel of water (designed to keep predators like the fossa away). Later in your tour you'll see lemurs either at Antsibe, Ranomafana or Isalo, but the sightings and behaviour of the lemus there is less predictable.
Written April 14, 2020
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adcdiving
Antwerp, Belgium153 contributions
Vakona in the rainforest
Nov 2019
Vakona Forest Lodge that also runs a private reserve with lemurs. The animals roam freely here on an island they cannot get rid of. So a kind of semi-captivity.
Written January 20, 2020
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midway42
Minnesota2,672 contributions
Fantasy island: artificial but admittedly adorable lemur experience.
Nov 2019
Owned and excavated by a wealthy Frenchman (so my guide told me), the Vakona Private Reserve is located on the edge of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. The area consists of two parts: Lemur Island and another reptile enclosure/park; we did not tour the latter. The entrance to the lemur experience is located at a small “port” holding maybe a half-dozen canoes. The island-experience consists of a man-made network of creeks that surround five islands containing a variety of lemurs.

After waiting our turn in port, we met our local guide who navigated the canoe for the duration of the tour. The first stop was simple: across the creek to experience a (brown) “lemur on the shoulder” moment. We then traveled on foot across the first island to see three other species, including a black and white ruffed lemur that seemed inclined to perform gymnastics for the group. Unlike the Andasibe experience, the forest rangers here had no problems interacting with the animals, providing a constant stream of food that kept them within camera range at all times. Getting back in the canoe, we traveled to the other islands where we not only enjoyed a little quiet time but also met a group of ring-tails that again, were fed generously to keep them in range. A return to port after maybe an hour completed the tour.

Yes, it was touristy and yes, the entire experience was synthetically produced, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth it. With a limited amount of time in the country the average tourist doesn’t have the opportunity to hike for days in the wilderness looking for all of these creatures. Coupled with an earlier trip to the national park, I saw seven species of lemurs in less than twelve hours, which was a memorable introduction to Madagascar’s biodiversity.

Lemur Island (aka the Vakona Private Reserve) is worth it.
Written December 27, 2019
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abcnord
Sandefjord, Norway1,229 contributions
A zoo more than a reserve
Nov 2019 • Couples
Lemur Island is reached by a 1 minutes canoe trip.. According to the information you get, these are animals rescued from a life as pets. When adking, we learn that they rather are 3rd and 4th generations, so actually their grandparents were the pets. They jump onto you all the time, looking for food. Guides do not discourage touching them, but are more than willing to help you getting them into a good photo position.

The reptile park near by, has many crocodiles in limited space, and is In general not very interesting.

Don’ t waste your time here, go to the real park in Andasibe
Written November 28, 2019
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WhiteMouseBurrow
Moscow, Russia2,343 contributions
Lemur archipelago
Nov 2019
The main part of the park is several islands inhabited by various species of lemurs. Lemurs are accustomed to people and accept treats with pleasure, which allows them to be photographed from a close distance. During a walk along the main island, lemurs even run around the heads of visitors.
Written November 21, 2019
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BELMONT Ipswich
Ipswich, UK696 contributions
Lots of Nike crocs
Nov 2019
Very close to Lemur island. Lots of crocs & other local reptiles etc. At the end of a long hot day, the walk up & down was quite long & tiring
Written November 14, 2019
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huys25
Amsterdam, The Netherlands8,744 contributions
close-up and contact with Lemurs
Sep 2019
The private Vakona reserve is accessible through the hotel and consists of two parts: an island with several lemurs and a zoo. Contrary to most National Parks, the lemurs are fed by the guides with small pieces of banana and climb on the tourists to get some. Good opportunity to observe them from very close. Other islands have other lemurs but cannot be visited. The fun is to have the (mostly brown) lemurs sitting on your shoulder. It is a totally different experience than in the National Parks where you see them in their natural environment. The zoo is fairly large with an exceptional number of fat crocodiles. A few chameleons in nice large cages. Great afternoon entertainment.
Written November 6, 2019
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