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Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
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A true paradise for nature lovers, the Andasibe Mantadia National Park enjoys a rich and incredible flora and fauna. Located in the Rural Municipality of Andasibe, this Protected Area is the most visited in Madagascar because of its proximity to the capital: 135 km for around 3 hours by road.
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Rainforests & Rollercoasters
london - uk1,308 contributions
Sep 2019
Great park worth visiting, i notice that several people mention the terrible drive however its similar to a number of other places we visited. So if your spending a couple weeks plus in Madagascar then this is something you will become accustomed to, dont let it put you off! It took about 1 hours from Vakona Lodge along a bumpy road, you will need a 4 x 4 vehicle. As we entered the park we saw some Diademed Sifaka, our guide then took us on a walk for approx 3 hours, at many points we went off trail and walked directly through he jungle/forest following the sounds we heard. We walked up to a view point which was great, along the way we saw some black and white raft lemurs, birds disguised as leaves on the forest floor (sorry i don't know the name but their camouflage was incredible!) We could hear the indri song in the distance but didn't spot them during this visit.
Worth a visit if your staying at Vakona.
Written May 14, 2020
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Gloria S
Taipei, Taiwan88 contributions
Feb 2020
A great park with beauty. We saw different kinds of lemurs (brown, golden sifaka and Indri Indri). It took us a while and some efforts going into the woods (not even a trail), finally with our guides help. We saw Indri Indri. It makes the trip worthwhile. We also saw the Giraffe Weevil and they are adorable just like I saw on national geography.
Written February 13, 2020
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Allan @ Feathers
Rye, UK308 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
My wife and I spent four days in this wonderful park and surrounding areas. Stacks of stuff to see, some hard to find but well worth the effort. RABEARISOA Avotra was my guide, I can highly recommend him. I am not sure if we were just lucky but the astonishing wildlife on view mind blowing.
Written November 12, 2018
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Coventry, UK1,061 contributions
This was the perfect wildlife experience. Plenty to see as you are taken around by a local guide. They specialise in looking for Indri - the largest lemur, so if you wish to see something else then do let them know! Night walks are a must. You can't go in the park but a wander along the roadside produced sightings of geckos, chameleons and mouse lemurs hiding in the bushes. Hearing the indri calling in the early morning is a magical experience and one not to be missed. Spend several days here as it is worth seeing!
Written March 6, 2006
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Buckinghamshire, England173 contributions
Well organised nature reserve with excellent guides. Go early in the morning to get a chance to see the Indri - and hear them calling. Spectacular and moving.
Expect a long walk - we took the short route as I have a bad back! Our guide was very considerate and paced us slowly. We walked for three hours. Carry water with you and try to get a guide for yourselves rather than joining a big group.
Written May 15, 2006
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Washington DC, DC27 contributions
Perinet offers the opportunity to see many types of animals, Of course, it is one of the few places you can observe the Indri--early morning walks through the park, following their eerie calls to each other, will lead you to them. They stay in the trees, but seem inclined to let us observe them from the ground. Along the way, you will see chameleons, sifikas, bamboo and brown lemurs. Night walks were fun, interesting and we saw other critters. Athough touristy, I thoroughly enjoyed Lemur Island. You canoe to island (very short ride) and are greeted by many lemurs, anxious to enjoy the carrots or other treats that you bring. I was welcomed with a black and white ruffed sitting on my head and shoulders. As you walk around the island, they will jump among the trees, sometimes hanging upside down begging for treats. I know, not natural, but I was told they are reclaimed from animal trade or pets and quite used to people. Other islands have different species as you canoe around--some will come jump on the boat, others greet you from the banks. Facilities were not fancy but adequate--very isolated setting. This is one of the few places we visited that offerred very close encounters with lemurs--if you are a purist that doesnt want animal encounters, then this might not be for you.
Written June 30, 2009
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Uvaly, Czech Republic2 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
The entry fees for national parks in the travel guide are correct but prices for guides in october 2016 are
significantly higher than shown in Lonely Planet and are mostly fixed and displayed at cash desks. We are
active tourists and considering very high prices for entry fee, guide and potential transport to a park,
we wanted to see maximum in each parks. The problem is that in several parks their guides want to
finnish as soon as possible, dont want to spend a whole day in park or to go through the whole route that´s
been paid. They have excuses like - "this section is not interesting" or "there are no animals there" or "we
dont have enough time" etc. You pay a whole day in park and they want to end their job for example at 1 PM.
In national parks Tsingy de Bemaraha and Isalo we were able to sort these problems out but in national park
Andasibe Mantadia we couldn´t fix this problem and we even spoke with management and staffer of Malgas Guides
Association.The guide Emilienne Jeanne Besaosoka, Agrement No. 001/05/MCT/SG/DG/DAIT left us after 6km on
Circuit Trekking route and refused to complete it while we still had 4km left, even though I immediately pointed
out to her that she had cut the route short. She finnished the whole day excursion of one part of the Mantadia
park at 1:30PM although we had paid for the whole day in park and we had rented a car for whole day as well. We
refused to pay her 80.000 Ariaras and made a complaint the next day with management of the park. We demanded our
excursion to be properly finnished but we didn´t achieve anything and had to pay half of the price for the
guide. Fortunately, we wanted from them to issue us a receipt for this payment, because outside their office a
police was waiting for us that´s been called by some other guide for trying to rip the guides off by not paying
for services. Lucky for us, this incident happened at the end of our vacation so it didn´t ruin our vacation
travels in Madagascar right from the beginning. The lesson for other travelers is that they should insist on
observance of the extent for expensive services in national parks.
Written November 6, 2016
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Gainesville, FL883 contributions
Dec 2015 • Couples
My husband and I spent a fantastic day in Mantadia National Park with our local guide William and our Za Tour guide Michel. Mantadia is the real deal – dense forest, trails that are anything but flat, with a few itty bitty leeches thrown in for good measure. Rougher and less crowded than Analamazaotra Reserve (see separate review), and filled with wildlife treasures.

It was one great find after another throughout the day. Our first amazing creature was straight off our mental wish list – a male Giraffe-neck Weevil. We had seen a few females of this species when we were in Masoala National Park, but nothing prepared us for the crazy-looking male – a neck twice as long seemingly with a hinge in the middle!

We soon entered the forest proper, and it was frog heaven. We saw a number of the brightly colored Baron’s Mantella frogs. So colorful – orange, black, yellow-green – these little guys look like they have been painted. We saw numerous Aglyptodactylus and Mantidactylus frogs, as well as the little green and little brown Guibemantis frogs that love to live in the pandanus plants.

We also had a great day for lemurs. We tracked a group of Black-and-White Ruffed Lemurs for quite some time, and while we were able to get some great views of them with our binoculars, they were too well hidden by the leaves for good photos on this day. Toward the end of the hike we got our first glimpses of Diademed Sifakas. These are gorgeous lemurs - golden/orange arms and legs, black face ringed in white, with a little black crown atop their heads. We saw over a dozen species of lemurs on our month-long trip to Madagascar, and I think these really were the most beautiful.

Our day in Mantadia was exhilarating. The forest itself is gorgeous and wild, and its denizens amazing. We were basically alone in the park with our guides – I think maybe we saw two other people all day. To get there takes a bit of a commitment – it is a long ride on a bad road from Andasibe town, and the hiking requires more stamina than Analamazaotra, as Mantadia is much hillier. And then there are the leeches … they are only about an inch long and super skinny, but they can be a bit relentless. For some reason they just loved me – I won the day in terms of sheer numbers. I quit counting at 20 on my poncho, hat and shirt, but we were able to flick them off without a lot of trouble (I think only two actually got on my skin and neither attached). But my husband won the day in terms of attachment, with one doing some damage to him and his new field pants. It sounds super gross but it was not nearly as freaky as we thought it would be, and I wouldn’t let them dissuade from this amazing place. Just keep pants and shirts tucked in, wear a hat, and keep a look out on yourself and your hiking companions.

We highly recommend Mantadia National Park for real deal hiking and wildlife in Madagascar, and can’t wait to come back on our next trip to this amazing country.
Written March 21, 2016
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London, UK89 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
We had heard mixed reviews about Andasibe, ie it was teeming wtih tourists so we decided to spend 2 days in Mantadia and a morning in Andasibe. Good call.

Mandadia is a place like no other. Primary rainforest and as it attracted so few visitors (2 other cars) when we were there in April, we had the place to ourselves and didn't see another sole which was fantastic. It meant that we could spend hours sitting and watching lemurs bouncing from tree to tree and getting quite close to us, as we sat quietly, observing. Our guide was beyond fantastic - his name is Fidi. He not only found the elusive black & white ruffed lemurs for us but was happy to wait with us while we watched them for 3 hours. He also knows where to stand for the best photos/videos and is most excellent at tracking the lemurs. His English is good and he is very knowledgeable. He came recommended by Matt at Imagine Africa, who use Tamara Tours as their ground agents and Tamara Tours made sure we were paired up with Fidi. Now, on to Andasibe. We got there early - 8am and most of the crowds had not yet arrived. Fidi took us on Trail 3 right to the top of the hills. He located Indri Indri, sifakas, bamboo lemurs and red bellied lemurs for us. Again, all in close proximity as we sat and watched them bounce around and above us. We saw no-one until we walked along the river towards the exit. En route out, by the lake, we came accross a group with their guide looking disinterested as the group peered into the undergrowth. A bamboo lemur had been spotted! Fidi immediately took charge and led us accross a stream to get closer (but not so close as to scare the lemur). This is a marked difference to the action (or in action) of the other guide.

All in all, a beyond fantastic time in both reserves - we went in April and the weather was lovely (we may have been very lucky)
Written May 13, 2015
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Hillsborough, NC39 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
First, please know that there are two parks and they are roughly 17 kms from each other and are quite different, but both are AMAZING! Please try to carve out time so that you can do both parks (and a night safari too)!! I believe that you will not be disappointed. I’ve reviewed both parks below.

A general comment about both parks is that you need to buy your tickets at the Parks’ Headquarters, which is located at the Analamazaotra Park’s entrance. DO NOT drive out to Mantadia Park’s entrance (17 kms away) without your entry ticket!! There is a very nice and informative display at the Parks’ headquarters and suggest that you take an extra 30 minutes to read. Also, know that the cost of your guide is fixed and is in addition to what you pay for entry into the Parks. There is a big sign in the Parks headquarters’ parking lot that lists the prices for entry fees and guide costs. We really enjoyed our guide and highly recommend him, Desire Randriabemaro. He specializes in lemurs, but very knowledgeable about other animals and plants. There is a wall (to the left) just inside the main door of the headquarters that lists all the Parks’ guides. You can get his contact information there. And if you go during the rainy season take rain gear and good boots, you will need them....they don't call it the rainy season for nothing!

Mantadia Park
LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT!! If you are looking for a little more rugged experience you need to go to Mantadia Park. I will certainly be going back to complete more of the hiking trails in the park. The park is located some 20+ kms from Andasibe and you REALLY need a 4W drive vehicle in the rainy season….and would suggest at any time of the year. There are five main hiking trails that range greatly in difficulty and length. My wife, two sons (early 20s) and I did the Circuit Tsakoka (3+ hours of hiking). It wasn’t a difficult hike, but you also should be in okay shape. The trail isn’t wide like those at Analamazaotra Park, so you feel that you really are “out there” in the forest. We only ran across one other group of hikers during our 3+ hours, whereas at Analamazaotra it is hard to get away from others. Make sure you go to the bathroom and take water and a snack with you, because there are absolutely no “convenience centers” in the park. We saw many lemurs, insects, snails and other creatures on our hike….not to mention a wide variety of plant life too.

Analamazaotra Park
A very enjoyable hike and we saw many lemurs, yes, including the Indi Indri. The trails are wide and easy to hike, even with smaller children they are fairly easy to navigate. The park is beautiful and you will not be disappointed….unless you are looking for an isolated adventure. We were there in the low season and were constantly running into other tourists. It wasn’t bad, but I can imagine that in the high tourist season the trails get congested. In any case you will not be disappointed by the park’s beauty and ability to see different types of lemurs. If you are limited in the amount of time that you have please make sure you visit this park…..but I strongly suggest that you find time to do both parks!
Written January 28, 2018
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