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“You see the cattas very close”
Review of Anja Reserve

Anja Reserve
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Ambalavao
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

but be prepared it is very touristy. You get to close to the ring talled lemurs, it is more the benefit than the lemurs for the villagers. But you have to go otherwise the forest won't exist.

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Reviewed October 26, 2012 via mobile

Visited anja at lunch time, took only short loop because of the heat. Saw some one having heat stroke so be aware.
A lot of lemur to see in the trees but also running over the ground, great for pictures.
We also saw a snake and two oustalet chamaleons. In 1-2 hours you can make the visit. I would not recommend it for lunch, the restaurant is overpriced and food quality is poor!

1  Thank evz32
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

We arrived fairly early in the morning. The group was soon surrounded by ring tailed lemurs that, although they were wild, seemed unperturbed by our presence.

1  Thank DuncanHockley
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

This is a small community run reserve and the entrance fee goes directly to the community. We saw quite a lot of ring tailed lemurs up close and it was great being able to watch them interact with each other.
We had a local guide show us around and in addition to the lemurs we saw some interesting insects that we had not seen elsewhere.
I would definitely recommend a visit to this reserve if you are in the vicinity.

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Reviewed November 9, 2011

The Anja Reserve is a small community-based initiative about 12kms south of the town of Ambalavao, just off the main highway. Here, they protect and manage an area of forest, which also happens to contain several groups of ring-tailed lemurs. It is an ideal place to see them! To start, the landscape here is incredible, with huge granite peaks surrounding the area. Sine the forest is fairly open, it is pretty easy to see the lemurs eating in the trees or walking around on the ground. You may also see them come down to a small lake where they drink. I also saw orchids and chameleons here. Since the park is fairly small and is not very crowded (tour groups tend to only make short stops here), if you visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon like I did, you may even have the park to entirely to yourself. You will need to hire a local guide to go with you for a nominal fee in addition to the park entrance fee. Hiking in the park is easy to moderate, depending on where you go. The guides will help you decide which of two loops you take (short or long). Overall, I think this is a wonderful place to see the ring-tailed lemurs while also supporting a great local initiative.

2  Thank EisBaer
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