Seeing Lemurs is a top experience for any traveller coming to Madagascar. There are 3 places where you can see find them without any issues
The Lemurs cam only to be find in the wild in Madagascar forests. Actually lemurs are the only mammals you can find in Madagascar as no other animal species live here except the lemurs and reptiles. The explanation is that Madagascar got separated from the African continent many millions years ago, so the local fauna and flora evolved completely different.
It wont be monotonous at all as there are over 60 species of lemurs you can find out in different protected locations and all have different combinations of lemurs. The night lemurs are the hardest to find as they can measure just 5 cm long, whils the giant lemur can be as tall as 2 meters. None of them are easy to find in the wild without a good guide believe me!
The top 3 places I would like to recommend to see lemurs in the wild in Madagascar are:
- Kirindy Forest Reserve
- Ranomafana National Park
- Anja Nature Reserve
I will detail you the location, how to get there and what do you need to do to find the lemurs with my own experience illustrated by pictures.
Kirindy Forest Reserve
, ki Nature Park that will allow you to see the lemurs.
HOW TO GET THERE
The best way to get to Kirindy is to fly to Morondava with Air Madagascar from any of the main hubs in the island and then a transfer to Kirindy Forest Reserve that should take you around 1 hour in average. As it’s located on the same road as the Alley of Baobabs, halfway between Morondava and Kirindy, it will surely take longer as you would stop there. By car it will be a long journey from the capital Antananarivo, count with 8 hours to cover 300km and with a local driver (this is mandatory in Madagascar). Trip duration from the rest of the island it will take even longer as most connecting have potholes. I did the return by car to Antananarivo, next time I would take the plane back!
WHERE TO STAY
The best option to stay here is directly at the Kirindy nature reserve lodge. It’s simple wooden bungalows with private bathroom and minimum amenities but it’s fine for one night as being so close to nature is a gift. If you prefer about one hour away , you could do a one day trip from the big city of Morondava but then you can’t do the night tour as you need to return shortly after sunset
THINGS TO DO
You should take a night tour in Kirindy and an early morning walk. Both can only be done with a local Kirindy official tour guide. You need to book all in advance. So after a quick check-in and a nice dinner, it was time to go for the night tour in this Reserve – it starts at around 6.30-7pm locally and should take around 2 hours. It’s the only moment when you can see the elusive night lemurs, the smallest in the World with 10 to 25cm. Interesting enough the word lemurs comes from the Latin word lemures, meaning ‘ghosts/ spirits of the night.‘ , so quite fitting. Spotting them at night is hard, so the guides are really a must have. And once the guide could find them and point a light to where they were (not harmful!), we could find 3 species!
For the day tour, a wake up call at 6.30am to find the giant white lemur was no problem for me, I was so excited! Known as Indri, they can grow up to 90 cm long and weighing 7 to 10kgs. They weren’t easy to find either, but this guide was just amazing and knew where to lead me! For me the most beautiful lemurs in Madagascar I could have ever imagined…
Last but not least, we also saw the also lovely and cute brown lemurs species (2 of them). Do note that they are all completely protected wild species, so you are not allowed to feed or try to touch them!
2. ANJA NATURE RESERVE
3. RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK
So this should be enough reasons to make you book a trip to Madagascar just in case just to see them live, right?!
For any questions on how to book it, get a guide or reserve the lodge, do send me a message .
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My name is Renato Azambujo. I live currently in Hamburg, but was born and raised in sunny capital of Portugal, Lisbon. I also lived in Switzerland for some years, before settling in Germany for the last years.
I am huge passionate about travel, photographer and a global explorer, always looking to the next destination.
I have so far visited over 70 countries across the 5 continents, because I really love knowing about new places, interact with different cultures and get to know myself better after each journey.