Classic Eastern Madagascar Expedition
Tana to Andasibe.
6 days maximum.
Best birding season from October to December.
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park is the most popular destination for both birders and lemur lovers. After only around 3 hours’ drive from the capital you arrive in this primary forest where you walk to look for the Indri, the biggest living species of lemur, and definitely the loudest! The haunting wails of this big black-and-white teddy bear have been described as a mix between a whale and a howler monkey! This national park is actually twin parks. The Andasibe portion of the park is the easiest to visit and the most popular, adjacent the small village of Andasibe. Visiting the Mantadia part of the park takes a drive of an hour or more on a bad road. But this park is worth the effort for its Diademed Sifakas, Black-and-white Ruffed Lemurs, and special birds like Scaly Ground-Roller.
Reptile Park, now known as Madagascar Exotic, is small privately run zoo on the road going to Andasibe and Tamatave. It was created by Andre Peyrieras, a French entomologist and naturalist. There are chameleons, geckos, frogs, bats, crocodiles, snakes, and even a butterfly house. This place is paradise for photographers.