Andasibe Travel Guide

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Andasibe Things to Do

  • Lemurs island. Close enough for you??

    Lemur's Island could be controversial. The lemurs are reputed to be rescued pets (and their offspring). The lemurs (we saw white ruffed lemurs, common brown lemurs and grey bambooo lemurs) climb all over visitors in search of fruit. There are ample opportunities for close up photography. Problem is of course that the lemurs keep coming towards the...

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  • Close encounter with the Eupleridae

    There is a Crocodile park a short walk from Lemur's Island, where one can see deep spooky looking lake, which is home to several of the beasts. The chief attraction (birdlife in the trees notwithstanding) is a chance to get up close and personal with the mongoose like Fossa. Inside a stout enclosure, there are a couple of these endangered...

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  • Night Walk at the park borders

    Night walks in the National Parks are now banned, so one walks along the roads beside the the park, with your guides (and everyone else) shining torches into the undergrowth in the hope of an animal sighting. Whilst the lemurs and sifakas rule the daylight, it is smaller and more secretive fauna which are the stars of the nighttime. We spent about...

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  • Association Mitsinjo's night walks are a...

    Madagascar's national parks come to life after dark. Many of the 'crowdpleaser' lemurs who tend to hog the touristic limelight bed down after dark, so once the sun sets, there is a change of guard and they surrender centre stage to a caste of animals that are less obvious but equally interesting.Andasibe is perfect for night walks: even walking...

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  • Your chance to meet a real live fossa

    For those who didn't get to the zoo in Tana, the crocodile farm near Vakona Forest Lodge offers a rare opportunity to see this most peculiar of carnivores.As we live in Africa, the main attractions at the crocodile farm - the crocs themselves - weren't a particular novelty. By contrast, the fossa were in a league of their own: dispassionate, sturdy...

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  • Connect with your fellow primates on...

    Vakona Forest Lodge offers a lemur experience which may be dismissed as being 'canned' by purists, but which will set any animal lover's pulse arace!A small (I suspect artificial) island in a lake on the property has been put aside as a habitat for lemurs that have been rescued from captivity. The only access is a hop, skip and jump by boat, and...

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  • Madarbres - Tree Climbing and Mitsinjo...

    in front of the National Forest of Andasibe-Mantadia : Mitsinjo Forest it was open at April 2005, and it's has a lot to offer you, here are the pros and cons.Pros:1. It's more wilder and narrower, than the national park.2. considerably less tourists !3. same proffesional local english/french speaking guides as the national park.4. Nature at it's...

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  • Hire an ANGAP local guide when visiting...

    Ever noticed that I insisted on you hiring ANGAP guides while visiting national parks? Not only because local ANGAP guides are the ones who know about "their" territory. Also, ANGAP (association nationale pour la gestion ds aires partagees) aims at protecting nature. For decades, nature parks, and other areas btw, have been under threaten. Peasants...

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  • Explore Andasibe village

    The hotels at Andasibe are located outside of town. The village itself is small, but worth a wander around, if only to see the wonderful old railway station. I have a passion for trains, and I was much taken by the wonderful railway stations that we passed on our travels. Sadly there seem to be very few rail services running, which is such a pity -...

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Andasibe Restaurants

  • A long drive otherwise...

    If you are staying at the Vakona Forest Lodge, then chance are you will be eating here as well. it is 9 km down a bumpy unsealed road to find any alternatives. Fortunately, the restaurant serves pretty good food - local style but with a french influence. Prices are reasonable - we paid between 5 and 8 euros per person with drinks for each meal....

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  • Good lunch stop for local food

    The Feony'ala Hotel has a rather nice restaurant overlooking the river which borders the Mantadia National Park. Apparently, at breakfast one can sometimes hear the eerie cries of the indri.We stopped for lunch on the pleasant terrace, and enjoyed local style dishes (vegetables with meat) for lunch.We were watched over by a posse of cats.There are...

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Andasibe Transportation

  • How I would love to take the...

    By now, it should be blindingly obvious to anyone reading my travel pages that I have a thing for trains! So, it is with great frustration that I report the existence of a functioning passenger train service in Madagascar that I didn't get the chance to road (or should that be 'rail') test!In the excellent tourist office in the newly renovated...

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  • By Taxi Brousse from Antananarivo

    If you don't come by tour you have to go to the eastern Taxi Brousse terminal (by taxi from the center about 6000 Ariany) and take a very crowded minibus (5000 Ariany and 3 hours, take 2 seats if you need more space) to Moramanga, from an other one (1 hour and 2000 Ariany) to Andasibe.If you want to go from Andasibe to the coast you should go back...

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  • For Railway fans

    There is a train to the coast but not until Toamasina, probably mondays and thursdays, leaving around 15 pm, 10000 Ariary (€ 3,50). The train returns on the following day probably until Mormanga. There is also a more expensive tourist train probably on saturday returning on sunday from Atananariva to Andasibe, you might have to book the return trip...

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Andasibe What to Pack

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    by Norali Updated Jan 11, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: - Plastic bags for your garbage (camping, pick-nicks..)
    - BTW, you have to buy the entry ticket, either at ANGAP bureau (Tana) either at Maison d'accueil du Parc

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: - Good tough shoes with a firm grip
    - Rain coats, windbreakers, hat
    Good to know:
    Warmest months: Nov - Jan (26 - 27°C)
    Coldest months: Jul - Sep (10°C)
    Rainiest: Jan - March

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: - Anti- malarial prophilactics
    - Mosquito and leeches repellent
    - sunscreen lotion

    Photo Equipment: - Films
    - Lenses for close-up of animals

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: camping is possible, don't know about they provide tent and tools or not.. have to check

    Isn't he lovely?
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    • Photography
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    by Norali Updated Jan 11, 2004

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    Favorite thing: text will be added soon

    Fondest memory: first national park close to the captial, Tana

    lots of kids, study travelling

    chamilion
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    • Work Abroad
    • Family Travel

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