Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Parc National d'Andasibe-Mantadia), about 150 km east of Tana, protects an area of primary-growth rainforest. The park consists of relatively-remote Mantadia National Park and the Analamazoatra Special Reserve near Antsapanana, known locally simply as Andasibe, the name of the nearby village. Andasibe is best known for its population of Madagascar's largest living lemur, the indri.
The Merina are the dominant highland Malagasy ethnic group, occupying the center of the island, Imerina. They are an Austronesian people, arriving on Madagascar about a thousand years ago. Rice is their most important crop. Driving from Tana to Andasibe takes you through Merina lands.
The primary rainforest is home to the indris and other species.
Vakona Forest Lodge
The lodge has eight double bungalows, seven triple bungalows, three twin bungalows, and ten family bungalows (for four people). It is about two and a half hours by car from Tana. It has a swimming pool, a game room, a large restaurant and bar, a horseback riding stable, canoeing, Lemur Island, and Crocodile Farm.
Maintained by Vakona Forest Lodge, Lemur Island is where you can get close to several lemur species. Lemurs cannot swim, so they remain on the islands.
We visited the crocodile farm in order to see a fossa, since we knew we were not likely to find one in the wild.
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Last modified 27 March 2016