A three hour drive and around 140 kilometres to the east of the capital is the reserve of the Analamazaotra Forest. Often referred to as Perinet, this area combines the parks of Andasibe and Mantadia, and is one of the most popular areas for visitors in the whole of the country due to its accessibility, expert guides and abundant wildlife.

Andasibe National Park is home to 11 species of lemur and also a wide variety of frogs, spiders, boas and chameleons. However, the main attraction for most visitors is the Indri – the largest all lemurs – and well known for its 'singing' voice – an eerie, wailing call that can carry several kilometres. The nearby Mitsinjo forest reserve is run by a local NGO that leads a reforestation programme and is helping to establish corridors to connect areas of forest. Night walks with the guides there are well worth doing.

Mantadia National Park lies 20 kilometres to the north of Andasibe and the terrain is harder with fewer trails, however, a visit here is hugely rewarding as the forest is virtually untouched and offers many different species. The park is 20 times the size of Andasibe and, for those who have time, is well worth a full day here.



Andasibe Hotel

Andasibe Hotel is a newer option in the area and is located close to Andasibe Village and only a short distance from the park entrance. The hotel is Malagasy owned and run, and offers 20...


Vakona Forest Lodge

Vakona Forest Lodge is perfectly located for exploring both Andasibe and Mantadia National Park. This is a very popular choice and during the months of September and October it can be very hard to...


Day 1: Andasibe-Mantadia

Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Antananarivo is Madagascar’s capital city, perched on top of a mountain range close to several nature reserves, including Tsingy de Bemaraha, with its fantastical limestone spikes. Founded in 1625, it has a rich historical heritage that is complemented by scenic landscapes traversed with a multitude of hiking routes. 

Day 2 - 4: Andasibe-Mantadia

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

A place of great beauty and biodiversity, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park stretches across 154 square kilometres, and is now divided into two distinct sections – the smaller ‘Perinet’ Reserve to the south and the larger Parc National de Mantadia to the north. The region is swathed with thick tropical rainforests – made up of lush ferns, tangled lianas, hundreds of orchid species and myriad other jungle flora – teeming with a diverse array of endemic wildlife. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you hear the peculiar call of the Indri, the largest living lemur in existence, which can reach up to one metre in height.

Day 5 - 7: Andasibe-Mantadia

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

Set in southern Madagascar, the Berenty Reserve is a small private forest along the Mandrake River. This reserve is ideal for bird enthusiasts as it attracts a wide range of endemic bird species. For visitor convenience, the Berenty Reserve has an accommodation establishment set in the forest along with forest trails to discover this region.

Day 8 - 11: Andasibe-Mantadia

Meal Basis: Full Board

Nosy Be’s is Madagascar’s biggest and most popular tourist destination and it’s easy to understand why – located off Madagascar’s northwestern coast, this small island is blessed with exquisite sand beaches, glittering volcanic lakes and diverse flora and fauna. What’s more, despite its popularity, Nosy Be has remained refreshingly unspoilt and free of rampant development, with low-key beach bungalows more the order of the day here than glitzy commercial resorts. Most visitors are content to do very little except relax on the idyllic beaches, go swimming or snorkelling in the calm azure waters and enjoy seafood feasts at oceanfront restaurants, but if you fancy a bit of sightseeing, it’s worth paying a visit to the bazaar in Hell-ville – where you can pick up samples of the fragrant spices for Nosy Be is nicknamed ‘The Perfume Island’ – and exploring the lush rainforests of the Lobeke nature reserve. Coral reefs skirting the coast offer phenomenal scuba diving opportunities, while a peppering of surrounding islets make for enchanting day trips.

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