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Visiting the iconic Lemur Island in Madagascar

Get up close and personal with Lemurs

Alistair

Alistair

Africa Specialist
Published on

13 Aug 2018

Read time

5 minutes

Ringtail Lemur Group

Lemur Island in Madagascar is as the name suggests an island filled with furry creatures. It is a four-hour drive east of the capital Antananarivo and it is very close to the village of Andasibe. The small reserve located on the edge of the Andasibe Mantadia National Park is home to several species of lemurs, the instantly recognisable ring tailed and the lesser known black and white ruffed lemurs, bamboo lemurs, diademed sifaka and brown lemurs.

Diameded Sifaka Lemur
Diameded Sifaka
White  Fronted  Brown  Lemur  Mfl
White Fronted Brown Lemur

Getting to the island is an adventure in itself, you will be greeted by friendly boat men and board a two or three-person canoe to paddle across to the island. The boat men whistle to attract the attention of the banana hungry lemurs. Bananas are lemurs kryptonite; they can not resist the yellow sweetness. They will bound through the long grasses and board on to the boat. Curious and full of personality the lemurs will eat straight out of your hands. They might even perch on your shoulder, which provides an excellent photography opportunity, but don’t be concerned as they have gentle padded feet. After the lemur filled boat ride you will be taken around to the other side of the island to meet some more cute creatures.

Ring Tailed Lemurs On Lemur Island
Visiting Lemur Iisland by boat

Other than lemurs – what else can you see on the island? As well as hordes of cheeky lemurs, there are some animals of different nature – crocodiles. Furthermore, on the island there are some of the lemurs only predators: the fossa, a cat like creature more closely related to a mongoose.

The best time of day to visit this primate filled isle is early in the morning as the sun is rising. Or take a visit last thing in the evening when there are fewer tourists. In total the whole experience lasts approximately an hour.

Andasibe Rainforest
Andasibe Mantadia National Park

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