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Although Madagascar offers several places to spot lemurs, one of its more unique animal locales is Anja Community Reserve. Located about 41 miles southwest of Fianarantsoa along National Road No. 7, this environmental and cultural preservation site strives to protect local flora and fauna within an inhabited area. Ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, snakes and more live here, and the reserve's surrounding granite mountains feature two hiking trails, various caves and a campsite with water, restrooms and a shower area.

Past travelers enjoyed checking out Anja Community Reserve on foot, saying they saw multiple lemurs during their visits. Many also raved about the easier Small Circuit Loop, which takes about two hours to complete. For a more challenging hike, consider trekking the six-hour-long Large Circuit Loop. If you decide to stay overnight, remember to bring camping equipment since it is not available at the campsite.

Free parking is provided at Anja Community Reserve, but all visitors are charged an entrance fee of 7,000 Malagasy ariary (approximately $2). Guides are also required; guide fees depend on the number of travelers and the hiking trail traversed, but expect to pay 10,000 to 25,000 Malagasy ariary (or $3 to $8), depending on the route and the number of people in your group. An additional per night charge of 5,000 Malagasy ariary (less than $2) applies for campsite spaces. Anja Community Reserve is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Visit the property's website for more information.

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