Lemurs' Park#10 in Best Things To Do in Madagascar
Although you'll have ample opportunities to spot lemurs in national parks like Mantadia and Lokobe, for even more chances to see these furry creatures, travel 16 miles southwest of Antananarivo to Lemurs' Park. This private, 12-acre reserve houses nine lemur species, as well as various lizards and birds and 70-plus types of plants. In addition to welcoming tourists, the park works with other Malagasy reserves to rehabilitate and breed lemurs.
Travelers say Lemurs' Park is a great place to see lemurs without venturing far from Antananarivo. Though you won't be allowed to touch the lemurs, the property's animals move freely around the park, so one may try touching you. Many also rave about the attraction's well-maintained facilities and knowledgeable guides.
Lemurs' Park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with visitors admitted until 4 p.m. Tickets cost 30,000 Malagasy ariary (or about $10) per person, but reduced rates are available for groups with three or more adults and children between 4 and 12. Passes include guided tours, which last one-and-a-half hours, as well as access to on-site facilities like restrooms, a gift shop and a restaurant. To learn more about Lemurs' Park, visit the property's website.
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#1 Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve
Situated along Madagascar's west coast, Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve is home to impressive geological structures and a variety of endangered species. More than 328 miles of forests make up this UNESCO World Heritage site, where 11 kinds of lemurs, 17 types of reptiles, 6 bird species and more reside. But the standout here is the park's towering gray limestone pinnacles, which stand up to 328 feet tall.
Past visitors said Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve is a "must-see adventure" that's "definitely worth the drive." Although the locale can be a bit challenging to traverse – some former travelers reported crawling through tight gaps and lots of climbing – many described the views from the top of the pinnacles as "spectacular."
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