NWS client Lorraine experiences the delights of the Red Island
My husband and I spent two weeks in Madagascar last November/December. We had a super time, the highlight being watching the “dancing” sifakas – wonderful!
Having met Stefan (our guide) and Olivier (our driver), we spent our first overnight in Antananarivo. Next morning we started the long but very interesting drive to Andasibe. We found Madagascar to be a very beautiful and vibrant country, obviously very poor, but all the people we met were extremely friendly and welcoming.
Vakona Forest Lodge was very cosy and we spent the next three nights there, visiting Mantadia National Park, which is still primary rainforest, in search of diademed sifaka for the first day. We didn’t meet anyone else and the forest was fascinating, except for the leeches! A local guide, Everest, managed to find many birds and lemurs in their natural habitat to show us. Next day we visited Perinet National Park, where we saw and heard the indri amongst many other lemurs. There were other people here but we got to see many more lemurs. Afterwards we went to the island lemur sanctuary where we took many photos of us being climbed all over by lemurs!