We waited for it to get dark before starting a night walk in search of chameleons.
After a stop in Antsirabe for the night we made it to Andasibe. Andasibe-Mantadia National park is smaller than Ranomafana and made up of two separate reserves, Mantadia National park and Analamazotra Special Reserve.
Mantadia is a one and a half hour drive up a bumpy mud road away from Andasibe village which meant that we had the trails around the primary forest almost to ourselves.
We got amazing views of a group of six diademed sifakas which bounced from tree-to-tree right in front of us, groaning in communication with each other. We also got good views of black and white ruffed lemurs and red-bellied lemurs, almost in the same tree.
The next day we pulled up to Analamazotra Special Reserve to a jam packed carpark and crowds of tourists. Analamazotra was created specifically for the conservation of the largest lemur of all, the famous indri. We had heard the calls from a distance the day before but as we walked into the forest they were getting louder as we got close. Indri call to communicate territorial boundaries and one group calling seems to set off a chain reaction in nearby groups. At first we found two adults, one a mother with a baby although we quickly moved on to find a group with fewer people around. We soon found another group with five individuals feeding on leaves quite high up. We watched these for some time and waited until we got to hear the distinctive call, an amazing sound up close!
On the way back we checked the mother and baby indri again, as we had stayed a little longer the rush of other tourists had dispersed and we watched the baby starting to explore the branches around its mother. We lay on the ground to ease the strain on our necks and watched them without the distractions of the morning.
Tomorrow we set off from Morondava, along the Avenue of the Baobabs to explore the dry side of the island!