Short Madagascar Lemur Safari

A short sharp bespoke safari visting the haunting calls of the Indri in Andasibe and the up close and personal cheeky lemurs of Palmarium Reserve.

Duration 7 Days
Price From $1,604
When Apr - Dec
Destination Madagascar

Safari Overview

Perfect for those who have a limited time in Madagascar, or want a quick wildlife burst before heading to relax on the beach. Starting in the stunning Andasibe National Park, scour for lemurs, such as the indri, brown lemur, lesser bamboo lemur and the greater dwarf lemur, as well as a huge array of other wildlife and reptiles. From here, you move on to Palmarium where you have the wonderful opportunity to visit a small island, home to the bizarre and elusive aye aye.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • A lot of lemurs in a short amount of time!
  • Track the elusive aye aye's at Palmarium.
  • Wake to the call of the indri at Andasibe.

Visit select spots on this huge island to get a taster for Madagascar's wildlife and cultural highlights.

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Day by day

Day 1


On arrival in Antananarivo (often abbreviated to Tana), you will be met by your driver and driven to your hotel.

Overnight: Pavillon de L'Emyrne

Day 2

Antananarivo - Andasibe

In the morning you set off in the direction of Andasibe Reserve passing through highland scenery and rice paddies. This afternoon enjoy an afternoon walk through the reserve in search of the lemurs and other wildlife. In the evening there will be time for a night walk to observe the nocturnal species.

Overnight: Vakona Forest Lodge B, D

Day 3

Andasibe - Mantadia National Park

A day to explore Andasibe/Perinet National Park or Mantadia with your local wildlife guide. A montane forest park offering the chance to spot a variety of lemurs, reptiles and birds. One of its most famous inhabitants is the Indri, Indri - the largest of lemurs with a black and white teddy bear like appearance. You hear the Indri before you see them and waking up to their songs of communication in the early hours of the morning with the mist still hugging the rainforest canopy. Best to leave early morning to be hear the Indri when they make their distinctive morning group communication calls. Other lemurs which can be seen here are the red-bellied lemur, brown lemur, lesser bamboo lemur, with nocturnal lemurs - brown mouse lemur, greater dwarf lemur (Sep/Oct - May), Eastern woolly lemur, sportive lemur, aye aye (seen once each year!).

Overnight: Vakona Forest Lodge B, L, D

Day 4

Andasibe - Palmarium

This morning you set off east towards the Pangalanes Canals on the east coast. This is a series of lakes that were linked together to form a safe passage up the east coast. After a 45 minute boat trip passing through fishing villages you will arrive at the private reserve of Palmarium. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to relax and enjoy the lemurs that live in the trees around the lodge or maybe pop down to the lake for a refreshing dip!

Overnight: Palmarium Lodge B

Days 5-6


Enjoy a walk through the forest with one of the lodge guides. Here it is possible to see a family of indri, Coquerel`s sifakas, black lemurs, crowned lemurs, black and white ruffed lemurs and red lemurs. This reserve provides excellent photograph opportunities as you can get very close to the lemurs. The afternoon is yours at leisure. You can visit a nearby island at 17.30 to go in search of aye aye where currently 6 live. The tour takes approximately one hour and includes return boat transfers.

Overnight: Palmarium Lodge B, L, D

Day 7

Palmarium - Antananarivo

After an early wake up, take the boat trip back to your vehicle where you will be met and driven back to Antananarivo Airport (approx. 4 hour drive) in time for your onward flight.

Trip Details

Trip information

Accompanied by an expert naturalist and guide this adventurous safari visits to amazing, lemur-rich areas in Madagascar. This is a tailor-made safari and can be edited and changed to suit your personal requirements.

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