I like to drive. I've driven everywhere from remote Australian deserts to the South Pole to Madagascar.
I've been to Africa twice now for a total of around 7 months, completing an overland trip from Cape Town to Addis Ababa and north-to-south drive of Madagascar.
Written on: May 28, 2013
I visited in January 2011
Andasibe-Mantadia NP is the place to see the Indri, the largest species of lemur. However, there are PLENTY of other species!
For those unfamiliar, there are almost a hundred species of lemurs in Madagascar, and nowhere else in the world. There are probably more species, but who knows. Many parts of the island are untouched, likely hiding unknown species, whereas others are being deforested worse daily, and species are disappearing.
The deforestation in Madagascar is EVIDENT and a shame. Vast swathes of the country are barren and eroding. When you visit a raw wilderness like Andasibe, you realize what's been lost.
The guides in Andasibe, like everywhere in Madagascar, are amazing. They will see things that you would not have. I guarantee this. Invisible chameleons and creatures you didn't even know existed. Look up the leaf mimic praying mantiz, the aye-aye, or the leaf-tail gecko. Very cool things to be found here, for the right set of eyes.
The lemurs also mostly have distinct sounds, which is half of the fun. Haunting wails and strange whoops - you never know.
Wander the rainforest trails of Andasibe to your heart's content - if that's even possible!
Written on: Aug 25, 2014
| Visited: May 2014.
This was the first place I visited once I got to Madagascar. It's only about a three-hour drive from Tana, the capital. The drive was special, too. As you climb up in elevation, the temps drop and it drizzles. Along the clay roads are groups of people, many without shoes, walking for miles with their goods. It was so moving to see this and made me feel super spoile...
Written on: Apr 17, 2013
| Visited: May 2010.
We visited Andasibe after having spent a good chunk of time in the dry and sunny western part of the island. I was not prepared for the volume of precipitation this place receives! I did not bring long trousers and, as a result, my calves were covered in mosquito bites after the first day of trekking in Andasibe. The park was really interesting as we did not encoun...