How To Visit The Lemur Park Outside Antananarivo.

On the outskirts of Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar is a small 5 Acre, Botanical garden set up to protect the endangered Lemur. The park is the perfect getaway from the noise and pollution in the capital for a few hours, or if you didn’t have time to see Lemurs in the wild during your trip to Madagascar or you just have a few hours to spare and want to see Lemurs for the last time on your trip. The Lemurs in this park are free ranging, So it´s not a Zoo.

The park is home to 7 different types of Lemurs and more than 50 individual lemurs including the two Critically Endangered spices: Mongoose Lemur and Black, and White Ruffed Lemurs.

The Critically Endangered Black-and-white ruffed lemur
The Critically Endangered Black-and-white Ruffed lemur.
The Critically Endangered Black-and-white ruffed lemur
The Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur inhabits the eastern rainforests of Madagascar
The five other types of Lemurs in the park are Coquerel Sifakas, Ringtail Lemurs, Common Brown Lemur, Crowned sifaka, Eastern lesser bamboo Lemur, and the Common Brown Lemur.
The Crowned Sifaka also native to the north western part of Madagascar. It´s considered Endangered
The Crowned Sifaka also native to the north western part of Madagascar. It´s considered Endangered
The Coquerel's Sifaka, native to north West part of Madagascar
The Coquerel’s Sifaka, native to North West part of Madagascar. It´s considered Endangered
Two young Coquerel's Sifaka
Two young Coquerel’s Sifaka.
The Eastern lesser bamboo Lemur
Eastern lesser bamboo Lemur
Don´t mind me, Im just sitting here in the middle of your walkway. AvCoquerel's sifaka
Don´t mind me, I’m just sitting here in the middle of your walkway. AvCoquerel’s sifaka

Most of the Lemurs in the park are rescued pets that get rehabilitated for reintroduction into the wild.

Like in all National Parks in Madagascar, you are obligated to be accompanied by a guide. Even tho the park is small, and the Lemurs are harmless will you be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, that will tell you everything you need to know. The guide will also monitor you so don’t get too close to the lemurs or try to feed them, even though they are highly used to people now.

Probably the most famous of all Lemur species The Ring-tailed lemur
Probably the most famous of all Lemur species The Ring-tailed lemur
The Ring-tailed lemur is native to the south western part of Madagascar
The Ring-tailed lemur is native to the southwestern part of Madagascar
The park is also home to free ranging Radiated Tortoise, Iguanas, and Chameleons and more than 70 species of plant´s and trees natural to Madagascar.

The guide will show the way and around trip around the whole park takes about 1hor, give or take
So you will have no problem getting a close-up photo or even a selfie with some of them.

One of many Radiated Tortoise freeley walking around the park, the Radiated tortoise is Critically Endangered
One of many Radiated Tortoise freely walking around the park, the Radiated tortoise is Critically Endangered
One of the chameleon i almost stepped on when walking around.
One of the chameleon I almost stepped on when walking around.

Additional Information About The Lemur Park.

Opening Hours: 9.00AM – 17.00.

Entrance Fee: 30 000 Ariary for an adult, 12 000 Ariary for kids. The entrance ticket includes your guide around the park. It´s not Mandatory to tip the guide at the end of the tour, but they expect you to so.

How to get to the park: The park is located 22Km southwest of Antananarivo.
The Park shuttle bus mentioned in the Lonely Planet is NOT RUNNING.
So realistically the only way to reach the park is by your own transportation or taking a Taxi. I highly recommend you to arrange that the taxi either wait for you, or it comes back to pick you up when your done. The road passing by the park is not very trafficked. And I ended up taking another traveler with me in the taxi I had hired, he had been waiting by the road for 30min in the sun. Trying to catch a taxi passing by.

I paid 120 000 Ariary, for a return trip including the taxi to wait for 2hours for me.

How to dress: However you want and there´s no need for hiking shoes, the park is covered in well-maintained walk path. I walked around in FlipFlops without any problems at all. But remember to bring something to drink, it get´s very very hot when walking around.
Other: There´s a small restaurant and souvenir shop at the entrance to the park. The restaurant sells simple dishes and cold drinks. The Souvenir shop sells the same things at you will find in any Maki shop in the city center, but at a higher price here. But the profit here goes straight back to the park.

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How to see Lemurs on a easy daytrip from Antananarivo the capital of Madagascar. Madagascar got some of the most amazing wildlife in the whole of Africa.
How to see Lemurs on a easy daytrip from Antananarivo the capital of Madagascar. Madagascar got some of the most amazing wildlife in the whole of Africa.

 

5 Comments
  1. I love hearing about nature reserves… And I love how you clarified that this place wasn’t a zoo. This place is definitely trying to help all the animals, not make a profit from them.

    Photos were mega! Thanks for sharing ?

  2. So cute! Love the pic of the lemur sitting on the walkway, lol. I love learning about all of these amazing places to visit around the around, so thank you so much for sharing!

  3. OMGosh! What gorgeous pictures. The Lemurs look so at peace. My kids would go nuts if they got a chance to look at the Ring Tailed Lemur (they love the movie Madagascar). This is an awesome post, very helpful!

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