Gentle Lemurs of Lake Alaotra

This privately guided journey to see the Gentle Lemurs of Madagascar's largest lake, is something we can operate in isolation, or combine with a tailor-made journey to Madagascar's central rainforests of Mantadia, Perinet and Andasibe. We can also add it  on to our small group Lemurs, Golden Frogs & New Rainforest Reserve experience which we operate each October.

Gentle Lemur, the Alaotra Reed Lemur and Hapalemur alaotrensis - there are more names besides for this critically endangered lemur which only lives amongst the papyrus reed beds of Madagascar's largest freshwater lake: Lake Alaotra.

These cute diurnal animals have suffered a more than 80% decline in numbers over just 24 years, taking their current population to around 2,500 (source: IUCN). The main causes: destruction of their reed bed habitat, hunting for eating, the international pet trade and invasive species such as water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes).

This beautiful lake area is also habitat for many endemic birds such as the Madagascar Coucal, Madagascar Cisticola, Madagascar Mannikin and Madagascan Swamp Warbler. Its shores are surrounded by some lovely rural villages too, built from red earth and sticks, with grass thatch roofs that filter wood smoke rising from within.

To reach the lake, we will drive you from the capital Antananarivo, through some of Madagascar's most productive landscapes of paddy fields, earthen villages, roadside vendors and eucalyptus woodlands first established during the French colonial period. Your base will be a community run sustainable tourism enterprise, in simple but comfortable bungalows close to the Bandro Priority Conservation Zone.

Once there, you will be taken out at daybreak by pirogue (traditional wooden paddle canoe), in amongst the reed beds in search of lemurs. You will move quietly and stealthily, watching for movement and even a reed bed to reed bed crossing.

Please refer to the itinerary for further details.

Itinerary

3 Day Itinerary

This privately guided journey to see the Gentle Lemurs of Madagascar's largest lake, is something we can operate in isolation, or combine with a tailor-made journey to Madagascar's central rainforests of Mantadia, Perinet and Andasibe. We can also add it  on to our small group Lemurs, Golden Frogs & New Rainforest Reserve experience which we operate each October.

Day 1: Depart Antananarivo (or Moramanga)

Your driver / guide will meet you at your hotel and provide an initial briefing before you head out of the city and into the rural highlands of central Madagascar. Your journey will take you through the town of Moramamga and through rural landcapes of paddy fields and rural villages with their red clay houses and colourful roadside markets. Picnic lunch en route.

Towards the end of the day you will reach your simple but clean eco-project accommodation.

Day 2: Lake Alaotra

Before daybreak (4.30am) you will head out with a local guide in a pirogue, in search of Gentle Lemurs and marsh birdlife. Viewing periods are restricted in order not to stress this isolated population of the lemurs. You will come back to camp after about 3 hours.

In the afternoon you will be taken to visit the old village of Imerimandroso within Antananarivo's architecture and beautiful view on the Alaotra lake.

Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 3: Return to Antananarivo via Moramanga

AM: Drive 4.5 - 5 hours back to Moramanga where you will have lunch. Visit the town and then continue back to Tana thereafter.

Dates

Enquire / Book 01 Jan - 31 Dec 2022 - from £ 760

Privately Guided trip available year round
Price per person sharing (twin share) (3 Days)

Notes:
Price per person sharing

Single Supplement (2021 / 22):
- For one person travelling only: add £430
- Single room occupancy on shared trip: add £45 pp

Price includes:
- All meals
- All accommodation
- All guiding
- All transportation
- National park entry fees
- Contributions to communities and local charity partners

Not included
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International flights
- Drinks
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry & telephones
- Travel insurance

  • Latin name: Hapalemur alaotrensis Common names: Alaotran Reed Lemur, Bamboo Lemur and Gentle Lemur of Lake Alaotra Madagascar wildlife tour safari holiday Wikipedia Creative Commons

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