Located on a remote peninsula south of Analalava, the privately-run Anjajavy Hotel protects a 450-ha area of dry deciduous forest, limestone outcrops, and mangroves.
In the “Where to See It” section for each species account, we have provided recommendations as to the best sites for seeing each lemur species and subspecies in the wild. In this appendix, we describe the majority of these sites in a little more detail. This is intended to give the reader information on how to reach a specific destination, the variety of lemurs that he or she might expect to see, and what facilities, accommodations, and services are likely to be available. For more information related to government national parks, strict nature reserves, and special reserves, we recommend you consult the Madagascar National Parks website (
In this section, we also indicate priority sites for visitors to Madagascar. Those with three asterisks (***) are considered a must for the first-time lemur-watcher. Those with two asterisks (**) are also appropriate for those newcomers to Madagascar who have a bit more time, and who want to quickly increase the size of their lemur life-lists. Those sites with a single asterisk (*) are important for particular, very restricted-range species, but are more difficult to reach. Those sites without any asterisks are for the hardy adventurer who may already have a long lemur life-list, and who wants to get way off the beaten track to see new and rarely-visited places.
Sites are listed here in alphabetical order.
The forests of Anjamena are located along the banks of the Mahavavy River, southwest of Katsepy in northwestern Madagascar.
The Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve is located in northeastern Madagascar about 15 km south of Andapa.
Located in northwestern Madagascar, this forest is the only confirmed location for the Anjiamangirana sportive lemur (Lepilemur grewcockorum), and is a possible site for Ambarijeby mouse lemur (Microcebus danfossi).
Located 85 km north of Antananarivo, or about two hours by car, the Anjozorobe-Angavo forest corridor was recently incorporated into a 53,000-ha Protected Area.
Ankarafantsika National Park is located in northwestern Madagascar, about 115 km, or two-hours’ drive, from the port city of Mahajanga (= Majunga) along RN4 to Antananarivo.
Ankarana National Park is located in northern Madagascar approximately 108 km south of Antsiranana (= Diégo-Suarez), from which excursions can be organized through some hotels and local tour operators.
This small island is located in northeastern Madagascar, just a couple of kilometers from the airstrip for the town of Mananara-Nord.
This national park is located about 150 km southeast of Majajanga (= Majunga) in western coastal Madagascar, and can be reached by four-wheel-drive vehicle or by charter flight to Soalala, which is the town adjacent to the park.
Located in central-eastern Madagascar, the Bemosary Classified Forest is currently the only place where one has a reasonable chance of seeing the Betsileo woolly lemur (Avahi betsileo), which was first described in 2007.