Located in central-western Madagascar, the Tsingy de Namoroka is one of the three protected areas in Madagascar featuring the unusual karst formations known as tsingys.
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 Tsiombikibo Forest is located northwest of Mitsinjo in western Madagascar.
This 800-ha rain forest is part of the Mantadia-Vohidrazana forest block, and ranges in altitude from 700–1,040 m.
The Zahamena National Park and the adjacent Zahamena Strict Nature Reserve are in the central-eastern part of the island. Access is difficult, and is normally undertaken by way of Ambatondrazaka to the west of the park.
This park is in southwestern Madagascar 145–150 km northeast of Toliara (= Tuléar), from which it can be reached by car in about two hours along an excellent road.
The forest called “PK 32” is near Ifaty, about one hour north of Toliara (= Tuléar) in southwestern Madagascar.