A new stop on the northern circuit, this 74,600ha area encompasses transition forest and deciduous dry forest. There are caves and limestone formations. (Note that passages in the labyrinth are very narrow in places, so are suited for slim individuals only).
With the establishment of FANAMBY's Black Lemur Camp, Parc Andrafiamena Andavakoera combines well with Montagne d'Ambre and Ankarana.
Drive time (depending on season) from Diego Suarez to Black Lemur Camp is about 4 ½ hours, with some sections after leaving the RN6 being potholed and rough. The roads sustained a fair amount of damage after the 2018 rainy season (April 2018 update).
The area's flagship mammal is the all-black Perrier's black sifaka, one of the world's 25 most endangered primates. We saw two of the habituated groups of this enigmatic lemur quite easily (October 2018). Among the other resident lemur species are Crowned lemur and Northern sportive lemur. By night you should see Mouse lemurs, along with a variety of reptiles and fascinating invertebrates.
There are trails leading into the forest from Black Lemur Camp - to negotiate these a reasonable fitness level is needed. The main trail to the home territory of some of the Sifakas entails a fairly steep 30 - 45 minute ascent up a slope into which the trail is cut, and then a further 30 - 45 minutes walk on more level terrain can take you to where one of the other groups is often located. A longer walk can take visitors to a pretty natural pool.
We did - and highly recommend the village visit to Anjahankely near Black Lemur Camp and the FANAMBY nursery, where you can have the chance to plant an endemic tree (even Baobabs).
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