Vakona Private Reserve
Vakona Private Reserve
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Lei-Gau
513 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Incredible location and was able to see all the different types of lemurs on this reserve! The guides were great! Amazing experience!
Written 30 September 2023
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Crystal P
1,317 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
This place is absolutely amazing! Don’t miss it. This will give you the best lemur experience. This is my favorite attraction in Madagascar.
Written 19 February 2023
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Beautiful World 🗺
Antananarivo, Madagascar34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
beautiful nature all around.
nice and comfy rooms
very good food.
hiking, lemurs island, croc farm - all there for you!
Written 30 June 2021
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Katie K
Muscat, Oman5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
This place was amazing! We had some of the best food we've had in Madagascar and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms are basic but exactly what you need. The hotel is in the forest and it was fun to walk around and do all the activities they offer. We really enjoyed our stay and I can't recommend this place enough!
Written 23 February 2021
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore12,849 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
This is not really an Island. The water is really shallow. This is where there are approx. 3 to 4 species of Lemur, including the one which is in the Madagascar movie. And they are the ones which will jump all over you just to get your snacks. A little unnatural in my opinion but great anyways.
Written 4 June 2020
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Rainforests & Rollercoasters
london - uk1,307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We read a number of mixed reviews and articles about Vakona Island prior to the trip and was a little hesitant about it. I felt like we shouldn't have enjoyed it, but i have to admit - we loved it!
Being able to see the lemurs up close is an amazing experience, yes the guides do tempt them a little to come and out and see you or jump on you but they all appeared to be in good condition and healthy. If they were not living on the island that i expect they wouldnt have survived in the wild, so whilst its not a 'natural' experience its still fantastic. And you will have plenty of other opportunities to see lemurs in their natural environment throughout the rest of your trip.
Written 6 May 2020
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lonewolf44
Kingston upon Thames, UK1,298 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
If you are on a tour of Madagascar it is good to visit Lemur Island near the start. Lemur Island is a sanctuary for lemurs that might not be able to survive in the wild and many of them are very used to human beings. To many this makes it more of a zoo than a wild life reserve, but there is something indescribable about having a lemur jump on your shoulders, even if they are tempted by 'lemur candy' (i.e. a slice of banana). You reach the island by canoe across a channel of water (designed to keep predators like the fossa away). Later in your tour you'll see lemurs either at Antsibe, Ranomafana or Isalo, but the sightings and behaviour of the lemus there is less predictable.
Written 14 April 2020
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Dirk W
Antwerp, Belgium205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Vakona Forest Lodge that also runs a private reserve with lemurs. The animals roam freely here on an island they cannot get rid of. So a kind of semi-captivity.
Written 20 January 2020
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midway42
Georgia3,329 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Owned and excavated by a wealthy Frenchman (so my guide told me), the Vakona Private Reserve is located on the edge of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. The area consists of two parts: Lemur Island and another reptile enclosure/park; we did not tour the latter. The entrance to the lemur experience is located at a small “port” holding maybe a half-dozen canoes. The island-experience consists of a man-made network of creeks that surround five islands containing a variety of lemurs.

After waiting our turn in port, we met our local guide who navigated the canoe for the duration of the tour. The first stop was simple: across the creek to experience a (brown) “lemur on the shoulder” moment. We then traveled on foot across the first island to see three other species, including a black and white ruffed lemur that seemed inclined to perform gymnastics for the group. Unlike the Andasibe experience, the forest rangers here had no problems interacting with the animals, providing a constant stream of food that kept them within camera range at all times. Getting back in the canoe, we traveled to the other islands where we not only enjoyed a little quiet time but also met a group of ring-tails that again, were fed generously to keep them in range. A return to port after maybe an hour completed the tour.

Yes, it was touristy and yes, the entire experience was synthetically produced, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth it. With a limited amount of time in the country the average tourist doesn’t have the opportunity to hike for days in the wilderness looking for all of these creatures. Coupled with an earlier trip to the national park, I saw seven species of lemurs in less than twelve hours, which was a memorable introduction to Madagascar’s biodiversity.

Lemur Island (aka the Vakona Private Reserve) is worth it.
Written 27 December 2019
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abcnord
Sandefjord, Norway1,235 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Lemur Island is reached by a 1 minutes canoe trip.. According to the information you get, these are animals rescued from a life as pets. When adking, we learn that they rather are 3rd and 4th generations, so actually their grandparents were the pets. They jump onto you all the time, looking for food. Guides do not discourage touching them, but are more than willing to help you getting them into a good photo position.

The reptile park near by, has many crocodiles in limited space, and is In general not very interesting.

Don’ t waste your time here, go to the real park in Andasibe
Written 28 November 2019
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