Andasibe is the best park for the indri, the largest lemur. Nocturnal walks are excellent for viewing mouse lemurs and the greater dwarf lemur.
All exploring is done on foot on the trails that weave through the forest and vary in length from one hour to four or five. Walks are particularly rewarding in the early morning when the indri calls echo through the air.
Mantadia National Park
Mantadia National Park, 20 kilometers north of Andasibe, is for the true wildlife enthusiast. Towering trees have buttress roots, there are vines, orchids and ferns and at higher altitudes luxuriant growth of mosses and lichens. The best time to see orchids in bloom is between September and November.
Masoala National Park
Masoala National Park is abundant with tall Palissandre trees, vines, wild ginger plants, ferns and orchids. Walking in the forest you see hundreds of frogs, including the large tomato frog. Chameleons are easily found and commonly seen are the panther chameleon, hooded chameleon and several species of stump-tailed chameleon. Access to the park is by boat from Maroantsetra — do be prepared as this can be a very rough and wet crossing.
The small island of Nosy Mangabe is located in Antongil Bay and is only accessible by small boat. The island has a rich history of trading and piracy; on the west side of the island are rock carvings by Dutch sailors from the 16th century.
Places to visit in Eastern Madagascar
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Eastern Madagascar, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring Eastern Madagascar
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Eastern Madagascar, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Eastern Madagascar
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Places in and around Eastern Madagascar
- Andasibe National Park (Perinet) Eastern Madagascar
- Mantadia National Park Eastern Madagascar
- Maroantsetra Eastern Madagascar
- Masoala National Park Eastern Madagascar
- Nosy Mangabe Eastern Madagascar
- The Pangalanes Canal Eastern Madagascar
- Isalo National Park 19 kilometers away
- Ambalavao 181 kilometers away
- Ifaty 199 kilometers away
- Central & Southern Madagascar 199 kilometers away
- Anakao 221 kilometers away
- The Remote West of Madagascar 236 kilometers away
- Ranomafana National Park 254 kilometers away
- The Southern Tip of Madagascar 274 kilometers away
- Ifotaka Community Forest 283 kilometers away
- Andohahela National Park 303 kilometers away
- Berenty Reserve 310 kilometers away
- Manafiafy 330 kilometers away
- Antsirabe 333 kilometers away
- Fort Dauphin 341 kilometers away
- The Islands & Beaches of Madagascar 391 kilometers away
- Antananarivo 451 kilometers away
Photos of Eastern Madagascar
Accommodation choices for Eastern Madagascar
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Eastern Madagascar. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Relais Masoala is a simple but comfortable lodge. The staff are helpful and friendly and the food is excellent. It has a good location as you can explore both the nearby forests to enjoy the wildlife.
While the rooms are simple, but comfortable, the real joy of visiting the Palmarium is the lemurs. This is one of the few places in Madagascar where it is possible to see lemurs close up and unafraid.
The lodge is very simple, however what it lacks in luxury it makes up for by having an idyllic location.
Set in beautiful tropical gardens, the Vakona Forest Lodge is perfectly located for visiting the nearby primary and secondary forests in Andasibe, a nature lover’s paradise.
Andasibe Hotel is the newest property in the area offering good standard of accommodation in 12 comfortable and spacious bungalows.
Eulophélia Lodge is a basic lodge, located 20 minutes south of Andasibe National Park along a very bumpy and dusty dirt track.
Feon'ny Ala is a quaint Chinese owned hotel situated at the edge of Perinet Reserve. The rooms have all the essentials, the wildlife in this area is wonderful and this hotel is in an ideal spot to explore it from.