Today, you will embark on private-guided, day and night walks in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, a 155 square kilometre protected area. This rainforest is habitat to a vast species biodiversity, including many endemic rare species and endangered species, including 11 lemur species. The park’s two component parts are Mantadia National Park and Analamazoatra Reserve. You will visit Analamazaorta Special Reserve, popularly known by the old French name of the nearby town and railway station, Périnet.
A network of good paths runs throughout the main reserve. Most visitors making the excursion have one purpose – to hear and see the Indri Indri calling. The Indri Indri is the biggest lemur. The reserve is also exceptionally rewarding for reptiles, frogs, and for birdwatching.
Périnet, a mountain rainforest, covers an area of 810 hectares at altitudes between 930-1,040m. Many of the largest trees have been removed and the canopy averages 25-30m. The main part of the reserve resembles a table, with steep, forested sides (up which steps have been cut), bordered by a small lake. Nonetheless, there are numerous huge buttress-rooted trees, festooned with mosses and epiphytes.
Here is an overview of the wildlife you may see…
Blue coua, red-fronted coua, blue vanga, red-tailed vanga, velvet asity, sunbird asity, pitta-like groud roller, short-legged ground roller (Mantadia), brown mesite, collared nightjar, cuckoo roller, Tylas, cryptic warbler.
Reptiles and frogs:
Very good for chameleons, including Parson’s chameleon, nose-horned chameleon (Calumma brevicornis), short-horned chameleon (Calumma nasutus), short-nosed chameleon (Calumma gastrotaenia). Also the stump—tailed chameleon (Brookesia superciliaris), leaf tailed gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus), and Madagascar tree boa. Frogs include the golden mantella which is found in areas close to the reserve.
Indri Indri , brown lemur, grey bamboo lemur, eastern woolly lemur.
Brown mouse lemur, greater dwarf lemur (summer only). Also red-forest rat and streaked tenrec. If you’re lucky, diademed sifaka and black and white ruffed lemur (Maromizaha and Mantady National Park only).