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View of bridge to camp from hiking in the forest. Photo: Lynne Venart

Visiting Anjozorobe Forest to See Wild Lemurs Near Antananarivo

If you have a few extra days near Antananarivo, consider visiting the Anjozorobe Protected Area, just 2 1/2 hours away by car. The Anjozorobe forest is home to 82 species of birds and 11 species of lemur. The lemur species here are similar to those found in Andasibe-Mantadia, but the indri is darker in coloring. And, the trails are much less crowded than those at Andasibe! About Saha Forest Camp In October 2019, I spent three days and two nights […]

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Indris spotted in Anjanaharibe Sud Special Reserve. Photo: Lynne Venart.

Hiking and Camping in Anjanaharibe Sud Special Reserve

A Northeastern Rainforest Reserve Rarely Visited by Tourists Anjanaharibe Sud Special Reserve (ASSR) is rarely visited by tourists. In fact, when I asked my guide Jackson how many tourists he thinks had visited ASSR that year, he said, “Not many tourists. Just you.” I was excited to see ASSR in person, after learning about it from Dr. Erik Patel when we discussed his work in the reserve with the Lemur Conservation Foundation. But why is it so rarely visited? The […]

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Desiré Rabary shows us his tree nursery in Antanetiambo Reserve. Photo: Lynne Venart.

Local Reserves in SAVA: Visiting Desiré Rabary’s Antanetiambo Reserve

After hiking in Marojejy National Park to see silky sifakas in the beautiful mountain rainforest, we spent a couple of days relaxing near the beach in Sambava. Then, we head out of the city for the second multi-day hike of the trip: four days in Anjanaharibe Sud Special Reserve (ASSR) with Jackson as my guide. But first, I wanted to see the locally managed Antanetiambo Reserve on the way. We stayed in the town of Andapa that night in order to […]

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Chaz Powell along the Gambia River. Photo credit: Tim Roberts.

River Explorer Chaz Powell Begins 800km Madagascar Trek

Can you tell us about your past adventures? CP: I have over 15 years of remote travel and expedition experience and have completed many different long distance treks all over the world. Over the last 3 years I’ve undertook and focused on my biggest challenge to date called ‘The Wildest Journey’. This was my mission to walk the length of Africa’s wildest rivers from source to sea in the battle against wildlife crime. In 2016-17, I walked for 3000 km […]

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Guardians of Anja, A New Film by Robin Hoskyns

I’m sitting on a large piece of rock, jutting out from the forest with the treeline below me. The sun has just come out from behind the cliffs and is bathing the rocks in a golden light, perfect for filming. I can hear the sounds of the local village waking up as people start to go about their business. My guide, Joana, points out a group of ring-tailed lemurs in the distance, coming this way. Joana tells me that the […]

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An image of a palm thatched tree-house at the Masoala Forest Lodge overlooking the stunning beach.

Importance of Eco-tourism in Madagascar

Eco-tourism and its importance Eco-tourism is tourism that is directed towards natural and exotic environments with the intention to support conservation efforts and the protection of wildlife. With the intention of giving a share of the monetary benefits to local communities and providing the visitor with a nature-based experience, eco-resorts are incredibly beneficial and important. According to WorldWide Ecolodges on their definition of the importance of eco lodges, they say that “many countries and regions have embarked on creating certifiable […]

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