The undisputed star of the inland show is Andasibe-Mantadia
National Park with its primary forests home to fourteen species of
lemur including the largest of the lot, the Indri Lemur. Twitchers
should note there are also over 100 species of bird for to spot.
Heading to the coast, the Palmarium Reserve is another good place
to spot Indri Lemurs, but in a more open setting next to the
Alternatively, or as a lovely combination, just a short flight
from Antananarivo lies the laid back island of Il Sainte Marie off
the east coast. The island has shed its gritty pirate past (they
would plunder ships carrying the profits of the spice trade) and is
now an extremely friendly place where you'll find sandy beaches
lined with coconut palms, wonderful coral reefs and small, intimate
hotels. It feels a lot like the Caribbean, basically. The channel
between the island and the mainland is also a hot spot for whale
watching as large groups of humpbacks make their way from the
Antarctic to breed in warmer waters between June and September.