So thrilled about what happened yesterday, Lokaro bay is such a great experience! What next? Today, after relaxing on the beautiful beaches, we come back to Fort Dauphin. We can spend the morning relaxing on the beach before setting off to town.
After a light lunch in Fort Dauphin we spend a time at the Nahampoana Reserve. Here you get to see some of Madagascar's most famous residents, the lemurs! Every lemur species native to the south of Madagascar lives in the park.
Entering the park gates on foot is memorable, as you walk through a tunnel of bamboo closing the view of the sky. Tree canopies provide a good mix of shade interspersed with crystal clear skies, to keep you cool but still in the brightness, beauty, and amazingly fresh air of the Island. Walking up to the reception area, you can see some crocodiles in a small camp, lots of Vanilla plants growing wild on the trees, and the Carambole tree with its beautiful star shaped, bright yellow fruit.
Get close to the Lemurs - they are very easy to find, and the guides even know where and when one can usually find the rarest ones, with a bit of luck of course! If you are lucky you could find the bright green Boa snakes in the trees, or see the prehistoric looking chameleons that are common to the area.
The highlight of your visit is when the Ring-tailed Lemur family finds you and climbs all over you begging for bananas. The Verreaux’s Sifakas are normally not far off, and would come dancing closer for their share of the bounty, while we are organizing your lovely outdoor three course lunch.
You also take a little boat ride in a tight canal overshadowed by hanging veins and exotic plants. The boat trip which the kids adore is incredibly peaceful and is the perfect end to a memorable trip. Take a front seat!
The Bamboo lemurs are not so easy to see, but get your guide to take you on a boat down the little river among the bamboos. Plus you will watch birds like the Malachite kingfisher, Grey-headed lovebirds and Lesser vasa parrot as well as great scenery.
This nice closing day of our voyage at the wilds of Madagascar.
Discover the Nahampoana Private Reserve;
Very many of pleasant lemurs;
Light lunch in Fort Dauphin;
Outdoor lunch in the Nahampoana Reserve;
If you want and time allows us, you can make a short, but very interesting visit to Vinanibe Lake, famous for its shrimp and "Sand Surfing" and watch the fantastic sunset;
Dinner and the Music-Dance-Party. The last day in Fort Dauphin is yours but we finish up the evening and the voyage by getting together to listen to local bands from different tribes - a band from the Spiny forest and one from the Anosy region. Hearing how different their music is from one another gives a great sense of how diverse Madagascar is, with strong Asian and African influences;
Overnight at your hotel, Bed & Breakfast.