Madagascar Exotic
Madagascar Exotic
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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AnnArborMHT
Genoa, Italy1,643 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Madagascar Exotic is a park which was owned by a prominent naturalist to help perserve many species of reptiles and chameleons, but now is more of a viewing/display area for these exotic reptiles. It's really fantastic to see the large variety of reptiles up close and to be able to walk in the woods and see two types of lemurs, but it comes with many concerns for the animals and reptiles. Our "guide" hand fed the lemurs to get them closer to us and even had them jump on the backs of some members of our group: this certainly should not be happening. Also all the beautiful chameleons, geckos, frogs and other reptiles were brought out of crowded cages so we could photograph them (better tips to guides) and they were handled extensively; this must be very stressful for the reptiles. I left feeling very conflicted about this place.. It was amazing to see the extraordinary reptiles and lemurs, but at what price to these creatures? I would recommend visiting Madagascar Exotic, but make clear to the "guides" not to feed the lemurs or handle the reptiles.

Entry fee 10,000Ar plus guide depending on size of group, from 2,000-5,000 AR, plus they expect a tip. Open 8am to 5pm.
Written 2 November 2008
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MarmOtt2013
Singapore, null, Singapore57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
Thanks to Anja at GMT+3 - Great Madagascar Tours - for a fantastic adventure. He organised 4 wheel drive, driver and guide for our trip to Mananara, via Andisabe and Tamatave. We saw lots of black and white lemurs, brown lemurs, bamboo lemurs and ring tails at Vakona Forest and aye aye, white fronted brown and bamboo lemurs at aye aye island, Mananara. Lots of chameleon and snakes on the road north. What a road - a real wild ride - but so interesting and such beautiful people and scenery. Coffee trees, cloves (and a clove oil distillery) vanilla, rice. Lots of ferry rides - did I mention wonderful people?
Written 1 November 2013
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Adam W
Ambilobe, Madagascar49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2012 • Family
We visited Madagascar Exotique in May 2012. It's a really great place to see many of Madagascar's amazing reptiles - especially lots of different chameleons and geckos. There are also several other reptiles, a boa, some lizards, some huge millipedes, a massive bat, some awesome and huge butterflies and moths, and some mating chameleons. For most of the chameleons and quite a few of the geckos, you can even hold them in your hand or let them crawl on your shoulder or head. Be warned - a few of the chameleons are HUGE and can get quite heavy (or slightly sharp/rough claws on their feet) when holding them or letting them crawl on you. When we visited it was cool and rainy and so we were unable to feed the chameleons. But we hear that if the weather is good (and maybe the right day of the week), you can watch them catching bugs with their awesome tongues. Definitely a very cool place! I'd recommend planning to spend at least 1 to 2 hours there, especially if you want to take many photos.

But Madagascar Exotique is not at all for people who don't like reptiles - if that's you, then you won't find much to enjoy here. It's true that it's a bit run down, but in all honesty, it's got a bit better upkeep than the majority of the places in Madagascar (better than most of Madagascar's hospitals, for example and better than Madagascar's national zoo in Tana). And really you don't come to Madagascar and travel by vehicle if you're only looking for nicely-maintained places. With all that said, any lack of upkeep here doesn't distract at all from enjoying what this small private animal park has to offer. And of course, some on here have complained about the handling/keeping of the animals. It's certainly done in a "tourist-friendly" way, and it's not the most natural of environments. Whether or not the animals were agitated or even stressed by all the handling, I didn't notice or recognize. I imagine that by now they're probably quite used to it.

Directions: It's located on RN2 east of Antananarivo, but west of Andasibe (about halfway between them, so it's a great stop for people planning to go to Andasibe from Tana) in the town of Anjiro. If you're driving east from Tana, it's the first really steep downhill with a lot of switchbacks and there are some hydroelectric plants and stuff like that... then as soon as you get to the bottom of that hill, right before it gets flat again, there's a white sign that says "Madagascar Exotique" at the right side of the road, right next to the driveway that leads you up to this little park.

When we went (mid-2012), it was about Ar 15,000 per person, and I'm pretty sure that included the price of the guide. That's about $7.50, well worth it!
Written 27 June 2013
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LeafPeepersUK
Leeds20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We stopped here as part of our tour. We started with a short walk to see the lemurs; although not caged the lemur was clearly used to being fed to attract it to a spot for visitors. We were disturbed to see it was being fed bread, not a natural food for a lemur. By this stage of the tour we had seen a few chameleons in the wild, and so were initially pleased to see so many colourful and large chameleons close up, but as the visit continued we were disturbed by the size and condition of cages from which the guide produced small frogs and other small animals, and there were 2 crocodiles in a small pond enclosure. This is not responsible tourism; we did not want to see caged animals, and particularly ones in unsuitable surroundings.
Written 27 August 2018
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Sean Manning
Oxford, UK182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2016 • Couples
We stopped at Madgascar Exotic on the way back to Antananarivo from Andasibe. I had very low expectations of it as I felt it was likely to be like a zoo, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much there was to see and thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

We got to feed some beautiful Sifaka Lemurs and see them up close which was a very special experience. There are also a wide range of other Madagascan native animals including frogs, snakes, a crocodile, but the best was seeing the wide range of gecko's and Chameleons. It really was amazing to see them camouflaged against their environments, watch them being fed and try to spot them. I doubt you'd get a better opportunity to see these amazing animals up-close.

The restaurant on-site is a little run down, we were the only ones there and it didn't have a good feel to it, but the food was fine. The views from the restaurant are amazing, they really should setup the tables outside to make the most of the views.
Written 21 June 2016
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Rosie O
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Solo
My 3 week trip to this Green and vast Island was my last country to visit, due to the nature of direction i was travelling in I was off season, rainy season. In Madagascar, this does prove to be do-able if you stick to the sealed roads. RN7 Anatanarivo to Tulear is one of those, travelling by Taxi Brousse (bush Taxi) is cheap, sometimes on time and sometimes comfortable. However always full of Malagasy local produce that will feed you well! in fact all food in Madagscar is pretty good having the French Influence. Ranomafana National park ( more animals-lemurs, Giraffe beetle and Millipedes are some of the things seen. The National park in Ranohira gives you more Flora, grassland and Mini Baobabas, medicinal Plants and cascades with swimming pools of natural beauty. Pousse Pousse (rickshaws) can drive you anywhere.
Written 28 January 2013
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Debbie R
Leeds, UK157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
The chameleons are the stars here. They seem reasonably well kept. The people who have commented on nature of the cages need to think about what is appropriate in Madagascar, the glass and metal varieties we are used to seeing in Europe would fry animals in an open area in Madagascar. We chose not to handle any animals for their health but were asked if we wanted to touch the snake.
The large walk in chameleon area is the best part. You can look for chameleons yourself and then observe a chameleon eating a cricket. Those tongues really are something else. An amazing sight that you are unlikely to see in the wild no matter how many chameleons you spot.
You can then walk up into the forest to see brown lemurs and cockerel sifakas. The sifakas are not native to this part of Madagascar and had clearly been moved here to add to the attraction. Guides attract the lemurs with offers of food, this is sometimes bananas but dry bread was also used. Bread is clearly not their natural diet and could have health implications for the lemurs. Having said that they do have an appropriate forested area to roam in and the presence of baby lemurs would suggest they are thriving here.
Written 11 August 2016
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Andrew S
Skukuza, South Africa1,119 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
My Wife and I visited Madagascar in October 2015 and Exotic Park was part of our Itinerary on the way to Andasibe, when we arrived the Place looked run down and messy, the guide we had was not bad and was quite knowledgeable, we saw a large variety of Reptiles and 2 species of Lemur, what I did not like were the small and sometimes dirty enclosures that some of the animals were housed in, the guides would move and handle the animals for people to get a good look at them and during our short visit there were at least 6 other groups of people so it looked like the animals get moved and handled pretty much all day for each and every group of visitors, the public toilets were very messy and I am not sure when last they had been cleaned. It is however a good place to see hard to find Chameleons and a few of the Gecko species but for me I would rather not see them than see then in those conditions.
Written 24 December 2015
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Sarracenia
Norman, OK1,689 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
We normally don't like to see animals that are not in the wild. After an 18 day tour of Madagascar and not having seen very many reptiles or chameleons we decided to visit this place on our way to Andasibe. The place does not look in great condition and it is not very big. Our guide appeared to know something about the animals he was showing us and he spoke English. We saw about 5 different species of chameleons and the guide fed them crickets so we could actually see the amazing long tongue of chameleons when they are getting an insect. The guide clearly showed us the male versus the females. Also saw a boa, tomato frog, flying foxes and some amazing leaf-tailed geckos. We would have not seen these animals in the wild very easily so we were very happy to be able to get some good close photos of these beautiful animals. The animals appeared well cared for and the guide handled them well.
I would recommend a visit to this attraction.
Written 1 November 2015
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christinewindsorsmit
Underberg, South Africa12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
The main cities were dirty and needed a good clean up with conjested streets and absolutely no rules on the roads ie people drive towards oncoming traffic and the bravest turn at the last minute. The islands are totally different than the brochures with beaches being practually nonexistant as there are so many rocks around and very difficult to walk, the hotels and resorts have their own cleared away beach area which are all very good, resorts are walled, people are very friendly but poor and very little english is spoken by the locals.
Written 27 November 2014
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