Vakona Private Reserve
Vakona Private Reserve
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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lonewolf44
Kingston upon Thames, UK1,296 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019
If you are on a tour of Madagascar it is good to visit Lemur Island near the start. Lemur Island is a sanctuary for lemurs that might not be able to survive in the wild and many of them are very used to human beings. To many this makes it more of a zoo than a wild life reserve, but there is something indescribable about having a lemur jump on your shoulders, even if they are tempted by 'lemur candy' (i.e. a slice of banana). You reach the island by canoe across a channel of water (designed to keep predators like the fossa away). Later in your tour you'll see lemurs either at Antsibe, Ranomafana or Isalo, but the sightings and behaviour of the lemus there is less predictable.
Written 14 April 2020
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duhoz
Beroun, Czech Republic7,237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
My guide took me there before we went to visit Andasibe National Park. You need a car to get there as the park is about 20 minutes ride on a dusty road and a ticket must be purchased even further at the reception of Vakona Lodge. What a beautiful morning and amazing time on the lemur Island. Lemurs are not able to swim so they can not escape from the island. First, you have to cross the lake or river by a minute ride. After while I was met by currious and fruit seeking lemurs. The guide had bananas to lure them a little bit but it was still natural not like Zoo. I could see 3 species of lemur some octobatic one. On the opposite island we could see other two lemur species including so called dancing lemur. The guide explained to me about lemurs and the island life in good English.
Written 26 May 2024
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Rainforests & Rollercoasters
london - uk1,285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We read a number of mixed reviews and articles about Vakona Island prior to the trip and was a little hesitant about it. I felt like we shouldn't have enjoyed it, but i have to admit - we loved it!
Being able to see the lemurs up close is an amazing experience, yes the guides do tempt them a little to come and out and see you or jump on you but they all appeared to be in good condition and healthy. If they were not living on the island that i expect they wouldnt have survived in the wild, so whilst its not a 'natural' experience its still fantastic. And you will have plenty of other opportunities to see lemurs in their natural environment throughout the rest of your trip.
Written 6 May 2020
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Katie K
Muscat, Oman5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
This place was amazing! We had some of the best food we've had in Madagascar and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms are basic but exactly what you need. The hotel is in the forest and it was fun to walk around and do all the activities they offer. We really enjoyed our stay and I can't recommend this place enough!
Written 23 February 2021
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47degrees
Missoula,MT4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
We assumed this was a nature reserve, i.e. a tract of land managed so as to preserve its flora, fauna, and physical features. It is not, in fact it is more like a poorly operated circus. We were told the lemurs are "rescued" pets. Wild animals as pets can become dangerous and very unpredictable. As such they should be reintroduced into the wild. If they cannot be reintroduced then at least provide as natural an environment as possible. The trees planted on the island are not indigenous and therefore not a food source for the lemurs. The animals are continued to be fed fruit and perform "acts" to entertain the tourists. We have read in these reviews that this is one of the only ways to see lemurs up close. We utterly disagree. Spending time in the national parks was the highlight of our time in Madagascar. During the hikes which we went on for hours not minutes, we saw an incredible variety of lemurs very close. Did we pet them? No, they are wild animals and we made the effort to respect them in their natural environment. Until Vakona takes responsibility to become a true nature reserve please stop supporting this place as an attraction.
Written 29 January 2017
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Willa S
Sydney, Australia21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
My trip to Vakona was included in my package in Andasibe - I will contact the travel company to encourage them to remove it from the package. Vakona is a privately owned animal park and accommodation - I can only comment on the animal park. Vakona is located in Andasibe National Park which is very easy to access and walk though and people can see lots of lemurs and chameleons in their natural habitat free to behave naturally. Vakona has a lemur island which is heavily over populated by lemurs who are stuck there and do not have enough room to move around naturally. Vakona also boasts housing a Fossa - I hope I never see another animal in such sad conditions. The poor Fossa was alone in a small concrete cage with no natural vegetation. The cage was next to a cage of lemurs who were in equally miserable conditions. Scattered on the surrounding concrete were about 6 tortoises again with nothing other than concrete and the Vakona guide even went to pick one up to show me - they have no respect for the animals they house and should not be allowed to keep them. I do not understand why anyone would want to see animals in these conditions under any circumstances and especially when they are easy to see a kilometre away in the wild. I encourage everyone to avoid this horrible animal park. I would also recommend staying at Eulophiella instead if you're looking for a lovely place in the forrest.
Written 1 September 2015
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Jasmine V
Brisbane, Australia29 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
The lemurs on lemur island are all poached from the wild from unprotected areas, they are not 'rescued'. They are living in extremely cramped and unnatural conditions.

Vakona has also recently 'acquired' some critically endangered golden mantella frogs. These frogs have been poached from the wild, there is no other way they could have sourced them. This is extremely unethical, no wildlife lover should be supporting this resort.
Written 21 January 2017
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HelenL481
Belfast, UK5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
I started my tour with a magical trip to Lemur Island - yes they are captive and tame but none the less they are well treated and have lots of space (and I understand were saved from people keeping them as 'pets'). If I had just visited the island my rating would have been 4.

I then went to the reserve which is a very depressing and run down space (and feel its only purpose is to make the owners some easy money). Most distressing was a lone foosa which paced up and down in a very small cage. If the owners has any interest in nature (rather than money) they would release this poor animal back into the wild. The crocodile enclosure was not much better - far too many crocs in too small a space and evidence of fighting between them given such confined area. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND boycotting this part of the park.
Written 8 December 2014
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Ian J
Germany114 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
This is an island zoo like complex, accessible by a canoe ride.

Lemurs jump on you. Interesting place, but not if you are against keeping lemurs in zoo conditions.
Written 18 November 2018
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Nikolauskauf
155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
Best experience in mada!

I know it s very touristy, but the experience is great! There are plenty of different lemures and they get so close that they even climb on you!

Go to vakona lodge and by the ticket offering also the cayak (whitout you will only see half of the lemures in the park, as there are many islands with different types of lemures).

Super experience also for kids, wear old t shirt as it will get dirty with lemures jumping around =D

No need to bring much, cameras, evtl mosquito lotion as there is plenty of water and maybe some bananas (normally the guides have them).
Written 4 November 2018
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