"Andasibe? Perinet? Brilliant whatever you call it!" Andasibe by CatherineReichardt
Andasibe Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 102 photos
Andasibe (formerly known as Perinet) is probably Madagascar's most accessible and best touristed national park, and it's not hard to see why. From a wildlife perspective, this was the high point of our trip, and a fitting end to a magical and exhilirating fortnight.
Andasibe (and its neighbouring park, the less touristed Mantadia) are well set up for tourism. They are easily accessible from Tana and feature well laid out and maintained trails that are accessible to people of moderate fitness. There is also a good interpretative centre at the entrance - the best that we saw in Madagascar - and clean toilets. We had a wonderful guide who managed to turn up things that we hadn't dared expect - mossy leaf-tailed geckoes, a nightjar and her fledgling (which we almost stepped on) and even a pair of mating chameleons (his colours constantly changing to reflect his level of excitement, and hers absolutely unaltered, suggesting indifference).
We were amused to note that the (2008) Bradt guide that we used mentioned that Andasibe-Mantadia attracts "up to 300 visitors a day": hardly mass tourism (especially if you're used to the thousands a day that places like the Kruger in South Africa attracts). This statistic is precisely why Madagascar is such a marvellous travel destination for those who are prepared to be a little adventurous in their choice of destination - surely there are very few places in the world where you can visit such an iconic park and yet have to share it with so few others even in peak season?
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