Surrounded by a beautiful landscape of mountains and mixed evergreen and deciduous forests, Black Lemur Camp based in the small village of Anjahankely is nested next to the Analamerana Special Reserve in the far north of Madagascar.
The Black Lemur Camp was set up and is run by the Lemur Conservation charity FANABY as a way to encourage sensitive community-based ecotourism to the little visited region. The Analamerana Special Reserve is the last refuge of the critically endangered Perrier’s sifaka, of which there are only around 250 individuals left in the wild and none in captivity. The all black Perrier’s sifaka is restricted to Northern Madagascar where its population and distribution has been greatly decreased and fragmented by habitat loss for livestock, agriculture and also hunting. Visitors have a great opportunity to see this beautiful primate on a 45-minute walk from the lodge and visits in turn help provide funding and employment to the local community who protect the forest.
Accommodation is in 10 rustic chalets with private bathrooms (simple showers only), mosquito netting and is clean and comfortable. There is a main building with wonderful sweeping views down the valley which also houses a restaurant and bar and lounge area. The local women serve the delicious perfumed white rice grown in the nearby Anjahankely village. Solar power is used to provide electricity and Wi-Fi 24 hours a day and the staff are particularly friendly.
The whole area offers many natural attractions: sandstone covered rainforests, some limestone karst within dry forest and also transitional forests with highlights including the abundant lemurs and a natural swimming pool to enjoy. Visits to the local village to see the making of the special perfumed white rice are also fascinating.
Black Lemur Camp has 10 spacious but simple bungalows with private bathrooms, all built using local materials. Eight rooms are tented lodge style and 2 are larger family bungalows in semi-hard buildings.
The all black Perrier’s sifaka is the highlight species, for which the lodge was named after. This acrobatic species is severely threatened with extinction and is listed as one of the world’s top 25 most endangered primates by the IUCN. They are easily seen on a walk just 45 minutes from the lodge.
Other species include the beautiful crowned lemur, Sandford's brown lemur and Ankarana sportive lemur and northern rufous mouse lemurs could be spotted after dark. Ring-tailed mongoose and a variety of birds and reptiles can also be found in the dry forest.
There are many trails you can choose to walk, caves to explore and also a small area of tsingy and natural swimming pool in the forest, all nearby.
You can also experience the special perfumed white rice of the local village, produced the Association of women during a visit to the local village.
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Add a visit to the Red Tsingy on your way to the lodge.
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