Discover Madagascar’s hidden animals on a nocturnal walk.

Endemic species have developed in isolation on Madagascar. A nocturnal wlak to meet Madagascar’s animals is an experience in a whole new light. Animals that can’t be found during the day express themselves at night. Bats, chameleons, lemurs and insects emerge to feed on the hunt. Malagasy nature, a reserve of biodiversity, takes you into another wild context to observe these famous animals.

In pursuit of a mystery in the wilderness, how do you prepare for a nocturnal walk?

Exciting and unique, a night safari in Madagascar is an experience for wildlife enthusiasts. The darkness adds an extra level of mystery to the adventure. Here’s how to make the most of it:

The first step of the night safari is to choose your guide and have dinner at the hotel. Once you’ve chosen your destination according to the animal you wish to discover, a jeep will take you there. Departure for the adventure is announced at 10 p.m., and around 2 or 3 a.m. the safari ends and you return to the hotel. A late breakfast is then prepared before you head off to the next site to observe the adjacent specimen.

As this is a nocturnal walk, it’s essential not to disturb the animals with light. You can use a torch or headlamp with spare batteries to light your way in a wildlife-friendly way. Make sure you also wear appropriate clothing, hiking boots and a suitable camera, as these are the equipment you’ll need for your nocturnal visit.

During your nocturnal safari, it is essential to respect the wild animals that are the protagonists. Follow the guide’s instructions carefully to avoid disturbing nocturnal creatures. Lemurs, chameleons, strange insects and even snakes will all be present, provoking wonder and amazement. Be patient and open your eyes wide to enjoy these unique and precious moments.

Visiting these national parks means making an indirect contribution to their conservation. The protection of flora and fauna benefits from the income generated by your presence.

Observe nocturnal fauna in the nature reserves where they live.

  • Nocturnal lemurs, or microcebes, can be found in the Ankarana Special Reserve in the north and Ranomafana National Park in central Madagascar.
  • Masoala National Park protects at least 40 species of bats, some of which are endemic, as well as several species of lemurs and amphibians.
  • Geckos, skinks and other nocturnal reptiles in Ranomafana National Reserve and Andohahela Reserve in the southeast. Andohahela abounds in night-active reptiles, including the Giant Gecko.
  • The Ankarana special reserve in the north and the Andasibe reserve in the east are among the best sites for discovering a wide variety of bats and nocturnal lemurs.
  • In western Madagascar, the Kirindy Mitea reserve is home to a multitude of nocturnal chameleons, including the Panther Chameleon.
  • In the north of the island, the Ankarana reserve and the Andasibe reserve in the east, nest a large number of nocturnal insects. Moths, crickets, grasshoppers and stick insects are just some of the species in the collection.
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