Anja Reserve, Ambalavao

A woodland reserve dominated by fallen rocks, Anja Reserve sits centered on a freshwater lake at the base of a tall cliff. Spanning over 30 hectares (74 acres), pockets of forests between boulders and two small caves provide a home to bats and barn owls. Created in 2001 with funds from the United Nations Development Programme, the reserve is home to some 300 lemurs, planthoppers, flatida rosea nymphs, and Malagasy lanter bugs which congregate around countless flowers. Get a local guide and follow two main trails. The reserve is also known for a variety of lizards, including Barbour's day geckos, Madagascar's girdled lizards, and dangalia lizards. Take a look at our Ambalavao day trip planning site to schedule your visit to Anja Reserve and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Friendly visit with guide and tracker that allows you to see the Lemur Catta up close and take pictures of them. Ideal for children;
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  • Living here >450 Kattas, you can see a lot of them. Our daughter was thrilled by the many youngsters (now in October). They are not shy either, tourists seem to be part of the furniture for them. In addition, there are chemelons of different species, birds, orchids... we especially liked the climbing tour between the rocks - absolutely put on suitable shoes!
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  • Early in the morning, after walking through a village, we enter the Anja Reserve- Dominated by a massif in whose cavities catta lemurs find shelter at night, the reserve welcomes us with a lake where floating water lilies from pink flowers and already this is a show of delicate colors. From there we enter a forest where ring-tailed lemurs feast on the branches of trees with small yellow fruits. There are dozens of them... above us. around us, they eat and jump here and there, but the best is when we go to another side of the lake, where the catta come to drink... we are surrounded by these curious and super cute faces. Let's stay with them for a while... really great for us who love animals very much. A beautiful feeling.
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