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“Mixed feelings”

Lokobe Nature Special Reserve
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Nosy Be
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

I have mixed feelings about our visit to this reserve.
We paid what I think is quite an expensive price (€50/person) for the visit through our hotel, when we realised we could have had (what would probably be) the same excursion for half the price by organising it with a local organiser it was too late as we'd already booked via our hotel.
We paddled our own pirogue (make sure you have plenty of water and sun protection) from Ambatozavavy to the reserve before walking a short distance to the reserve village where we could buy cold drinks and souvenirs if we wanted them.
There were already four of us and we were put with 3 Italians; I felt we were relatively noisy as there were 7 of us and not everybody spoke all languages so the guide had to repeat everything in French and Italian and it also had to be translated into English. Sometimes other groups caught up with us and you could have 3 different groups all trying to see the same thing at the same time.
Seeing the wildlife was very interesting, some of which I'd never seen before although I've been to Madagascar several times (I won't list everything you can see as it's mentioned in other reviews).
However I was surprised to see nocturnal lemurs and lizards during the day - I don't know how good it is for their organisms to be disturbed in this way. The guides seem to use a system of spotters who tell them where such and such an animal can be found, so there's nothing very serendipitous about what you see - the guide knows in advance more or less what you'll see where.
After the visit it was back to the village for lunch (included in the price) and cold drinks (extra). The village doesn't have electricity so don't be demanding about how cold the drinks should be. After lunch and possibly time on the beach it's time to paddle your pirogue back to Ambatozavavy.

4  Thank champac
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

We hiked through the forest for about 2 hours and in that time we saw lemurs, chameleons, snakes, frogs and the various Madagascan plants.

Our guide was olivio son of the famous jean Robert who was very informative

To get to the reserve we paddled in a pirogue but thankfully on the return we were pulled back by a power boat.

We also enjoyed a wonderful sea food lunch in the shade on the beach

Absolutely recommend this trip and they are keen for more tourists to visit them

4  Thank Libran_Lovely
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

In comparison to other attractions it's a bit pricey but definitely worth the expense.
Besides taking care of the reserve, your fee supports maintenance and education in the two villages involved; Ambatozavavy and Ampasipohy.
I loved it how the guides kept quiet and did not touch any animals (unlike the lemur park @ Nosy Komba), how they shared their knowledge on Madagascar in general and the flora and fauna of Lokobe. Lunch was a feast!!!

1  Thank Bregje N
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

Canoeing your own pirogue to reach the reserve and then following a guide through a silent forest of snakes, lemurs, owls, chameleons and frogs set amongst stunning plant life and Travellers' Palms seems like a dream and it was fantastic! The lunch of crab curry, zebu and shrimps just topped the whole adventure off perfectly.This was one of our family top five holiday highlights as we experienced so much wildlife in a natural environment within a couple of hours. Wear hiking boots and insect repellent.

2  Thank vanessa t
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

This was a great little excursion organised by Tsara Komba. So close but a world away from the well developed tourist areas on Nosy Be. On our visit we saw Camelions, Boa Constrictors,colourful frogs, giant snails and loads of lovely Black lemurs in their natural habitat. As well as a great place to visit, this is an important place given the development going on elsewhere on the island. Your money to come here supports the local community as well as the conservation.

1  Thank MSE1970
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