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.
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