Ylang-ylang oil is distilled at Lemuria Land on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and daily during the rainy season (January to the end of March). The whole process of turning these somewhat-insignificant flowers into a valuable essential oil is explained.
The distillery is also home to a small zoo, including a large lemur park. It’s a shame to see these animals in cages or confined to tiny islands (lemurs can’t swim) when they can be viewed in their natural environment just a few kilometres away at Lokobe.
To reach the distillery head east from Hell-Ville along the Route de Marodokana for 3km. All taxi drivers know where the place is (Ar50,000 for the return trip, including an hour's waiting time).