Activities

Everyone comes here for the wildlife, with both day and night, guided two-hour circuits possible. Mornings (7am to 9am) are best for the day walks, while night walks set out just after sunset.

Kirindy is one of the few places in Madagascar where you are very likely to see the fossa (Cryptoprocta felix), the country’s largest predator, a cat-like creature with oversized ears and a strangely elongated body. The best time to see them is in the mating season (September to November), although your chances are good year-round since they tend to hang around the Ecolodge in the hope of stealing goodies from the kitchen and rubbish dump.

Kirindy also has eight lemur species and you're likely to see three or four of the following nocturnal species on a night walk: grey mouse lemur, red-tailed sportive lemur, fork-marked lemur, fat-tailed dwarf lemur, Coquerel's giant dwarf lemur and the Madame Berthe's mouse lemur, which is considered the world's smallest primate and weighs around 30g.

The highlights of day walks are less likely to be lemurs – the reserve's Verreaux's sifaka and red-fronted brown lemur are commonly seen in other parks – but the 45 recorded bird species. Birding highlights include the rare crested ibis, the nocturnal white-breasted mesite and the Madagascar pygmy kingfisher.

There are also 32 reptile species. Watch out also for tenrecs and the giant jumping rat.