Walking through the forest looking for fossa, lemurs and birds with a knowledgeable guide is the main attraction here.
Everyone comes here for the wildlife, with both day and night, guided two-hour circuits possible. Mornings (7am to 9am) are best for day walks, while night walks set out just after sunset.
Kirindy is one of few places in Madagascar where you are very likely to see the fossa (Cryptoprocta felix), the country’s largest predator, a dog-like creature with oversized ears and a strangely elongated body. The best time to see them is in 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 instead 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.
Park Fees & Guides
Entry permits cost Ar50,000/20,000 per adult/child. A guide is compulsory and costs Ar10,000/20,000 per person for a two-hour day/night visit.