​User Reviews – Palmarium Reserve

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Max   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: October 2018 Reviewed: Jul 4, 2019

Email Max  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Amazing Up-Close-And-Personal Experience with Habituated Lemurs
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The Palmarium Reserve was a truly amazing experience! Surrounded by lemurs - and I mean surrounded! - there were ample photographic opportunities! The Black and White Ruffed lemurs, the Crowned Lemurs, the Hybrid Lemurs and the Black Lemur were all frequently around the dining area, and the Indri wasn't far off! There were also other creatures such as chameleons and frogs. I had the opportunity to explore the area myself, and also to travel around with a very helpful guide, who found the lemurs for me (recommended). My only disappointment was the fact that the lemurs were baited (with banana) - this meant EXCELLENT photographic opportunities but not entirely wild (in my opinion). I would recommend 2-3 days stay at Palmarium.

Cat Stam   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: July 2018 Reviewed: Feb 16, 2019

Email Cat Stam  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Wonderful opportunity to engage with the lemurs.
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The Palmarium Reserve is a private reserve on the Pangalanes Canal, and it's like a little bit of paradise.

On what feels like a tropical island, we had private bungalows with a water view through the trees and daily visits from the lemurs. The staff were incredibly knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna, and were a very friendly and welcoming team. The facilities were all very clean and tidy, well suited to the environment, with good services. The range of food options at meal times were limited in choice, but made up for that in quality. Absolutely delicious!

You were free to explore the grounds at your leisure, there were lemurs, chameleons, birds and beautiful flora to be seen. The lemurs were quite accustomed to people, but not excessively so. This meant that they were comfortable to come close by and were happy for you to watch them. Sometimes they would even sit on your shoulder and accept a pat. It was an absolutely amazing experience to be so close to the lemurs without being on a time limit and in such a relaxed environment.

Visiting the Palmarium Reserve was a highlight from my Madagascan adventure and I would recommend it in a heart beat!

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