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The principal reason for Daraina’s importance is the presence of the golden-crowned sifaka, one of the world’s rarest primates, which is found here and nowhere else.

Other lemurs are also seen with regularity including crowned lemurs and Sanford’s brown lemurs and even occasionally the aye-aye.

Undulating hills covered with deciduous and semi-evergreen forest make Daraina one of richest and most ecologically sensitive areas in the north.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: aye-aye, daraina sportive lemur, golden-crowned sifaka, Sanford’s brown lemur, greater hedgehog tenrec
  • Where: Sava Region, Madagascar

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

An Island Apart

Enjoy taking in Madagascar’s extraordinary habitats and unique wildlife on this specialist trip. Travelling with acclaimed wildlife photographer, Nick Garbutt, spend time tracking endangered golden-crowned sifakas, gorgeous diademed sifakas and colourful chameleons in lush, verdant rainforest.

  • When to go: Sep-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 21 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,795 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour