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Discover the great south of Madagascar

So as you to enjoy the exceptional richness and beauty of the coast, many circuits are organized in the South of Madagascar. The coastline from Tulear to Fort-Dauphin, in the extreme south of the great island, will delight lovers of great spaces and breathtaking landscapes. A totally endemic vegetation guarantees a total disorientation and justifies the few sporting aspects and adventures of your trip to Madagascar.

Charming villages

Discovering Tuléar and Ifaty

s small town. Tulear can be easily ride thanks to its large streets and straight boulevards : there is a kind of “far west” atmosphere around some busy places, such as good restaurants. The rickshaws and markets bring color notes to the “white city” which has a huge beach and sand dunes called “the battery”.

 

                                                             

Continue your sightseeing tour to the north, where the charms of the seaside resort of Ifaty are numerous. You will discover beautiful beaches next to authentic fishing villages and lagoons that offer pleasant surprises both underwater (faunistic richness composed of a great diversity of coral fishes) and on the waves, permanently animated by the sailing canoes of the traditional vezo fishermen.

A seaside resort, with its wild bush and oasis

Anakao and Tsimanmpesotse National Park

A must-see tour in Madagascar! Start your excursion by crossing St. Augustine Bay and its steep cliffs that plunge into deep waters.
The seaside resort of Anakao is one of the most beautiful in Madagascar. Several cozy hotels alternate with fishing villages, the beaches being invaded by multicolored canoes, which gives this coastline a charm that will not leave you indifferent.
You will be able to complete your tour by stopping on the island of Nosy Ve, which is distinguished by its diving site, remarkable by its reef barrier and its nesting place of several species of birds of Madagascar. The nearby island of Nosy Satrana will also be a potential stop, where you can admire its centenarian tamarind trees.

 
40km from these southern shores of Madagascar, accessible by a sandy track that lets you discover the great semi-desert bush of the South, the Tsimanampesotse National Park is an oasis articulated around a lake about fifteen kilometers long. Its milky waters will amaze you due to its colonies of pink flamingos! Limestone escarpments, under which strange caves contain a rare spotless and pristine fishes, the typhleotris, offer a fantastic panoramic view! The fauna, and especially the avifauna, are extremely abundant and varied, giving a special charm to your tour. 90% of the flora present in these regions is 90% endemic, with atypical species such as baobabs or pachypodiums whose name means “thick foot”.

Le Cap Sainte Marie

“If you are looking for an exotic tourist itinerary, choose Sainte Marie, the most southern spot of the great island with incredible discoveries … From the heights of the Mahafaly Karimbola Plateau overlooking the Malagasy South coast, On the separation of the waters of the Mozambique Canal and those of the Indian Ocean.
The Cape Sainte Marie’s special reserve shelters many endemic species, including the friendly tortoise. Although there are threatened species, they proliferate and it is not rare to see them reproduce in a very noisy way as their shells collide! Do not miss : from June to October, you can contemplate the passage of humpback whales!

Fort Dauphin and the surrounding Area

Looking for an excursion concentrating some of the most beautiful nature spots of Madagascar? Fort Dauphin is the ideal destination! The small town itself, a peninsula surrounded by beaches and coves, has an undeniable charm and Many historical relics
The National Park of Andohahela is one of the most endearing of Madagascar. Three forest ecosystems are home to many animals. The Tarantsy River directs the tourist circuits within it.
At the immediate doors of Fort-Dauphin, several private reserves will dazzle you with the luxuriance of the vegetation: conservation area of ​​Mandena, reserve of Nahampoana, garden of Saïadi …
For the more sporty, the ascent of the Pic Saint Louis (529m) makes it possible to discover a 360° panorama with the Anosyenne’s mountain range in the background.
Among the innumerable hikes and treks possible, the one around the Vinanibe lake and up to the islet of the Portuguese is particularly recommended for the beauty of their landscapes.

The reserve of Berenty and the forest of Ifotaka

For an immersion in the heart of the Madagascar’s forests, choose the banks of the Mandrare river. There, you will discover baobabs and sisal plantations, a plant whose leaves are used to make ropes or carpets. The natural heritage is constitued by the forest of Ifotaka, where atypical plants, innumerable birds and lemurs flourish. You will also have the opportunity to discover imposing stone tombs surmounted by aloalo (carved wooden totem) and trophies (horns of zebus) which give a sacred side to this forest. In the continuity of your circuit, you can take advantage to visit Antandroy villages.
Do not finish your stopover in the forest of Ifotaka without passing through the private reserve of Berenty: the ballet of the lemur sifaka “dancers” deserves to stay on the edge of this forest of transition. “

great south circuit