You can observe the turtles of Madagascar in their natural habitat, whether they are terrestrial or marine. The sea turtle is mostly present in the region of Nosy Be, where they freely swim. You can also meet the radiated tortoise of Madagascar, living mostly in the southern part of the island and is one of the most beautiful in the world.
Great swimmer !
You can observe turtles underwater, while snorkeling. If you are lucky enough, depending on the season, you will also be able to attend to the laying or the hatching of the eggs. Two types of turtles come to lay eggs in this area – the green turtle and the hawksbill turtle. You will see such a moving scene, when the babies rise up towards the ocean at high tide.
However these are an endangered species due to the destruction of their spawning areas by the birds, but also by the local traffic of their flesh for consumption. Local people are very active in the conservation of the turtles species of Madagascar and will be able to involve you in a responsible tourism approach.
During excursions in the Nosy Tanikely reserves (giant aquarium in northern Madagascar), you will be able to observe turtles looking for their food: sponges, jellyfish, anemone.
You will also be able to spot it in Nosy Sakatia, or in Nosy Iranja where they come to lay the eggs.
Observe these tortoises in the Village of Tortoises in Mangily-Ifaty, in northern Toliara. This center is responsible for collecting, caring for, and maintaining these animals, to keep them in good conditions in the enclosures of the village, before releasing them to natural reserves and monitored places.
The radiated tortoise is hailed from southern Madagascar, and is considered as one of the most beautiful turtles in the world. You will see it on the dunes close to the ocean, the high plateaus, or even in the savanna.
The radiated tortoise has a dark and domed carapace, where you can see drawings in sunbeams shape. It can measure up to 50cm and has a lifetime between 60 to 100 years. Even though cenetary, the radiated tortoise is an endangered species, due to the destruction of their natural habitat. It is protected by the Malagasy who consider the radiated tortoise as a fady (prohibited), to consume.
Discover the land of tortoises and sea turtles of Madagascar, an ideal activity to do with your family. It is peaceful and quiet, and it is easy to watch them. If you want to learn more about these adorable creatures, you can choose to be accompanied by a guide who will show you their living space.