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Derek Schuurman
Derek Schuurman Product Manager Madagascar and Alternative Africa
"The basic gentleness of the Malagasy people leaves a lasting impression. Experiencing it first hand while there, is always very humbling."

Western Dry Forests Holidays

Madagascar’s deciduous dry forests are much lighter than the rainforests you'll see in the eastern half of the country. The western deciduous forests are also the island’s most fragmented and desperately endangered forest type. They are home to a unique assemblage of often highly localised endemic animals and plants. This includes most of Madagascar's six endemic species of Baobab tree. Iconic lemurs of the western region, include the acrobatic Coquerel’s sifaka and our tiniest relative, the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur which now is Endangered. 


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Locations within Western Dry Forests

Andrafiamena Andavakoera
A new stop on the northern circuit, this 74,600ha area encompasses transition forest and deciduous dry forest. There are caves and limestone formations. Note that passages in the labyrinth are very narrow in places, so are suited for slim individuals only.With the establishment of Fanamby's...
Anjajavy Forest Reserve
This unofficially protected parcel of tropical dry deciduous forest has much the same wildlife as Ankarafantsika, with the addition of innumerable baobabs of three species, and even groves of cycads at Moromba Bay. By day, visitors can expect to see Coquerel’s sifaka and Common brown lemurs,...
Ankarafantsika National Park
Getting there:Ankarafantsika National Park is 120km south-east of the west coast port Mahajanga. Getting there is easily achieved by means of a 2 hours drive along a good, tarmac road. Wildlife:Its approximately 10,000 hectares of western dry deciduous forest, protects much the same wildlife...
Ankarana National Park
Ankarana National Park (formerly Special Reserve) presents a fantastic landscape, with its expanses of razor-sharp pinnacles (tsingy). The 35km-long limestone massif is pierced by caves and canyons, and, between sheer cliffs, sunken moist deciduous forests harbour rare wildlife. The reserve...
Belo Sur Mer
This remote, sleepy outpost is a Veso settlement perhaps best known as the site where impressive dhows/ schooners are built, along designs taught to certain families centuries back by European pirates. But Belo Sur Mer is also the access point to the wonderful Kirindy Mite National Park, where...
Kirindy Forest
The Menabe Antimena Protected Area is famed for its gigantic Grandidier’s baobabs – as well as two of Madagascar’s other endemic baobab species, (Adansonia rubrostipa and the large southern species A. za). Within the Protected Area, the fascinating Kirindy Forest, comprises 10,000...
Kirindy Mite National Park
This extraordinary 72,000ha National Park (also known as Kirindy Mitea) is located about 100km south of Morondava, where the country's Western and Southern floristic domains merge. With extensive coastline included in the park, there is a healthy mangrove system. Behind the dunes on which Spiny...
Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
One of Madagascar's largest national parks, remote Tsingy de Bemaraha is also a World Heritage Site. It is one of western Madagascar's spectacular limestone karst plateaux topped with fields of razor-sharp, friable pinnacles or 'tsingy'.

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